Thursday, July 24, 2014


Another Ilonggo's pride is this delicious chicken dish that's rich in taste, cooked in coconut water. If you know how to cook chicken tinola, this is very similar to it, the only difference is this is cooked with coconut water. You can add tinola vegetables for this recipe, mine I only want it this way.

1 whole native chicken ( chopped to your desired size)
3 young coconut (buko)  coconut and water seperated
2 cloves garlic
1 onion (minced)
2 stalks spring onion
1 stalk lemon grass (tanglad)
salt and pepper to taste

1. Saute the garlic, ginger and onion then add the chicken and braise for few minutes.
2. Add the coconut water and bring to a boil, when boiling add then lemon grass then simmer until the meat is tender, add the coconut meat, salt and pepper to taste then simmer for 5 minutes and turn off the heat.
3. Put the spring onion and serve it hot.

Binalot na Dilis Paksiw

I love cooking anchovies paksiw this way to avoid it from breaking up. I learned this style from my parents.

1/2 kilo anchovies ( dilis)
thumb size ginger
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 teaspoon black pepper (crushed)
banana leaves for wrapping

1.  Combine the anchovies, ginger, black pepper, salt, garlic and 1/4 cup vinegar and mix well.
2. Spoon a portion then place it on the banana leaves and wrap well.
3. When wrapping is done, put the rest of the vinegar, cover and cook over low heat. Serve when done.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How To Cook Spam

 Here is my simple way of preparing a spam.

1.Slice the spam into your desired thickness.

2. Dip each slice in a beaten egg until well coated.
3. Fried until cooked. Rest in a paper towel to remove excess oil before serving.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sinigang na Bangus

I'm craving for  a milkfish belly with soup and this is the perfect dish for it, the creamy milkfish belly in a hot sour soup oh so yummy.

1 big milkfish (bangus)
1 bunch kangkong (swamp cabbage)
1 onion
3 cups water ( add if needed)
2 tablespoons patis
chili finger ( siling haba)
1/4 kilo tamarind  (wash well boiled and drained) or  sinigang mix according to your taste
salt to taste
1. In a pot put the onion,  fish sauce, chili finger, salt and fish then cook over medium heat, allow the natural juice of the fish to come out and simmer for 3 minutes then add the water and bring to a boil.
2. Simmer until the fish is cooked then add the swamp cabbage and simmer until cooked then add the tamarind extract or sinigang mix then simmer for a minute and turn off the heat.
3. Serve it hot.

Simple Tapioca Macaroni Salad

Simple and easy to prepare salad yet so delicious. I prepared this when I arrived at a friend's house who wants to taste one of my tapioca salads :-). She recommend this recipe for everybody because she really loved it after she tasted.

Ingredients for 20 servings:
1/2 kilo Tapioca pearls ( cooked and drained)
1/2 kilo macaroni ( cooked according to its packaging procedure)
1 can Fruit cocktail (380 grams)
500 ml Nestle All purpose cream (2 tetra packs)
1 can condensed milk (390 grams)
1 can evaporated milk (370 ml)
2 cups  any color nata de coco

1. Combine all the ingredients then refrigerate for few hours.
2. Serve with a smile :-).

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Rellenong Bangus

Stuffed milkfish ( rellenong bangus) a little laborious to make but it's worth it, very yummy and perfect to prepare for the whole family specially during special gatherings.

Ingredients for 3 regular size Milkfish:
3 pieces milkfish  (properly cleaned)
1 onion( diced)
4 cloves garlic (minced)
1 carrot (minced)
1 cup green peas
1 bell pepper (minced)
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup corn starch for dusting
salt and pepper to taste
cooking oil for frying

1.Pound the fish gently to loosen meat from the skin, then remove all the meat and bones from inside the fish by scraping it with a spoon or handle of a ladle. Remove the central bone by breaking it in the tail and near the head.

2. Over low heat cook the fish meat, then let it cool and remove all the bones, set aside.

3. Saute the garlic and onion then add the de-boned and flaked fish, stir then add the rest of the ingredients and simmer until done. Stuff the skin of the fish with the filling.

4. After stuffing the fish, dust it with corn starch to avoid oil from splatting when you fry it. Heat the oil and deep fry the fish until golden brown.

5. After frying, set aside to cool before slicing ( slicing it while hot is easy to break) Serve it with rice and enjoy.

Note: You can marinate the skin with soy sauce and calamansi juice if you want.

Clam soup ( Sinabawan nga tuway)

This variety of sea shell is one of the bests for soups. The meat is succulent and the soup is irresistible. "Higop na!" .

1/2 kilo clams
1 cup horse radish (malunggay)
1 onion
1 tomato
1 1/2 cup water
salt and pepper to taste

1. In a pot put the water, onion and tomato then bring to a boil, when boiling add the clams and boil for 2 minutes or until the shells opened.
2. Add the horse radish, salt and pepper to taste then simmer for a minute and turn off the heat.
3. Serve it hot and enjoy.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Halabos na Alimango

Halabos is a cooking method in the Philippines wherein you cook the base ingredients with its own juice. This cooking procedure mostly applies to shrimps and crabs because these seafoods do not require a lot of time and soup in cooking.

1 kilo crab ( washed well)
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cloves garlic


1. Put the crabs in a pan together with the salt and garlic.
2. Cook over medium heat until the natural juice comes out, stirring occasionally until done.
3. Serve hot .

Adobong Bangus

Tired of the usual milkfish paksiw? Try this milkfish adobo recipe and enjoy a delicious meal.

1 big milkfish ( cleaned and sliced)
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 bal leaves/laurel
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon ginger strips
1 small onion

1. Saute the garlic, ginger and onion then add the fish and all the ingredients then bring to a boil, once boiling, let simmer over low heat until the fish is fully cooked.

2. Serve it hot.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ginisang Fresh Alamang

This is not my favorite viand to eat, but this one, I was not able to resist. The natural flavor of a very fresh alamang captured my taste buds. I want to have it again. :-).

1/4 kilo fresh alamang
1 big tomato (diced)
1 onion (diced)
2 cloves garlic
1 small bell pepper (diced)
2 stalks spring onion
salt and pepper to taste

1. Saute the garlic, onion and tomato then add the fresh uyap and continue to sauté until half cooked.

2. Add the bell pepper, salt and pepper then stir until done.
3. Sprinkle with spring onion then serve it hot.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Mely's Kitchen Pancit Canton

My favorite noodles recipe of all time.  I garnish it with hard boiled egg, stir fried shrimps and serve it to a VIP :-). She said it's so delicious.

Ingredients for 6 servings:
1/2 kilo Pancit Canton
1 carrot ( strips)
1/2 kilo cabbage
1/4 kilo squid balls ( sliced)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
4 cups water
1/4 kilo pork
2 cloves garlic
1 small  onion
salt and pepper to taste

1. Saute the garlic and onion then add the pork and saute until brownish, add the squid balls and stir until it is also brownish.
2. Add the soy sauce and water then bring to a boil, simmer for  a minute then add the carrots and cabbage, simmer for a minute.
3. Add the pancit canton, stir well to mix evenly, add with salt and pepper to taste, stir until the pancit canton is cooked and turn off the heat.
4. Serve it hot with a smile :-).

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Dulce De Langka

Do you have some ripe jackfruit and you can not eat it all? This aromatic and sweet candied jackfruit is perfect to be cooked for the whole family specially this weekend. Have fun cooking.

1 kilo jackfruit meat ( seeds removed)
1 cup brown sugar (add if needed)
1 cup water
Ripe Jackfruit

1. In a medium heat melt the sugar then add the water and jackfruit , mix well to distribute the sugar evenly, cover and simmer while stirring occasionally until you reached the consistency of a good candied jackfruit.

3. When it is done allow to cool and serve it as a dessert or a sandwich spread. Yummy!


Shrimp and Tuna Omelette

Simple and easy to make yet so yummy, I cooked this with my nephews and nieces and we all loved it.

Ingredients for 10 servings:
8 beaten eggs
1/4 kilo shrimps ( de-shelled and cleaned)
1 can tuna flakes ( drained)
1 small onion (minced)
1 tomato ( diced)
salt and pepper to taste

1. Saute the onion and tomato then add the shrimps and continue to saute for a minute, add the tuna flakes, salt and pepper then simmer until cooked. Set aside.
2. Heat the pan with oil, pour in the beaten eggs then add the sauteed mixture and continue cooking until the omelette is done.
3. Serve it hot and do not forget to smile big :-).

Friday, July 11, 2014

Mely's Kitchen Bangus Paksiw

Paksiw is a cooking process in the Philippines using vinegar. Milk fish paksiw is my favorite specially the belly part, oh so yummy! I added a little soy sauce for a darker color of the fish.

1 medium size bangus ( sliced and cleaned)
1/2 cup vinegar
1 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon black pepper ( crushed)
some chili finger (siling haba)
thumb size ginger
1 small onion
2 cloves garlic
salt to taste

1. In a pot put all the ingredients except the water then allow to boil, when boiling reduce the heat and simmer  until the fish is half cooked.
2. Add the water and continue to boil until the fish is fully cooked.
3. Serve it hot with extra rice.


One of the popular breakfast combo in the Philippines among "silogs" is this one, "TOSILOG" composed of
Tocino=TO - this is a sweet cured meat, it can be beef, pork or chicken.
Sinangag=SI- Filipino term for Fried Rice
Itlog= LOG - Filipino term for egg

My nephews and nieces love this combo, once in a while they can have it.
This is very easy to prepare, just cook the tocino and set aside.
Make fried rice and fried some eggs then arrange everything in a platter and serve.

Baked Scallops

A delicious delicacy that will make you want for more. Scallops are one of the best sea foods, a little expensive but it's worth it.

6 pieces scallop ( boiled and ready in half shell)
1/2 cup flaked or grated mozarella cheese
1/2 cup mixed boiled vegetables ,diced( carrot, potato and green peas)
salt and pepper to taste

Fresh scallops
1.Top each scallop with mixed vegetables, salt, pepper and cheese.

2. Pre-heat the oven and bake the scallops for 15 minutes at 180C.
3. Serve and enjoy.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Adobong Itik

Duck meat is one of the yummiest meats that can be cooked into adobo. Meaty and succulent, I added  Sprite to really enhance the flavor and help in tenderizing the meat.

1 whole duck ( cleaned and sliced to your desired size)
3 cloves garlic
1 onion
1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 cups sprite
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
salt if needed

1.Saute the garlic and onion then add the duck and continue to saute until the pinkish color is gone.
2. Add the vinegar, soy sauce and ground pepper then simmer until the soy sauce color is evenly distributed in the meat, then add the Sprite and bring to a boil then simmer until the meat is tender.
3. Add salt if needed, when the meat is tender turn off the heat.
4. Serve it hot with rice.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Savor the delicious flavor of various vegetable put together in one recipe called laswa. The popular vegetable soup recipe from Ilonggos. You can put  shrimps or fried fish to add more flavor, I used only fish paste because my sister told me that she like it with it.

1 onion
2 tablespoons fish paste ( bagoong isda)
1 bunch string beans 
1 small patola
1 cup malunggay
6 pieces okra
2 eggplants
1 bunch alugbati
1/2 kilo squash
3 cups water ( add if needed)
salt to taste

1. In a pot put the water, onion, fish paste then allow to boil.
2. Add the squash, eggplant and okra, simmer until half cooked, then increase the heat so that when we put the leaves it will not be grayish.
3. Add the patola and string beans then simmer for 2 minutes, add the alugbati and salt, simmer until cooked then put the malunggay, stir and turn off the heat.
4. Serve it hot.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Bangus Sisig

Healthier version of sisig. I saw some leftover grilled Bangus from our lunch, that's why I cooked this, my Mom loved it, since she can not eat pork sisig because of health reasons. She said it's really yummy.

1 1/2 cup flaked Bangus
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1  onion (minced)
3 cloves garlic (minced)
1/4 teaspoon chili powder ( can be replaced with fresh chili according to your taste)
2  tablespoons lemon or calamansi juice
1 egg (optional)
spring onion
salt and pepper to taste

Leftover Grilled Bangus

1. Saute the garlic and onion, then add the flaked Bangus, give it a good stir.
2. Add the chili powder, soy sauce, calamansi juice, salt and pepper then stir until well combined, continue stirring until done, crack and egg then sprinkle with spring onion.
3. Serve hot and enjoy.