Category: Food

Tara, Isabela!

Isabela is the largest province of the Philippines and the largest on the island of Luzon in land area. Its capital is the city of Ilagan. We have our Mengal festival yearly. Where Miss Earth pageant’s Resorts Wear and Talent Portion Competition was recently held at my hometown. I am from Echague, Isabela. Yes, I am an Ilokana and I absolutely love pinakbet, inabraw, inatata and most especially native tinola!

Now, let me tour you first before we talk more about our delicacies. Tempting, I know right!

Magat Dam Magat Dam

First of all, Magat Dam. A major source of power and water supply in Northeastern Luzon, and Southeast Asia’s biggest hydroelectric dam. It is located at the boundaries of Alfonso Lista, Ifugao and Ramon, Isabela. There is no entrance fee so if you want to breathe fresh air while enjoying the nature, you can come here. In addition to that, you can bring your bike or just stroll when you are with friends. My daughter were so thrilled upon seeing fishermen on their boats that she wanted to ride it there and then. While my Daddy took pleasure in fresh and live fish. He bought kilos of fish back then.

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Next destination is the most accessible natural tourist spot in the whole province. Located in a portion of Fuyot Spring National Park that comprises the Northern Sierra Madre National Park. A hike of about 2.5 kilometers from the caves will lead to Pinzal Falls which is the main source of water for the swimming pools right by the picnic areas. The sanctuary also houses several parks and recreation areas including a botanical garden, boating area, a hanging bridge, zip line, fish pond, and a mini-zoo.

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Also, we have the Philippine crocodile or bukarot is considered the most threatened crocodilian species in the world due to hunting, destructive fishing and habitat conversion. It was rediscovered in the town of San Mariano in 1999. The crocodile sanctuary protects this special animal by keeping hatchlings in a rearing station before releasing them in the wild 18 months later.

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With my Mom, nieces and kids. We always have our family picture taking here at the butaka.

Butaka

In addition we have the butaka. Have you heard of it? It’s a reclining lounge with a lengthy back, extended arms found in many homes here. Isabela is the home to the world’s largest lounge chair (weighing 2,368 kilos) which was built to promote woodcraft/furniture industry. The gigantic chair measures 9.7 feet wide, 20.8 feet long and 11.4 feet high. Found in a shed at the Freedom Park in Ilagan as a town landmark. Both my parents own a butaka at our house. They had their supplier made a little verison, a customized one for their apo, my daughter Grey. And it’s still sturdy. I feel cozy every time I’m at the butaka. I can fall asleep quickly. Likewise, my parents are like my butaka. My security blanket.

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Honeymoon Island

Furthermore, as one of the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines with its crystal clear waters teaming with live fishes and corals is a sure haven for sea folks. At around 3:00 in the afternoon, a major low tide affects the area which reveals crazy rock formations, small basins of corals and live fishes. A virgin island that will capture your mind & soul.

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Moreover, stargazing in the coastal town of Palanan is a definitely a must do. The night sky lits up with billions of lights that you could go on staring at them. Aside from the fact that it has wonderful beaches to offer, too.

Now, lets go to our delicacies!

Seafood

The local tribe of Isabela – the Dumagats, still practice barter trading. You can trade a can of sardines for freshly caught lobsters. Yes, you got it right, lobsters. The Dumagat Tribe is one of the oldest tribes in the country. Dumagat tribe is perhaps the oldest living tribe in the Philippines. I think it would be my privilege and honor to get to mingle with them up close and personal. One day, I will bring my kids to play with them.

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The most popular local specialty to try. It is made of stir-fried, fresh miki noodles with mixed vegetables, quail’s eggs and topped with cripy lechon de carajay or fried pork bits. You can try this in many restaurants but locals recommend always Josie’s Panciteria & Restaurant in Cabagan, Isabela as serving the best variety. But I found a nearer place at Cauayan, Isabela called Triple J’s restaurant.

Aling Luring’s Gotohan

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“Sobrang sarap po nitong mga inihain sa amin aa Aling Luring’s! Serkele, Goto, Lumpia, at Okoy, lahat okay! Definitely a must-try kapag napadaan po kayo sa Cauayan, Isabela” ~Sen. Bam Aquino. Cauayan Mayor Bernard Dy (white polo shirt) and Isabela Governor Bojie Dy (black tshirt) with Sen. Aquino.

Originated at J.M. Basa st. Concepcion Baliwag, Bulacan. Established in the early 70s by Leonila “Nanay Luring” Castro Trinidad. The concept of a traditional filipino “meryenda” (snack) such as goto- a rice porridge with stewed ox tripe, serkele, palabok, tokwa baboy, lumpiang gulay, chicken arrozcaldo with puto & kutchinta was born and is continually in existence at this place. The family’s food business branched out to the far northern part of the Philippines at Cauayan, Isabela in 1985. The concept and the original menu has not been altered since then, with the addition of sweet dessert like biko, sapin sapin, pitchi pitchi, bibingka and the fast rising popularity of the side dish “okoy” with special vinegar for dipping.
Good heathy food that will nourish not just your appetite but also your soul.

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Inabraw or dinengdeng is a tasty combination of different fresh vegetables such as jute leaves, bamboo shoots, young corn, patola, eggplant, tomato, okra, malunggay, bitter melon, string beans, squash flowers, and other products with bagoong. This is one of my comfort food. My mom would add malunggay and fried fish, too. Yummy!

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Cauayan City  is the “mushroom city of the North.” You can find unique dishes made from farm-grown mushrooms here like the mushroom empanada. It’s filled with sliced oyster mushrooms and sauce instead of meat. The town’s Mushroom Center produces other unique mushroom-based dishes like mushroom pickles, mushroom tempura, mushroom patties, mushroom sisig, mushroom shake – and even mushroom ice cream. I would say, vegetarians will love this.

Inatata & Corn Coffee

Image result for inatata & binallayIsabela is the rice granary of the North. You can find rice delicacies like tupig and suman in different towns. Inatata is a glutinous rice creamed with coconut milk, sugar and a pinch of salt. The name comes from a combination of the words for mother and father “ina” and “tata” to reflect the labor of love from parents because of the care in which it takes to wrap the rice treats. It looks like ammunition belts of a machine gun but paired with hot choco or hot coffee will make your day.

As a corn capital of Philippines too, Isabela offers variety of corn delicacies. One of which is the corn coffee.  It lacks caffeine so you can consume it anytime of the day. Aside from corn coffee, they also have nachos, corn shake and pastillas that are all made of corn.

Binallay

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Another homegrown rice cake is Binallay, made of glutinous rice wrapped in banana leaves. “Balay” means “house”. This has religious significance and traditionally served during the Holy Week, to help Isabelinos endure hunger during the fasting period.

 

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I grew up eating my vegetables like malunggay, saluyot, eggplant, sigarilyas, string beans, squash and even bitter gourd. I love my mother’s famous tenderly delicious beef steak and her adobo that meat will almost fall on its bone. My all-time favorite is native tinola. Why? Because my father will butcher one of his native chickens then my mother will cook it. See the tandem behind the preparation & cooking? I love the partnership my parents have. That’s called labor of love. They are my Yin Yang. So every time I am home, my dad & mom will cook for me. Native tinola tastes no other. Nothing compares to the aroma and invigorating soup. It warms my heart and my stomach is full, too.

Finally, I would like to add the most prominent celebration in Isabela is the Bambanti Festival celebrated every January. Named after the Scarecrow which guards the fields from birds and pests, the Bambanti Festival celebrates the agricultural industry, natural resources, culture and industries of the entire province. This year’s festival has got them in Guinness World of records.

I will make another blog about what adventures and where to stay when in Isabela. For now, let’s satisfy our hunger.

Shi Lin – Taiwanese Restaurant

Authentic Taiwanese Restaurant

I’ve never been to a lot of Authentic Taiwanese restaurants here in the Philippines obviously because there aren’t many and some of them are being mistaken as Chinese or even Japanese restaurant due to some similarities on their menu.

Shi Lin is an authentic Taiwanese restaurant located in several branches here in Metro Manila that offers decent variety of food items on their menu.

The one that stands out is their Xiao Long Bao and Rice meals.

 

Their Xiao Long Bao delivers the right flavors on your pallet especially when paired with Ginger Soy sauce.

Do not be mistaken by their rice bowl because for it’s price, it’s almost good for 2 person and their Braised beef noodle soup has a mouthful chunk of tender and juicy beef meat and savory broth.

If you happened to cross into one of their branches, don’t hesitate to try their food items.

Best Coffee for Pregnant/Lactating Moms

What? Best coffee for pregnant/lactating moms? Are you kidding me?

Most women love coffee and one of the struggles on pregnancy and breastfeeding is not having COFFEE!
” Some studies have linked drinking more than 200 mg of caffeine a day with an increased risk of miscarriage and low birth weight. And drinking large amounts of caffeine (eight cups of coffee or more a day) has been linked with stillbirth. More research needs to be done to confirm these links, but it’s a good idea to err on the side of caution when you’re pregnant.Be aware that the amount of caffeine in your cup of coffee will vary depending on the type of coffee and how it’s brewed. The coffee at a restaurant or coffee shop, for example, can range from about 100 mg for a small (8-ounce) cup to over 400 mg for a large (16-ounce) cup, depending on the brand and the brew.And remember, decaffeinated doesn’t mean caffeine-free. A 16-ounce cup of brewed decaffeinated coffee typically contains about 12 to 25 mg of caffeine.”
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But here is the good news mommies out there! Mother Nurture 7-in-1 Coffeemix and Chocomix are specially formulated for nursing/pregnant moms. Each sachet contains special l ingredients and natural galactagogues such as Calcium Lactate, Stevia Leaves, Gotu Kola, Ashitaba and Malunggay. These ingredients are known to promote milk. As a mom, I highly recommend this company for providing the best for our babies. When I got pregnant the eventually become mom, I crave so much for coffee very much but there is limitation intake of coffee? Glad to be connected to my friend who introduces mother nurture to me. I research and found out that a mom founded it and lactating also. She shares the goodness to all moms who suffered for not having coffee and much breastmilk for their babies. To make the long story short, I’ve ordered through her reseller she’s quite popular back then, even celebrities like Marian Rivera, Camille Prats, etc are drinking it. I did not expect the taste to be more like a real coffee, but to my surprise, it tasted so good even the chocolate drink. Not only that!  It is good for health too! And will promote a lot of milk to have a healthy baby   Here is the picture of my child when I was breastfeeding him.   Isn’t he adorable!  I miss those chubby cheeks though, he is turning 5 this year. Try their products and you’ll love it also. Thank you for reading my post, Hope this helps a lot. Good luck on your pregnancy or planning to get pregnant and breastfeeding moms out there. Keep healthy and your babies.       They have a website, social media accounts where you can find them. Here are the links: Website Facebook Instagram    

Susie’s Cuisine: My Best Place for Pampango Kakanin

 

Looking for the best place to satisfy your cravings when you are in Pampanga?

I would highly recommend  Susie’s Cuisine. It’s already a culinary institution in the region that every time you think of kakanin, you’ll immediately think “Susie’s”.

It is no doubt the best place if you are looking for sumptuous kakanin and different Kapampangan dishes either for snack or as pasalubong to your friends and relatives who are in other places.

Let me give you a little background on how this successful business started. Susie’s Cuisine has been in the business since 1972. Anicia Ayson founded Susie’s through the motivation of her family and close friends who were fond of her cooking. And eventually got Kapampangans loved her cooking too. Today, it is now being run by her daughter Jesusa Ayson Yabut, together with her husband Glenn Yabut. With many outlets in Pampanga, Tarlac and Bataan, people can easily buy Susie’s products.

Some of their specialties and also my favorites are Pancit Luglug/Palabok, Maja Blanca o Tibok Tibok, Sapin Sapin, Rice Cake, Cassava Cake and Motche.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Some of their delightful dishes also include pasta(baked macaroni & spaghetti), fettuccini and carbonara. Kapampangan dishes like sisig, relyeno bangus, dinuguan with puto, and many more!

    Susie’s Cuisine is definitely a must visit in Pampanga for best kakanin and pasalubong. Your Pampanga food trip is not complete if you did not taste the food and bring home some of the Susie’s Cuisine’s specialties.

 

All Year Round Christmas Delight

Christmas is the most awaited moment of the year of every Filipino. Families where reunited and gathered on feast. A lot of people are busy buying and wrapping their gifts for their loved ones. Children are excited of Santa Claus, amazed with the twinkling lights on the streets, and do caroling on each houses.  But what is the most traditional is the “Simbang Gabi” or the mass that most of the Filipinos attended on Catholic churches for 9 consecutive days. This is their belief of wishes do come true when you have completed the 9-day consecutive mass. And what most of the Filipino comes in mind when “Simbang Gabi” is about to come, it is the best “bibingka”and “puto-bumbong” that you can buy only during Christmas season.

I knew a “puto-bumbong” home made maker that sells through out the year. Her name is Nanay Lourdes and her puto bumbong kiosk can be found in Giongco St., Silangan 1, Rosario, Cavite from 6 to 10 A.M every Thursday to Sunday. I have been her loyal customer since it is very delicious and soft not just like any other that I have tasted at a very affordable price of Php20. So if you crave and want to taste the best “puto bumbong” in town without waiting for the Christmas season, come and visit Nanay Lourdes kiosk in Rosario, Cavite and you will not get disappointed and be back again and again. She accepts orders for any occasions.

 

Italian Cuisine

Italian Cuisine

To name a few, here are the most common Italian Cuisines that we are most familiar with:

Bruschetta – toasted Italian bread drenched in olive oil and served typically with garlic or tomatoes.

Carbonara – denoting a pasta sauce typically made with cured pork, egg, and grated cheese “spaghetti carbonara”.

Pesto – a sauce of crushed basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil, typically served with pasta.

Pizza – a dish of Italian origin consisting of a flat, round base of dough baked with a topping of tomato sauce and cheese, typically with added meat or vegetables. Example: “a cheese and tomato pizza”

Prosciutto – Italian ham cured by drying and typically served in very thin slices.

Risotto – an Italian dish of rice cooked in stock with other ingredients such as meat and vegetables.

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Italian Cuisine is the food typically of Italy. It is known for its regional diversity, especially between the north and the south of the Italian peninsula. It offers an abundance of taste, and is one of the most popular and copied in the world and it influenced several cuisines around the world, chiefly that of the United States.

Italian cuisine is generally characterized by its simplicity, with many dishes having only two to four main ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation. Ingredients and dishes vary by region. Many dishes that were once regional have proliferated with variations throughout the country. Read more

Filipino’s adaptation to variety of Italian Foods

Filipino’s had a very adaptive palate that some of our great chef’s all over the world were our very own fellow Filipino’s. We tend to like the food on our first taste or the reverse, especially with Italian foods that we usually give our thumbs up (definitely I’m one of those).

Why I say this? 

I’ve been into an international restaurant offering wide variety of international cuisines. Majority of Filipinos would order Filipino Foods or else… Italian Foods.

Wait, when was Italian Cuisine first introduce to the Philippines again? a very long time ago but still it does create a big impact on our daily meal eating. I mean, who would eat rice when there’s a Pizza? (just saying…) I do normally did that most of the times,not forgetting our very own but grabbing the choices instead of the daily meal we usually had in our tables.

In fact in our place Moalboal, lots of Italian restaurants already exist and continued to grow. I will not go far,and  here are some of the Italian Restaurant and International Restaurants offers a very authentic Italian Dishes around based on my own preference.

 1.) Lantaw

2.) Marina Cucina Italiana

3.) Three Crowns Bistro

4.) Last Filling Station

As what I’ve said from above,its all based on my preference and if you’ve been to Moalboal,then feel free to share your favorite restaurant too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Best Appetizer in Town – SINUGLAW

SINUGLAW is derives from Visayan words “Sinugba” which means grilled(Pork) and “Kinilaw” from international terms “Ceviche” means uncooked fish mixed with fresh cucumber, ginger, onions,lime, chili, vinegar & seasoning for taste. This was originated from Mindanao usually cooked by most of the alcoholic drinkers by mixing grilled pork and kinilaw which they usually do as “Pulutan”  while drinking Tuba(Coconut Wine) with relatives and friends.

I remember every time we have huge gatherings of relatives and friends, Sinuglaw recipe’s is always present in the table. All the time we experienced shortage of this food as once they tasted, they keep coming back and have some to bring at home.

What makes this recipe the best appetizer in town is the mouth watering taste of grilled pork matched with fresh delicious kinilaw mixed together with all the ingredients and best served with hot chili.

Every time people taste it always LOVE it. And that’s the reason why as of this time famous hotels & restaurants offered this as one of their best appetizer.

 

Cook Pub, my Korean food cook hub

Cook Pub, my Korean food cook hub!

When you think of Korean food, what comes to your mind first? Let me guess, I bet it could be kimchi or spicy noodles, right? Well, for me, I love everything except for radish. No offense to radish lovers but sorry guys its unpleasant smell really loses my appetite.

My love for Korean food started with the love of K-dramas.  Almost all dramas always indulge into food.  I was curious then and started to crave the food the actors were eating.  Good thing there was a Korean restaurant near my working area.  But still I did not dine right away because I thought the price is quite expensive.  Not until my husband’s birthday that I experienced the food.   

Cook Pub is a modern Korean bistro and bar.  Located in Cebu at the 2nd Floor Island Central Mactan, Lapu-lapu City.  It is just a 5-minute trip from Mactan International Airport to the shopping center. 

There are wide array of Korean food with fusion of Filipino flavors to choose from.  I had ordered their best-seller bibimpan because it looks delicious in the menu. And yes, it is so good indeed!  It is a combo meal with rice, spicy pork, and assorted sautéed and seasoned shredded fresh vegetables.  Bibimpan has to be stirred thoroughly before eating so I let the server do the mixing since it is first time.  This meal goes along with pickled cucumber and kimchi as side dishes for free.  Among my other favorites are kimchi stew with pork, spicy squid salad, and beef bulgogi.  I also love tteokgalbi combo with Korean pancake, seaweed dumpling soup, rice, pickle, and blended iced tea.  Now I can relate the food the actors were eating in K-dramas! 

If you happen to visit Cebu, drop by and dine at Cook Pub.  The food is absolutely wonderful, from preparation to presentation and very pleasing free starters.  Aside from food, the place is sophisticated. The staffs are very friendly and very attentive to our needs. 

Great food!  Great service! Great price value!  I am looking forward to dining again in Cook Pub soon.

The top 3 Ramen places in Metro Manila

Ramen restaurants in Metro Manila are very popular nowadays. I remember the first time that I’ve ever tasted ramen, honestly I wasn’t fond of it at first but after having it for the second time, that soul warming bowl eventually got me addicted. Now here are the top 3 ramen places in the metro that I’ve tried that serves authentic Ramen that will have you slurping your bowl clean in no time!

#3 Ippudo

Surprised? Me too. I did say at one point that Ippudo is the best ramen in Manila but after a few months I noticed a difference in the taste. The Shitamachi became less flavorful, less thick and I wasn’t crazy about the chashu anymore. It’s still good don’t get me wrong but you can say its medyo nakakasawa? Despite that, Ippudo always introduces new flavors (for a limited time) that will always keep me interested in this place. Their Kuro ramen was the best. I hope they bring it back.

#2 Mendokoro Ramenba

This is the only ramen place in Manila that serves chashu that literally melts in your mouth. My God. Glorious. Broth is good, noodles are good and they all complement each other. People still line up to eat here even after a few years. The only thing I hate about this place is their location. I live up North and both Mendokoro and Yushoken are down south.

#1 Ramen Nagi

Majority of the people love Ramen Nagi even me. Being able to customize your ramen is one of the best ways to not get tired of their food. A month doesn’t go by that I don’t eat here at least twice. From the first time I tried it until today. Then I thought about it and one word came to mind, “consistency.” That is the one quality of Ramen Nagi with all the branches they have, that makes them one of the most loved ramen places in Manila. They’ve been around for a couple of years now and they’re still expanding. But as you can see, they’re not the best on my list but neither is Max’s the best fried chicken. But like Max’s, when people think of ramen, it’s Ramen Nagi that will come to mind. A place you will keep coming back to. Your staple. Your comfort food. Now that’s the reason why this ramen place tops the list of all the ramen places I’ve been.

Foods for Healthy Skin: You Are What You Eat

Want truly fabulous skin — glowing, vibrant, and, yes, younger-looking skin? Make sure you’re putting foods for healthy skin on your plate.

“Everything you eat becomes a part of not only your inner being, but the outer fabric of your body as well. The healthier the foods are that you consume, the better your skin will look,” says Samantha Heller, MS, RD, a clinical nutritionist at NYU Medical Center in New York City.

              Healthy skin is reflection of overall wellness

“You could have sallow skin, dry skin, older-looking skin. It’s not going to happen overnight, but starve your skin long enough, and it’s going to show,” she says.

What’s more, some health experts believe that when your diet is missing certain foods for healthy skin, other, even more serious skin problems can result.

What Are Foods for Healthy Skin?

Most experts say eating a balanced diet is the best way to get your share of good food for healthy skin. Still, a number of specific skin treats are more likely than others to give a boost of glowing good health to your complexion

    • Low-Fat Dairy Products. One the most important components of skin health is vitamin A. One of the best places to get it is low-fat dairy products. In fact, experts say that the health of our skin cells is dependent on dietary vitamin A.
    • Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and plums. The common link between these four foods is their high antioxidant content. In a study recently published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, these four fruits weighed in with the highest “total antioxidant capacity” of any food. The benefits of these foods for healthy skin are plentiful.
    • Salmon, Walnuts, Canola Oil, and Flax Seed. These seemingly unrelated foods all deliver essential fatty acids, and thus are key foods for healthy skin.
    • Healthy Oils. These contain more than essential fatty acids. Eating good-quality oils helps keep skin lubricated and keeps it looking and feeling healthier overall, Lipski tells WebMD.Which oils are the right oils for healthy skin? Lipski says those labeled cold pressed, expeller processed, or extra virgin are the ones to look for.”When an oil is commercially processed, the first thing they do is add solvents and raise them to really high temperatures, then put it though five or six processes. Important nutrients are lost,” says Lipski.
    • Whole-wheat bread, muffins, and cereals; turkey, tuna and brazil nuts. The mineral selenium connects all these foods for healthy skin. Experts say selenium plays a key role in the health of skin cells. Some studies show that even skin damaged by the sun may suffer fewer consequences if selenium levels are high.
    • Green Tea. This beverage deserves a category all its own in any article about foods for healthy skin. The skin-health properties in this beneficial drink just can’t be beat. “It has anti-inflammatory properties, and it’s protective to the cell membrane. It may even help prevent or reduce the risk of skin cancer,” says Lipski.
    • Water. While the exact amount you should drink each day varies, no one disputes the role good hydration plays in keeping skin looking healthy and even young. When that hydration comes from pure, clean water — not liquids such as soda or even soup — experts say skin cells rejoice.”It is my belief that our skin needs at least a half gallon of good clean water — that’s about eight glasses — every day,” says Lipski.While any good, clean water will keep your body and your skin hydrated, Lipski says hard water, the kind high in minerals, is especially good. Using water softeners to de-mineralize drinking water may reduce some of the potentially helpful effects.”A water softener may help your plumbing, but it’s hard water that is better for your health,” she says.
Noodle Fight Kitchen to      Re-open this February 2019

Noodle Fight Kitchen to Re-open this February 2019

Chicken Cordon Bleu
Corndon Bleu

Noodle Fight Kitchen first opened its doors to Calaueños (People of Calauan, Laguna) last June of 2015. They only started the food stall serving their famous beef pares mami (beef stew noodles) and four other soup variants. While students become more knowledgeable about the low-priced high-quality food they serve; rice meals, snacks, and desserts are slowly incorporated into the menu in the next few months.

Chop Seuy Family Sharing

After 3 great years of food service, many menu revisions, hundreds of brainstorming efforts and trial and error innovations, the restaurant decided to take a rest last July 2018 to give way to the owners wedding. The good news is, this coming February 5, 2019, Noodle Fight Kitchen will introduce its new brand, new partners and new team along with the re-opening of its original location.

Crispy Fried Pork

Rumors started spreading through out the small town of Calauan that Noodle Fight Kitchen’s come back will be one of the most anticipated reopening for a restaurant for years. People are so excited including me being their number 1 fan, supporter and customer. Now, the question is, what will the new team and partners bring to their patrons? One thing to find out, let’s celebrate food and family on February 5, 2019 at Noodle Fight Kitchen Calauan, Laguna.

“MATCHA MARSHMALLOW”

My kids love Marshmallow, and I like Matcha so I decided to make a combination of these two, and We loved it!

These Healthy Matcha Green Tea Marshmallows sure don’t need any food coloring to look this green, can you believe it?  These are naturally colored with matcha, naturally flavored with vanilla and almond extract, and naturally sweetened with agave nectar.

If you’re craving something sweet, sophisticated, and unique, but don’t want to consume a bunch of white sugar and corn syrup, then these mallows are for you!

Don’t let the word “healthy” turn you off.  These Healthy Matcha Green Tea Marshmallows are just as soft, fluffy, airy, and delicious as the storebought kinds.  And just as sweet, of course!

INGREDIENTS:

1 tablespoon matcha

1 cup + 2 tablespoons cold water

3 packets of gelatin

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/3 cup corn syrup

1/4 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons powdered sugar

2 tablespoons corn starch

1 teaspoon oil

This recipe for UBER fluffy and cloud-like Healthy Matcha Green Tea Marshmallows is surprisingly fun to make and has just 6 ingredients… with no high-fructose corn syrup in sight!

Storebought marshmallows are made with three different kinds of refined sugars, genetically modified corn starch, and artificial food coloring.  Yes, there’s food dye in those white mallows.  Apparently, blue dye makes them appear more white. *rolls eyes*

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a mixing bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of water and 1 tablespoon of matcha until all lumps are gone.

2. Pour into the same bowl, 1/2 cup of water and sprinkle in the three packets of gelatin. Let it sit and bloom.

Meanwhile…

3. In a small pot, combine sugar (1 1/2 cup), corn syrup (1/3 cup), salt (1/4 teaspoon), and water (1/2 cup). Wipe down the inside of the pot with warm water so no sugar residue is left.

4. On medium heat, bring the sugar mixture to 240°F, using a candy thermometer. Take the sugar off the stove.

5. Go back to the mixing bowl with the matcha/gelatin mixture and turn the mixer on low speed. Slowly pour in the sugar mixture from the pot into the mixing bowl. Halfway through the pouring, switch the mixer to medium speed. Once all the sugar has been added, move to a high speed and let it whip for 8-10 minutes.

6. In a small bowl, mix 6 tablespoons of powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of corn starch.

7. Prep a 9×9 baking pan by coating a thin layer of oil, then layering on parchment paper. Sprinkle on a thin layer of the combined sugar/corn starch.

8. After 10 minutes has passed, take a spatula and run it under warm water so that there’s some water on the spatula.

9. Transfer the marshmallow from the mixing bowl into the pan using the wet spatula. Wet your hands and press down on the marshmallow to spread it evenly.

10. Sprinkle a thin layer of the sugar/corn starch mixture on top.

11. Let it sit for 2-3 hours.

12. Once set, take it out of the pan and onto a board with a thin layer of the sugar/corn starch. Cut the marshmallow into small pieces using a pair of scissors. Coat all sides of the marshmallow with the sugar/corn starch to prevent them from sticking together.

And the result…

Tada…

This recipe for a small batch of matcha marshmallows makes just 8 marshmallows. They take just 15 minutes to whip up and then they set in a bread loaf pan for a few hours. A quick roll in powdered sugar (or more matcha), and you’re ready!

I would recommend this product to matcha lovers it is very easy and fun to make it is also healthy.