Filipino “Salmon” with Sotanghon

Filipino “Salmon” with Sotanghon

When I was younger, I really didn’t like this dish. My mom made these with misua (some thin salted wheat noodles) which always ended up too starchy for me. I also never got why it was called ‘salmon’ (pronounced SAL-mon, instead of samən) when it’s Not. Even. Salmon. It’s mackerel.

The most popular brand was Hokkaido–some argue that this is Hekkaido, with an e. My husband and I think that the brand Hokkaido used to all just be the Pink Salmon variety, hence homecooks called it “salmon,” but maybe some time later the mackerel was introduced. It was most likely much cheaper than pink salmon and made its way to Filipino homes, but got stuck with the name! Well, that’s our theory.  Continue reading “Filipino “Salmon” with Sotanghon”

Rice Cooker Chicken Sopas

Rice Cooker Chicken Sopas

Sopas is a Spanish plural word meaning soups, which could most likely mean any kind of soup, but in the Philippines it usually refers to creamy chicken macaroni soup. Some people associate Sopas to breakfast (like myself), my husband is used to having it as a complementary soup when having rice and fried chicken/fish/pork. Continue reading “Rice Cooker Chicken Sopas”

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”

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”