Kiampong aka Adobo Rice

I grew up with a lot of chinese dishes and Kiampong is one of them.  It’s nothing but adobo rice, really,  with vegetables mixed in.   The kiampong that I grew accustomed to had chunks of radish and leafy veggies like Pechay.  Our ninang also made an excellent version, using hibi (dried preserved shrimps) and … Continue reading

PF Chang Mongolian Pork

So I’ve never been to PF Chang but my friends have told stories and squealed in excitement when they opened their first branch in Manila.  I wasn’t too excited to try it because I knew the prices would be sky high.  Other than McDonald’s, every other food place franchised from the US is expensive.  Think … Continue reading

Dessert Duo: Oreo Cookie Balls and Banana Chocolate Mousse

My boss in the US always comments on how many holidays we have in Manila.  Practically every month.  More notably, we had 3 holidays for August 2013.  If our office had been located in Quezon City, we would have had 4 holidays this month. But I made good use of the last holiday and tried … Continue reading

FoodFind: Illy

Yesterday was one of those rare occacions when we went to Makati. We rarely go there. Aside from the distance and the traffic, hubby hates figuring out which streets are one-way in what direction. But we had to do stuff so off we went to Glorietta. After standing up for 3 hours, we were tired … Continue reading

Asparagus with Leeks

I first had asparagus with leeks at one of the local chinese restaurants.  Back then, I think it was a trick to make it look plentiful since asparagus isn’t exactly the most widely available vegetable in Manila.  However, I did like the combination of the refreshing leeks against the  strong taste of the asparagus.  To … Continue reading

Chicken in Pineapple Stew

This is my version of the pininyahang manok.  I decided to cook it for dinner today because we did a major cleanup of the ref this afternoon to throw out all the stuff that were past the expiry date, felt really bad about the wasted food, and decided to make use of the neglected cans … Continue reading

Chicken with Chinese Sausage and Mushrooms

I’ve been acquainted with chinese mushrooms ever since I was young.  My dad used to slice them thinly, fry them in a little oil, then serve them with a drizzling of vinegar and a sprinkling of sugar.  That would be a special breakfast for me and my dad would always make sure I had a … Continue reading

Sesame Leaves

I like going to different groceries because you’ll never know what interesting things they sell in the vegetables section.  Although generally I would say that the vegetables in Landmark at Trinoma are fresher because of the high turnover, they have limited choices and tend to concentrate on the basics.  I usually don’t like to do … Continue reading

Homemade Frozen Vegetables

The other day, I was at the supermarket to stock up on hubby’s office snacks and some coffee. When I reached the freezer section,  I saw some frozen broccoli, a bag of which was about as big as a legal-sized document and costs about Php180.  Beside it was a bag of the same size containing … Continue reading

Tofu Steak

I told my hubby that I had a surprise prepared for lunch.  This is a surprise because I don’t eat tofu. 🙂 This was inspired from my mom’s favorite dish over at Teriyaki Boy.  I told hubby that japanese tofu was easier for me to “endure” because they were so soft that I could swallow … Continue reading