Oct 24, 2012

Baked Chicken and Mushroom Rice Recipe


A delightful twist of chicken fingers on top of rice, coated with a thick mushroom and cheese crust that's lightly browned and crisped to perfection. This is a really nice alternative to making sinangag or fried rice when you have lots of leftover rice from last night.

Featured previously on SM Master Chef's Cooking Marathon, I decided to give each recipe another chance at the limelight.



Baked Chicken and Mushroom Rice
Ingredients
  • 2 cups canola cooking oil
  • 9 pcs breaded chicken fingers
  • 3 cups cooked leftover rice
  • 1 can condensed cream of mushroom
  • 1 cup Quickmelt cheese, grated (or any other quick melting cheese)

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Deep fry chicken fingers in oil until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  3. Place cooked rice on a baking dish and top with chicken fingers.
  4. Pour condensed cream of mushroom over chicken.
  5. Top with grated cheese.
  6. Baked until cheese is melted and slightly browned and crusted.

Oct 10, 2012

Peaches and Cream Caramel Trifle



Need some serious sugar fix? Try some chiffon cake layered with whipped cream, caramel, peaches and nuts! Who doesn't love peaches and cream anyway? This one's definitely going to satisfy anyone's sweet cravings. Yummy, a bit too sweet for some, but definitely good for the soul.

Featured previously on SM Master Chef's Cooking Marathon, I decided to give each recipe another chance at the limelight.


Peaches and Cream Caramel Trifle Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1 whole basic chiffon or sponge cake
  • 2 250-gram packs all-purpose cream, chilled (for frosting)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 250-gram pack all-purpose cream
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 can sliced peaches

Cooking Directions

  1. Whip 2 packs all purpose cream until soft peaks form.
  2. Chill until ready to use for frosting.
  3. To make caramel, combine sugar and water in a small pan.
  4. Do not stir. Cook over medium heat until sugar is cooked and has turned amber in color.
  5. Quickly pour in cream and stir vigorously. Cook for another 2 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat then add butter. Set aside to cool.
  7. To assemble, divide the cake into two slices horizontally.
  8. Place a layer of cake on the bottom of a trifle bowl.
  9. Spread caramel over the cake then top with whipped cream and slices of peaches. Repeat the process to the second layer.
  10. Lastly, frost top of the cake with the remaining cream.
  11. Garnish with nuts and peaches.
  12. Drizzle with more caramel on top.
Oct 4, 2012

Elegant Wine Gift Baskets for Loved Ones Overseas

Elegant Wine Gift Baskets

Many of us Filipinos have friends and relatives overseas. Whether they are working there or migrated for good, they have always been sending us treats and pasalubong from their countries. Just recently we received another Balikbayan Box containing a lot of imported goodies, and I realized that most of the time we just send them our thank yous through email, and video chat programs. Let's face it, shipping a box to another country is very much of a hassle here in our country, not to mention a lot of unnecessary fees to be paid. When I stumbled upon Wine.com from an advertisement I saw, I thought I found a solution to my problem.

Since my relatives love social gatherings and sipping wine along with sharing stories, I chose to go over the Wine Baskets selection of the website. While everything looks great, I chose the California Wine Tour Wine Gift Basket (pictured above) and the Tuscan Trattoria Italian Wine Gift Basket below. The first one has nuts, olives, chocolates and meat to perfectly match the wine, while the second gift basket has all the ingredients needed to make one classy and romantic Italian dinner.

Elegant Wine Gift Baskets


Who doesn't love premium wine, classic Italian pasta, and chocolates for a gift? My cousins received the gift baskets within a week's time from my ordering and they loved the surprise on their doorstep. They particularly raved about the DeLoach Heritage Reserve Chardonnay from the first gift basket. At under $200, these two elegant wine gift baskets were worth sending them.

To be able to purchase from them, you have to create an account with them first, and be able to pay through credit card. I used the Facebook sign up button to make things easier. My experience with wine.com will certainly not stop here.

Oct 3, 2012

Smoked Longganisa and Tocino Breakfast : Product Review

Smoked Longganisa and Tocino

There's something with Filipino-style breakfasts that never fails to wake me up even after staying up late from last night. There's daing, those wonderfully tasty salted and dried fish, and tapsilog which goes extremely well with spicy-sweet vinegar. And then there's tocino and longganisa, two favorite breakfasts in our home, but seldomly served because we're trying to cut back on our fat consumption, and everyone knows that commercially bought tocino and longganisa are laden with chunks of fat and lots of sodium, and processed in a way that defeats the essence of traditionally prepared ones like my mom used to make.

But it's not that bad to have them occasionally, and I got the opportunity to review one of the new names in the processed meat industry. I have featured Frabelle Foods in my previous post, and it's about time I put their claims to the test with our longganisa, tocino, and poached eggs breakfast. Their Longganiza Hamonado was surprisingly mellow in taste, so if you're used to eating too salty foods then at first it may give you an impression that it lacks taste. It's sweet with just the right amount of salty, peppery flavor that's not cloying at all. It has a distinct smoky taste, which went well with the poached eggs, and it doesn't have huge chunks of fat you normally see in other longganisa.

Smoked Longganisa and Tocino

Their Longganiza Recado, on the other hand, packs a stronger flavor that's garlicky, peppery, and a little more salty. It also contains small visible chunks of fat, and turns out with a sticky coating when cooked. There's also some notes of smoky flavor, but not too much, which makes you eat a few more pieces to have it linger in your mouth. In terms of preference, they both taste great, almost as good as those we buy from the provinces, but of course still not quite the same.

  Frabelle Smoked Longganisa and Tocino

When I saw the tocino in its packaging, it was seriously red. Deep red processed meat often turns me off, but it's just this once anyway. I make tocino at home without the use of chemicals (curing salt / saltpeter) and food coloring, so this one's a challenge. But I do want to know what's different with this one since it says it's made from ham leg. I think I misunderstood it and thought it's made from ham :p

Smoked Longganisa and Tocino

When cooked, it turned to this deep reddish-pink color that I attempted to leave the review to Alex's disposal. According to him, it tastes a lot milder than the usual tocino, but what he really emphasized was that it has no strips of cured fat in the whole package, and that the tocino is very tender and not almost rock-hard like the ones they buy at the supermarket. I tried one, and it's pretty much true, the meat is very tender and mildly sweet and savory. I might start eating tocino more if it tastes like this, and if the color doesn't put me off first. :)
Sep 26, 2012

Cheesy Hotdog and Fries Sandwich Overload

Cheesy Hotdog and Fries Sandwich


It's a nice way to dress up your hotdog sandwiches for the little kids. Probably a take on the burger and fries combo that many burger joints have been promoting for some time, this one can be a classic afternoon snack. It's filling, tasty, and cheesy, not to mention pretty enough to catch the attention of everyone, even those who are just kids at heart.

Be a kitchen star to your kids! Make this cheesy hotdog sandwich topped with crisp fries and sweet bacon bits for them anytime of the day. Featured previously on SM Master Chef's Cooking Marathon, I decided to give each recipe another chance at the limelight.


Cheesy Hotdog and Fries Sandwich Overload

Ingredients
  • 4 pcs hotdog buns
  • 4 pcs jumbo or large-sized hotdogs
  • 1 1/2 cup french fries
  • about 1 cup honeycured bacon (chopped and fried)
  • cheese spread
  • 2 tbsp cheese powder

Cooking Directions

  1. Deep fry french fries until crisp. Drain on paper towels.
  2. Pan fry hotdogs until cooked through.
  3. Sandwich hotdogs into buns.
  4. Toss fries with cheese powder until well coated then top over sandwich.
  5. Sprinkle chopped bacon over fries.
  6. Drizzle with desired amount of cheese spread.

Company Feature: Frabelle Foods Corporation



A trip to the grocery store or supermarket, consumers are faced with a lot of brand options to choose from when buying produce. While most go for the fresh, unprocessed meat products, many still prefer processed foods to save time on preparation and to save themselves from the stress of deciding what to serve for the day. They say that processed meats lack the quality and taste of homemade meals, but Frabelle Corporation begs to differ.



The company, who chose Senator Chiz Escudero for his credibility and reach, has boomed in profits and sales since its first launch in the market last year. Going by the motto, "Sadyang Pinasarap", the company promises that their products are not produced for profit by cutting back on quality as most processed foods have been given that impression.
 
It instead adheres with old world culinary disciplines, such as naturally smoking meat and blow-torching sugar, combined with state of the art equipment to make their products stand out amidst the multitude of similar products already established in the market. Frabelle Foods meat products not only have the taste of well-prepared foods that your family will surely love, they have affordable prices and consumers gets more than their money's worth.



Some of you may remember the TV commercial featuring the senator, with his line, "Iba ang pinasarap ng pinag-ukulan ng panahon, iba ang preparasyon, mataas ang quality, sadyang pinasarap." With the National Meat Inspection Service granting the company an AAA certification, we can all be assured that Frabelle Foods will definitely hold on to their promise.


Some of the company's featured products are Yummy! Hotdogs and Cheesedogs, Pork Ham Tocino, Honey Ham, Hickory Smoked Bacon, Longganisa Hamonado, Pear Shaped Ham, and Honey Glazed Ham. Here's a quick preview of one of their products that is always welcome in our home, anytime of the day. I also have a review about Frabelle Food's longganisa, tocino, and other products.

Frabelle Longganiza Hamonado:


Frabelle Foods Longganiza Hamonado is made from combination of ground pork and beef blended with the right spices and ingredients which give its sweet, spicy and garlicky taste. The meat blend is reduced to a homogeneous mass called emulsion, stuffed into collagen casings, and then cooked to the required internal temperature.

The finished product has a distinct brown skin color. It is firm and the cooked product has a predominant meaty taste of sausage.  It is smoked with 100% natural imported wood chips that give the sausage their natural smoky aroma and flavor.

For more information, visit their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/frabellefoods
Sep 21, 2012

Ranchero Rice Recipe - One Pot Dish



Ranchero Rice Recipe

If you want to have a fun and tasty, no-fuss breakfast, then this western style fried rice perfect for cowboys and cowgirls is definitely worth a try. The Star Ranchero Rice is a one-pot dish that's perfect for breakfast. It's reminiscent of Mexican spices, Jamaican patties, burritos and the Wild West cartoons I loved watching as a kid.

The dish has a little heat and a load of flavor that's not too strong for kids to handle. Featured previously on SM Master Chef's Cooking Marathon, I decided to give each recipe another chance at the limelight.


Ranchero Rice Recipe


Ranchero Rice Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1/4 kilo regular hotdogs, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped and seeded
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup red onions, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup ripe tomatoes, chopped and seeded
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 pc siling labuyo (bird's eye chili) or any hot pepper of your choice
  • 1/2 cup sweet style tomato / pizza sauce
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 3 pcs medium eggs

Cooking Directions

  1. Pour oil in a standard rice cooker, heat through and saute onions, bell pepper and tomatoes. Slightly cook.
  2. Add sliced hotdogs and stir for a minute.
  3. Add rice, cilantro, siling labuyo and beef broth. Mix well and cover until rice is cooked through.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Transfer the rice mixture into an oven proof baking dish.
  6. Crack eggs over the rice and broil in oven or turbo until eggs are cooked.
  7. Serve hot and enjoy.
Sep 20, 2012

Quick and Easy Grilled Cheese Sandwich


There are times when cheating is not as bad as it sounds, especially when it's your day off and after a long and very tiring week, you just want to lay down and enjoy a warm plate of yummy, gooey snack. Take, for example, the grilled cheese sandwich. Mine's not really grilled, nor is it made of authentic cheddar cheese, so there goes the cheating part. But the best part about cooking and being a pseudo-chef is that you can make the recipes your own. Add a twist, don't follow it to a T, and instead change it so it turns out to be how you want it to be. Same principle applies in life, I guess. :)

There's nothing complicated about grilled cheese. In fact, I bet you know how to make this snack anyway. And since I pretty much want to laze around all day and watch TV, I'm cutting this post early and giving you the recipe for a spicy, juicy, and gooey grilled cheese sandwich, perfect for any time of the day.



Quick and Easy Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Ingredients:
  • bread slices (could be whole wheat, plain, or even flavored!)
  • butter
  • grated Quickmelt cheese (or any quick-melting cheese of your choice)
  • thinly sliced tomatoes
  • cayenne pepper
  • dried basil leaves

Simply brush each slice of bread with butter, top with lots of grated cheese. Add in tomatoes, and sprinkle with cayenne pepper, basil, or any herbs and spices of your choice.

Fire up your grill, or in my case, a non-stick skillet, and toast the bread until the cheese melts and until you achieve your preferred level of crisp or burnt on your bread. Devour while still warm and gooey! :)

Linking to Food Trip Friday
Aug 7, 2012

Get The Best Deals On Candy! - Website Feature

Get The Best Deals On Candy

B.W. Clifford, Inc. has been working to provide customers with quality candy products for over six decades. Based in the City of New Jersey, the company offers a variety of candy and snack products for all occasions. Purchasing bulk candy is a great option for events such as school parties and football concession stands, and the company does not disappoint those who love buying their candy in bulk.

Some of the types of bulk candy offered here are Charms Blow Pops, which are sold in packs of 100, Swedish Fish, and various flavors and types of gum. One popular type of candy that children request at school events is Laffy Taffy. At B.W. Clifford, customers can stock up on many flavors of this wonderful. bite-sized, chewy confection. When shopping at the website, customers can feel confident that they are getting the best price they can possibly get on wholesale candy.

This online candy distributor guarantees their prices will beat all online candy companies and strives to provide excellent customer service. They have no minimum purchase requirements, making this an excellent company to use for smaller candy needs. While the website is set up much like many online retailers, they have an online candy catalog that customers can download and print.

B.W. Clifford, Inc. is a family based candy business that has been providing customers with wholesale candy for over 65 years. They offer many varieties of candy products that are perfect for school functions and sporting events. The personalized service and excellent prices are wonderful benefits for customers purchasing candy.
May 26, 2012

Kitchen Storage Solutions: Uratex Freezer Ready Containers



Kitchen Storage Solutions: Uratex Freezer Ready Containers

With work keeping me busy all week, and my brothers' school year starting soon, I barely have the time to organize our freezer. Sometimes it's easier to just stash the fresh produce in their original packaging, as well as the marinating meat on a covered bowl, but one look and I find myself sighing. Thankfully, Ready-Wrap's Freezer Ready containers make everything so organized and fun with their colorful plastic containers. I wouldn't have to worry about spills or clutter in the freezer. Plus it can go straight from the freezer to the microwave without the danger of cracking, which is perfect for reheating leftovers in a jiffy. I've already tried it before, and it's really convenient.

Kitchen Storage Solutions: Uratex Freezer Ready Containers


Freezer Ready products from Ready-Wrap are made with food-grade microwaveable materials, so you won't have to worry about getting harmful chemicals into your food. They can practically store anything from meat, fish, and poultry to fruits and dry goods. Just like the clear, microwave safe Ready Wrap containers I reviewed before, they are sturdy and can withstand frequent use, but these opaque containers are made stronger for prolonged freezing time.



Like I said in my previous review, these containers by Ready-Wrap are easy to clean and re-use. After storing my soon-to-be baon curry meatballs, I couldn't smell a hint of the spices with just one wash. Freezer Ready containers will definitely be around often in my kitchen! In fact, I've recommissioned my other non-Ready Wrap microwaveables into storing non-food items.


The Freezer Ready containers are colorful and stackable, and they come in three sizes: 500-mL, 1000-mL, and 1600-mL, all coming in packs of 7 and in assorted colors of red, purple, blue and green. The one I used here is the 1000-mL, which is perfect for moderate amounts of food. 
Ready-Wrap containers can be purchased from all leading supermarkets nationwide, with very affordable prices. For more detailed product information, you may visit www.readywrap.com.ph or give them a call at the following hotline numbers, and they would be more than happy to accommodate your inquiries and suggestions:

(632) 807-8244
(632) 807-8059
(632) 842-6326.
Mar 8, 2012

Sundae and Fondue Fever at Swensen's

Sundae and Fondue Fever at Swensen's


The summer heat has finally drawn me out and into the cooler malls, with my room's air conditioning threatening to burst in flames with almost 20 hours of continuous use. Besides, a stroll in the mall composed of meals, a bit of shopping, and ice cream really sounds inviting. Why on earth I forgot to bring my camera still baffles me, so my Blackberry would have to do for now.
Sundae and Fondue Fever at Swensen's
Nutty Crispy Tower - Php 245

We picked Swensen's along Mall of Asia's South Wing, which has surprisingly few customers by mid-morning. The place is extremely cozy, and the people are really accommodating. My friend got himself the Nutty Crispy Tower, which is a tall glass of macadamia mocha almond fudge ice cream layered with chopped nuts, crushed pralines and heavy caramel syrup. The texture pretty much blew me away, and there's no cloying taste even with all that caramel. He was so addicted that I was left to finish the whole Fondue for Two by myself. I didn't say I was complaining, though. :)

Fondue For Two - Php 340

Everything on this plate was gone by the time Alex finished his sundae. I loved how the chocolate isn't too sweet and compliments the ice cream and fruits nicely. The dish was supposed to be for two, but in my own honest opinion, I could finish that plate up by myself anytime. The ice cream was firm so it holds its form without melting when dipped in melted chocolate.

Sundae and Fondue Fever at Swensen's


I never really use my phone for taking photos, so I was playing around and couldn't get it to focus on the chocolate. Anyway, I love Swensen's overall service. The ambiance is great, and everything is cute and cozy to the smallest details. Don't you just love the tiny heart candle below?

Sundae and Fondue Fever at Swensen's


I'm definitely going back there soon! I'm looking forward to devouring their Chocolate Earthquake. :)

Feb 23, 2012

Grandevour Food Bazaar - UP Diliman

Grandevour Food Bazaar - UP Diliman


With all the food stalls and new companies sprouting like mushrooms in the country nowadays, it's easy to get lost in the sea of commercialized and seemingly bland food products out there. So if you're still in the search for something new, then maybe the Grandevour Food Bazaar in UP Diliman could impress your pseudo-connoisseur self.

Brought to us by the UP Circle of Entrepreneurs Financial Project Ad hoc 2012, this two-day food bazaar aims to showcase fresh faces and emerging food franchises in the country. The food bazaar will take place on February 23 (10am-6pm) and February 24 (10am-12mn) at the UP Diliman, AS Parking Lot (Lower Grounds. I would have loved to take on their invitation but it's quite a shame I couldn't make it today. I'm pretty sure all those yummy treats at very reasonable prices would break my soon to be diet.  It's open and free to everyone so don't forget to drop by! :)

Grandevour Food Bazaar - UP Diliman

As if satisfying our food cravings is not enough, the two-day event will end with their Run Burger Run Challenge, as well as the Pik-A Pickup Line Challenge.

For more details and updates about Grandevour:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Grandevour/177717015666749


Feb 20, 2012

Get Ready For Keeps With Uratex Ready-Wrap Containers

Kitchen Storage Solutions: Uratex Freezer Ready Containers

I've always associated Uratex with furniture, plastic, upholstery, and good quality foam and mattresses such as the ones each bed in our house have. The company has been constantly producing products that meet the standards of many people when it comes to durability and versatility that it has become a household name for many years.

When I received the products to review last week, the first thing I thought was exactly how does Ready-Wrap differ from all the other microwave-safe disposable containers out there. We have been using them as food storage in our home for so long, that I never even bothered to scrutinize the brands when buying them to replace cracked or damaged ones. Upon closer look and a bit of comparing side by side with the ones we already have, Ready-Wrap is thicker to touch. But it would have to be better than that to impress me. What really won me over was that when I reheated our leftover menudo directly from the freezer to the microwave on high, the plastic didn't crack. I've had that happen a few times before when I'm in a rush to reheat things, but I really didn't mind because they are disposable anyway. Although when you think about it, the dump doesn't really need the additional plastic. Ready-Wrap's durability lessens throw-aways and somehow helps the environment.

Kitchen Storage Solutions: Uratex Freezer Ready Containers

Ready-Wrap also has a Party Pack that comes in a box of 12 assorted containers, inclusive of two of the following: 500-mL drinking cups, 350-mL and 450-mL bowls with raised bases, 500-mL and 750-mL rectangular clear containers, and the large 1600-mL opaque white freezer-proof food containers.


What's even better is that these products are food grade, and are definitely safe to use as they are made from polypropylene. It's an environmentally-friendly plastic that can withstand physical pressure, and is highly resistant of heat and chemicals. Adding to the green qualities of this product is that it is CFC-free and is completely recyclable. Ready-Wrap containers are stylish with many lid colors, and are designed to be compact and stackable to keep things organized.

Kitchen Storage Solutions: Uratex Freezer Ready Containers

These microwave-safe food containers are great for storing leftover food, snacks, dry goods, and even fresh produce, and they can keep food fresh for a longer time. I used the largest container to store my marinated chicken tocino laden with lots of garlic last Saturday, and after washing, I didn't smell the slightest hint of garlic that sometimes is a problem with plastic containers.

Ready-Wrap containers can be purchased from all leading supermarkets nationwide, with prices ranging from Php 21.75 to Php 127.75. For more detailed product information, you may visit www.readywrap.com.ph.

Feb 18, 2012

Avocado - Calamansi Sorbet


As I was thinking about this month's KCC challenge hosted by Abigail of My Nappytales and Marni of Kensington Kitchen, I couldn't help it that the first thing that calls my first love to mind is dessert, and a particularly cold one at that. As a child I practically could live off ice cream and frozen yogurt (oh yes, BTIC has been giving me love for more than a decade), and the first time I had their strawberry and pistachio flavors, the world stopped. Of course my dad hates going to the mall, and my parents instead took us to our weekly out-of-town trips somewhere else, so getting that sweet, tongue-numbing dessert is a limited treat for a child in her early primary school.

I couldn't stop begging my dad (yes, I am was a proud daddy's girl-slash-bunso at the time) for the frozen yogurt, so my mom introduced me to the next best thing: homemade sorbets, granitas, and popsicles. Pureed fruits, juice, plain or chocolate-flavored fresh milk went into the freezer, and out came yummy desserts. As far as I remember, my very first love and my mom's trump card that time was the honey-lemon granita. *happily sighs*


And so, now that I am no longer the youngest and my spoiled-brat rights were passed on to my brothers, I get to make my own dessert! After realizing that I forgot to freeze the bowl for the ice cream maker, sorbet seems to be the better option. The silky texture of avocados with the light and zesty flavor of the calamansi makes this sorbet the perfect pick-me-up anytime of the day.




Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup calamansi juice
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp calamansi zest  

Cooking Directions

  1. Make the syrup by dissolving the sugar in water, then place in a saucepan together with the calamansi zest.
  2. Boil in low to medium heat without stirring until the sugar is dissolved completely and mixture thickens a bit (do not let the color change, lower the heat if needed). Let cool.
  3. Take the avocado flesh and scoop them into the blender / food processor. Add the syrup and blend until smooth.
  4. Transfer to a freezer-proof container and freeze, breaking up clumps of ice and stirring with a fork every 30 minutes or so until everything is turned into a fine crystallized treat.
  5. Alternatively, don't forget to freeze the ice cream maker's bowl and use an ice cream maker to process the sorbet. Enjoy! :)
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Jan 21, 2012

Sizzling Tofu Sisig Recipe



Finding out that I was co-hosting with Thea of Words and Nosh for the start of this wonderful year was such a pleasure, just in time when I got back to blogging again. As Thea celebrates her big 3-0 this month -- Happy Birthday Thea!!! --, we were more than excited to challenge the Kulinarya Cooking Club members to cook up their favorite birthday treat, but at a healthier note to start of the year right. :)

A dish that I never fail to ask for when it's my birthday is a sizzling plate of pork sisig, with yummy pork cheeks and ears, mixed with onions and chili, and topped with a ton of crushed chicharon. And although I am no fan of mayonnaise, I can't help but love the mayo dressing we mix with it just before serving.




Making a dish healthier doesn't mean it has to be boring. Well, tofu can be boring sometimes, but not when substituting the meat in this dish. Less salt, no fatty chunks of meat, and a ton of protein should make those abdominal muscles appear sometime sooner - so long as I stay away from extra cups of rice! My brother said it tastes similar to Max's Sizzling Tofu. I think it tastes better :)

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Sizzling Tofu Sisig Recipe

Ingredients
  • 500-gram pack Chinese tofu
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 finger chilies, sliced

Cooking Directions

  1. Heat oil in a deep pan.
  2. Cut up the Chinese tofu into cubes and fry in hot oil until golden brown. Drain in paper towels.
  3. In a bowl, combine mayonnaise, oyster sauce, sugar, parsley, and pepper. Mix well, and add water until desired thickness is achieved. (I stopped at two tablespoons). Adjust taste accordingly.
  4. Heat the mayo mixture in low heat while stirring for two minutes, then add the bell pepper and continue stirring for one more minute.
  5. Take your heated sizzling plate and add a small amount of vegetable oil. Saute garlic and onions until cooked, add in the tofu and mayo dressing and mix well.
  6. Sprinkle with sliced finger chili and more onions.

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Jan 19, 2012

Lunch in Kangaroo Jack - SM North EDSA


It's been a busy couple of weeks, and so far this year turns out to be more of a challenge than I thought. I couldn't find time to cook or bake anything, and with both Alex and I being busy in our own separate ways, we decided to just eat out every now and then. After watching Coriolanus in SM North we decided to head on to Kangaroo Jack for a late lunch. A warm plate of ribs seemed fitting after that tragic movie.

Kangaroo Jack - SM North EDSA


For our appetizer, we had their Nacho Jacko. Warm nacho chips smothered generously with nacho cheese, white onions, tomatoes, green chilies, and beef. I like the sweet saucy beef contrasting sharply with the chunks of green chili, but the dip is a disappointment. I thought it's just the packaged sweet spaghetti sauce dumped into the ramekin.

Kangaroo Jack - SM North EDSA


Alex ordered Hickory Ribs, with the sweet-savory sauce heavily drenching the meat. It's the usual smokey flavor that melts in your mouth with the meat, and the sauce mixed nicely with the rice. The meat was very tender and nicely charred in some places.

Kangaroo Jack - SM North EDSA


I got myself the Honey Bourbon Ribs. Sweet and sticky sauce lightly covers the meat, with just the right amount of honey. There's no hint of soy or rib sauce, and the meat is tender and almost creamy. We asked both our ribs to be well-done, as we already had our fill of blood from the movie. :p Both were served with rice, corn, and crisp steamed vegetables.

Kangaroo Jack - SM North EDSA


For dessert, we shared Banana Fritters With Vanilla Ice Cream. The waitress who served this to us didn't provide a dessert spoon, and when I asked for a spoon, the waiter just picked up the spoon laid at the next table. With no manager in sight and eager not to ruin the day, I let it pass.

I found the banana fritters (turon) small but very sweet and a bit hard. Alex didn't mind, but the whole plate was overly sweet. The turon seemed to be honeyed, and drizzled with chocolate and strawberry syrup.

Kangaroo Jack - SM North EDSA


Kangaroo Jack is at The Block, SM North EDSA, near the Sky Garden. With drinks (forgot to take photos), our total bill for this meal is Php 726. Not bad for a nice lunch, though they could improve their customer service. The couple at the table next to us spent a long time trying to catch the attention of the waitresses, but they just kept on chatting and by the looks of it, exchanging gossip.