Beef Shortribs adobo

Sep 03

Beef Shortribs adobo

Adobo is getting popular in the United States especially with restaurateur Amy Besa making it well-loved dish in New York. She shared this adobo recipe at The Maya Kitchen recently. You will love the thick, rich, dark brown, almost chocolaty sauce and it becomes even richer if you replace half the stock with coconut milk. Who doesn’t like coconut milk? Besa...

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Lasagna with Bechamel Sauce

Feb 12

Lasagna with Bechamel Sauce

Something to cook for Valentine’s day. My husband’s favorite pasta dish has got to be lasagna. Whenever we have guests, he makes this special request and I tell him that it gets to be boring. Well, I think lasagna is an all-time favorite for most pinoys. Lasagna involves three steps: The tomato meat sauce, boiling the pasta and the preparation of the...

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Beef Mechado Recipe

Jan 17

Beef Mechado Recipe

I already posted a Beef Mechado recipe but that version used vinegar. The one featured here will use calamansi. It was supposed to have no tomato too. There are other versions of mechado that doesn’t use tomato but I prefer my mechado to have tomato. I just like my beef to have that tomato goodness in it. However, you can choose to remove the tomato. So here...

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Heritage recipe: Beef Pochero

Jul 03

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Every Filipino family has their own version of Beef Pochero just like Adobo and Mechado. A popular dish in this blog is my version of Beef Pochero aka Cocido which is mainly a Noche Buena dish. It makes use of left-over ham from the Christmas celebration. Growing up in Cebu, I recall my mother adding saba . Whole firm Saba bananas are boiled together in the broth....

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Heritage recipe: Mechado ni Lola Asiang

Jul 02

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Every family has their own heritage recipe passed down from generation to generation. The women of the Reyes culinary clan shared some of their heritage recipes at The Maya Kitchen recently. Nancy Reyes Lumen, a well known chef, author and TV personality showed how to cook ‘Mechado’ the Lola Asiang way with tons of over ripe tomatoes and shallots. Mechado...

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Korean Beef Stew

Jan 31

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I first ate Korean Beef Stew at the old Kimchi Korean Fastfood in the mid-seventies. My love for Korean beef stew inspired me to make my own version similar to the Kimchi Korean beef Stew. Here is my version that is a hit with my guests. Korean Beef Stew 1k beef ribs (half kilo is lean and half kilo are beef shanks or short ribs) 1/2 cup sugar 2 tbsp sesame oil 2...

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Lengua Estofada (Braised Beef Tongue)

Dec 13

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The doctor turned chef Efren ‘Boy’ Vazquez of Cafe Juanita showed off his culinary skills by doing a traditional Filipino holiday feast at the Maya Kitchen. One well-loved traditional dish is the Lengua Estofada or Braised Beef Tongue. I remember this dish fondly because my mestiza auntie always served this during the Christmas Season. The dish is of Hispanic...

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Shepherd’s Pie, a dish of ground meat topped with mashed potato

Dec 08

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It was Sandy Daza’s Home Cooked Meals at The Maya Kitchen a few weeks back. Sadly I could not join as I had to attend to something that Saturday. Maya Kitchen shared me the recipe though. Let me share Shepherds’ Pie which is so easy to prepare, no-fuss cooking and a must-have dish at home if you are bored with Pinoy cooking. I often prepare this at home...

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Wagyu fried rice and Crispy Kani Salad with Sesame dressing

Jul 02

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I often think Japanese cuisine is difficult to prepare and cooking complicated dishes is really not my cup of tea unless it is for special occasions. In a recent cooking demo at The Maya Kitchen, renowned Japanese Chef Seiji Kamura showcased his unique recipes and immense talent. Chef Kamura who has chosen the Philippines as his home for over 30 years is a respected...

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Beef Morcon

Apr 25

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Morcon involves a lot of labor of love that it is usually prepared for family gatherings, special occasions like noche buena, New Year festivities or even Christening. Filipino Morcon is actually “stuffed beef roulade with filling of food mixtures such as cheese, sausage, ham, and other food mixtures to achieve a delicious meal.” Looks complicated,...

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