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Kare Kare-I am proud to say that this delicious Filipino, peanut based stew originated in Pampanga :) Whenever I cook this, I make sure to use lots of peanut butter, lots of ground toasted peanuts, and actually incorporate some of the bagoong (Which is usually served on the side) while sauteing…I also make sure the sauce has just the right consistency, not too thick and not too runny either. A little manyaman tip for you all: after you get the right consitency and desired tenderness of your meat, add about a half stick of butter into your Kare Kare. It will make your sauce more smooth, more savory, and of course more manyaman!
BBQ Sisig-I guess the inner innovater came out of me with this dish haha. Last week, we had some left over BBQ pork ribs in the fridge and they tasted a little too bland for me…so what did I do? Well, I deboned them, chopped up the meat into smaller pieces along with some red onions, and turned the boring bbq into some delicious sisig! I also fried up some chicharon, chopped that up as well and added it on the grill with the meat. It came out amazing :) It had a perfect balance of the slight sweetness from the bbq marinade, and the fresh citrusy flavor of calamansi. So what advice can I give all my fellow cooks out there? Never settle for boring left overs. Be creative, be innovative, and turn something boring into something Manyaman!
A Manyaman Christmas-Boboto (Pampanga Tamales), Suman, and Suman Bulagta are all traditional Kapampangan Christmas treats to have during this time of year :) I hope all you tumblr followers are having a very Merry Christmas surrounded by your loved ones, and of course, by lots of manyaman food! God Bless you All!
Filipino Menudo- Long time no post! But now that I’m on winter break, I’ll be sure to post lots of Manyaman dishes on here, like this Menudo! Can’t have a Filipino celebration without this medley of pork, hot dogs, potatoes and sweet peppers in a tomato based sauce :)
Pinakbet Kapampangan- This is my version of the classic Pinakbet, cooked the Pampango way…meaning it was sauteed in lots of Bagoong Alamang hahah. I like to keep things simple when making this dish, so the only vegetables I used were Squash, String Beans, Eggplant, and Tomato. Lastly, just to give it that Manyaman bite every Pinakbet dish needs, I topped it with some fried pork and lots of sauteed shrimp.
Pandesal Corned Beef Sliders-Like 90% of Filipino Households, Corned Beef has always been a staple canned food in our house hahah. I do admit, I’m not a huge fan of canned meats, but from time to time, I like to saute the corned beef in lots of onion, garlic, and tomato, then use it as a filling for buttered Pandesal, or simply eat it with steamed white rice :)
Sisig Kapampangan- Once again, I am proud to say that this Manyaman Filipino Favorite originated in Pampanga :) Thanks to Aling Lucing of Angeles, Pampanga-Dakal a Salamat Pu! I’ll be honest, cooking sisig is definitely NOT an easy dish to cook…there are several specific cooking processes that go into it, and if even one of these cooking processes are not executed properly, the whole dish could go wrong. Thankfully, my sisig came out successfully, and more importantly, it came out Manyaman! The only thing that was missing was a case of San Miguel Beer hahah
Pancit Palabok (Pancit Luglug)-I don’t mean to be bias, but my mom’s Pancit Palabok is honestly the most Manyaman Pancit Palabok I’ve tasted IN MY LIFE. This is one of those recipes that only very few people in my family know, and fortunately, I am one of those few people :) Even though I can’t share what goes into this Amazing pancit sauce, I will say that it takes a lot of time, and a lot of ingredients to make. As the saying goes “Sauce pa lang, ulam na!” Meaning it’s all in the sauce!
Pochero-This is yet another manyaman Filipino stew made up of slow cooked tomatoes, plantain bananas, string beans, bok choy & cabbage. I used a combination of pork and chicken in this dish, but beef can also be used. The funny thing about this dish is I first heard about it on the popular Filipino Teleserye “Mara Clara” last year hahah. As you can see, I easily get inspired to cook by many different things I see on a day to day basis, even Filipino soap operas :)