Saturday, May 30, 2015

Sisig

We went to Paseo De Santiago in Iligan City one day with my family and relatives on my father's side. It was nice. We took pictures of the big letters spelling Iligan City and watched the beautiful sunset. After that we ordered food for dinner. It's what Filipinos like, dining with a view. You can see the ocean and also they offer live bands on weekends. Their menu includes a variety of grilled meat or bbq as we call it. They have chicken guts/isaw and thighs. There are also other booths that offer different kinds of food like steam buns or siopao, corn dogs, sweets and more. We ordered isaw and chicken thighs plus SISIG. The sisig was really good too. They put oil and egg when they served it then lighted a fire over it. When the flame died down, we mix the egg to the rest of the ingredients. So I decided to make some when I get back abroad. My friend likes cooking sisig so I might ask her recipe too. But I found one from Panlasang Pinoy website. Below is the recipe.
 
"Philippines : Pampanga. This delicious dish can also be categorized as a main dish. Pork Sisig was invented by the late Lucia Cunanan. She is popularly know as Aling Lucing – the sisig queen. Originally, pork sisig is composed of chopped pigs face (snout included) and ears with a generous amounts of chicken liver. Hundreds of sisig variations are available today ranging from the original pigs face (maskara) ingredient to a more healthy seafood concoction such as squid, tuna, milkfish (bangus), and mussels."- Panlasang Pinoy

Ingredients
  • 1 lb. pig ears
  • 1½ lb pork belly
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 knob ginger, minced
  • 3 tbsp chili flakes
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 piece lemon (or 3 to 5 pieces calamansi)
  • ½ cup butter (or margarine)
  • ¼ lb chicken liver
  • 6 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Pour the water in a pan and bring to a boil Add salt and pepper.
  2. Put-in the pig’s ears and pork belly then simmer for 40 minutes to 1 hour (or until tender).
  3. Remove the boiled ingredients from the pot then drain excess water
  4. Grill the boiled pig ears and pork belly until done
  5. Chop the pig ears and pork belly into fine pieces
  6. In a wide pan, melt the butter or margarine. Add the onions. Cook until onions are soft.
  7. Put-in the ginger and cook for 2 minutes
  8. Add the chicken liver. Crush the chicken liver while cooking it in the pan.
  9. Add the chopped pig ears and pork belly. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes
  10. Put-in the soy sauce, garlic powder, and chili. Mix well
  11. Add salt and pepper to taste
  12. Put-in the mayonnaise and mix with the other ingredients
  13. Transfer to a serving plate. Top with chopped green onions and raw egg.
  14. Serve hot. Share and Enjoy (add the lemon or calamansi before eating)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Costabella Resort

We stayed in Cebu City for three days before we came home to the province. The whole family was with us, my parents, my brother and my sister-in-laws with their kids. We enjoyed our stay and the place was nice, white beach and awesome scenery.

Costabella is a tropical hotel with swimming pools, plenty of coconut trees and offer rooms with ocean view. We picked a partial view with balcony for ourselves. It was an awesome experience. We get to see the sunrise at the balcony. We had a beautiful view of the sunset too. Kids got to play at the kids's center and by the beach; the adults played billiards, hung out by the beach while watching the kids and also enjoyed the swimming pools together. We got to eat together too as a family. It was memorable, we got to seat in a long table and chatted, shared memories with each other. Nothing beats the laughter and time we shared over a meal. Especially if the food is great!
 
We loved the breakfast buffet. We got it every morning. They have a variety of food offered every day. My parents loved the fish and omelet. I loved the chorizo! I don't get to eat that in the US. Filipino chorizo is the best! I also had the omelet that I requested. They cook it in front of you. My husband tried all the Filipino food that they offer and he liked them. My kids ate pancake and cereal, as usual. But my lil girl ate some bacon and eggs. We had a very good breakfast at Costabella Resort. We thanked them for the wonderful experience.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Filipino Meat Balls



Meatballs and Egg Rolls are always served during a fiesta or feast. While we are here in Philippines, we went to a barrio fiesta or a province fiesta. The whole family visited my Mom's place in the province and enjoyed a really big feast. Filipinos visit from one house to another if there is a fiesta so it's like having more than three meals in a day. You can have more than one meal for lunch too. In the province, our relatives live close by but we only got to visit 2 homes and got served twice only. And our favorite, meat balls and lumpia or egg rolls were served. But did you know that these dishes are seldom served on the table? These are only served when VIPs come. I am not sure with the others but growing up, we do this. These are special dishes which are served to special guests. I guess maybe because these, like meat balls, are made of all meat and consumed quickly since they are really good. Not a lot of it is made too because the hosts usually cook the other meat for other dishes that's why we serve it only to a few peeps. That's how hospitable Filipino are. We will wait for the visitors to eat first or we'll just have one or two pieces. Now that I can cook my own, I can have all I want. Also, I can make my own without frying it. Baking is healthier. So below is the recipe that I would like to share. I'll make some for my kids, they love it! Credits to Panlasangpinoy.com.
 
Easy Meat Balls

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 lbs. ground beef (85% lean)
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup regular or Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup whole fresh milk

Cooking Procedure

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Gently mix the ingredients either by using your hands or by using a stand mixer. Make sure the the ingredients are well blended.
  4. Arrange an aluminum foil on a baking tray. Grease the foil using a cooking spray.
  5. Scoop a small portion of the mixture and mold it into a ball-shaped figure. Arrange the balls on the greased sheet.
  6. Place the tray with the meatballs in the oven. Bake for 28 to 35 minutes or until the inside part of the meatballs are fully cooked.
  7. Remove from the oven and arrange in a serving plate.
  8. Serve with your favorite sauce.
  9. Share and enjoy!
Number of servings (yield): 6

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Airplane Meals

 It took me a while to post this but here it is. For those who don't have an idea what's in the menu when you are on board on a plane, well, it differs but sure they are good! Cathay Pacific offers yummy food. We had pork and beef with vegetables and fruits. Kids had pasta. There's rice too and bread. Aside from the main entrée, drinks were also provided.
We flew for 17 hours all in all, we had a connecting flight in Hong Kong from LAX. We get to eat different meals and snacks. My son kept on requesting ice cream and crackers. My lil girl enjoyed her food and I do as well.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Welcome Home Party

 
"Welcome Home" as the big sign says on the tarpaulin, we are truly blessed to be home safely! We are so happy that we are back now in Philippines. My love ones couldn't be more happier.
 
They prepared a party for us. My relatives and friends came and had a simple welcome home party. We had pork lechon, pancit and a few of my favorite Filipino food. It is so good to be back. I still can't believe it. This is where will be my home and my Kitchen for 5 weeks. There will be more adventures to be documented and pictures to be taken with my love ones plus more pinoy food to enjoy. I can't wait!