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Guisadong Upo

Here is how to cook Guisadong Upo also known as sauteed bottle gourd with shrimp or ginisang upo. Guisadong Upo is a simple Filipino dish that everyone can make. A very simple dish and can be done in less than 30 minutes.

Pork Embutido

Pork Embutido is a Filipino meatloaf commonly prepared during fiestas, holidays and special occasions. Embutido can be served hot or chilled with banana ketchup.

Paksiw na Pata

Here is how to cook Paksiw na Pata also known as Pork Hock Stew with banana blossoms. Paksiw na Pata is a traditional Filipino dish that is very easy to make and so delicious! It is cooked similar to adobo but with the addition of banana blossoms.

Cassava Suman (Ilonggo Alupi)

Here is how to make the Ilonggo version Cassava Suman also known as Alupi. A great snack anytime of the day, made with grated cassava, sugar and young coconut wrapped in banana leaves and steamed. 

Lumpiang Gulay

Lumpiang Gulay or Vegetable Lumpia is a Filipino favorite snack or appetizer. Vegetable Lumpia is the Filipino version of the famous Chinese egg rolls or spring rolls. The classic lumpiang gulay consist mainly with assorted vegetables but protein can also be added like ground meat, seafood and tofu.

Beef Tapa

Beef Tapa is a popular Filipino breakfast usually served with garlic rice and egg also known as TapSiLog. Beef Tapa is easy to make using basic ingredients and can also be made using pork or chicken. It is best when thin slices of beef is slightly pounded and marinated for at least 3 hours or overnight before cooking.

Pepper Beef Recipe

Pepper Beef recipe also known as Pepper Steak is very simple to make. The steak or beef is sliced across the grain for tenderness stir fried with fresh with bell peppers and onion, coated with sweet and delicious soy sauce mixture.

Orange Chicken Recipe

This restaurant-style Orange Chicken is so delicious made with crispy chunks of boneless chicken tossed in a sweet and tangy sauce. So easy to make and it took me no more than an hour to make it. 

Orange Chicken is one my kids favorite and the closest Panda Express Chinese restaurant that makes awesome Orange Chicken is 10 miles away. By the time you get home from the restaurant the Orange Chicken won't taste as fresh and not crispy anymore. 

Pork Tocino

Pork Tocino is a popular Filipino breakfast dish often served with salted eggs and tomatoes with garlic fried rice. Pork Tocino is a sweet cured meat that is similar to ham and bacon. Thinly sliced boneless pork meat with fat cured in salt, sugar and various spices with no added preservative then refrigerated for few days before cooking.

Filipino Lasagna

Filipino Lasagna is so delicious and easy to prepare. Baked in layer of lasagna pasta and topped with sweet and meaty sauce, loaded with assorted cheese and creamy white sauce.
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