¼ cup oil
1 small onion, peeled and chopped
4 saba bananas, peeled and cut into 1-inch thick crosswise
6 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 pounds pork leg, cut into 2-inch cubes
¾ cup vinegar
1 cup soy sauce
1 cup water
¼ teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 large carrot, peeled and cut into 1-inch thick chunks
3 Chinese sausage, cut into ½-inch thick
salt to taste
- In a wide skillet or pan, heat oil. Add bananas and cook, turning once or twice, until lightly browned. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
- Remove oil from pan except about 2 tablespoons. Add onions and garlic and cook until limp. Add pork and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned.
- Add vinegar and continue to cook, without stirring, for about 2 to 3 minutes. Add soy sauce and water and bring to a boil, skimming scum that may float to top. Season with pepper to taste. Lower heat, cover and cook for about 30 to 40 minutes or until meat is tender. Add sugar and stir until dissolved.
- Add carrots and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes or until tender. Add sausage and bananas and cook until heated through. Season with salt to taste. Continue to cook until pork is fork-tender and sauce is reduced. Serve hot.
Bacolod Chicken Inasal
- 1 kilo chicken; breast and wings preferred
- 4 stalks lemon grass; cut into short, thin strips
- 1 lemon; juice extracted
- 1 lime; juice extracted
- 4 cloves garlic; crushed
- 2 tablespoons 7-Up or Sprite soda
- ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup annatto seeds
- 2 tablespoons butter
- chili pepper flakes (optional)
- skewers for grilling (or barbeque stick)
- salt to taste
- cooking oil
- In a bowl, marinate chicken overnight in salt, pepper, garlic, lemon grass, lime and lemon juice, and 7-up or Sprite soda. Set aside.
- Fry annatto seeds in cooking oil. Let cool, crush, and drain the annatto oil in a bowl. Set aside.
- Prepare a mixture for bashing by mixing annatto oil, marinade, and butter. Pan boil for few minutes and season with salt and MSG if desired. – Filipinos, sometimes, has this tantsa tantsa lang (estimate and approximate) method of cooking. Experiment, therefore, on your best combination.
- Skew the chicken and grill over the hot charcoal, brushing it with the mixture once in a while. Grill until done.
Tip: You can substitute kalamansi for lemon and lime. Adding 1 tablespoon of vinegar in the marinade is good if you intend to preserve the left over chicken inasal in a day or two.
Baked Tahong With Sweet Chili-Mayo Topping
24 pieces large green mussels (half shell)
2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon green onions, chopped
½ cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
juice from one lime
- Remove any beard, grit and dirt from mussels. Wash well, drain and pat dry.
- In a bowl, combine mayonnaise, cheese, sweet chili sauce, green onions and lime juice.
- Spoon about 1 teaspoon of mayo-chili mixture on mussels and arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in a 375 F oven for about 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Serve hot.
1 pound large shrimps (31-35 count)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 lbs ground pork
1/4 cup carrots, shredded
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
1/4 cup water chestnuts, chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soy sauce
15 pieces spring roll wrappers, cut diagonally into two triangles
Peel shrimps and remove heads, leaving tail intact. With a small knife, make an incision near the head and all the way down the center of the shrimp’s back to the tail. With the tip of knife, remove and discard vein. Using hands, open flesh of shrimp until it lies flat. Make a small incision on the inside of the shrimp close to the tail.
In a bowl, combine ground pork, green onions, water chestnuts, carrots, garlic, soy sauce, salt and pepper. Gently stir until well distributed.
Place about 1/2 teaspoon meat filling in the center of the butterflied shrimp and press to close around filling.
On a flat working surface, arrange spring roll wrapper with pointed side facing up. Place stuffed shrimp on wrapper. Fold one side of wrapper over shrimp and the then fold the pointed side down. Roll wrapper tightly around shrimp moistening sides with water and pressing lightly to seal.
Place in a single layer, seam side down, on a dish and loosely cover with moist paper towel until ready to fry.
In a pan over medium heat, heat about 2-inches deep oil until very hot but not smoking.
Add prepared shrimps into oil with seam side down. Cook, turning on sides as needed, until golden, crisp and cooked through.
Remove from heat and drain on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Serve hot with sweet and sour sauce.