Saturday, October 19, 2013

Quick and Easy Burger Steak

Instead of buying ready-made burger patties, it is more fun making your own burger because you can add different spices and herbs. All you have to do is mix them all up then fry or grill. I'm going to share this quick and easy burger steak recipe that is also easy on the pocket, which is perfect for busy moms like me. 


1/2 kilo of lean ground beef
1 big white onion (minced)
1 egg
spring onions (minced)
1/2 cup bread crumbs
salt and pepper
1 pack of instant mushroom gravy sauce


1. Combine the ground beef, white onion, spring onions, and egg in a bowl. Mix all the ingredients then season with salt and pepper. Add the bread crumbs but make sure to check the consistency of the mixture. It should not be too dry nor too sticky. Shape them into patties by rolling a small amount of the beef mixture on your hands and pressing them on your palm.
2. Fry the burgers over medium heat or you can grill them too (which is healthier). Put the fried burgers on a paper towel to drain out excess oil.
3. To make the sauce, just follow the directions written on the instant gravy mix. Pour the sauce over the cooked burgers. You can top that with cooked mushrooms or fried garlic bits. 
4. Serve the burger steak with rice or mashed potato and buttered corn so kids will enjoy their meal. 
Check out my other recipes here by simply typing recipe at the search box. Happy eating :)



Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice at Vanilla Cupcake Bakery & Cafe

Do you remember the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel? Seeing this dainty bakery and cafe called Vanilla Cupcake will remind you of that because everything here is eye-candy...from its delightfully appealing facade... its cute interiors that will remind you of an old English tea house. The place may look too girly, but my boy blended perfectly with all the pastel colors surrounding him.   

Seeing layers of colorful cupcakes will surely make anyone drool...and choosing one cupcake can be quite difficult too because of its wide selection of mouthwatering goodies. 

Aside from these tempting cupcakes, the cafe also offers meals that are affordable and have huge servings too so light eaters can share one dish. My mom and son shared the Fish and Chips, which is worth less than 200. We just ordered 2 extra rice, which wasn't necessary anymore because the fries are quite filling already. It took a long time before we got our order...more than an hour (I even had to create a scene just to get prioritized). I think that they forgot all about our order and just reheated the fish because it was greasy and not freshly cooked.
My friend recommended the Garlic Beef Tapa, which was also worth less than 200. It was served with two eggs, garlic rice, and atchara. Two people can share this meal, but I was able to finish it all by myself...and was so full afterwards. It was really good...the meat was tender, the garlic rice was also delicious and two eggs are more than it was worth the price. 

For dessert, we ordered the blueberry cheesecake cupcake, but since I got so full and a bit sleepy...I forgot to take a picture of it :( However, it was good but not that amazing. 
Here's a copy of the menu of Vanilla Cupcake Bakery and Cafe (I got it from their Facebook page). 
Despite the bad service, I'm going to go here again hoping that I will be lucky this time in getting a good waitress to attend to us because the girl last time didn't even said "sorry" or admit her mistake. She just tried to avoid us so another waitress took over and apologized for the delay in our order. Oh well, I guess not everything is nice at Vanilla Cupcake Bakery and Cafe. 

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Friday, June 28, 2013

4 Fingers: Another BonChon?

From Korea to the Philippines, the BonChon craze is here to stay as more Filipinos go crazy over this tasty, crunchy, fried chicken. Because of its popularity, other BonChon-inspired restaurants emerged on the dining scene including Philippine pride Manang's Chicken and the newly-opened 4 Fingers. I did a little research about this restaurant and found out that its first branch is in Singapore, but now it has several branches in the Philippines and Indonesia. I thought it was a US-based company because of the interiors of the restaurant. You will feel like you're in New York because of the music, graffiti, and pipes on the ceiling. 

We ate at the North Edsa branch, which is located at the ground floor beside National Bookstore so it is easy to find. My sister gave me a voucher worth P300 of food, isn't it nice eating for free? Aside from the Korean-style chicken, there are other choices in the menu like Chicken Burger, Calamari, and Salad. 
We ordered the 2-piece Drumstick Rice Box Meal worth P149 each and that already included rice and drink. I just ordered extra rice because I shared mine with my son (typical mommy-saving move). 

The chicken was delicious, tasty, and crunchy, but it would have been better if it was bigger. For its price, it's surely worth it, but BonChon is cheaper by 4 pesos and it's a well-known restaurant. They should have at least matched the price, or better yet made it cheaper or added some side-dish to their boxed meal. 
I really don't know why Korean-style fried chicken is this good...aside from frying it twice, maybe they added a secret ingredient like the 5 fingers...I mean 4 fingers :) 

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Home Cooked Filipino Meals at Kusina Imaz

Do you miss your mom's home cooked meals? If you are far away from home and miss eating classic Filipino dishes like pinakbet, laing, and sinigang, then you can always visit Kusina Imaz. This restaurant is located at RMR Square, Pasong Tamo, Tandang Sora. This is where the new Robinsons Supermarket is located and beside Caltex. Since I usually buy groceries at Robinsons, I decided to try out the dishes at Kusina Imaz. The restaurant is spacious and there isn't a lot of people going to RMR square because it is not that visible. A small building currently being constructed was blocking the square. It was supposed to be McDonald's but they later on removed the banner and stopped the construction. Don't know what they're going to do with that unfinished building. That's why I like buying groceries there because it was not crowded. 
The staff are nice and accommodating. The have a wide selection of Filipino dishes and the price is affordable too compared to other Filipino Restaurants. They have Mangan Meal Combos, which you can share if you have a tight budget. You can get two meat choices and one veggies with rice for only P119.00. Just order extra rice and you can now share this meal. Pretty cheap, right? 
I ordered the Mangan 3, which I shared with my son. He ate the Sinigang na Bangus with rice. Unlike what I ordered at Mang Inasal which has a tiny 1/4 slice of half a bangus, theirs have a real slice of bangus and lots of veggies. It's like getting a serving from your own pot of sinigang at home.
I ate the Laing and Dinakdakan. Laing is a popular vegetable dish from the Bicol region and it is spicy, which I love. It is also creamy because they used coconut milk and no fishy taste. 

The Dinakdakan, on the other hand, is an Ilocano dish that resembles sisig because it consists of grilled pig ears, face, and other parts with pig's brain, chili, onions, and seasonings. Really love this dish because I have Ilocano blood in me and I love everything spicy. 
My overall dining experience was good and it was a budget-friendly restaurant too. I am going to try their Bagnet next time and see if it will live up to my Ilocano standards. 

Update: I ate at Kusina Imaz again weeks ago and ordered same Mangan meal but my choice this time was Adobong Pusit and Dinengdeng. 
The Adobong Pusit was good, but not exceptionally delicious. I prefer the traditional adobong pusit that my mom cooks because it uses huge squid and the black ink of the squid. 
The Dinengdeng is another Ilocano vegetable dish that uses fish as its main ingredient stewed with vegetables. This dish is a bit salty for me. 

Note: The pictures are enlarged so don't expect your orders to have big servings. Since this is a value meal, then you will only get small portions.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Pancake House is Best for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Looking for a place where you can have a wide selection of breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Well, Pancake House has it all...American, Filipino, and Mexican-inspired dishes are some of the choices. This is one of my favorite family restaurants, but it is a bit pricey. Although they have huge servings and can be shared. Last time we visited the Pancake House branch in Wilcon City Center, Visayas Avenue, I ordered the Hamburger Steak Special Set worth P257. 
I shared this set meal with my son and just ordered rice. It consists of a huge juicy hamburger with gravy, mixed veggies and spaghetti...all of it are delicious! Oh yes, it also includes iced tea.
My mom who was not that hungry and craving for pancakes ordered the Caramel Banana Walnut Waffle worth P191. 
This meal can also be shared by two people if it is for breakfast, but if you are hungry then you can eat this by yourself. The waffle is perfectly cooked and topped with banana slices, crushed walnuts, and syrup. This is a healthy breakfast meal, but she ate it during dinnertime. 
Take time to read my previous review of other food items at Pancake House.  
Check out Pancake House for the complete list of menu and branches. 

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Beef Pochero

It's been months since I've updated my blog because I got tied up with work. Now I am going to take time to write and share some recipes, restaurant reviews and more mommy stuff.

Beef pochero is just like nilagang baka, but with tomato sauce and fried saba banana. Here is my simple recipe on this popular Filipino beef stew dish with Spanish influence.


1/2 kilo beef cubes (boiled with sliced onions, salt and pepper until tender)
3 cloves garlic (minced)
1 medium-sized onion (diced)
1 cabbage (cut into small parts)
1 lb pechay (Chinese cabbage)
1 lb Baguio beans 
4 pieces saging na saba (cut slantly into 3 each piece and fried)
1 pack 200 gram tomato sauce
1 tbsp cooking oil


Boil the beef cubes with sliced onions, salt and pepper for about one hour or until the meat becomes tender. Remove the meat from the  broth and set aside. 

Pour the cooking oil into a large saucepan then saute the garlic and onions over medium heat. Add the beef cubes then fry a little until the color changes into brown. Pour the tomato sauce then add 2 to 3 cups of beef broth depending on how thick you want your sauce to be.

Add all the vegetables in the pan then switch the heat into low. Cover the pan and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. 
Open the cover then add the fried saging na saba. Simmer again for about 10 minutes. 

Check if all the vegetables are cooked. Remove from heat then serve in a large bowl or individual bowls.  
This dish is best served with a cup of warm rice and fish sauce with calamansi. Check out my other recipes here and they are all easy to make. Enjoy!

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Tokwa't Baboy

I am going to share another recipe today and this is a popular "pulutan" in the Philippines. Usually they use tenga (ear of the pig), but you can also use pork cutlets. The tokwa and pork meat are mixed up before adding the sauce, but I chose to mix everything up so you can eat that anytime or even make it as your "baon" packed lunch for work. 

1/2 kilo pork cutlets
4 pieces of tokwa (tofu) 
2 medium-sized onions 
5 cloves of garlic
3 pieces of siling haba (finger chilies)

1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup vinegar
5 teaspoon of sugar
3 pieces of calamansi 
dash of pepper

Boil the pork meat for half an hour to make it tender.  Prepare the other ingredients while waiting for the pork meat. Dice the onions and garlic. Cut the tofu into 8 parts per piece. Slice the finger chilies into small pieces. Remove the pork meat from the pot and strain the excess water. 
Deep fry the tokwa until golden brown. Remove the tokwa from the frying pan and put in a strainer to drain the oil. Next, fry the pork cutlets and make sure to cover the pan. Open it once you hear long intervals in the popping sound (just like cooking popcorn) and check if the pork cutlets are golden brown and crunchy. Remove from the pan and also strain. Fry the garlic until golden brown and remove from pan.
Mix all the ingredients together in a pot or pan. Add the sauce. Turn on the heat to low flame and continue mixing all the ingredients for 2 to 3 minutes. This will help the meat and tokwa absorb the sauce. Serve with rice or with your favorite drink such as beer.
Note: You can make the sauce spicier by adding more chili or sweeter by adding more sugar. Check out my other recipes here. All are easy to do! 

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