My Expat Daddy's Sweet and Spicy Adobo

Yes, this is the hubby's recipe. See, I'm sure most people would agree with me that  when you say Adobo, be it pork, chicken, or vegetables, it is neither sweet nor spicy! So I guess upon seeing the title of this post you would say whaaaaattttttt????!!!!! It is a total disrespect to Pinoy's ultimate comfort food. But before any violent reactions from our forefathers who had saved their own family secret adobo recipe, I would just like to say that somehow, hubby's sweet and spicy adobo actually worked! Beneath that sweet and spicy touch lies a true blue adobo and this is just a twist from the ordinary recipe which you might like to try at one point.

Korean Style Braised Beef

My mom had now left for her annual vacation to the Philippines. She traveled last Saturday, but before she left, she had stocked food in the refrigerators and pantry for 2 weeks worth of meals. Well, that's the advantage of having an Expat Grandma! hehe!
She had bought about 7kg of beef and around 4-5kg of assorted fish. Vegetables, she had just left it for us to buy on our own--- actually mostly for me, depending on what I felt like cooking. That Friday before she left, we haven't dropped by the supermarket yet to get those veggies and so we're just thinking of having Nilagang Baka for lunch. But we just had that two days ago and Sinigang na Baka the previous day. So it was somewhat not enticing to prepare the same dish again within 3 days. I remembered I had bought a packet of bean sprouts from Mega Mart also, which I was thinking of using for lumpia. But it is more than enough for that so I decided to use some of the bean sprouts for the beef.

Arroz Caldo (Chicken Lugaw)

We were not in the mood for a regular rice meal for dinner last night. We were thinking of having either pancit or some kind of soup which is filling enough for us to serve as dinner. Arroz Caldo seemed a good idea. It is a complete meal in a bowl with rice and chicken and even with an egg if so desired!
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! :)

Weekend at Sealine Beach Resort (Mesaieed)

My cousin had invited us for an overnight stay at the Sealine Beach Resort in Mesaieed to celebrate the championship win of their basketball team. It had also served as been a family get-together to bond with their mom and kids who are currently spending the Philippine summer vacation here in Qatar. 
Sealine Beach Resort is the first and most popular resort hotel here in Qatar. It is owned and managed by the government's Qatar National Hotels. The resort hotel has got private rooms, chalets and private villas for accommodations. Apart from the beach there are also two swimming pools and offer several water and other sports activities.

Hainanese Chicken Rice (Singapore Chicken Rice)

Hainanese chicken is one of my life's true love! :) I so love this dish that this is always no. 1 in my list of things that excites me whenever I visit Hong Kong or Singapore. I don't even mind if I eat this breakfast, lunch and dinner all throughout my stay in those places. When I introduced this to the hubby during our first family trip to Hong Kong, he also fell in love with it, so now, I'm not the only one who craves for it from time to time. And what even made it complicated is that he wants his Hainanese chicken rice with the bok choy side dish! It was a good thing bok choy is a regular in Mega Mart's fresh vegetables section. You can check out my Bok Choy recipe here.

Bok Choy in Ginger and Garlic Sauce


Bok Choy
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!

Kung Pao Chicken

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
spring onions
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!

Tuna Bistek (Braised Tuna Steaks)

It's 10:30PM and I have just finished cooking for hubby's lunch the next day. It took me a while before I was able to decide on what to do with the tuna I have taken out from the freezer.

5-Minute Bean Sprouts and Pechay Stir-Fry

It is a Saturday and the rest of the household is very busy general cleaning and rearranging furnitures. Nobody had time to cook. Well to put it more appropriately nobody else is expected to cook but me. It had always been an unspoken understanding among the members of the household that unless I say I wouldn't cook then the kitchen is my turf. They knew that no matter how busy the day ahead is, they are assured that come meal time, food will be served on the table. I'm quite happy with the arrangement, so long as I'm not expected to do anything else :)

Stuffed Hamour

I didn't quite know what to do with the thawed hamour on the sink. We were at the Sealine Beach Resort (check out my post on our weekend @ Sealine Beach Resort here) and my mom was not able to shop for fresh meat and vegetables so we didn't really have much to make the hamour into. Then I remembered the stuffed tilapia we had at Hosny Grill which was so good (our experience I also posted here) I thought of recreating that stuffed and fried fish. 

Homemade Pancakes

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.

Kiddie Party Spaghetti (Sweet Spaghetti)

As I was growing up in the Philippines, this is the only spaghetti I know. The one always served on birthday parties with fried chicken and grilled hotdogs. That's why in my childhood, I don't quite enjoy ordering spaghetti from restaurants as I find them on the sour side. 

A night of errands and Hosny Seafood Grill

One thing I like about doing errands in the evenings, specially with my husband, is that it had become our routine to end the night with dinner somewhere. This doesn't usually happen lately since I am usually free during the day that most of the time I already finished everything that needs to be done before he came home from work. And since I have too much time in my hands lately, I was also able to prepare our dinner before he arrives famished coming from his job site about 1.5 hours away from home.

A Tokyo Tokyo Dinner : Tonkatsu and Buttered Vegetables

When I found out the pork I have been keeping in the freezer was not actually pork leg but a kilo of lean meat, I was a bit disappointed. I have been wanting to cook Pata Tim but is still just looking for what I feel is the best recipe. But it was just a few minutes of disappointment actually.... when I saw the meat, I suddenly craved for Tokyo Tokyo's Tonkatsu. Well, actually I was talking about the Tokyo Tokyo in the late 90's, that small shop behind the Greenbelt Mall in Makati City (ok same location but I still mean the old Greenbelt Mall also!).

Celebrating Mother's Day at the Kites Family Day

Happy Mother's Day to all cooking and non-cooking moms out there! 
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.

It's A Mommy and Me Weekend

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!

Pancit Sotanghon (Glass Noodles and Vegetable Stir Fry)

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 :)

Chopsuey (Stir Fried Mixed Vegetables)

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.

Sesame Chicken

I slept from 5-9PM earlier, which was a surprise to me. I don't normally sleep in the afternoons. I woke up hungry as expected. As it was so late already, everybody had already had dinner. Good thing Jong waited for me. When we checked in the kitchen, there was still some left over sweet and sour hamour. But it was supposed to be Jong's lunch to work the next day. Of course I won't let the hubby go hungry at work! Seriously! The site office was about 30 minutes drive outside of Al Khor, the nearest town, at the edge of the desert without access to transportation. So it is really important that he brings with him a filling lunch.

Beef Tripe and Chilies Stir Fry

When I saw the packet of beef tripe at the grocery, my immediate thought was "Batangas Goto" which I was not able to have the last time I went on vacation. You might be wondering why I always mention Batangas with the Goto, it is because our goto is different from how goto's are with rest of the Philippines where it was porridge type, cooked with glutinous rice. In Batangas Goto is just clear soup with tripe, cow's skin and other offals.