Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Kinilaw na Tanigue: Raw Fish in Vinegar

Each place around this globe has something unique to offer for the people who are visiting their country for a vacation and/or for a different getaway. Here in the Philippines, we have our rich culture, we also offer numerous foods that's kind of rare, which made us more famous when it comes to preparing food of different varieties.

One dish that caught my attention is the so-called 'Kinilaw' or the raw fish marinade in vinegar. 'kinilaw' literally means to cook in vinegar. This Filipino food can be found in almost every Filipino restaurant located in Mindanao, especially in General Santos City in southern Mindanao also known as the Tuna Capital of the Philippines.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Say Cheese!

How do you much do you know about cheese? A filling for your sandwich? Toppings for your pizza or pasta? The favorite food of Jerry the mouse? Or anything else. Yes, that might be the most common definition of it. Our sandwiches are incomplete with the absence of cheese, nor our pizza and pasta. Cheese is also a key ingredient to many Filipino restaurants to serve us real nice and tasty dishes. But, being a filling or a topping is not the only advantage we can get to our dearest cheese.

Cheese is actually a milk-based food and has different flavors, textures, and forms. However, it doesn't matter what type of cheese you are eating, excluding those canned-cheese and cheese whiz spread, all kinds of it will surely do good in our body. I have here a list of some benefits we can get from a block of cheese.

First of all, you can found a high concentration of essential nutrients in it. It has a high quality of proteins and calcium. It is also a good source of phosphorus, zinc, vitamin A, riboflavin, and vitamin B12.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Holy Cow Pizza Review

Are you a pizza lover? "Holy cow!" That would be your expression of surprise after you munch on some slices of Holy Cow pizza. This must be the reason why this terrific pizza was named after the famous expression. You will be astounded by its fantastic aroma and distinct taste. So don't hesitate to order this fantastic treat from your favorite Filipino restaurant, you don't want to miss the opportunity to eat a pizza extraordinaire.

The pizza is topped with white cheese, mozzarella, arugula and glazed with extra virgin olive oil. If you will just take a look at the pizza, you might say it's pretty plain, because it is simpler than other varieties of pizza with garnishing and all. Try to set aside the appearance, just taste it, then things may change for you a bit, you'll realize that it's not your typical pizza, it holds a unique taste that no other variety of pizza could give you.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Egg and Salmon Sandwich: A quick recipe

Here we are again, preparing a fast and easy to prepare budget meal. Egg and Salmon sandwich is the suited breakfast for on-the-go type of persons like you who needs the energy of a full meal but has only a little time to prepare. 

For about 15 minutes of your busy time, you can actually make a complete snack you can eat while driving or commuting on the way to your workplace or school. Also an ideal recipe for working moms that needs to prepare their children's snack for school before leaving for work.

A power packed meal but lighter than your usual breakfast, no expert skills needed just prepare the right ingredients and your ready to cook a home-made-gourmet-style-meal in your own cooking station.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Top 10 Best Filipino Dishes

Filipinos are well known in different aspects; sports, our tourist spots, and even our rich culture, and most of all, we are known for our unique and appetizing cuisines. Who doesn't want to eat? We, Filipinos can't deny the fact that we really have a passion for food and eating. We cannot celebrate different events such as birthdays, Christmas, fiesta and other memorable moments without preparing a something special for such occasions.

Many of us admit that they consider eating as one of their hobbies, and one way to have a good bonding with our family and friends is to eat together in our favorite Filipino restaurant. So, it is not surprising that our forefathers created a lot of delicious and original cuisines that can't be found in any other side of this world.

I have listed the top 10 most favorite and tastiest Filipino cuisines. Of course, the reigning champion on the number one spot is no other than, 'Adobo'. It is the most popular Filipino dish that is being loved by people from all walks of life. It is considered a national dish. Many foreigners, said that it was really the most unforgettable and enjoyable meal they had within their whole stay in the Philippines. It is a stew of pork, chicken or both cooked in soy sauce, garlic, vinegar, whole peppercorns, and bay leaf. The meat is simmered in the liquid until it is reduced and the meat is tender. Shellfish and some vegetables can also be cooked this way. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Squash Leche Flan

Leche flan is a favorite Filipino dessert. It's very popular around the country, thus in every occasion, it's always present along with other desserts offered at the tables. The usual process is to steam it over an open flame, although it's a rare process to bake it, somebody likes to do so, but whatever procedure you choose the outcome will still be a delicious and creamy custard dessert. 

Leche flan has a layer of soft caramel on top, and the very common version is made out of egg, milk and sugar. To put a bit of twist and make new variety of this popular dessert, we'll add an unusual ingredient to it. Ladies and gentlemen presenting, the squash!

Squash is one of the most abundant and cheapest vegetable in the Philippines, that's why it is perfect to be the main ingredient of this dessert. It is an excellent source of calcium which is good for our bones and teeth, vitamin A that's good for eyesight and vitamin B that boosts energy. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Adobong Kamaru, a Filipino Exotic Food Recipe

There are plenty of dishes whose ingredients are unexpected, or even downright bizarre. One way to hype up your next trip's adventure factor is to try things that are unfamiliar to you, including new foods or should I say exotic foods. 
Mostly, the main ingredients in Filipino exotic dishes, are insects or bugs. One of it is the Adobong Kamaru. It's probably one of the best culinary traditions in Pampanga. It is just like a normal adobo but the main ingredient is substituted by Kamaru, and sometimes serve with tomatoes. Kamaru is a mole cricket, from the family Gryllotalpidae, in the order Orthoptera. 

Size and appearance plays a part with mole crickets, but most of them are just the  usual insect-size , typically 3-5 cm long. This insects are muscular, you can justify this by holding one in the hand; this insects are inoffensive, but the constrained insect will try to dig its way out with ample amount of force. The abdomen is the softest of its body parts, but the head, forelimbs, and prothorax are heavily sclerotize.