Arroz Caldo or more popularly known in the Philippines as lugaw is the Pinoy version of Chinese congee. Most Pinoys will have childhood memories of Arroz Caldo as the usual fare being served to them when sick. But in our family that is not usually the case. To us Arroz Caldo is our favorite midnight snack! As I was growing up with my cousins in Batangas City, during summers we would usually hang out together in my cousins house and just chat until past midnight. We usually stay up so late because we were waiting for the street vendors who will be opening up shop just before midnight to serve those jeepney and tricycle drivers finishing up with their duties. It had already become a ritual for us, our serving of Arroz Caldo, balut and Mountain Dew! :)
, Wednesday, May 18, 2011
1 tbs ginger, finely chopped
2 tbs garlic, finely chopped
2 tbs olive oil
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 tbs light soy sauce
1 tbs hoisin sauce
2 tsp sugar
salt and pepper
In a small bowl, mix, soy sauce, hoisin sauce and sugar. Adjust taste as desired with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Heat pan and add olive oil. When smoking hot, add half of the chopped garlic, roast until crisp and brown and remove from pan. Set aside.
In the same pan add ginger and cook until fragrant. Add and pan fry the bok choy. When cooked, remove from pan and transfer to a serving plate.
Pour the sauce mixture into the pan. Simmer for about five minutes or until desired thickness is reached.
Turn off heat. Pour sauce over fried bok choy. Enjoy!
1 pkt (400gms) skinless chicken breast, sliced to 1in cubes
1/4 cup corn flour
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup roasted peanuts, crushed
2 red chili, sliced
2 green chili, sliced
1 small white onion
1/2 tsp dried chili flakes
2 tbs cooking oil
6 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tbs light soy sauce
2 tbs brown sugar
1/2 tsp ginger paste
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp sesame oil
In a small bowl mix the soy sauce, sugar, ginger paste, pepper and sesame oil. Set aside.
Wash chicken and remove excess oil using a paper towel.
Dice into 1 inch size and place in a shallow bowl. Season with salt and coat evenly with corn flour.
Heat cooking oil in a wok then add in the garlic and roast until golden brown. When browned remove garlic from the wok and retain the oil.
Put the chicken in the hot wok. Cook until lightly brown but not fried, about 5-8 minutes.
Pour in the soy sauce mixture. Stir fry for about 2 minutes.
Add the onions, red and green chilies, peanuts and dried chili flakes. Stir fry for another 2 minutes.
Add the spring onions and parsley. Stir and turn off the heat.
Serve with hot rice. Enjoy!
I never really thought of making my own pancake batter. Whenever I thought of having pancakes, my thoughts would either be Dairy Queen or Johnny Rockets and just recently, Mac Donald's, and that's usually on a Saturday morning to kick off my day of errands with the little girl.
As circumstances would have it, we had celebrated Mother's Day last Friday, like most everyone in Qatar who would be back to work today, Sunday.
It had been an eventful weekend for us, starting on Thursday when my cousin who lives with us had an Arthroscopy at Al Ahli Hospital in Bin Omran. I think it was only a minor procedure as she had also been discharged early evening. Unfortunately, the procedure was done on her knee so she won't be able to join us for our weekend activity.
No, I'm not talking about me and the little girl :)
Well, ok the little girl's also in the picture. But I was actually talking about Mommy --- my mommy and Me! It feels so good that at my age (and with 3 kids myself!) I can still be a daughter and feel excited when going shopping with my mom!
This time, there's nothing much in the refrigerator and pantry. Bad timing since I really need to make something to bring to my cousin to the hospital. My mom and sister had already gone there straight from work and they have not had lunch yet so I really need to come up with something. Of course you would think that the easiest way would be a take out, but we're really not that kind of people :)
This is second in the snow peas series! lol!
As mentioned in an earlier post on Sesame Chicken found here, the peas were a "pasalubong" from one of my mom's colleagues in the Al Khor Hospital, who just came back from vacation in Baguio, Philippines. It was I believe more than a kilo of snow peas she had given my mom and I am determined not to waste it.