Chicken Pochero

Chicken Pochero

My list of posts to write is getting longer every day. Cooking daily but not blogging daily? Not a good match!

If you don’t know pochero (alternate spellings include “puchero” or “putsero”)…I don’t either. All I actually remember from pochero was that it was made with chicken, tomato based sauce, and that it had banana. My mom does not cook pochero, or most of the tomato based dishes, for that matter. Continue reading “Chicken Pochero”

Bangus Sisig

Bangus Sisig

Sisig is considered the perfect beer match. It’s usually made of liver, pig ears, and probably unimaginable things–all chopped and mixed (so you don’t actually know what you’re getting), cooked on a greasy hotplate and is sometimes topped with egg. Add a few drops of calamansi, crush a siling labuyo (bird’s eye chili) for a spicy kick, and voila–you got the ultimate pulutan.

Just like adobo, versions abound everywhere, and of course it eventually made it a staple offer in most Filipino restaurants. While the common ingredients ain’t healthy, try making it with tuna, or bangus (milkfish) and you’ve got a delicious easy-to-eat meal! Continue reading “Bangus Sisig”

Easy Rotisserie Chicken Salad

Easy Rotisserie Chicken Salad

Before I got into baking chicken breasts on weekends for our salads’ weekly supply, we used to make salads that didn’t have meat. The Filipino in me trying to find “ulam” in everything was craving meat; even tuna would have been better.

On some days I’d walk to S&R–which is pretty much what Costco is to other countries–and get us roasted chicken for dinner, and half of it will be rendered too much and in turn ready for salad making for the following days. Continue reading “Easy Rotisserie Chicken Salad”

Sinigang na Hipon (Shrimp in Tamarind Broth)

Sinigang na Hipon (Shrimp in Tamarind Broth)

Sinigang is a Filipino dish of tamarind broth (and vegetables) with either pork, beef, shrimp, fish, and even chicken. Sinigang na Hipon is the shrimp version. A sour broth with shrimp, the closest one might think of is probably the Thai soup Tom Yum Goong, which is close, but very different because of their love of herbs, and that that’s made sour by lime juice.


I love sinigang and I love shrimps, but that doesn’t always equal to I love Sinigang na Hipon. For one, I feel like it’s so basic. I have not had a mindblowing Sinigang na Hipon. If you read most recipes, it’s just mostly boil this, add that, serve…which makes for an uninterestingly, very common outcome. Continue reading “Sinigang na Hipon (Shrimp in Tamarind Broth)”

Refreshing Chicken, Apple & Cranberry Salad

Refreshing Chicken, Apple & Cranberry Salad

Salad making is exciting alright, but it’s so hard to stay well-stocked, or try new ingredients because you almost always need just a little bit of everything. I always am left with a little bit of this, a little bit of that.

So I was trying to finish up what we have left in the fridge, and found out we still had three green apples, and an opened pack of feta. I googled apple+feta+salad and tons of results came up, but I found ’em too complicated. Also, I didn’t want to buy more stuff. Continue reading “Refreshing Chicken, Apple & Cranberry Salad”