Chicken and black mushrooms braised in soy-ginger sauce

It starts with the marinade — a mixture of soy sauce, ginger, sugar, rice wine and white pepper. Into the dark sauce the chicken pieces go where they stay for a couple of hours. Then, the chicken pieces are tossed in corn starch and deep fried just until browned. Not cooked through, at this point, but just shocked in very hot oil to create a beautiful texture and color. The mushrooms and vegetables are sauteed, the chicken goes back into the pan, the marinade is poured in along with the water in which the mushrooms have soaked, and everything cooks together over low heat. After 20 minutes, the sauce has naturally thickened and reduced and it’s time to eat. »

Mushroomburger’s meatless mushroom sandwich


When we drove out of town last weekend, we really weren't sure where we were going except for the general direction -- south of Metro Manila. Sam had to shoot for a project, she wanted a change of scenery so we picked her up from the condo and drove south. I initially suggested Sta. Rosa, Laguna but Speedy said the coastal … »

How to cook yaki-chow, a cross between yakisoba and chow mein


What the heck? Yeah, what the heck. I was going to make yakisoba but I was out of soba noodles, sake and mirin. But I had thin oriental wheat noodles, dashi, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce and Chinese rice wine. So, right, what the heck, cook with whatever's available. And this noodle dish that is literally a cross between … »

Vegetarian mushroom balls


Fish balls, squid balls, crab balls, lobster balls... just about every seafood has been made into balls and they proliferate in the market. They are available in every price range and varying levels of quality. In Asia, they are very popular. As street food, they are deep fried and skewered. In food stalls and eateries, … »

How to cook: Steamed pork and black mushrooms


If you're a foodie who has seen Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman, then, you probably felt the urge to lick your TV screen several times while watching the film especially during the first 15 minutes. Those first 15 minutes show a father preparing Sunday dinner for his family that consists of his three grown daughters and … »

How to cook: Braised pork with tofu and mushrooms


There are many ways to cook meat -- fried, grilled, steamed, baked, roasted, boiled, broiled... But if you want really tasty meat without going through the trouble of marinating it for hours and hours, there's that cooking technique called braising. You cook the meat slowly in very little liquid, preferably well seasoned, … »

How to cook: Cha (green tea) soba with miso sauce


The flavor that results from the combination of miso and toasted sesame seeds is something I have no words for. I made sesame miso soup once and to describe it as delicious would be an understatement. It is complex yet subtle. Never overpowering but, rather, deep and mysterious. I used the same sesame seeds and miso … »

How to cook: Beef salpicao

Beef salpicao

Despite the foreign sounding name, it appears that beef salpicao is a Filipino dish. Is it related to the Portuguese sausage called salpic√£o? Well, the Filipino beef salpicao is definitely not a sausage but, rather, a garlicky stir fried dish.It was a challenge finding the history of this dish, I still don't know where … »