Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Over the past weeks I've been having an obsession with fried chicken. My wife sparked it again with her craving for Zippy's Fried Chicken and Zippy's Signature Chili combination plate. I've always had an obsession with making the closest recipe to KFC Original Recipe Fried Chicken and or Zippy's Fried Chicken which is a long time favorite among the local Hawaiian residents. There are many fried chicken recipes on the internet especially for KFC Chicken. I've tried my share in the past when I started to learn more about cooking while growing up. Tonight for dinner I made Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix. I was prompted to make this recipe because I didn't have any flour or cornstarch in the cupboard except for a big bag of instant buttermilk pancake mix. They had other variations of this recipe which used just the water and the pancake mix. I opted not to add water and instead used the mix as a flour dredge. I might add it came out pretty well with the addition of Mrs. Dash Original Spice Blend. Here is the recipe.
Buttermilk Fried Chicken
1 3-4 lb whole fresh fryer chicken, cut up in pieces for frying
2 cups Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix
2 Tbsp Hawaiian rock sea salt or kosher rock salt
1 tsp MSG (optional)
Dash fresh cracked black pepper to taste
2 Tbsp Mrs. Dash Original Spice Blend
canola oil for frying
Cut up whole chicken in pieces and rinse in cold water and drain in strainer. Put pieces in mixing bowl add sea salt and cover with warm tap water. Mix and soak for 10 minutes. Drain from brine and set aside. In another mixing bowl add pancake mix, pepper, Mrs. Dash spices, MSG, and pepper. Mix by hand dry ingredients until blended well. Add pieces of chicken meat to dredge in pancake mix. Coat pieces evenly all over and shake off excess flour mixture. The warm brine will make dry ingredients adhere to chicken. Set dredged pieces on a cookie sheet to rest while you heat a frying pan or wok with canola oil. Add enough oil to about 3 inches deep. Oil should be about 375 degrees F. Fry chicken in 2 batches and do not overcrowd wok or the temperature will drop and the chicken will soak up the oil. Each batch takes approximately 15 minutes to cook. Turn pieces with thongs or chopsticks to cook chicken evenly on both sides. Chicken pieces will brown and crisp nicely. Drain chicken on paper towels and cool before serving.
Easy fried chicken with instant pancake mix!
My wife ate her chicken with brown rice and buttered corn niblets. The Colonel would've been proud! lol :)
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Well another weekend request from my wife. This time her cravings for meaty meatballs came into play for Meatball and Egg Sarciado. Sarciado is a tomato base sauce with simple ingredients like garlic, onions, a splash of patis (fish sauce) and vinegar with a slight subtle sweetness. This time the main ingredient is meatballs and hard boiled eggs. I made a plain Egg Sarciado for my wife before that came out pretty good for my protein diet. The tomato sauce gives it a rich flavor to it. Here is the recipe.
Meatball and Egg Sarciado
12 eggs hard boiled and shelled
3-4 lbs of fresh ground beef, rolled into 1/2 inch diameter meatballs (pre-season with salt and pepper)
1 large whole tomato, sliced
2 cloves of fresh garlic, crushed and minced fine
Dash fresh cracked black pepper
patis (fish sauce/nuoc mam) to taste
vinegar to taste
MSG to taste (optional)
1 bay laurel leaf, ripped in half
1 small onion, sliced
1 Tbsp canola oil
1-2 cups water, more or less
1 8oz can tomato sauce or 1/4 cup tomato paste
1-2 tsp Splenda or sugar
In a pot place 12 eggs and cover with water. Bring to a boil then lower to a medium heat and cook eggs hardboiled for about 15 minutes. Rinse in running cold water and peel shells off of eggs. Drain from water and set aside for later.
Prepare meatballs by mixing ground beef in a mixing bowl with salt and pepper and egg. Mix well and roll into meatballs.
Heat oil in frying pan and brown meatballs until well done. Do not burn. Drain on paper towels.
In same frying pan saute garlic, onions, tomatoes and bay leaf until onions are translucent. Do not burn garlic.
Add tomato paste and water and let boil for 2 minutes. Season with black pepper and MSG.
Add meatballs and hardboiled eggs. Splash patis and vinegar to taste. Adjust flavor to your preference. Add Splenda to desired sweetness. Simmer for 10 minutes to let sauce cook down and thicken.
Serve with hot steamed white or brown rice.
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
I know its kinda late but I would like to share my thoughts of Lasang Pinoy to make the roundup. I don't recall much of what I did on August 21, 1983. It was summer vacation for me in the 11th grade as a junior in high school transitioning to become a senior. I was 16 years old and remember seeing footage on local Hawaii TV news about the slaying of Senator Benigno Ninoy Aquino Jr. I thought to myself how evil a person or persons were to do such a dreadful thing to a good man. I remember thinking about President Ferdinand Marcos and the news stating his implication in the event soon after. It was confusing times for me. I really didn't see the ramifications it had on Hawaii's filipino population and the rest of the world. Although most of the filipinos of Hawaii were of Ilocano descent and strong Marcos supporters, there was a definite rift in the communities. I remember watching Cory Aquino and her EDSA Revolution on TV as it unfolded and also when President Marcos and his family fled to the US and stayed in Hawaii until his death in 1993 from cardiac arrest. His body was in a air-conditioned mausoleum not too far from where we lived in Valley of the Temples Memorial Park in Kahalu'u, Hawaii. Such a turbulent time. Who would ever thought I would go to the Philippines 20 years later to meet my beautiful loving wife and see my homeland. All in all I knew it was a good thing that resulted by the death of a great man for the people of the Philippines and to the end of martial law and the Marcos dictatorship.
Born and raised as a chubby filipino-american boy, I was always proud of my culture and heritage. It has always been a deep longing in my heart to learn more of my roots about my family on both my parents sides. My dad's family from the north of the Philippines in Ilocos Norte and to the south my mother's side in the Visayas. Filipino Cuisine has always been a part of me while growing up and watching my grandfather prep and cook for big weddings with a few of his friends toiling at huge carbon steel woks over 50 gallon barrel halves over open charcoal wood fires. There were no such thing as propane burners, everything was cooked over an open fire to which was controlled by feeding or starving the flame for the perfect temperature. Litson Baboy or lechon, dinadaraan or dinuguan, pinakbet or diningdeng and various kakanin such as bibingka and suman were highlight favorites of my youth as well as my siblings. Filipino food brings back so much memories of growing up. Such comfort food where it felt so safe and secure like a warm cuddly blanket.
Everytime I cook I think of my late grandfathers and how they taught me to cook. And the way I think they would have taught me for the dishes I learned on my own. My Kapampangan wife Aurora is a great inspiration and motivator for me. It's her that broadened my horizons to what excellent filipino cuisine is all about. Even though she doesn't really cook at all. Well she just eats like all spoiled rich filipina girls in the Phils. Here in America we didn't have the luxury of a maid, cook, and or yaya (nursemaid). Going to the Philippines was a culture shock and eye opener for me. It has made me a better person and husband in understanding my wife and the filipino way of thinking.
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Today for lunch we had Deep Fried Crispy Skin Pork Filets with katsu sauce from scratch. Nothing special but just good eating!! :) Here is the recipe.
Deep Fried Crispy Pork Filets
2-3 lbs boneless pork shoulder butt, sliced into thin filets and tenderized (pounded)
2 eggs scrambled
2 cups tapioca starch or cornstarch
fresh cracked black pepper to taste
Hawaiian or kosher rock salt to taste
MSG to taste (optional)
enough canola oil for deep frying
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
2 Tbsp Tabasco chili pepper sauce for spicyness
1/4 cup brown sugar
fresh cracked black pepper to taste
2-4 Tbsp vinegar to taste for extra tangyness
2 Tbsp tapioca starch or cornstarch with 1 cup of water, mix well (thickener)
Add all ingredeients in saucepan and bring to a boil then simmer. Add tapioca starch slurry to thicken sauce. Remove from heat and serve as dipping sauce for crispy pork.
Season pork filets with salt, pepper, and MSG. Mix well and let stand for 5 minutes. Heat oil in wok to approximately 375 degrees F. Dip pork filets in egg wash and dredge in tapioca starch. Drop in hot oil and deep fry until brown and filets float to the top. Drain on paper towels. Let cool and chop into pieces. Serve along side with katsu sauce.
The meat on the left is just plain deep fried pork without the breading...
Enjoy!! Onolicious!! :D
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Here is picture of the Lechon Pig Head.
This dish is always made after a filipino celebration such as a birthday party or a holiday like Christmas. Paksiw Na Lechon is the leftover roasted pig stewed in a sweet sour vinegary sauce. It can stretch leftovers of the pork a few days or frozen to be microwaved as a convenience meal. Here is the recipe.
Paksiw Na Lechon (Roast Pork Stew)
Roasted Pig Head or chinese crispy skin roast pork
1 cup of soy sauce
3 cloves of garlic, coarsely chopped
1 Tbsp black peppercorns
4 bay laurel leaves ripped into equal pieces
1 cup of vinegar
1 cup of brown sugar
1 bottle of Mang Tomas All Purpose Lechon Sauce
2-4 cups of water to cover meat
Dash MSG to taste (optional)
Dash fresh cracked black pepper to taste
Salt to taste
Chop pig head or crispy skin pork and place in large pot, put all ingredients in and cover. Bring to a boil. Simmer for about 30-40 minutes or until pork is tender. For this dish I used my trusty pressure cooker and cooked it for 15 minutes. It got done real fast. When it's done you may adjust the taste by adjusting the sweet and sour of the sauce by either adding sugar and or vinegar. The meat will roll off of the skull and bones. Separate meat from bones and discard before serving. Eat with hot steamed rice.
btw this isn't for the faint of heart... ;)
Have you ever wanted to eat longanisa or filipino cured pork sausage but didn't have any in the fridge on hand? Or how about wanting to eat Pork Adobo but don't like to wait for it to cook? Well here is a recipe that my dad taught me when I was growing up that addressed those questions. It's called Pritong Baboy or fried pork. My dad affectionately calls it"opra suka" for the process of marinating the meat in vinegar and spices to tenderize it. It's the same way you make pork adobo or longanisa sausages only thing it's not put into hog casings to fry or slow cooked simmered in a pot. It's the next best thing quick and fast if you made a big batch to fry the next day. The first time my wife tasted it she loved it. You see it's not one of those dishes my Kapampangan wife is accustomed to or knows about. It's a Ilocano thing I guess since Ilocanos up in the north of Philippines really love strong vinegary adobo tastes. My dad said it's best made with freshly killed pig meat marinated a few days then fried in oil till crisp. Similar to frying bacon till it's a bit crispy. You can pan fry it in oil or grill it over charcoal in a bbq grill. I prefer the frying pan since the flavors don't get a char taste to it. My dad recommends the meat to have a nice marbling of fat and meat like bacon or like a pork chop cut with a rind of fat and meat per slice. You don't want the meat too lean or it's going to come out real dry after cooking.
Here is the recipe.
Pritong Baboy (Fried Pork Filipino Style)
4-5 lbs boneless pork shoulder or pork chops, sliced into 1/4 inch steaks
2-3 cups apple cider or white vinegar, your preference
6 cloves of fresh garlic, crushed and minced fine
4-6 laurel bay leaves, ripped into 1/4 pieces each
2 Tbsp black peppercorns
2 Tbsp MSG (optional)
Dash freshly cracked black pepper to taste
3 pinches or so of Hawaiian or kosher rock salt
1-2 Tbsp of soy sauce (optional)
canola oil for frying
Cut pork into nice thin steak cuts that are easy to fry and cook thoroughly. Cutting it into thicker slices won't get the marinade through the meat and will take longer to cook. You want to cook it like bacon, fast and crisp.
Place pork in clean mixing bowl for the marinade. Add all ingredients to pork and mix and massage "adobo sauce" into meat. Soak overnight approximately 6-8 hours. Longer if your prefer it more vinegary and saltier. One time I forgot I had a batch in the fridge for 4 days and it turned out super vinegary in taste and a way bit too salty. If you have a big batch cut down on the salt and vinegar and it will turn out well. You have to experiment with it a bit to suit your taste.
Heat frying pan and add oil. Add pork slices and fry until nice crisp and brown. Cook well done. Drain on paper towels. Cool and slice into bite size pieces. Serve with hot or cold steamed white rice.
My wife Au had this for morning breakfast with rice. Usually she likes it with chopped tomatoes and shrimp sauce as a side dish.
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Tonight my wife had a craving for beef balls or thit bo vien otherwise seen floating in Vietnamese Beef Noodle soup or Pho. For the past 3 days I've been ordering take out pho from Hong Cafe in chinatown and Diem 99 at 99 Ranch Market foodcourt in Moanalua. Aurora and I love the pho dac biet which is the combination pho with the works that includes, beef shank, beef tendon, raw beef steak, beef tripe and beef balls. It's been a few years since making a big pot of pho broth since it takes so much time, patience and kitchen space for prepping. The apartment we're living in now has such a little kitchen compared to the last two places we stayed at. It all started when Au wanted something to eat that involved patis (fish sauce/nuoc mam) and vinegar as a dipping sauce. So she asked what we had that I could make that she could dip. The other day she did mention steamed pork hash (pork siu mai) but it was too late to get some fresh from Island Manapua Factory in Kalihi. I had ground beef in the freezer along with the needed ingredients to make thit bo vien. So she smiled and took a nap before dinner. I went ahead and defrosted the hamburger in the microwave. It took about 20 minutes for my 2lb slab to thaw. Here is the recipe I used after googling it. :)
Thit Bo Vien (Vietnamese Beef Balls)
1/4 cup nuoc mam or patis
1 Tbsp tapioca starch
1 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp Splenda or Sugar
1/4 tsp freshly cracked ground black pepper
2 lb ground beef
4 fresh garlic cloves, crushed and minced
1 tsp sesame oil
canola oil, for shaping meatballs
In a shallow dish, mix the fish sauce, potato starch, baking powder, sugar and white pepper.
Mash the ground beef up and thoroughly mix it.
Add to the marinade and mix well.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
Before proceeding, transfer the meat to the freezer for 30 minutes.
Work with half of the beef at a time; do not overload the work bowl.
In a food processor, combine half of the beef with half of the garlic and sesame oil.
Process to a completely smooth but stiff paste, about 3 minutes.
Stop occasionally to scrape down the sides of the work bowl.
The completed paste should spring back to the touch.
Transfer the paste to a bowl.
Process the remaining ground beef, garlic and sesame oil the same way.
Rub some canola oil on one hand, and grab a handful of the meat paste and close your hand into a fist, squeezing out a small portion of the mixture, about 1 teaspoon, between your thumb and index finger.
Keep rolling and squeezing the same portion between your thumb and index finger until you obtain a smooth rounded ball.
Scoop out the meatball with an oiled spoon, and repeat until all of the paste is used.
Pour 1 inch of water into a wok or wide pot, place a steamer rack or bamboo steamer over the water.
Arrange the meatballs without crowding in a single layer on the rack.
Cover and steam for 5 minutes.
Serve as an appetizer with chili sauce.
These beef balls can also be added to a well-seasoned beef broth, sprinkled with chopped scallions and white pepper and served as a soup (pho noodles may be added).
Note: These meatballs may be frozen. Thaw them thoroughly, then steam or simmer in boiling water until just heated through.
I woke up Au for dinner and brought her the bamboo steamers to her and she was all smiles. She ate it the filipino style which was with crushed minced fresh garlic, vinegar, patis/nuoc mam, blackpepper, and bay leaves as a dipping sauce. The recipe yielded about 60 or so meatballs. I froze the rest for Au for her snack cravings.
Beef balls are a little expensive on the pocketbook, so creating it from scratch and trying to imitate the commercial frozen ones is always fun for me especially when my wife can eat a ton of these!! LOL :D
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Tonight's dinner was supposed to be Pork Guisantes which is a local Hawaii favorite made famous by the Filipino Ilocano immigrants that settled here to work here during the sugar and pineapple plantation years. You can't go to a local filipino party without seeing at least this typical dish. But because my pimentos turned bad in the fridge I decided on the next best thing which was Kaldereta. Kaldereta is originally a goat stew made with tomato sauce, potatoes, spices, liver spread, olives, bell peppers and hot peppers. Originally adapted from the Spanish during their 200 year occupation of the Philippines.
Variations of this dish is with beef, chicken and or pork. Beef Kaldereta is a common dish in the Philippines made with stewing cuts of beef simmered until tender. Another is with chicken or pork because of the price and availability. I opted for pork since I had a 3lb slab in the freezer. In the original goat stew version, the meat was marinated in vinegar to tone down the gamey smell and taste of the goat. My dad would also use baking soda before the marinade to take away as much of the odor as possible. My version of the dish uses cooked chicken livers pureed in my food processer. You can buy canned liver spread available in some grocery stores as a substitute. I usually make a big batch and freeze away portions for future use.
In all my life in Hawaii I've never experienced any local Ilocano cook this dish. I've tasted this dish in the Philippines when I was courting my wife and in southern California at a filipino restaurant which wasn't run by Ilocanos but by Tagalog filipinos. Aurora's dad makes the best kaldereta I've ever tasted. When Au got here she wanted me to cook her this dish and I first made it with beef brisket. It came out so wonderfully rich. Enough to clog arteries and raise your cholesterol level. But heck it was worth it!! :D It was onolicious or masarap!! I now gauge every kaldereta dish by Tatang's (my father-in-law) Kapampangan style for the just right amount of heat and flavor. Pampangan Cuisine is the best of all filipino food. Most upper scale filipino restaurants in the mainland and in the Philippines are owned and cooked by Kapampangan chefs.
Here is my version with pork.
Spicy Pork Kaldereta
3-4 lbs boneless pork butt shoulder, cut in 2x2 inch chunks or smaller if you prefer
2-3 Tbsp tomato paste
2-3 Tbsp canola oil
6-8 cloves of fresh garlic, crushed and minced fine
1 whole round onion, peeled and cut into wedges
8 oz of boiled chicken livers, food processed to a paste
3-4 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2x2 chunks--set aside in water to prevent turning brown
1-2 serrano, jalapeno, or thai chili pepper cut into thin slices with seeds or subsitute with tabasco sauce to taste.
1 Tbsp white vinegar
3 bay laurel leaves, ripped in half
1 Tbsp sugar or Splenda
2 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp dark soy sauce
enough fresh water to cover pork
Dash Hawaiian or kosher rock salt to taste
Dash fresh cracked black pepper to taste
Dash MSG to taste (optional)
Cut pieces of pork and wipe with paper towels to remove excess water. Set aside.
Crush garlic and minced fine. Cut onion into wedges. Heat oil in pot and saute garlic and onions with bay leaves. As garlic browns and onions turn translucent add pork and continue to brown until the pork gets slightly crispy. Add tomato paste and incorporate well. Add liver paste and continue to cook. Add vinegar. Add enough water to cover pork. Bring to a boil then simmer low until pork becomes tender.
In a separate frying pan heat oil and fry potatoes until a little bit crispy on the edges. Drain on paper towels and set aside.
When pork is almost tender add potatoes and continue to simmer more. Add chili peppers or tabasco sauce. Add salt, black pepper and MSG to taste. Add sugar, butter and soy sauce to taste. The longer the slow simmer the richer the sauce will become. The next day of eating this dish will always be more tastier since the flavors infuse the meat and potatoes.
Serve with hot steamed white rice. Fragrant Jasmine rice is perfect for this!
I served it with our brown rice as usual.
Monday, August 08, 2005
Tonight's dinner for my wife was Shrimp Scampi. I had a half bag of frozen jumbo shrimp in the fridge and the rest of the ingredients. It was easy and fast. Less than 10 minutes to prepare and it was ready to "kaukau"!!
1 1/2 pounds large shrimp (about 16 to 24 size)
1/3 cup clarified butter
1 large clove garlic, either minced fine or sliced thinly
4 green leaf onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup Shao Xing wine or straight whiskey
juice from 1 fresh lemon, rolled and squeezed
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chinese parsley
Dash Hawaiian or kosher rock salt to taste
Dash fresh cracked black pepper to taste
Dash MSG (optional) to taste
Rinse shrimp and set aside. Heat butter in large skillet over medium heat. Cook garlic 1 or 2 minutes or until softened but not browned. Add shrimp, green onions, wine and lemon juice; cook until shrimp are pink and firm, about 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Do not overcook. Add chopped parsley and salt and pepper before serving.
Serves 2 or one hungry wife named Aurora! :)
Au ate her shrimp scampi with our usual staple of nutty brown rice. She said it was excellent since this was the first time I made it this way just like the Italian restaurant. Usually for shrimp or crab our family (my mother's side) would just throw butter, garlic, pepper, salt, bay leaves, and tons of shrimp/crab into a big pot and cook until its just right and serve with hot steaming white rice.
Sunday, August 07, 2005
After making the Whole Crispy Skin Chicken, I made Oyster Sauce Chicken Cake Noodle for my wife. The recipe is below and now I have tonight's pictures of the dish to post.
This is another recipe that I posted on HawaiiThreads.com that belongs on my blog. It was posted on June 2nd. My wife and I had cake noodle dreams for about 2 weeks and during that time she was hooked on Fairwood Drive Inn's Oyster Sauce Chicken Cake Noodle plate everyday for lunch. I told her I could make it at home and she was all game for it. At the time she was working for HMSA which was directly across the street from Fairwood. It was so good she wanted me to go there to try out their other plates. After one trip there my verdict was in. It was a real winner! I recommmend this place. Quality Chinese food made hot out of the wok right into styrofoam plate lunches!
Here is the recipe I initially used.
Boneless minute chicken cake noodle
1/2 lb or 2 packs of saimin
1/2 lb boneless (fresh island) chicken
1/2 lb choi sum1 can chicken or pork broth
1 tsp garlic, chopped1 tsp.onion, chopped
Dash white pepper to taste
1. Boil the saimin for about 10-15 seconds. Take it out of the water and lay it flat in a frying pan. Add 2-3 Tbs. vegetable oil and fry for 5-10 minutes or until golden brown on each side. When done, cut into square pieces and lay flat on a plate.
2. In a frying pan, boil 1/2 can of chicken or pork broth. Add the choy sum, salt, oyster sauce and shoyu. To thicken, mix cornstarch with water and add to sauce. When done, pour over the cake noodle.
3. Place the chicken pieces in a bowl. Add 1/8 tsp. cornstarch, 1/8 tsp. sesame oil, dash of white pepper, 1/4 tsp. shoyu and dash of cooking wine. Marinade all together. In a frying pan, add 2 Tbs. vegetable oil. Fry the marinated chicken on low heat for about 5 minutes or until golden brown, then remove from pan. Start again with 2 tsp. vegetable oil in pan, saute 1 tsp. garlic, add the chicken, 1/8 tsp. sugar, dash of cooking wine, 1/8 tsp. shoyu and dash of soup stock. Garnish with green onion. When done, place chicken on top of the choy sum with gravy.
I just tried it out last night with a whole fryer chicken from Costco. It was about 4-5 lbs. Tyson brand I think it was. I chopped up the chicken chinese style and marinated the pieces. Fried till crispy skinned and followed up with the rest of the recipe and came out excellent!! Now you can callem Oyster Sauce Chicken Cake Noodle!!
Like in my instant pancit recipe I used the Maruchan Instant Ramen packages. The ramen noodles can also be used and pan fried into cake noodles! So there is no need to buy fresh saimin noodles unless you want to spend the extra cost.
Today I thawed out a whole fryer chicken. I was deciding on rotisserie roast chicken, fried chicken or whole crispy chicken. The whole crispy chicken finally gave in around noontime when it was fully thawed. I had from noon to about 6pm to prep the chicken for deep frying. A nd that meant more than just crispy chicken for my wife. She knew I would have to make her Oyster Sauce Chicken Cake Noodle. Making crispy chicken really messes up the whole kitchen for me. If it wasn't for the end result of oyster sauce chicken, my wife would really be on my case to clean up. Preparing the chicken takes patience and time because it has to be air dried for hours so the skin becomes crispy when its deep fried in oil.
Here is my compiled recipe.
3-4 lb whole fryer chicken
1 Tbsp Chinese five spice powder
2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp vinegar
1 Tbsp honey
4 Tbsp hot water
1 Tbsp Shao Xing wine or straight whiskey
Enough oil for deep-frying
Clean the chicken well, then scald in boiling water for 3–5 minutes. Remove and place on a wire rack. Dry-fry the Chinese five spice powder and salt over a gentle heat until aromatic. Remove and spoon mixture into the cavity of the chicken. Close the opening of the chicken with a satay stick. Combine honey, wine, vinegar and hot water. Mix well. Scoop the mixture over the chicken to bathe the skin. Do this twice then hang the chicken in the open air for approximately 3½–4 hours. Heat enough oil in a wok, hold the chicken by the wing and bathe it with the hot oil. Slowly immerse the chicken into the oil to deep-fry until cooked and golden brown and crispy. This should take a good 7–8 minutes. The dryer the chicken's skin the crispier the chicken will become.
Chop the chicken into serving pieces.
Friday, August 05, 2005
A few months back, Aurora was craving for salted eggs like she had back in the Philippines. We'd go shopping at chinatown or 99 Ranch Market near our home in Salt Lake and pick up a 4 pack tray of salted duck eggs and thousand year old egg (i love the creamy weird taste!). Again this was my chance to recreate a dish for my wife. I googled various recipes on the net for the right one for me. In conclusion I took the best of all the recipes I found and what worked out for me. A few batches here and there and that was it.
Au said my latest batch was too salty since it went on about 8 weeks. She preferred the 4 week batch I made previously. To me it was just right. You have to play with the recipe for your preference. Either by adjusting the salt content and or the brine time. It really takes a lot of patience. But you'll be well awarded with the outcome! I have yet to try this with fresh duck eggs which would mean having to go to a local hatchery for a tray. I usually make 2 batches of salted eggs in two separate jars about 1-2 weeks apart. Keeps Aurora happy! lol :D
Here is my take on salted eggs using chicken eggs of course. :)
1 cup Hawaiian rock or kosher salt
4-6 cups fresh water
12 fresh eggs, preferably duck eggs but chicken will do wonderfully
1 clean empty mayonaise glass jar or container
Bring water and rock salt to a boil and cool. Place eggs in glass jar. Pour salt-water mixture over eggs to cover. Cover jar and let stand in a cool place (not refrigerator) for four weeks. Longer if you want eggs to be saltier. Remove eggs from salt bath and store them in the refrigerator if not ready to use immediately. To cook hardboiled, cover with salt-water mixture from jar and boil in pot high then lower and simmer for 20 minutes. Cut in half with sharp knife and scoop out with spoon to eat.
Serve with hot rice or juk (congee). You may also eat with fresh chopped ripe tomatoes and rice as a merienda (snack).
Aurora had a late lunch so when I got home I ate a quick snack of leftovers for an early dinner. She had mentioned that she was full and I assumed from her reply that she wasn't hungry enough for me to cook dinner. Tonight was my free night since she didn't have any night classes. At about 8:30pm she looked at me with puppy dog eyes and mumbled she was hungry. So finally, after coaxing me I headed for the kitchen. I had frozen pork, eggplant and ong choy in the refrigerator. I whipped up the dish in about 30 minutes tops. We ate it with nutty brown rice.
Here is my recipe.
2 lbs pork, cut crossgrain into slivers
2-3 Tbsp patis or fish sauce (nuoc mam)
2 Tbsp canola oil
4-6 cloves garlic, crushed and minced fine
1 round onion, cut into thin wedge slices
3 long japanese eggplant, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch diagonal pieces
1 bunch ong choy (swamp cabbage), cut into 2 inch pieces of leaves and stems
1 tomato, cut into thin wedge slices
1 bay laurel leaf, ripped in half
Dash black pepper
Dash MSG (optional)
Heat oil in wok on high heat.
Add garlic, onions and bay leaf. Do not burn garlic. Fry till translucent.
Add pork and stir fry until dry and browned well.
Add ong choy.
Season with pepper and MSG to taste.
Stir-fry on high, then lower heat.
Cover and steam simmer until eggplant and ong choy are soft and tender.
Serve with rice.
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Yesterday for lunch I cooked "Cheeseburger Macaroni & Cheese Goulash". I had a huge bag of elbow macaroni from Sam's in the cupboard and hamburger in the freezer. My mom taught me this recipe when I was growing up. It's one of those type dishes for the whole family that spawned from eating Betty Crocker's Hamburger Helper. It's good on the budget and is very filling. You don't have to buy Hamburger Helper since this is made from scratch. Much more onolicious. Good to bring to potlucks since you can make choke amounts so everyone can take home. I'm watching my carb intake but been good at portioning my servings for a dish like this.
2-4 Tbsp canola oil
2 lbs ground beef
2 cups elbow macaroni
4-6 cloves of garlic, crushed and finely minced
1/2 round onion, sliced and chopped fine
1 bay laurel leaf ripped in half to release aromatic scent
1 8oz can corn niblets
2 80z cans tomato paste or spaghetti sauce or ketchup
Dash pepper to taste
Dash salt to taste
Dash MSG to taste (optional)
6 inches of celery top of stalk with leaves, chopped finely
6-8 American cheese slices, more if you want it cheesier (cheddar may be subsituted)
1/2 block of butter or margarine to taste, to counteract the sourness of the tomato sauce
Follow directions on macaroni packaging.
Boil water in pot, add oil and salt.
Add uncooked macaroni and stir so macaroni doesn't stick together. Cooking times may vary according to cooking instructions on packaging. Usually 6-10 minutes cooking times. Cook until macaroni is aldente'.
Drain and rinse, set aside in strainer.
In another pot, add oil and heat.
Add garlic, onions, celery and bay leaves. Fry until onions are translucent. Do not burn garlic.
Add ground beef and brown. Mash meat up to break apart chunks. Cook till well done. Drain and spoon out excess oil.
Add tomato or spaghetti sauce. Bring to a high simmer then low simmer.
Stir in macaroni.
Add cheese and butter.
Stir in can of drained corn niblets.
Simmer til desired consistency of cheese and sauce approximately 8-10 minutes or until macaroni is tender.
Add optional sugar or Splenda for desired sweetness if you don't want it tangy and sour from tomato sauce.
Add pepper and salt to taste.
To get fancy you may place in a pyrex casserole dish and layer cheese on top and bake in the oven for 450 degrees for 20 minutes or until the cheese melts and browns.
Serves 6-8 or about a weeks worth of good eats.
Enjoy! Let's kaukau!!
Monday, August 01, 2005
I posted one of my recipes on HawaiiThreads.com on July 27th, so I thought I should post it to my blog too.
A post from one of the members asked this question:
"Anyone have a good recipe or secret on how to get the mongo beans just right? I've read recipes but they only list the ingredients. They don't really tell you how to cook the bean and other ingredients just right." Originally Posted by jkpescador
Here was my reply.
Good thick balatong (monggo beans) can be made with 2 pots. This is my technique. You may soak the monggo beans overnight and rinse them out the next day before cooking. Monggo beans come in a few varieties. The whole monggo bean with the green skin, the split monggo bean with the green shells, and or the whole yellow and or split yellow kine. It depends on your preference. For me I like both the split yellow and da split yellow with the green skins(for da extra vitamins and fiber).
2 small bags of split yellow and green mungo beans
2 inch knob of fresh ginger root, crushed and sliced in half lengthwise
4-6 cloves of fresh garlic, crushed and minced fine. Separate in 2 batches.
1 round onion, peeled/chopped and minced fine
1 bunch ampalaya/paria or marunggay leaves. Ong choy can be used too or fresh spinach
1 whole tomato, cut and chopped fine or depends if u want big pieces.
3-4 Tbsp of patis/fish sauce/nuoc mam
Dash cracked fresh black pepper to taste
Dash MSG to taste (optional)
2-4 Tbsp Canola oil
2 bay laurel leaves
3-4 lb whole fryer chicken chopped up into 3x3 inch pieces or 2-3 lb of boneless pork butt shoulder cut into 2x2 inch strips cross grain
2 cooking pots.
Add mongo beans to 1st pot and cover with water, bring to a boil.
Simmer and skim off foam. Rinse if necessary and bring back to boil then simmer again.
Add ginger and 1st batch of garlic.
Add 1 bay leaf ripped in half. Continue to cook. Water will reduce as mongo gets thicker. Do not burn or your mongo will be ruined.
Add patis and simmer to the thickness you want. Mongo will be thick and mushy.
Remove from heat.
Simultaneously...In the 2nd pot, heat and add oil.
Add 2nd batch of garlic and brown. Do not burn the garlic or it will become bitter.
Add 1 bay leaf ripped in half.
Add chopped onions.
Add chicken or pork and brown until juices run clear and browned.
Add pepper and MSG. You may fry the pork and or chicken till crispy and dry.When meat is fork tender and by taste, pour the 1st pots contents (mongo) into the 2nd pot(meat).
Mix slowly until the mongo is incorporated all over the meat.
Add pepper and more patis for saltiness. Your preference.
Saute chopped tomatoes in frying pan with a little oil til translucent.
Add to 2nd pot and stir in. Some filipino dialect styles like their mongo thick or even watery to drink like a soup (sabaw). Some has tomato (kamatis) others don't.
Cut bunch of paria leaves or ong choy into desired size and add to 2nd pot (mongo/meat).
Continue to simmer Pork Balatong on low till leaves wilt.
Remove from heat. Serve hot with cold or hot steaming white rice!
Serves about 6-8 or a weeks supply!
No foget take out bay leaves befo somebody choke!
You can even play with the taste and substitute patis with harm ha shrimp sauce and or use chili pepper leaves or saluyot leaves (jute).
My grandpa used to put dried ebi (shrimp) into the mongo while its simmering. Was big time ono. You can also jus buy chinese crispy skin roast pork or lechon kawali (chicharon with meat) to add to da mongo if you lazy and no like deal with cooking chicken or pork. I do dis sometimes. Well dea u go!
Enjoy! I hungry now!! kaukautime!!