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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Grilled Bellpepper and Corned Tuna Macaroni


THE DELIGHTFUL NOT-BAKED MACARONI... with grilled bellpeppers, cheese, chunky tomato and corned tuna.

500g long macaroni
2T canola oil
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium white onion, chopped
500ml Chunky Tomato with Three Cheeses (Clara Ole brand)
1 cup sweet blend ketchup
small amount of water
salt and pepper
1 can corned tuna
1 cup cheese
sliced olives
grilled bell peppers, sliced thinly

*Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Grill the Bellpeppers in a frying pan. Slice thinly. Set aside.

*In a wok, saute garlic until slightly brown, then add onions and stirfry until translucent.
Add the tomato sauce, ketchup and a small amount of water as well as the salt and pepper according to taste. Let boil.

*Add the boiled macaroni and mix well. Cook for a minute or two then add the corned tuna, half of the cheese, and sliced olives. Let cook for a minute.

*Add the grilled peppers, mix and remove from fire.

*Transfer in a serving dish and top with remaining cheese.

Pan-grilling the bellpeppers before slicing them thinly. Hint, I used scissors to slice them thinly.

THE LUSCIOUS MACARONI in chunky tomato sauce...
THE GENEROUS CHEESE. Leftover queso de bola (edam) is finally used and a fourth of the cheddar cheese  is added!!!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Shiitake Chicken 'n Chili


Chicken pieces, red chili, bell peppers, white onions and halved shiitake mushrooms

I had a great time for this recipe as I bought the powdered chili, dried chili and whole shiitake in Beijing, China. Here are the ingredients for the chicken bits and vegetable and chili mix as well as the gravy. Start off the preparation by soaking in hot water 12 pieces of shiitake mushroom until soft. and prepare the chicken below:

**Chicken Bites

1kl Chicken breast, cut into bite-size
pinches of salt and pepper
a pinch of powdered red chili
2 T fish sauce
2 T soy sauce
2 T premium soy sauce
2 T corn starch
a small amount of water
1 cup Canola Oil, deepfrying
Mix all ingredients and let stand for at least 30 minutes. Deep-fry the chicken and remove excess oil. Set aside in a serving platter.

**Vegetable and chili

2 T and 1T oil, leftover from frying
2 medium white onions, cubed
2 Green Bellpepper, seeded and cubed
12 pieces shiitake, halved and hard portion removed
12 dried red chili, washed and sliced into two
Heat oil and throw in the onions and green bell pepper; cook a bit and add the mushroom. After the mushroom is cooked, add the red chili and add 1T more oil if the mixture gets dry. Put the vegetable and chili mix on top of the chicken in the platter. Serve with gravy on the side. Finish off with a


1 T oil
halved chili from the vegetables
1 cup hot water
1 chicken cube
1 T cornstarch (both dissolved in a cup of hot water)
water to thin the gravy
salt and pepper, add if desired
Using the remaining oil, continue sauteing some halved chili, add pre-mixed cornstrach, water and chicken cube and stir while adding water to thin the gravy...

TIP: Finish off everything with chopsticks so that your Chinese eating experience is complete.. We ate this while listening to an 3 cd album entitled Songs of the Century which according to a friend, contain songs from about 15 years ago! Love songs cool us despite language barrier!

mouth watering...my gravy is not perfect...

with flash...droll over this chili chicken...

my gravy is not perfect; I should lessen the corn starch

Vegetable and Goji Berry Chow Fan to complete the hearty meal...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

FOOD SERIES: Soup, noodles and dumplings in China


Egg drop clear soup with wood ear mushroom and cucumber.  

Sour Chili oil noodle...looks like our spagghetti in tomato sauce

Noodle in chili oil with a hint sour

pumpkin cake, (not sweet)

hotpot soup, boiling

hotpot stuffs

Mantu, a siopao minus the fillings...

not chinese... beef noodles

bird's nest

wood ear, green chili, chicken strips

bird's nest

vegetable with fresh noodle in oil with spices

varied mushrooms soup

bingka, chinese version

noodles... TAW SHAM hahhaha

Glass noodles and bean sprouts stir fry

quail egg, mushroom and "spam" soup

Dumpling in a sesame soup

dumplings in a basket

Lubid-lubid of Tianjin... not sweet

Nothing inside. This is just a fried skin..

beef soup

vegetable dumplings

Bird's nest

vegetable and corn cream soup

Monday, March 12, 2012

FOOD SERIES: Beijing, Xi'an and Tianjin filled us with these...


stir-fried beef, green peppers, and vegetables 

Just guessing: Tufo in bean sauce

Just Guessing: chicken and mushroom in bean sauce

must thin slices of pork with cucumber and egg, but loved this sans the pork; they are cooking it with cucumber.

chicken in chili oil, i surprisingly loved this.

appetizer, a cold jelly in fresh chili-peanut sauce.

steamed pork

my favorite of them all, what's inside must flat chives with egg

Topping my list. Stewed Yang rou (lamb) with Nang (bread)... so love it.  

One caution: Watch out how you pee smells after having this... hahahah

random photo of street food

random photo of street food, scorpions and other bugs...

random photo of street food must be fried tufo

balls adeptly moved around with chopsticks

must taste great than hotel food

near to bland experience of hotel food

fish I ate at the hotel

loved the fresh veges in my tuna sandwish 


farthest, the manto is like a pocket where the vendor puts the filling while one waits... 


Warm tea with bits of broiled pears and dried fruits 

just looking

LAZY SUSIE some meat stews

scrambled egg with tomatoes

candied camote!!! just like our camote cue.

pork slices with veges

muslim street, so these must be lamb

jellies with chili...

Nang (bread) and barbecues...

mushroom, beef and vegetable stew (not spicy) this tastes good.

must be ground flour with sesame seeds and topped with dried fruits added with hot water. Just as we prepare cerelac for babies. This ward off cold while on the street,,,

boiled egg

Yang chow (fried rice)

Fried rice, very rich and filling even without some viand

dumplings in scrambled egg

Fan mi (rice) ...


The Duck is good, tufo strips is also nice, and the bok choy or pak choy (not sure) is crispy good too.

the  plump duck leg

sliced firm tufo...

mini siopao...

chicken ball with soup inside...

vegetable inside, so like.

cold chili duck appetizer

cold thin beef slices in fresh chili sauce

Lamb barbecue with spices

tastes good even without evident traces of salt, pepper and soysauce.

chicken tastes good

Nang with spices... must be fresh cumin and sesame


chicken cube with cubed cucumber in bean sauce, tastes great...

chicken with lots of chili but surprisingly did not KILL our tongue... 

chicken strips eaten wrapped in ready-to-eat tofu....

too bad, wasnt able to bring home some.