Recipe#4: Corn and Malunggay Soup

Corn is in season. In Isabela, this is the time when you can see ladies waving boiled corn along the highway. Today, I am sharing a soup recipe which is a favorite of mine since childhood. It’s called Corn and Malunggay Soup.

What you need:

  • 2 cups of white corn
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 5 cloves of garlic, crushed and sliced
  • 1 cup of malunggay leaves
  • Dried shrimps
  • Water
  • Oil for sauteeing
  • Salt to taste

Some notes:

Choose corn that are young. You can check that by planting your fingernail on a seed. Milk-like material will come out when you do that. Use a knife to slice off the seeds off the cob.

A cheap and nutrient-heavy soup.
A cheap and nutrient-heavy soup.

The assembly:

  1. Heat oil in a sauce pan. Saute garlic, onions and dried shrimp until slightly golden brown. Add corn then stir-fry.
  2. Add water to cover the corn. Bring to boil until desired consistency of the corn is achieved. The ideal texture is soft and slightly chunky. More water can be added. Season with salt to taste.
  3. Add the malunggay leaves and let boil for few seconds. Remove from heat. Serve immediately.

It’s cheap but nutrition-rich. Corn is a good source of fiber, adding malunggay leaves to the recipe makes it a super food. Malunggay is rich in iron and vitamins that are beneficial for pregnant and lactating mommies. Ampalaya leaves can also be a substitute for the malunggay.


Recipe: The Real Spaghetti Carbonara | Antonio Carluccio

Carbonara was introduced to me as a cream-based with lots of butter, cream and mushroom. I watched Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube to check out new post and there I saw an interesting link — The Real Spaghetti Carbonara.

It’s interesting to learn that the real authentic Italian spaghetti carbonara doesn’t call for CREAM. Yes! No cream. Basically, eggs and bacon. Some of Jamie Oliver’s followers commented that a cream-based carbonara that we know can be confused with creamy fettucini.

Check out the video below for a demo on how to cook a The Real Spaghetti Carbonara.

Recipe can be found here.


Tongo’s Super Tuyo: Average Made Sosyal

The tagline reads “The Best Tasting Tuyo” and my taste buds say “Agree!” First introduced by Cat back in 2012IMG_20140318_114334 - 1, the Super Tuyo is an instant favorite among friends.

It comes in 3 equally delicious variants: Original, Famous Spicy, and Sweet & Spicy.

My personal favorite is the Sweet and Spicy which I love to pair with steamy rice and fried eggplant. Dare to experiment. Create pasta, fried rice and other dishes using Super Tuyo.

Over the years, the ST League has grown bigger. You can now chose to enjoy the delicious tuyo flaked or fillet, gourmet in olive oil or regular in canola oil. Few new friends also joined the league which I believe will also be a hit.

How to Purchase Super Tuyo? There are 3 possible ways to buy:

  1. Few stores and individuals are already offering ST. Click here for the list.
  2. Online through Shopinas.
  3. or have them delivered to your doorstep by filling out the form available on their official website or contact us at (02) 793-0915 or 094-2828-TUYO (8896)

Delivery is fast. If you’re lucky, you can get your orders within 4 hours. 🙂


At Home in the Mountains: The Baguio Get-away Day 1

(Note: This is a throwback entry for a 3-day Baguio trip in 2012.)

Baguio is 2012’s choice for our annual Lenten get-away with friends. This year we are tagging along new faces to join our crazy adventures. So how it is to travel to Baguio on a Holy Week?

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Since we are traveling in a big group, we opted to hire a van instead of braving the swarm of commuters in the time of the year. Our driver, Kuya RK picked us up from Mcdo Quezon Ave and started out at 4am a very early breakfast. We have to be rolling this early to avoid the holiday rush. At around 8PM, we found our van on a very long queue for Tarlac Exit. It seems like all roads lead to the North. Before lunch we are already in Baguio.

Our group stayed in a house which a friend of a friend recommended to us. It’s a 15-minute drive from Session Road. It has good supply of water, has 3 toilet and bath and allows to cook. The thing is: the access road is so step that the girls in the group screamed when the van first entered the village. A little after 1:45PM, we left our “home” to begin our Baguio adventures.

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Lexber Heights: heights as in mapapahiyaw ka sa height ng pababang kalye

Pnky’s  Travel Cafe

We have munched enough pasalubong from Davao so we are OK to eat lunch at 3PM.  But still lunch have to be good because of many good reasons. We reached Baguio safely, it’s our first meal in Baguio among the few. A few meters from Teacher’s Village is Pnky’s Travel Cafe: a travel themed cafe that primarily caters to the customers of Pnky’s Home Bed and Breakfast.

It has a very cozy, homy feel. The landscape is so cute that our group can’t help but pose for some photos and take photos of the things that interest us. We chose an outdoor table so it’s dining with nature.


This is the cafe’s menu. I like the travel scrapbook idea. Take a peek of what’s inside. Owners can be concluded as travel enthusiasts as well.


Most, if not all of the food offered are European with a Cordilleran twist. For starter, I chose Potato Soup. Yum! Vaticani, beef strips with cauliflower and brocolli sprinkled with sunflower seeds served with brown rice and Strawberry Iced Tea. My brother went for a serving of Ciao Bella Carbonara. Serving is like, Ba’t ang konti? But believe me, the meal is very tasty.

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Check out what other’s say about Pnky’s.

The Mansion House

The adventures continues to the Mansion House. As far as we know this is a presidential home in Baguio. PGMA likes to spend her Christmas her. Civilians are not allowed to go beyond the gate so we are just tourists standing on the outside looking in. Wright Park is just across the mansion. I’ve frequented this area on my previous visits in Baguio so in the back of my mind: there’s nothing much to see here.

The Mansion House

Mine’s View Park

T his is an area you might want to avoid when visiting Baguio on a Holy Week. It’s where most souvenir and pasalubong items were bought. Our van got stuck in traffic for hours. I wondered why we have to pass through this area knowing the traffic situation. I just decided to take a walk to Mine’s View because I felt suffocated inside the van. I did not bother to reach the viewing deck anymore though. I was contented with munching grilled corn along the side walk, observing tourist do their haggling.

I found this interesting piece of art. This used to be the oldest tree in Baguio. It’s now a monument, a sculpture depicting the rich culture of Cordillera.

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Session Road Market

It’s almost evening and energy is starting to reach the low reading again. Since our home allows us to cook, we are taking advantage of this perk. Next stop, Session Road Market. I am not sure if that’s how the locals call it.

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I love markets specially those that offers very fresh produce. You know it’s fresh kasi madami pang lupa-lupa. Hihi. Baguio is undoubtedly offers the freshest. Would you still haggle for a lower price? It depends.

Baguio 201211Vendors who sells on the sidewalk offers the best deals. I believe they are the ones who sells products straight from their backyard. No haggling for them.

Related Post:

Death by Strawberries: The Baguio Get-away Day 2
Good-bye on a Rainy Day: The Baguio Get-away Day 3

Recipe #3: Patulid

Patulid has been a treat my nanay would cook after a long day of travel. Her reason is that it’s good for the blood.


Patulid is a dish indigenous in the Northern Part of the Philippine. It is an Ilocano term which literally means “rolled over”. No, not part of this dish is being rolled over by a heavy machine. But it’s cooked as if it just rolled over fire.

The dish is simple that it calls only for the following:


  • 1/2 kilo pork lomo, sliced to 1/2 x 1/4 x 1/16 strips
  • 1/2 kilo pork liver, sliced similar to the pork
  • 4 cloves of large garlic, minced
  • 2 pieces small onions, chopped
  • spring onions, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil for sauteeing

Bring the dish to life:

  1. Heat oil in a pan. Saute onions, then garlic until the golden brown. Ensure that garlic and onions were not burnt.
  2. Stir in pork lomo then simmer to half-cooked consistency.
  3. Once the pork lomo is half-cooked add the liver. Stir until the bloody appearance disappears.
  4. Pour in water enough to cover the meat and liver. You may add more if you want more soup.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Spring spring onions for added zest and garnishing.

Cooking Notes:

  1. Overcooking the liver leads to tough texture.
  2. Use the freshest liver and meat available. Frozen ones are not recommended.
  3. Meat should be sliced thinly for faster cooking.

Patulid is rich source of protein and iron. No wonder Nanay describes it as food  for the blood.

Good Food for Mimi’s Tummy

Tummies of mom-to-be’s work differently. Digestion slows down to allow proper absorption of nutrients from food intake. The slowing down of digestion can cause constipation.

The discomfort of waiting for ‘nature’s call’ is indeed on of the moments I dislike. There are times that I cry to Pipi cause I can’t unload. My OB have advised me to drink plenty of water, eat more veggies and fruits that are high in fiber. I religiously followed that. I consume a minimum of 2 liters of water each day. More fluids is required to beat the heat of the summer days.

Today, I am sharing a new favorite of mine: yogurt and fresh fruit salad.

This is from with chilled 125 g Nestle Creamy Yogurt, fresh mangoes and bananas ( lakatan), and condensed milk about 2 tbsp of it is enough. First, empty out the yogurt into a bowl. Expect it to be sour since this is the unsweetened kind. Condensed milk or honey are options for sweetener. Mix your chosen sweetener ang yoghurt. Add in the ripe mangoes and sliced bananas. Enjoy!

Favorite part of breakfast: fresh fruit and yoghurt

Favorite part of breakfast: fresh fruit and yogurt. A great replacement for ice cream and cake.

Yogurt is a good source of calcium. Baby Center has labelled it as on of pregnant woman’s superfood. The live microorganisms – the good ones that is, aids in healthy digestion.

Have a happy buntis dessert!

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Tacos, anyone?

Taco’s Ala Anne

What you need:

  • 1 box of Bambi mini taco shells (bubbling)
  • 1 small head of lettuce, washed and shredded
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 medium cucumber, diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 small can of Pure Foods Corned Beef
  • 2 tbsp of oil, to heat the corned beef
  • Cheese, optional

Here’s how:

  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add in the diced onions. Saute. Add in corned beef. Set aside. You may set aside some of the onions if fresh onions is preferred on your tacos.
  2. To assemble: take one taco shell. Layer with fresh lettuce, cucumber and corned beef. Enjoy.

I don’t advice putting cheese on this taco recipe since beef is already strong flavored. There you have it, a complete meal that’s easy to prepare. Perfect for a lazy movie night. Pipi loves it.


Ready for assembly.

Tito Kim you are missed.

New Year burger treat by Malcolm’s

Malcolm’s burger offer’ s a one-day Buy 1, Take 1 treat usually at the start of the year. This year was January 17. What’s special about them? Malcolm boast of the wagyu beef they use for their burger patties.

The long queue of people in front of their Salcedo St. simply indicates that their burgers are one of the much-loved burgers in this side of town. Or should I say this queue is of people who would like to take advantage to take a their product at a lower cost. 🙂

Usual price cost of burger is between PhP115 to PhP270.00.

My officemates and I decided to get The Ultimate Malcolm’s Bacon Cheeseburger. 2 burgers at PhP145.00 isn’t bad.

How do we find it?

Presentation-wise. Neatly wrapped in a white food wrapper. Nothing really special. I’m more interested with what’s inside.

The Burger.


    • The bun -tastes fresh, not so soft or too tough. Generous sesame on the bun crust. Yum!
    • The Filling – crispy lettuce, freshly sliced tomatoes. beef patty is heaven. Bacon is crispy. Though i find these two filling a bit dry. This could be justified because these are grilled.Super Wo-mom MJ’s comment: Malasa!
    • Sauce – The burger comes with tomato ketchup. For me this is not needed. The burger is enjoyable by itself.

Over-all experience. Good. Value for money. Fresh ingredients. You will forget that you waited for 30 minutes to get your order.

What’ your Malcolm’s story?

Cheap Doesn’t Have to Taste Cheap

DanEricsi remember the saturdays when laziness come and neither my brother or i would want to cook lunch. the magic words to have eat lunch are: “eto pera, bili ka sa kanto”. so there, my brother would be obliged to get on to his feet to buy some lunch for us.

then everytime he comes back, the supot” (bag) of lunch would come with extra containers. not of extra viand but of ice cream.

Dan Eric’s.

“mura lang yan. masarap pa”, that’s how Kim (younger brother) first described it. Cheap as in 100ml would only cost no more than PhP20.00.

I had this prejudice against cheap ice cream. rough and starchy. but, but Dan Eric broke that notion.

i have only tried the smaller SKU. Dan Eric’s products also comes in bigger SKUs and flavors.

wanting to try it? Go for Mango Fiesta (picture shown in this post) or Ube. Simply heaven.

Taste – super milky and fruity
Texture – fine
Sweetness – just right

Foodies and Friends: Hello, Jean!

Alex, Cha and Jean were my friends and orgmates back and college. We all graduated with the same degree and another thing in common – passion for food. Passion for eating or cooking or both. 🙂

2012, we started this True Friends Club meeting (TFC for short) we do every other month. This is to catch up with each other and of course feast on food. SInce TFC was established, Jean who was working overseas had never joined us. On her short vacation, we grabbed the opportunity of spending some time with her. 

Racks is the place to be. 🙂


TFC is Charisse, Jean, Alej and Anne

Say Whut??? but honestly it’s my first time in Racks. Haha. I’m so 1990-late. For someone who appreciates American casual dining. Racks’ menu appealed to me. 

Here comes Ribs and Chicken. Well, they really deliver that tenderness that falls off the bone. I loved the smokey flavor of the ribs and the juiciness of the chicken. Both goes well with the mashed potato. 

Racks Ribs and Chicken

Classic Pork Ribs and Hickory Smoked Chicken (PhP469.00) and House Mashed Potato (PhP66 .00- reg; PhP116.00- large)

Jean like some pasta and her choice is Garlic Scampi Pasta. Tastes a little bland so we asked for extra serving of Parmesan Cheese for some additional taste. Charisse commented that scampi’s taste is usually bland because it’s oil-based like Aglio Oglio. That’s some interesting fact for me. 🙂 Pasta is cooked to al-dente perfection.


 Racks offers house platter for groups of 4, 6 and 8-10.

Moving on to desserts. After a rich meal, what could be a better idea than a dose of sweets. Our group decided to take a walk and check out coffee shops at the Block.

A Slice of Taste appealed to our group. It’s a escape from the usual Starbucks and Coffee Bean desserts. 

The sweeties we had: Double Choco Yema, Sir Francis Bacon and a slice of Caramel Yema Chiffon

One observation on the menu, Yema is their signature flavor! The yema flavor works well with choco and caramel. Sweetness is subtle and the base cake is chewy. One day, I’ll be able to create desserts like these. 

Sir Francis Bacon was ordered out of curiosity. Bacon and chocolate together for a dessert? The verdict: another flavor of yum. 

Meeting our former professor back in college is a bonus. “Ang lalaki niyo na!”, she said. Natawa naman ako sa comment ni Ms.Reandelar. 🙂


The cherry on the ube cakes – Ms. Joanne and her son, Joaquim