Food floods our memories nd trigger sensations -- little wonder that there are so many eating disorders. Pinoys are perhaps one of the most food-centric people in the world. Government employees can attest to the fact that no meeting can be held without at least a token attempt to serve food. Greetings are usually succeeded with a "Kumain ka na ba?" (Have you eaten?). Eating alone is taboo and chancing on a person who is eating necessitates the eater to invite the other to partake of the meal with the traditional, "Kain tayo?" (Lets eat?).
Season banugs. Then marinade (2 heads chopped and bellies in small cubes) in little vinegar. After a while (30 mins) sautee with garlic, onions, little tomato, 2 big green chili. Then pour water boil add dahon ng sili simmer and done.
Sorry about the other specific amounts. Use own judgement. Hope you like it as I do. Thanks.
Bitter melon soup, anyone?
By. Dr. Alberto Lee
Bitter melon, better known in Tagalog as ampalaya, is a common produce sold in manila markets and grocery stores. in Houston, it is easily accessible in Chinatown. Bitter melon, stir fried with beef, is a common fare in the Filipino and Chinese restaurants. However, I have never seen bitter melon soup being offered in the menu here or in Manila, at least in the manner that I prepare it which I will describe later.
4 pieces of bitter melon, cut cross-wised and gutted. (clean the innards and seeds out using a small knife) set aside.
1 small onion, minced.
5 cloves of garlic, minced.
1 small can of water chestnuts, minced.
one bundle of scallions, minced. set aside to be used before serving the soup
1 pound of 96% lean ground beef
salt and pepper to taste
Combine the beef, onion, garlic, water chestnuts, egg, salt and pepper in a suitable bowl and mix it thoroughly adding breadcrumbs 1 tablespoonful at a time until you get the right consistency. That's right, like making spaghetti meatballs. Now, insert the fillings into the hollowed-out bitter melons and fill it to capacity. Set aside. If you made too much fillings or not enough, don't panic. Nothing will be wasted.
In a deep pot, bring to a boil 4 to 5 cans of chicken stock or beef stock. If you are one of those fastidious cook and prefer to make your own stock, go ahead. Nothing is carved in stone when it comes to cooking. Always cook with great abundance! And smile while cooking, even if you may appeared like a nut to the by-standers. A happy cook makes a better meal. Everything in life depends on good attitude.