We started the morning with going to church and headed over to the oriental store after. We were able to get the already cooked crispy fried pork and coconut shrimp at the oriental store. Then, we brought it home. Once home I cooked some delicious fried rice with the left over rice we had from the night before.
I’m usually not good at plating, but doesn’t it look visually appetizing? I love the combination of colors on this plate.
The fried rice turned out to be a hit. Both my husband and my mom loved it! Yes, I love it too!
Tinolang Manok (Chicken Tinola) is a very well known Filipino comfort food. It is pinoy’s very own version of chicken soup. You won’t find any noodle in this delicious soup. With the chicken and the ginger being the constant ingredient in this soup, some of the ingredients can actually be interchanged or substituted. For example, green papaya or chayote (sayote in Filipino). Or between moringa leaves (malunggay) or chili leaves. Some would say the recipe or ingredients added are based on taste. But in truth, majority would say that it’s based on availability – it’s what’s available growing in the backyard.
Living in the US, it’s hard to find moringa leaves. I was able to plant one eventually in our backyard, but it’s still not ready for harvest soon. I can also try to ask some of my Filipino friends at church for some, but I’m shy to ask sometimes. An elder at church once actually advised me that I can use spinach instead of moringa leaves. I was skeptic at first. Until she cooked my husband and I a whole pot of chicken tinola. She had told us that she had put in spinach. It tasted really good. Ever since that day, we started making chicken tinola with spinach.
We just recently made some with chayote and spinach, and it was delicious and comforting, as always.
If you’ve ever met a Filipino, then you’ve probably been able to eat adobo. Although adobo is a common dish in the Philippines, there are actually so many different versions. Pork adobo, chicken adobo, pork adobo with dried fish, pork adobo with potato, then adobo with lots of sauce with little to no sauce left at all. There are just too many to enumerate.
My Uncle Dodong’s adobo signature is one that many people would call as humba. It’s salty, savory and sweet. It doesn’t have that much sauce but the sauce is super caramelized that even with just a little bit on rice, packs a lot of delicious savory flavor.
I recenly saw a photo that my Auntie Aida posted in Facebook. So I immediately, asked if I can get the recipe so that I can try if I can recreate it here. She sent me the recipe within in less than a day. So with the pork in the freezer, and the ingredients, that I already had on hand, I cooked humba.
I was so speechless that I was actually able to make it. I think if my Uncle in the Philippines tastes this then he’ll be proud. It was really good that I had to stop myself from eating more than 2 cups of rice!
It’s usually messy to eat crab legs. But that’s not the reason why I prefer eating it at home. I love eating crabs. But I particularly like eating crabs with steamed rice. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of places in the area that serves crabs with rice. Thus, eating at home is still the best option when eating crabs.
Hubby knows how much I love crabs. But he also knows how much of a mess I make while eating crab legs. So he usually sets up the table in a way that it will be quick and easy to clean after eating. I wanted to share these useful tips if you ever decide having crab legs at home.
Useful tips when eating crabs or crab legs at home:
Newspaper – Cover the table with about 2 layers of newspapers or packing paper
This will be helpful for any spillage and keeping the table underneath clean
Paper Plates – use of paper plates are useful and keep an extra plate for all the shells
Disposable paper plates make it easy to discard or to “dispose” after eating (pun intended! *wink*)
Plastic Bag – collect all shells and anything part of the crabs that are not edible and to be thrown away in a bag that you can seal. Seal the waste inside a plastic bag before throwing it in the trash can, to ensure that the smell doesn’t leak out. Another helpful way is to keep this sealed bag in the freezer until it’s close to the time when your garbage or trash will be collected by the garbage truck. This will help with ensuring there won’t be any bad smell lingering inside or even outside your house.
These are just some of the tips that we’ve learned from our own personal experience. Let me know if you were able to use any of the tips. Or better yet, if you have some tips of your own, please feel free to share them.
There is one tip I do want to leave you with — make sure you wash your hands then make sure to eat your crabs with only your hands, with no utensils or silverware. That includes eating rice with your hands too! *wink* It is more delicious to eat it that way! Mmm… sarap!