asian food

Protein-Rich Biko (Sweet Glutinous Rice Cake)

a nutritious and equally delicious version of the Filipino sweet rice cake that’s laden with loads of essential fatty acids and a great source of plant-based protein. I just love everything about Biko (Filipino sweet glutinous rice cake)! So much so that I can’t help but have seconds (or thirds) of this beloved Filipino native …

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Easy Baked Pork Chops

My family loves the flavor combination of lemon juice and soy sauce. We prefer the sour and salty combo over the sweet and salty, in savory dishes. The likes of Sinigang are always welcome any day.  Unlike in the Philippines where we have thinly cut bone-in pork chops (which I love), the ones I find …

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Fried Curry Shrimp

Weeknights are always busy. Dinnertime creeps like a thief and oftentimes, I have nothing planned. I would do a quick scan on what we have in the fridge then another quick pass through the freezer. That’s how I “plan” what to cook, on a lot of occasions.  Shrimps are wonderful when you’re in a rush. …

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Stir-Fried Gai Lan (Chinese Broccoli)

Whenever I plan meals for my family, vegetables almost always play a big part. With every protein-packed dish that I serve, some “greens” make an appearance. Sometimes it’s a combination of a bunch of veggies like Pinakbet or Chop Suey, cut up raw cukes or carrots or a simple stir fry.  My mom taught me …

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Homemade Chicken Bone Broth

Some food needs a bit more time to bring out its best flavor and a really good broth is one of them. A few simple ingredients are all you need to create a perfect base for a lot of dishes. The difference between a good and an awesome broth lies in the cooking time. Low …

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Deep-Fried Lemongrass Chicken

We love Vietnamese food! From the very popular Pho down to the crisp Banh Mi, the flavors and aroma are familiar to the Filipino palate. Both cuisines use fish sauce and in some Filipino dishes, lemongrass is commonly used like in our Easy Roast Chicken and the mouthwatering Lechon Belly.  Here, lemongrass is sold in …

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Kutsinta (Cuchinta)

One of the first things I eat whenever we go home to visit are the “kakanin” (native delicacies). I would go to the market early in the morning and feast my eyes on the myriad of colorful delights neatly arranged on banana leaf-lined bilao (shallow bamboo baskets). It’s difficult to choose so I always end …

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Camote Cue (Caramelized Sweet Potato)

Street foods are very popular in the Philippines. They’re either sweet or savory and commonly skewered. Eating food on a stick makes the experience much more appealing aside from its obvious portability. And the best part, it’s cheap eats! In the Philippines, camote cue is usually sold in make-shift stalls near public markets, schools or …

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Crispy Tofu Fries

My kids love tofu, except the littlest one. It’s one of our fridge staples and I cook it in a number of ways. Soft tofu is usually steamed in Ginger-Soy Sauce and the firm ones are added to Pancit, fried like in this Sauteed Bean Sprouts, cooked in Sweet-Chili Sauce and a lot more. It’s …

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Beef Lettuce Wrap

For most people, salad comes to mind when they see Romaine lettuce at the supermarket. In my case, lettuce wrap is the first thing that pops up. I always buy lettuce in packs of 3 or more, depending on where I buy them. This is usually too much for us but I have a strategy …

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