Tapkilog: Korean Tapsilog

Tapkilog: Korean Tapsilog

I am an ex-Korean. I’m kidding. 

From 2006-2009, Korea was my second home. I flew for Asiana Airlines as a flight attendant. This job ultimately boosted my love for food as I got to try foreign dishes in their own country. I fell madly in love with Thai food from the sidewalks of Bangkok and Phuket, and have always remarked how different Vietnamese food is here than in, well, Vietnam.

Unsurprisingly, Korea made me love kimchi. Hardcore love kimchi, I tell you. I remember this one time on the way back to Korea from London, I bought a really yummy chocolate covered chocolate cake from Marks & Spencer. It was so good that I ate about four slices of it. Until it was too sweet, too chocolatey. I started looking for kimchi to counter that umay feeling. Continue reading “Tapkilog: Korean Tapsilog”

My-Stove-Broke Pasta

My-Stove-Broke Pasta

After ugly crying over my induction stove, I looked at the sadly half-sautéed chicken cubes in the pot. I don’t have a stove, what am I supposed to do with this now? Oven. I need to bake this instead. 

I’m pretty unfamiliar with baking dishes; I only got a countertop oven last year, and my first baking dish last week. Pulled out my brand-new baking dish, transferred the chicken with the onions and tomatoes. Now what?  Continue reading “My-Stove-Broke Pasta”

Creamy Bacon & Shiitake Pasta

Creamy Bacon & Shiitake Pasta

I consider Fridays my rest days from cooking: he lunches with officemates, and for dinner, we go on date night. No cooking, yay!

But my husband ate all the calzone last night, therefore no leftover food for my usual solo Friday lunch. So I needed to make a choice between cooking for one, or getting McDonald’s.

I don’t know if most people feel this way about cooking for one, but I feel like the satisfaction just isn’t there. There’s nobody to share the meal with, nobody to appreciate it other than yourself–which in a way sounds so self-centered–and nobody to tell you what could improve.

Anyway, I was on Instagram when I chanced upon Va Bene’s post on Organic Eggs Tagliatelle Truffle Pasta–my absolute favorite pasta dish to date. Instantly, I was up on my feet checking my pantry what pasta dish I can make today–without going to the grocery. (Because lazy.) Continue reading “Creamy Bacon & Shiitake Pasta”

Homemade Croutons from Regular Sliced Bread

Homemade Croutons from Regular Sliced Bread

When A started asking for more salads in our daily meals, I knew this was gonna be a culinary skill I need to learn if I want to keep making healthier meal plans.

Sure, it’d be easier to buy several bottles of salad dressing, but then I’d never learn how to make from scratch. Also, given that salad dressings are quite expensive here in a non-salad eating country, I wouldn’t want to be stuck with a bottle of dressing that I ended up not liking. Continue reading “Homemade Croutons from Regular Sliced Bread”

Creamy Tuscan Shrimp Penne

Creamy Tuscan Shrimp Penne

I’ve been seeing Creamy Tuscan Shrimp videos over and over again from different apps and Youtube, because I admit I let Youtube play endless Tasty videos when I’m alone. However, as a rice eating country, the creaminess of the recipe doesn’t make me reach for a bowl of rice. So lucky that I finally Googled creamy+tuscan+shrimp+pasta and ended up with a Delish.com recipe!

My husband lets me play with food on Sundays we call ‘experiment day’ and I take this time to shop for whatever food item I need for a dish I’d like to try, most of the time requiring something out of the ordinary Filipino pantry items.

So I actually quite followed the recipe almost to a T, but below was my exact recipe for two people. The outcome was a hit, and he thinks I should prepare this for Noche Buena (Christmas Eve dinner) this year, if only my younger brother wasn’t allergic to shrimps! It’s such a fun and easy recipe to make. A noticed I took just under half an hour making this, probably because I was mincing garlic and grating parmesan while waiting for my pasta water to boil. #multitasking Continue reading “Creamy Tuscan Shrimp Penne”