Chicken Adobo– to be or not to be, dry/saucy, salty/vinegary, coconut milk or not…so many choices!

The venerable Philippine Culinary historian, Doreen Fernandez once quipped that Filipino cooks were “a galaxy of flavor adjusters.” If one were to poll 100 Filipinos and asked for their adobo recipe, one would surely get 100 different variations (if not more), identifiable by localities (from over 7,000 islands) with tastes quite different from the next….

Mongolian chicken flavored with 15 spices–a pick-me-up recipe!

This redolent chicken dish was called ‘special chicken’ in a Mongolian restaurant. We had to order it as it was the last dish available for the evening. Impressed by the flavors, I asked our waitperson, “What did you put in the chicken to make it so flavorful?” She replied that she could not disclose the…

Atchara- Pickling with Green Papaya or Jicama, or both!

INGREDIENTS: 2 cups of Green Papaya- julienned or Jicama 1 Fennel bulb, cut across the bulb in thin strips 1/2 cup of Cauliflower florets 5 cloves 2 bell peppers (a yellow and a red) or mini sweet peppers ( 2 of each color), julienned or across 1 inch length of ginger knob, cut across into…

Pho-licious Beef Short Ribs– it’s all about the BROTH!

Ask any Pho aficionado what makes a perfect pho and many will definitely say, “It’s all about the broth!” I am one of the temperamental tasters of pho who definitely can write about an epic poem on finding the best tasting broth. I have been to many Vietnamese households, including my best friend Kiana’s, but…

My Tinola — A Filipino Chicken Ginger Soup with a ZING!

If Sinigang (Tamarind Soup) is the king of Filipino soups, then surely the Tinola is the queen. Prized for its delicate broth, the Tinolang Manok (Chicken Ginger Soup) garners accolades from the rich umami and comforting flavors inherent at every sip. It’s been touted as a cure-all soup and often prepared for the sick and…