Filipino vegetable dish

Tortang Talong (Eggplant Omelette)

However long we have been living outside of the Philippines, my taste buds remain the same. I still crave and long for the food I grew up eating – the taste, nostalgia and for some reason, even a simple Adobo tastes different when eaten while vacationing home. Is there something in the water…or the air …

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Ginisang Ampalaya (Sauteed Bittermelon with Egg)

I was quite adventurous in tasting unfamiliar food when I was a child. My parents are both great cooks so a lot of ingredients, which were foreign to me then, would show up at the dining table once in a while. Ampalaya was one of them. With new food they always said, “Try it once …

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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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Cauliflower Richada (Labong Alternative)

There’s one particular dish that I always look forward to whenever we’re in the Philippines… “Richada nga Rabong” (Bamboo Shoot sauteed in vinegar with a lot of ginger).  But the “one” that I specifically crave isn’t available in any restaurant. Her version is second to none!  Not only because of the perfectly balanced amount of …

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Fried Eggplant Using Less Oil (Not Greasy)

Fried Eggplant Using Less Oil

Fried eggplant is an easy dish that a lot of us eat on a regular basis. It pairs well with fried or grilled fish, meat , Pork Binagoongan or just by itself with a soy sauce-lemon dipping sauce.  But there’s one thing that puts me off when eating this, the grease! Eggplant is one of …

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Sauteed Bean Sprouts with Fried Tofu (Ginisang Toge)

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Sometimes, we tend to overlook the simplest dishes. More often than not, they play a supporting role to the main meat dishes. But there are times when these very dishes are the ones we crave.  Ginisang Toge is a very versatile dish that just by making it, you can turn it into Lumpiang Sariwa (fresh …

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Lola’s Authentic Laing (Taro Leaves in Coconut Milk)

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My paternal grandmother was born and raised in Daet, Camarines Norte…. a full-blooded Bicolana! Growing up, I would only see her a few times because she lived very far from where we were and it was mostly when I was still young.  But there was this one time when I was in college that she …

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Ginisang Munggo (Sauteed Mung Beans)

This dish has to be the most popular Friday dish to Filipinos. If Meatless Mondays exist in North America, we have Meatless Fridays in the Philippines. It can be cooked with or without a protein but it’s usually topped with either bittermelon or malunggay leaves (moringa leaves). There’s no better way, either one is good…. …

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