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Chicken Pastel

According to Wikipilipinas, Chicken Pastel also known as Pastel de Pollo is a Filipino dish of Spanish origin. This dish is also known as Chicken Pot Pie. It usually consists of chicken, potatoes, hotdog, carrots, green peas with either evaporated milk or cream. There are several variations of this dish. Some add cheese, mushroom, butter, flour and a whole lot more. My version of chicken pastel is simple and easy to make. I added pineapple tidbits and raisins to enhance its flavor. Hope you try this at home!
Ingredients
500 gms chicken, cut into serving pieces 2 medium sized potatoes, quartered1 carrot, quartered 4 cloves garlic, minced1 onion, chopped  4 pcs hotdog 1 can evaporated milk1 cup water 1 cup pineapple tidbits1 cup green peas 1/2 cup raisins1 red bell pepper, sliced thinlysalt/fish sauceblack pepper1 tsp cooking oil Preparation

1. In a large pan, heat oil and saute garlic and onion. 

2. Add the chicken pieces and cook until lightly browned. Stir in fish sauce and water. 
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Bistek Tagalog (Beef Steak)

I am not very fond of cooking beef. I guess it's because beef takes time to cook unlike chicken and pork. But when I do have time, I always make this Beef Steak recipe. It is a simple beef recipe to make. First, slice the beef sirloin as thin as possible. Then marinate it in a combination of soy sauce, calamansi juice, salt and pepper. If calamansi is not available, lemon will do. After marinating it for 1-2 hours, fry the meat and set aside. In the same pan, saute garlic and onion. Add the meat then stir in the marinade and water. Cover and boil for about 40 minutes or until done. Garnish with fried onion rings. Enjoy!
Ingredients
500 gms beef sirloin, sliced thinly3 cloves garlic, crushed1 large onion, sliced into rings*1/4 cup soy sauce3 pcs calamansi1 cup water1/4 tsp ground peppersalt cooking oil Preparation
1. In a bowl, marinate beef sirloin in soy sauce, calamansi juice, garlic,      onion, salt and ground black pepper for at least an hour. Remove meat, garlic
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Nilagang Baka

In English, nilagang baka literally means "boiled beef." This Filipino soup dish consists of beef brisket or shank, potatoes, pechay, Baguio beans, cabbage and some seasoning. Some even add saba and corn cob. A successful nilaga should have a delicious broth, meat should be tender and the vegetables not overcooked.
This nilagang baka recipe is easy to cook. The beef shank and tendon are initially sauteed in garlic and onions. Water is added then covered and boiled along with the seasoning. Vegetables such as potatoes, pechay, Baguio beans and cabbage are then added. It is usually served with fish sauce and calamansi.
Ingredients
500 gms beef shank and tendon, cut into serving pieces1 large onion, sliced4 cloves garlic, minced2 medium potatoes, quartered 4 bunches pechay10 pcs Baguio beans, ends trimmed 1 small cabbage, quartered salt/fish sauce1/2 tsp peppercorns5 cups water2 tsp vegetable oilPreparation

1. In a large pot, heat oil and saut…

Stir-Fried Asparagus

I rarely cook asparagus since it is a bit expensive as compared to other vegetables. Although, every once in a while, I include it in our diet because of its health benefits. Asparagus is rich in folate, vitamin K, calcium, phosphorus and niacin.
The way I cook asparagus is to stir-fry it. It can also be steamed, boiled and grilled. By stir frying asparagus, you have a vegetable dish in just minutes. All you have to do is prepare all the ingredients beforehand. Then, you're all set to go! 
Ingredients
2 bundles asparagus, cut into 1" size1/2 cup ground pork3 cloves garlic, minced1 onion, sliced2 tsp soy sauce2 tsp cooking oilsalt Preparation

1. In a pan, heat oil over medium heat and add garlic and onion.

2. Add the ground pork and cook until golden brown. 

3. Add the asparagus and soy sauce and cook until tender.

4. Season with salt.

Nilagang Baboy (Pork Nilaga)

Pork nilaga refers to boiled meat and vegetable dish. To make this dish, meat (usually pork belly) is boiled until tender. Once it is already tender, onions, salt and whole peppercorns are added. Vegetables such as potatoes, cabbage, beans, Chinese cabbage and saba are also added.

This is a traditional Filipino dish and often served with plain rice, fish sauce and red chilies. This is a delightful treat during the rainy season. Enjoy!

Ingredients
500 gms pork belly, cubed1 onion, sliced1 medium size cabbage, quartered2 potatoes, quartered2 tsp fish sauce1/2 tsp whole peppercorns5-6 cups watersalt Preparation
1. In a pot, add enough water and salt and boil pork belly until tender (at least an      hour).
2. When meat is tender, add onion and whole peppercorns. Simmer for 15 minutes. 
3. Add potatoes and cook until tender.
5. Add cabbage. Season with fish sauce.
6. Serve hot.

Chicken Fried Rice

Here is another 'stand alone dish' which you can prepare. It consists of chicken fillet, carrots, canned corn, green peas, garlic. onion, soy sauce and leftover rice. It is so easy to make. This is ideal when you want to prepare only one dish for the whole family. It has already meat, vegetables and rice in just one dish. This is also a great meal when you want to prepare lunch or baon for your kids. You can also add other vegetables such as snow peas, cabbage, broccoli and others. Hope you try this recipe at home!

Ingredients
2 cups leftover rice1 cup chicken fillet, sliced3 cloves garlic, crushed1 onion, sliced1 carrot, diced1/2 cup canned corn1/2 cup green peas1 1/2 tbsp soy saucesaltcooking oil Preparation
1. In a large pan, heat oil and saute garlic and onion. Add the chicken bits    and cook until tender.
2. Add the carrot, green peas and canned corn. Mix with leftover rice.

4. Pour in soy sauce and mix well.

5. Season with salt.

Tokwa't Baboy (Tofu and Pork)

Tokwa't baboy  is a popular appetizer or side dish among the Filipinos. Tokwa is the Tagalog term for tofu while baboy means pork. This side dish/appetizer is often paired with congee or lugaw. It usually consists of pork ears, pork belly, fried tofu, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, onions and red chili peppers.

Whenever I eat in a lugawan I usually order this dish. What puzzles me is why tokwa't baboy is often paired with lugaw. Probably because we inherited it from the Chinese or some foods go well together like suman and ripe mangoes, pork barbecue and java rice and a whole lot more. For this recipe, I only used pork belly since pork ears was not available in the market yesterday. Enjoy!
½ kilo pig’s ears
½ kilo pork liempo (belly)
5 pcs tokwa (tofu)
1 cup soy sauce
1 cup vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 small onions diced
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
cooking oil
Cooking Directions:
1. In a pot, boil the pig’s ears and liempo in water with salt and pep…