Ginisang Monggo with Dilis is a version of my favorite Friday monggo dish. We used to have mung beans every Friday in the Philippines for some reason that I still do not understand up to now. Whatever the reason was, I am still trying to keep the tradition alive even though I am outside of […]
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Monggo Guisado with Dilis and Malunggay is a delicious Filipino dish composed of mung beans, dried anchovies, and moringa. This is a simple everyday dish that goes well with warm rice and more of it. There are more than a handful recipes that involves balatong or mung beans. You can mix and match the ingredients […]
Ginataang Langka is young or unripe jackfruit cooked in coconut milk. This is a delicious dish that goes well with hot steamed rice.
We were able to feature the Ginataang Langka Recipe a few months back. The video was shot in the Philippines during my last visit. I did not have a hard time getting the ingredients because they were readily available in the nearby wet market.
What is the first thing that you think about when you hear the words “Spicy Dilis”? Are you thinking of the pre-packaged spicy dried anchovies sold in sari-sari stores? Yes, the ones with red coating.
I am a big fan of this stuff; I’m not sure if you are. I know that eating those packaged anchovies is scary, but I still did because I love the taste.
I remember a time when I almost ate a staple. Yes, that shiny metallic thing used to hold pieces of paper together. Each pack of spicy dilis is stapled in a long card board; it is not impossible for the staple to get into the package.
It’s almost lunchtime, you woke-up realizing that you weren’t able to shop for groceries the day before. Eating out is not an option; you know that something needs to be prepared – anything. What will you do?
Improvise. Search for available food items in your pantry or fridge and make something out of them. What if you didn’t find anything? Well, stop reading this and run to the nearest grocery store, unless you plan to skip lunch. But seriously, you should be able to find something edible that’s worth whipping. Once you find something, it is up to your imagination to make lunch happen.
It has been over a year since I last tried cooking Sinangag na Dilis. As I shop for tuyo a few days ago, I noticed the dried anchovies (pinatuyong dilis) lying on the same rack. I thought that it is about time to make myself some crispy sinangag out of it – so, I grabbed a pack.
Cooking sinangag na dilis is similar to frying other dried fish; however, I always use less cooking oil (sometimes I use cooking oil spray to limit the oil). I always have this with garlic fried rice and some spicy vinegar such as sinamak or pinakurat. Simple isn’t it?
How about you? What do you pair Sinangag na Dilis with?
Laing Fried Rice is made from laing and leftover white rice. Laing is a popular Filipino dish that originated from the province of Bicol. This is a rich and spicy dish with taro leaves and coconut milk and/or cream as its main ingredients. Depending on the recipe, pork and shrimp with lots of spicy red […]
Do you love Pork Adobo? How about creating a twist to the typical Pork Adobo Recipe?
I like to eat garlic fried rice in the morning. Dishes like Tapsilog and Longsilog excite me. There are times when I want to keep it simple by having sinangag na dilis with my fried rice along with some spicy vinegar dip (sinamak). There are even times when I want something unique, something that I’ve never had for a long time.
Crispy Adobo Flakes is one of the dishes that I am referring. If I want to have Crispy Adobo flakes, I should plan ahead for it. Well…even if there is a plan, it does not happen the entire time. I have the tendency to lose control by eating the adobo before they turn into crispy flakes – but not this time. I made sure that I document the steps so that you too can make your own for breakfast.
Ukoy is the Filipino version of shrimp fritters. Small shrimps (usually with head and shell on) are mixed in a batter and fried until crispy. This is can be an appetizer, a main dish, or a mid afternoon snack. Several variations of this dish exists, the most common ingredients that are mixed with shrimps are mung bean sprouts (togue) and julienned squash. There are also other ukoy variations wherein small fishes such as dulong or dilis are used instead of shrimp.
I learned to eat Ukoy when I was still a kid. Every afternoon, our trusted vendor peddles this dish along with turon, lumpiang prito, and bananaque. I used to have this for meryenda (mid afternoon snack) and I enjoy having it soaked in spicy vinegar such as sinamak or pinakurat.
The secret to a good Ukoy is its texture. You can put any ingredient that you want as long as it is within the norm but it should come out extra crispy. During my first few tries, I was not satisfied with the texture. Although the taste was extremely superb, the texture is a bit soggy. Instead of giving-up, I did several more experiments and finally got the crispy texture that I wanted. How did I do it? I simply changed the flour and cornstarch ratio by adding more cornstarch and decreasing the amount of flour.
If you’ll notice in the video, I used small dried shrimps (the size is bigger than hibi) instead of the fresh small ones. I can’t find the right sized (small variety) fresh or even packaged shrimps in my area. It turned out that the dried shrimps are more flavorful than the fresh shrimps that I usually use.
Are you craving for Ukoy?
Try this recipe and let me know your thoughts.
Ginataang Langka refers to unripe jackfruit cooked in coconut milk. Although jackfruits are considered fruits, unripe ones have the same attributes as vegetables; this was the reason why jackfruit in this recipe is treated as such. As for the flavor, much of it comes from the salted dried fish (locally known as daing); I also like using shrimp cube to add more taste to this dish.
I am not a big fan of jackfruit and anything cooked in coconut milk when I was a child. However, things changed when this dish was introduced to me during our vacation in Romblon (which is the hometown of my parents). Electricity is a luxury during those days and having dinner means eating by the candle light. I tried all the dishes served on the table because the dark did not give me the option to visually qualify the food in front of me. After trying this dish, I immediately loved it; it wasn’t until when my plate was all cleaned-up when I learned that the delicious dish that I enjoyed is called “utan nga langka”.
After doing some experimentation later on, I learned that using toasted anchovies (sinangag na dilis) also works well for this dish.
Try this Ginataang Langka recipe and let me know what you think.