"Tagalog" is the name of the Philippines language spoken around the capital Manila and the northern part of the country ! There for this dish is tradional to that area , you can eat it for breakfast lunch dinner or late night snack , of course steamed rice is the perfect match !!
Tender cuts of beef ! Tenderloin if possible
Calamansi juice( the local lime ) use lemon juice as alternative
Seasoning for marination
Beef is marinated with all ingredients for a hour ,
Then pan fried both sides , and marination and little water , simmer for 10 min .add sliced onions and simmer for 5 min till onion is soft ! Serve hot
Recipe photography and food styling By: Chef Nicholas Anderson for www.culinaryglobetrotter.com
What's with this Meme!! And you wanna drive in Manila ?? Hahhaha
I first arrived in Manila on vacation from Singapore after my first contract on ships in June 1991 , I left the country march 2011 .
Anyone who has been in the Philippines lately may recognize the new meme going around, “More fun in the Philippines”. The meme has gone crazy and can be heard and seen everywhere.
Credit to the start of this new favorite phrase is given to the DOT or Department of Tourism, which started the meme as a way to attract new tourists to the Philippines. The DOT has been pushing this meme since January 6th of 2012, and needless to say, the meme has certainly taken off!
The people’s support of the “It’s more fun in the Philippines” meme has resulted in many people contributing pictures , using the meme in business and daily conversation, and much more. Video, pictures, audio, you think of it, and there’s someone out there that has put the meme to use in it.
What is a meme?
When doing my research for “It’s more fun in the Philippines” at the DOT’s official website, I realized that they kept referring to the phrase “It’s more fun in the Philippines” as a meme. I had never heard of a meme before, and I was curious as to whether or not I had stumbled upon a new Taglish word.
It wasn’t hard to guess that a meme is a phrase or quote or something similar, but knowing the Philippines as well as it’s culture, I took the opportunity to research the word, meme. As it turns out, a meme is actually English (although that would still qualify the word as Taglish). A quick search on google, brought me to a Wikipedia article that defined the word.
A meme ( /ˈmiːm/; MEEM)) is “an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.” A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate and respond to selective pressures.
The definition certainly fit, and I now knew what a meme was. As a good example, for those of you who are young enough or “cool” enough to be in the know, a current meme frenzy that has been going viral within the United States for the last three or four years have been about Chuck Norris.
At first glimpse, the Philippines may seem like either a modern or advanced culture, or to some, it may seem like a backwards, third world country. Although there are many American type of advancements and amenities, anyone who looks closely enough will see that the Philippines is actually a distinct culture of it’s own. I guarantee there is no culture quite like the Philippines, and it really is more fun in the Philippines!
Driving. More fun in the Philippines?
Wanting to stick with the spirit of the Philippine’s official meme of “It’s more fun in the Philippines”, I decided to pick out one of the things I found particularly interesting in the Philippines. I also wanted to throw in a little humor. (Pinoy driving is CRAZY!) If you’ve visited the Philippines, specifically Metro Manila, you will quickly notice that traffic and driving is very different here in the Philippines. It’s so different in fact, that I would never attempt to drive here unless I was navigating on a scooter.
For those who grew up here, driving in the Philippines wouldn’t seem so scary. I however come from a small town outside Geneva and have only had to deal with that kind of traffic when I was young .
First and foremost, the difference in driving here is not just the squeezing of eight lanes of traffic into 3 lanes, but rather the way you drive. In Switzerland , you are taught to drive “Defensively” whereas in the Philippines, you must drive “Offensively”. For example, If you sit at an intersection waiting your turn to get into the flow of traffic, you will never go anywhere.
Another big difference in the driving is how close vehicles travel together. I’ve experienced tricycle rides where there is only half an inch between you and another vehicle and the drivers fly right past each other without a second thought. Add to this “too close for comfort” driving the ignoring of right lane and left lane rules, as well as many stop lights, and just about any other traffic law, and you’ve got a three ring circus for travel.
Driving is not necessary in the Philippines
A better meme would have probably been “Riding. More fun in the Philippines”. One of the nice things about living or staying within the Philippines is that fact that you really do not need to drive. As a matter of fact, most Pinoy don’t drive! Driving here can not only be crazy, but buying and maintaining a vehicle of your own can be cost prohibitive. Most natives make use of walking, bicycling, tricycles, jeepneys, taxis, buses, and other forms of commercial transport.take note I had a Pinoy driving license since 1998 , and without lesson or any guidance I passed my Swiss driving license last June ! Manila driving classes .
Just make sure that if you foreigner taking a taxi to request the use of the meter only. You can request the use of the meter by saying “meter lang”. If you are going to travel by taxi, don’t let the taxi driver argue with you about using the meter. By law the taxi driver must use the meter when requested. If he refuses, simply get out of the taxi and get another.
The craziest time ever to hit the road in Manila is December , it's just one big large parking lot ! You can't imagine it till you seat at the wheel in your car at 6 pm on Edsa and think ! What the hell is going on !
By:Chef Nicholas Anderson for www.culinaryglobetrotter.com
This a great stew , you can use pork or chicken or combine both together .
1 kgs chopped chicken with bone
200 grs diced carrots
300 grs diced potatoes
200 grs diced peppers red and green
500 ml tomato sauce
30 grs garlic chopped
100 grs chopped onions
20 ml olive oil
50 ml chicken stock
5 grs black pepper crushed
10 grs salt iodized
Bay leaves 3 pcs
Sautéed chicken first in woke with oil then add all ingredient except liquids and sautéed again for 3 minutes !
Add liquid and let cook for 10 to 15 min
Serve hot with steamed rice and extra chili if needed
This is actually a great healthy dish
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This is a classic Pinoy food dish !
Photography By:Chef Nicholas Anderson for www.culinaryglobetrotter.com
This is my favourite Filipino soup , you can serve it with steam rice if it's a main course , or just as is!
Pork Sinigang Ingredients:
3/4 kilo Pork, cut into chunks
3 tomatoes, sliced
2 onions, diced
5 cloves of garlic, minced
100 grams Kangkong (river spinach)
100 grams String beans
2 pieces white radishes, sliced
3 pieces gabi (taro), pealed
2 pieces sili pag sigang (green finger pepper)
200 grams sampalok (tamarind)
3 tablespoons of patis (fish sauce)
1 liter of rice wash or water
Sinigang Cooking Instructions:
Boil sampalok in water until the shell shows cracks. Let cool then peal off the shells and with a strainer, pour samplalok (including water) into a bowl. Gently massage the sampalok meat off the seeds, strain again.
In a pot, sauté garlic and onion then add the tomatoes. Let simmer for 5 minutes.
Add pork and fish sauce then add the rice wash. Bring to a boil then simmer for 15 minutes then add the gabi. Continue to simmer for another 15 minutes or until the pork is tender.
Add the horse radish and simmer for 10 minutes then add the string beans, kangkong and sili (for spice-optional). Let boil for 2 minutes.
Serve piping hot.
Sinigang Cooking Tip:
Instead of sampalok fruit (tamarind), you can substitute it with any commercial souring seasoning like Knorr sampalok seasoning or tamarind bouillon cubes for this pork sinigang recipe.
If you are in the Philippines, it would be almost impossible to go to any bakeshops without seeing the famous ensaymada being displayed. This is a very popular bread all over the country and it is so good you can take it almost every day of the week without getting tired of the taste.
Some versions have fillings while others don’t. This recipe is the plain version but still very delicious nonetheless. It is flavorful and light but with some heft, not like the commercial ones you buy from bakeries.
You can create so many different variations ! I have with my pastry chefs done ;
Plain , cheese , chocolate , caramel , coffee , leche flan , mongo beans , pandan , Bavarian, coconut , ham, ube, peanut butter , m&m , banana, pineapple, pinacolada ,strawberry, honey, adobo, corned beef , gummy bears , mango .. All these have been done and sold ! But you can create your own , just follow the basic recipe and add your filling before proofing the dough .
Shapes and size is up to you !
10-SOFT'R COTTON (BREAD EMULSIFIER)
105G PER ONE CUT
BUTTER CREAM FOR ICING
SHERREDED QUICK MELT CHEESE ON TOP
Just remember to twist and twist again, plus proofing is done two times , first as a dough for 1 hour , then after you shape and stuff your ensaymada .
One of the many well known Filipino food delicacy that can be found here only in the Philippines is called "balut".
A balut is a fertilized duck (or chicken) egg with a nearly-developed embryo inside that is boiled and eaten in the shell. It is commonly sold as streetfood in the Philippines.
Balut is usually served warm and fresh. Some of the pubs in Philippines serves the balut with beers.
The Pinoys usually tap the tip of the Balut to make a small crack on the top and drink up the juices inside the egg shell. After that the Balut shell will be cracked open and a pinch of salt will be springled on the Balut. Then, get ready to ‘wallup’ the whole thing into your mouth. I’m sure it’d taste good with beer.
Balut are most often eaten with a pinch of salt, some prefer chili and vinegar to complement their egg. The eggs are savored for their balance of textures and flavors; the broth surrounding the embryo is sipped from the egg before the shell is peeled and the yolk and young chick inside can be eaten. All of the contents of the egg are consumed, although the whites may remain uneaten, due to its toughness depending on the age of the fertilized egg.
Balut is now being served as appetizers in restaurants; cooked adobo style, fried in omelettes or even used as filling in baked pastries.
Slow cooked pork or chicken or both combined in soya sauce , white vinegar , black peppercorn , onions , garlic , bay leaves boiled egg is optional , served with plain steamed rice , garlic rice or like on my picture with egg fried rice , this dish can be found all over the Philippines in a lot of different versions( with liver or seafood or with coconut milk , even a dry version , it's simple to prepare , can be eaten any time of day , easy to reheat or prepare ahead of time , left overs can be used for fried adobo flakes ! Great simple tasty dish .
It doesn't really matter if the slogan is similar to advertisement
promoting Switzerland back 1951. What matter is the action on how much they want to promote tourism in Philippines and how much they want to give information to visitors. With the website now all people who love the Philippines now have answer to a question asked all the time: Why
should I go to the Philippines?http://itsmorefuninthephilippines.com/
officially known as the Republic of the Philippines , is a country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan. West across the South China Sea sits Vietnam. The Sulu Sea to the southwest lies between the country and the island of Borneo, and to the south the Celebes Sea separates it from other islands of Indonesia. It is bounded on the east by the Philippine Sea. Its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire and its tropical climate make the Philippines prone to earthquakes and typhoon but have also endowed the country with natural resources and made it one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world. An archipelago comprising 7,107 islands, the Philippines is categorized broadly into three main geographical divisions: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Its capital city is Manila.
20 years of my life was spent in the philippines so this are some places to see.. I know this country by heart.
This quintessential paradise island may have been heavily developed, but it’s still the country’s most popular tourist attraction. As you laze on the beach at sunset drinking a happy hour cocktail after a day diving, kite boarding or just doing nothing, it isn’t difficult to see the appeal. It is the bussiest island on summer.Boracay is one competitive venue for the Asian Windsurfing Tour, with the week-long Boracay International Funboard Cup competition usually held in January on Bulabog Beach.
is the capital of the Philippines. It is one of the sixteen cities forming Metro Manila. Located on the eastern shores of Manila Bay and is bordered by Navotas and Caloocan to the north, Quezon City to thenortheast, San J uan and Mandaluyong to the east, Makati on the southeast, and Pasay to the south. Explore old Manila and see the remains of the massive wall that protected Intramuros, the Spanish walled city. Highlights include San Agustin Church (which has a small museum), Casa Manila (a reconstruction of a wealthy family’s home) and the ruins of Fort Santiago.
World's smallest monkey in Bohol
See the world's smallest monkey,the tarsier, on Bohol Island, also home to fascinating natural wonders that include hundreds of limestone hills resembling oversized chocolate drops, nicknamed the 'Chocolate Hills'. Also visit the Baclayon Church, which dates back to 1595.
Palawan Island is the largest island of the Palawan Province, Philippines.
The northern coast of the island is along the South China Sea, while the
southern coast forms part of the northern limit of the Sulu Sea. This island is very undeveloped and traditional. Abundant wildlife, jungle mountains, and white sandy beaches attract many tourists.
A signature dish of any good chef holds the potential to captivate the palate and fascinate the imagination. From the selected ingredients to the chef’s culinary zeal, it’s the inspiration that truly makes a signature dish unique and be well-loved by the most discerning guests.Every chef and cook has his or her signature dish. This is the dish, whether sweet or savory, that best represents the person who prepared it.