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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Buttered Dublin Bay Prawns

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Do you ever think of having seafoods today? How about Buttered Prawns or Shrimp?  

This is a simple yet delicious recipe that you can make with prawns. I specifically used Dublin Bay Prawns because of it's extraordinary taste and texture. But you can also use other type of prawns you like. 


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Return Visit At Wagamama for Nth times

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I think I've mentioned in my other blog post that we love Wagamama. So here I am again to share with you some of the foods we had during one of our revisits. 

Wagamama is serving healthy and delicious foods for over 21 years now. Since I learned that all their foods were freshly cooked, I fell in-love with it. You can even see the chefs on the other side of the room preparing your orders. 

As usual we had Schichimi Squid for starter. For my main course, I had a healthy dose of Chicken Noodle Salad. The chicken is actually cooked as teriyaki and the vinaigrette of the salad was so delicious. My palate was trying to figure out what are the ingredients of that dressing. The rice noodle was not so heavy in my tummy. Everything blended perfectly. 


Chicken Noodle Salad

Hubby ordered Chicken Raisukaree. It is a dish that composed of chicken stir-fried in a coconut and lime curry sauce. Mangetout, green & red peppers and spring onions are mixed-in as well. This is served with Japanese style rice. I tried it, though it's a bit spicy, I can say that it totally worth my 10/10 rating. 


Chicken Raisukaree
Finally, for our dessert, I choose Moriawase. It is a selection of mini desserts such as Cherry Pistachio Cheesecake, Chocolate Wasabi Cake and White Chocolate Ginger Cheesecake. 

The names of the cakes are not enough to describe the taste. You might think that the Chocolate Wasabi Cake has a tangy taste because of the wasabi. But it's not. The dark chocolate balanced it. Making it a bit bitter but so palatable. My favorite is the White Chocolate Ginger Cheesecake. It is not so sweet and not spicy because of the ginger. As a matter of fact, I can even have another slice if I still space in my tummy. I bet this even taste better with vanilla ice cream on the side. The Cherry Pistachio Cheesecake is my husband's choice. He loves everything with pistachio anyway. 



Moriawase

What can I say about my dining at Wagamama? 



The ambiance of Wagamama Blanchardstown is always inviting. Those chairs and tables made dining area unique and organized. It is so relaxing to sit there while you wait for your order or while you watch those cool looking chefs as they cook your food. 

Talking about service, it is superb. The staffs are incredibly friendly and courteous. And when it comes to food, I can always say it's five star class. The size of the serving is just fine for one person and really valued correctly. We paid €33.90 for everything we had and it's already a three-course meal for each of us (though we shared the sarter and dessert). I think that's fair enough. 

Will I go back there? Definitely YES.

Wagamama Blanchardstown 
Unit 410
Blanchardstown Retail Park 2 

Dublin 15


Friday, August 23, 2013

Milano Restaurant: Feels like your in Italy

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When it comes to Italian Restaurant, I love Milano. Everything is served in superb quality and truly magnificent taste. Hubby and I visited this restaurant twice this year already. And that's courtesy of Tesco Deals. 


Great Foods at Milano
I exchange vouchers that I earned (by using Tesco Clubcard) to restaurant deals. For example €2.50 Tesco voucher can be exchanged to €10 Milano Deals. So it's practically 4 times the voucher value. Like in our last visit at Milano, we spent €40 tokens for all foods that we order. Yes, we can use it to all foods except menu deal (value meals) and drinks. 

The value of our tokens gave us the chance to order 2-course meal for each of us. Hubby ordered Risotto d'Oro for starter. It's a creamy risotto rice in white wine with roasted butternut squash, galic oil and gorgonzolla then topped with rocket salad and grana padano. 


Risotto d'Oro at Milano Restaurant

I had Caesar Salad for starter. That's made of cos lettuce, gran padano, anchovies and Caesar dressing for starter.


Caesar Salad at Milano Restaurant


For our main-course we ordered Lasagana Classica and Cannelloni. I never got the chance to take picture of the Cannelloni because husband was so hungry. It's pity if I'll stop him having a bite just to have a picture of the food. Moving on. 

The Lasagna Classica was a very yummy dish that's composed of bolognese sauce, mushrooms, tomatoes, bechamel sauce and grana padano.  Just to give you the idea of what Cannelloni taste like it was a dish made of ricotta & spinach paste, bechamel and tomato sauce and grana padano. 

Lasagna Classica At Milano Restaurant

If you noticed most meals had grana padano. I believe this Italian cheese made all the dishes tasty and wonderful. It's a cheese that has a grainy texture and totally popular in Italy. After that great dinner with hubby. We don't need to worry how much we're going to pay because as I said we had tokens.

Our Bill:


Risotto d'Oro           6.80
Caesar Salad            6.95
Lasagna Classica      13.80
Cannelloni              13.80
Drinks  (2)                6.70
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                             48.05
Deal Token         -   40.00
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To Pay                    8.05

Not bad isn't it? By the way, they also have take away. So for evening indulgence at home, you can just call them then pick up what you ordered in minutes. 


They also have take away


Milano Restaurant is serving the Irish Community with delicious Italian foods since 1995. They are located in different well known areas such as Temple Bar, Cork, Galway, Limerick, IFSC Dublin, Dundrum and Blanchardstown.

Now, will I go back there for more of Italian dishes? Of course, especially now that I have new vouchers to exchange. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

My Favorite Chocolate Brand

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Back when I was a child, my favorite chocolate was called "adong". I used to buy them in retail, about 4 small pieces for 25 cents. With the introduction of Hershey's, Cadbury, Ferrero and other brands, I'm glad that "Lala" can still found in the market. But you must buy a whole pack for  Php 6 or 7, if I'm not mistaken. I think it comes in different flavor now like ube (purple yum) which can be really good.

I call this ADONG.

Here's my list of top chocolate brands that I tasted and will definitely recommend.
  1. Lala (Adong - Only in the Philippines)
  2. Toblerone White
  3. Ferrero Rocher
  4. Lindt
  5. Thorthons
  6. Guylian
  7. Hershey's Kisses
  8. Cadbury
  9. Snickers
  10. M & M's
  11. Malteser's
  12. Butlers 
  13. M & S Swiss White Chocolate
This list will be updated every now and then because I know there's a lot to try. What is your favorite chocolate brand?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Turkey and Prawn Chop Seuy

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Here's another Chop Seuy recipe for you. This time I use turkey breast and shrimp for protein. Hope you like it. 



Ingredients:

300 grams turkey breast (cut into cubes)
300 grams prawns (boiled and peeled)
200 grams young corn (cut in about an inch size)
1 piece red bell pepper (cut into cubes)
1 sweetheart cabbage (sliced)
1 medium carrot (sliced)
200 grams mushroom (cut into half)
200 grams green beans (sliced)
3 cloves of garlic
1 medium onion
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon fish sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 teaspoons of corn flour or corn starch (dissolved in 3 tbsp of water)
1 cup of water
salt and pepper to taste
3 boiled eggs

Procedure:
  1. Heat the olive oil in a wok or big pan. Sauté garlic and onion for 3 minutes. Put the fish sauce. 
  2. Add the turkey and continue to cook until tender. 
  3. Add the young corn and green beans and stir-fry until they are half-cooked.
  4. Stir in the carrots, sweetheart cabbage and mushroom. 
  5. Pour the water and let it simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes. (You can add more water if you think that the ingredients are not yet cooked enough but the water is almost gone.)
  6. Add the oyster sauce and season with salt and pepper depending on your taste.
  7. Put the red bell pepper and prawns. Let it simmer again for 3 minutes. 
  8. Finally, stir in the corn starch solution. Simmer again for 3 minutes or until the liquid thickens.
  9. Topped with boiled eggs and serve hot with brown  or white rice.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Halo-Halo Fever

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Back in the Philippines, halo-halo is one dessert that most Filipinos love. Some foreign friends of ours find it weird because it has fruits and vegetables mixed together. Some of them like it but some doesn't.

Obviously, I love this so much and I miss it very often. I also miss the fact that you just need to go to Chowking and you'll have it any season of the year. Well, we're fortunate still because we have great Filipino friends here who frequently invite us in their home to have Filipino meals. And just days ago, we had very good halo-halo that comprised of 10 or more ingredients in it.  Truly yummy.  



Halo-Halo
I can also do this at home but the preparation of each ingredients is too much for one person. Knowing that halo-halo is better if has more ingredients as possible, I think it will be hard for me to do it. Plus I don't have a good device to shave the ice. 


Halo-halo Ingredients

In the Filipino shop here, you can buy a ready-made ingredients. It has 4 or 5 ingredients in a bottle. It's okay but it's not very good. You can literally count how many pieces of beans, jackfruit or nata de coco in there. Yes, it is pretty much limited. 

For the two big glasses of halo-halo below, we used frozen milk in a carton and shaved it with knife. DIY here is very common especially when you can't find the right tool to do things. 


Easy Version of Halo-halo
Summer here is nearly over but as we always say, here's to "huling hirit sa tag-init". 


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Little Bit of Gold

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Movie nights at home is so much fun if nachos and cold ice drinks are set on the table. When I spotted this lovely snack tray in a shop, I totally got the idea to use it to serve my favorite snack, Doritos. The first time I tried them, I literally fell-in-love with it. 

Doritos


Two flavours that I usually buy are the Cool Original and the Chilli Heatwave. Of course, the Mild Salsa is there to make it even better. These delicious corn chips are available in multiple sizes. I buy the 200g bag but serve it in two different occasions. It is too much in one sitting although it's very tempting to eat it all up. That is why it's nice to use serving tray to control the consumption.

Doritos is a famous tortilla brand not only in UK but also in other part of the world. Doritos is a spanish word which means "little bit of gold". The powerful crunch of this tortilla brand is so unique and really incomparable. 

There are other flavours you might like. Try it and share it with friends. 


Balut

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Let me make myself clear, I don't eat the whole balut or balot.  I just drink the juice and eat the yolk part or as we said it "pula" (red part - I know it's not red). The other parts will be for whoever I'm with which is usually my husband. 

I remember when I was a child, a balut vendor shouts "Balut, Penoy" and all of a sudden you'll see people coming out of their houses to buy this most awaited street-food. I often have 'penoy' or the one similar to hard-boiled egg. Most likely I will also buy a bag of pork crackling hanging at the side of vendor's basket. That is one classic scenario and I don't want to forget it. 
Balut

I know not all people can eat this type of food. That's why some reality TV show challenge their guests to eat balut. Old people who loves balut says, "eat it with your eyes close".

Now, do I miss this? I certainly do, I just need to close my eyes. Oh wait, I still see it even if I close my eyes. 


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

I Don't Like Chocolates, I Love Chocolates

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When I was diagnosed of having a vertigo, I became conscious of what to eat and drink. There are food groups that must be avoided: alcohol, salty food, some fruits and vegetables, fatty food and sugary food. In my case, coffee is a no-no too. I have a terrible respond to strong coffee. Not for long, I'll be dizzy and will definitely feel sick if I had a cup of brewed coffee. 

That's the reason why I fell-in-love with chocolate drinks. Even if it's sweet and should also be avoided, my body and mind seems to tolerate it. Although, when I order chocolate drinks, I always go for light. Meaning, I request for the use of skimmed milk and less sugar. Plus, I also have an extra cup of hot or cold water to dilute what I'm having. 

Since my last confinement in 2011 because of vertigo, I never had another attack. Thank God for that but still I need to be careful. 

Chocolate Cream Frappe at Starbucks

Hot Chocolate @ Mc Cafe

Hot Chocolate @ Kay's

Classic Hot Chocolate @ Starbucks

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Lechon (Roast Pig)

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Even though I cook a lot, there's a point where I can't do anything to prepare or cook a certain recipe. Like for example this Lechon or roast pig. I'm certain that I can't do it here. 

Lechon

I wish a picture can satisfy our craving for the foods we miss. But that will never happen. Still, here's a new category you will find in this blog to help you with your desire for more Filipino foods. I call it "Foods We Miss". 

Happy craving :) 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Purple Yum Recipe (Ube Halaya)

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Way back in the Philippines, purple yum or ube halaya (as we say it in our language) is a very popular dessert in any gatherings at home. It can be a delicious sweet delight after a plateful of main course or as one of the ingredients of halo-halo (another Filipino dessert). It can be homemade by your mother or you can just buy a good one at the market. 

One of the best yum can be bought in Baguio. If I remember it right, the brand name is "Good Shepherd." Since I'm craving so much for this yum, I decided to make one at home. Here's my version of Purple Yum Recipe.



Ingredients:

1 bag (454 grams) Grated Purple Yum
1/4 cup butter
1 can condensed milk
1 can evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Procedure: 
  1. Melt the butter in a thick base large sauce pan. 
  2. Once melted, pour the condensed milk and evaporated milk. Stir the mixture and let it boil.
  3. Upon boiling add the grated purple yum and the vanilla extract. 
  4. Mix it until all ingredients are blended well and until you reach a thick consistency. 
  5. Remove from heat and let it cool down for about 30 minutes before transferring it to desired container. 
  6. Store in refrigerator for about an hour or two before serving. 

Another "thank you" to the Asian store who sells grated purple yum which make this recipe even more easier to do. By the way, I used "light butter" in this recipe. But you can use the regular one you have at home and still achieves a delicious outcome. 

Hubby loves to eat this with bread while I'm okay as it is. 

Bon Appetit!