Stir Fried Baby Bok Choy

Stir Fried Baby Bok Choy

Bok Choy or Pak Choi is a type of Chinese cabbage; in China it has been cultivated for over 5000 years. It is a cruciferous leafy green vegetable so it’s low in calories, carbs, and fat; it is also packed full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It has a long list of health benefits and some people consider it a “Superfood”.

Bok Choy is rich in flavonoids which are powerful antioxidants. While they don’t prevent illness like Vitamin C prevents rickets, they contribute to optimal health and chronic disease prevention. Antioxidants help your body get rid of free radicals and detoxify tissues. They are also anti-inflammatory and help the body fight inflammation and cell damage. They are associated with preventing chronic diseases including cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Bok Choy is a good source of non-dairy calcium and vitamin K, both of which help build strong bones.

It is also rich in Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene which along with the antioxidants it contains promote eye health and lowers the risk of age related macular degeneration.

Bok Choy is also rich in Vitamins C and B6; magnesium, manganese, iron, potassium and other minerals. All these vitamins and minerals help boost the immune system, reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure, among many other health benefits.

It’s also very easy to use, you can eat it raw or cooked. It can be added to salads and stir fries. It’s mild flavor makes it a great addition to many recipes, and it’s tasty!

So with all the health benefits and it’s tastiness there’s really no reason not to incorporate Bok Choy into your family’s diet.

Here’s one of my favorite Bok Choy recipes, Stir Fried Baby Bok Choy. It’s super easy to make and can be served as a side dish with almost anything.

I use baby bok choy which I buy at Costco or Sam’s Club. I find the stalks more tender than the full size bunches of Bok Choy. But if you can’t find Baby Bok Choy you can use the full size ones as well; just cut it into smaller pieces.

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  1. Heat oil in frying pan or Wok.
  2. Place Bok Choy halves cut side down into oil.
  3. Cook both sides until tender and leaves start to wilt.
  4. Add Garlic, salt, and soy sauce.
  5. Stir until all of the stalks are covered by the soy sauce.
  6. Serve hot with your choice of meat, fish, or chicken or eat it by itself. It’s yummy!
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Ukoy Na Togue – Shrimp & Bean Sprout Fritter

Ukoy Na Togue – Shrimp & Bean Sprout Fritter

Ukoy or Shrimp Fritters is a popular Filipino street food. There are different types of fillers for this deep fried fritter but the common ingredient is shrimp; unless you want to make it vegan and just have veggies.

Ukoy can be made using grated squash, sweet potatoes, yucca, green papaya, carrots or just bean sprouts, my personal favorite.

Ukoy as I mentioned is a popular street food which can be eaten on the run, but it can be served as a side dish or as I do the main course with rice and a vinegar dipping sauce.

I’ve been trying to make Ukoy the way my Lola, grandma, used to make. Hers always had the perfect texture and the right crunch. She made it with fresh tofu, bean sprouts, and medium sized shrimp. Talk about yummy!

After many fails, I mean trials, I finally figured out where I’ve been going wrong. It was my batter! For reasons I can’t explain I’ve been using egg in my batter, possibly because egg is something that I put in all my batters. But that batter is always thicker and heavier. And the end result was more like a fluffy pancake, not crunchy at all.

Well the simplest solution was no egg batter! Don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner! Once I omitted the egg my Ukoy turned out perfect. Literally just like Lola’s Ukoy was!

Here’s the recipe!

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Ukoy Na Togue - Shrimp & Bean Sprout Fritter
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  1. In a large mixing bowl whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, garlic powder, salt, and water. Mix until well blended and all powders have dissolved.
  2. Add shrimp, bean sprouts, tofu, green onions, and garlic to the batter. Coat well.
  3. Heat about 1 1/2” of oil in frying pan.
  4. Drop 2 tbs of batter mixture into hot oil. Flatten with back of spoon to form patties.
  5. Fry about 4-5 minutes then flip to fry other side.
  6. Fry another 4-5 minutes or until both sides are golden brown and crisp.
  7. Drain on paper towels.
  8. Mix dipping sauce to taste.
  9. Serve hot with white rice and dipping sauce. Or serve as a snack.
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Pinoy (Filipino Style) Chicken Noodle Soup

Pinoy (Filipino Style) Chicken Noodle Soup

Pinoy (Filipino Style) Chicken Noodle Soup

Pinoy (Filipino ) Chicken Noodle Soup is a tasty noodle soup dish usually made from bone-in chicken thighs, bacon and chicken liver. It has that good Asian chicken flavor and can help keep you warm during cold season.

I love cooking my own chicken noodle soup at home because aside from having the chance to enhance my cooking skills, I also get the opportunity to make chicken noodle soup the way I like it to be and within my budget.

This Recipe for Chicken Noodle Soup is very simple and quick and yet delicious. This is perfect for those Asian Food Lovers. Enjoy Cooking!!!

 

Ingredients:

1 lb. chicken, cut into small pieces

1 lb. round miki noodles

½ cup chopped chicken liver

4 pcs. crumbled bacon

4 cups chicken broth

½ small cabbage, core removed and chopped

1 medium carrot, julienne

¼ cup chopped green onions

1 medium yellow onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, crushed

2 tbsp. fish sauce we called it (patis)

2 tbsp. cooking oil

2 cups water

 

Directions:

Heat the oil in a cooking pot.

Then sauté the garlic and onion.

Then add the chicken and cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until it turns light brown.

Add the chicken liver. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Pour-in water and chicken broth, cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes.

Add the bacon, cabbage and carrots. Stir and cook for 3 to 5 minutes.

Pour-in the fish sauce and stir.

Pour the miki noodles and cook for 5 to 7 minutes.

Add chicken broth or water if needed.

Then add the green onions.

Serve it hot in a serving bowl.

 

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Pinoy (Filipino Style) Chicken Noodle Soup
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Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a cooking pot.
  2. Then sauté the garlic and onion.
  3. Then add the chicken and cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until it turns light brown.
  4. Add the chicken liver. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Pour-in water and chicken broth, cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes.
  6. Add the bacon, cabbage and carrots. Stir and cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
  7. Pour-in the fish sauce and stir.
  8. Pour the miki noodles and cook for 5 to 7 minutes.
  9. Add chicken broth or water if needed.
  10. Then add the green onions.
  11. Serve it hot in a serving bowl.
  12. Share and enjoy!
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Shrimp Sour Soup – Sinigang na Hipon

Shrimp Sour Soup – Sinigang na Hipon

Shrimp Sour SoupLast month during my visit to my daughter and her family in Georgia there was an epic snowstorm in the East Coast.   My grandson, Devon, requested I make him some “Sinigang”.  I was surprised that he even knew what it was, but it seems that one of their friends makes it.  Of course I said yes, after all that’s what Nanas do, cook for the grandkids!  This Shrimp Sour Soup is the perfect comfort food for cold rainy (or snowy) days!

This was one of my favorite childhood dishes and I was happy to find out that my grandchildren love it too.  Like many Filipino dishes this soup is very easy to prepare.  Traditionally my grandmothers used tamarind (sampaloc) or the small Filipino limes called “Calamansi” to make the soup sour.  These days it’s so much easier, you can buy the powdered soup base at most Asian markets or even order it on Amazon(Affiliate Link)

This dish is typically eaten with steamed white rice with a side of “Patis“, Filipino fish sauce also available at Asian markets and on Amazon.  It can be made with fish, shrimp, or meat with assorted vegetables like spinach, radish, eggplant, tomatoes, onions, or string beans.  This time I made it with shrimp, spinach, radish, tomatoes, onions, and jalapeno pepper.  I like to add the pepper to give it a bit of spice, we all love spicy things in our family.

In most Filipino households this shrimp soup is made with whole shrimps, meaning shrimps with shells and heads on.  I’m not a big fan of shrimp heads so I use shrimps with shells on.  You can also use prawns if you have any handy.

Ingredients:

1 lb. Shrimp shell on

10 cups water

1 large tomato, thickly sliced

1 large onion, thickly sliced

1 packet Knorr Tamarind Soup Base powder

1 bunch radish, peeled and quartered

1 bunch spinach, stems cut and leaves separated

2 large jalapeno pepper whole

Directions:

Boil tomato and onion in the water for about 5 minutes

Add soup base powder, stir until dissolved

Add shrimp and radishes, bring to boil

Boil for another 5 minutes

Add spinach and jalapeno

Cover and reduce heat

Simmer for about 15 minutes

Serve with steamed white rice and side of patis for dipping


Shrimp in Sour Soup
Shrimp in Sour Soup - Sinigang na Hipon
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Cook Time
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Servings Prep Time
4 Persons 15 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Shrimp in Sour Soup
Shrimp in Sour Soup - Sinigang na Hipon
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Servings Prep Time
4 Persons 15 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Persons 15 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Persons
Instructions
  1. Boil tomato and onion in the water for about 5 minutes
  2. Add soup base powder, stir until dissolved
  3. Add shrimp and radishes, bring to boil
  4. Boil for another 5 minutes
  5. Add spinach and jalapeno
  6. Cover and reduce heat
  7. Simmer for about 15 minutes
  8. Serve with steamed white rice and side of patis for dipping
Recipe Notes

Stir the shrimp after adding to make sure all the shrimp cook evenly.  Shrimp cooks fast so be careful not to over cook it.

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Pancit Molo (Filipino Wanton Soup) Recipe!!!

Pancit Molo (Filipino Wanton Soup) Recipe!!!

19-IMG_2480-copyPancit Molo is a Filipino soup dish that makes you wonder why it’s called pancit.   Pancit refers to noodle dishes, and this dish doesn’t have noodles at all.  It uses wonton, soimai or molo wrappers. Not to mention most of the pancit recipes are dry while this pancit molo is a soup.

Pancit Molo is a soup dish composed of a mixture of ground pork wrapped in wonton wrappers, shredded chicken meat, and shrimps. This dish is a  well known Filipino dish that resembles the Chinese dish called wanton soup but the finest ingredients and flavor makes this dish stand out.

Today I will give you my version of this dish, I’m sure you will love it.

 

 Soup Ingredients:

30 wontons

1  onion, peeled & sliced thinly

2 cloves garlic, peeled & minced

1 tbsp. cooking oil

10 cups homemade broth

1 tbsp. fish sauce

1 pc. green onions, ends trimmed and chopped

1 cloves fried garlic bits

½ tsp. salt to taste

¼ tsp. pepper to taste

For the Homemade Broth:

3 pounds bone-in chicken parts (wings, thighs)

12-13 cups boiling water

1 onion, peeled & chopped

4 cloves garlic, peeled & minced

1 tsp. pepper corns

1 tbsp. cooking oil

2 pcs. bay leaves

1 tbsp. salt to taste

For the Wontons:

2 pounds ground pork

1 pack (30 pcs.)  wonton wrappers

1 small carrot, peeled and shredded

1 tbsp. soy sauce

½ cup green onions, finely chopped

½ cup water chestnuts, finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

2 tsp. salt to taste

1 tsp. pepper to taste

 

Directions:

For the Homemade Broth:

Heat oil in a deep pot over medium heat then add onions and garlic and cook until limp and aromatic.

Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 4 to 7 minutes or until chicken changes color. Lower heat, cover, and cook for about 17 to 20 minutes or until chicken releases its juices.

Raise heat to high and add boiling water.

Add bay leaves and peppercorns, season with salt.

Lower heat and return to simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

With a slotted spoon, remove chicken pieces from broth.

Allow to cool to touch. Remove meat from bones and shred.

Set aside chicken meat and keep warm. Break bones to expose marrow and return to pot.

Continue to cook at barely a simmer, uncovered, for about 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until liquid is reduced and concentrated. Using a cheesecloth, strain stock to remove bones and aromatics.

For the Wontons:

In a bowl, combine ground pork, water chestnuts, green onions, soy sauce, carrots, garlic, salt and pepper. Gently stir until well-distributed.

Separate wrappers into individual sheets. Spoon a heaping tablespoonful of meat mixture on middle of wrapper and then gather sides to form a cup around mixture.

For the Final Pancit Molo:

Heat oil in a pot over medium heat.

Then Add onions and garlic and cook until aromatic.

Add broth and bring to a simmer.

Add fish sauce and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes then season with salt and pepper.

Add wontons and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes or until cooked through.

Add chicken and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through.

Divide wontons, shredded chicken and broth into serving bowls.

Top with green onions and fried garlic bits.

Serve hot,

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Pancit Molo (Filipino Wanton Soup) Recipe!!!
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4-6 people
Pancit Molo (Filipino Wanton Soup) Recipe!!!
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Servings
4-6 people
Servings
4-6 people
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
Homemade Broth
  1. Heat oil in a deep pot over medium heat then add onions and garlic and cook until limp and aromatic.
  2. Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 4 to 7 minutes or until chicken changes color. Lower heat, cover, and cook for about 17 to 20 minutes or until chicken releases its juices.
  3. Raise heat to high and add boiling water.
  4. Add bay leaves and peppercorns, season with salt.
  5. Lower heat and return to simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  6. With a slotted spoon, remove chicken pieces from broth.
  7. Allow to cool to touch. Remove meat from bones and shred.
  8. Set aside chicken meat and keep warm. Break bones to expose marrow and return to pot.
  9. Continue to cook at barely a simmer, uncovered, for about 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until liquid is reduced and concentrated. Using a cheesecloth, strain stock to remove bones and aromatics.
Wonton
  1. In a bowl, combine ground pork, water chestnuts, green onions, soy sauce, carrots, garlic, salt and pepper. Gently stir until well-distributed.
  2. Separate wrappers into individual sheets. Spoon a heaping tablespoonful of meat mixture on middle of wrapper and then gather sides to form a cup around mixture.
Soup
  1. Heat oil in a pot over medium heat.
  2. Then Add onions and garlic and cook until aromatic.
  3. Add broth and bring to a simmer.
  4. Add fish sauce and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes then season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add wontons and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes or until cooked through.
  6. Add chicken and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through.
  7. Divide wontons, shredded chicken and broth into serving bowls.
  8. Top with green onions and fried garlic bits.
  9. Serve hot,
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