Category Archives: Pork

11 spiced bbq porkchops

Want something new on your dinner/lunch menu? Something that has the restaurant flavour but easy to prepare and execute? Well, if that sound you, you need to try this recipe. Its as easy as one two three… as we continue to create recipe on our 11 spice hotchips powder/bbq rub, we would like to share this recipe to you guys. . . . But before that, we will go with some healthy benefits of what ingredients we were using…Did you know that this recipe is mainly made with lots of garlic. Garlic can improve a person’s immune system. It has anti-cancer components that can prevent colon cancer and stomach cancer. People with more garlic in their food intake or diet have less riskof colorectal cancer or pancreatic cancer. Garlic supplementation can also reduce the development of cancer cells among people with family history of breast, prostate and throat cancers. Also, it is found that aged garlic lowers heart and intestinal damage common to chemotherapy patients…

So here is the recipe:

1 whole garlic chopped

2 tbsp 11 spice hot chips powder

1/4 cup light soy sauce

Salt and pepper

1 whole lemon juice

1 kg pork chops

4 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup water


1. Marinade by combining all ingredients together. (Mix all ingredients except pork and mix well, then combine pork) Let it set for 24 hours or overnight

2. Your choice- pan grill or bbq.

3. Brush with remaining marinade mix. Enjoy!!


Boodle fight……

Hi everyone. … its been a long time since i posted recipe. Been really busy as got a toddler now. Yes, we have a new member in the family. And shes really cute and very busy child. Her name is pepper by the way. …ok back to the recipe. I dont know if i will call this as a recipe as its a traditional food or way to celebrate a certain occaision. Its just any dish over the rice place in a banana leaf shared by numerous people. Just dont top the rice with soupy dishes as people will use their hands eating on this very long food table. We used to do it in fiesta, birthdays, even weddings or just normal group gatherings. As they say, its not the food, its not the place, its the companion and food that shared together. … happy eating!!!!

Pork Skinless Longganisa 

This is my version of pork longganisa….. Every single longganisa has its own identity and version. As i follow my own cooking rules, i always make sure that every recipe i create is compose of my 4s secret taste buds… 4s is = balance of sweet, salty, sour and spicy. So its no longer a secret as i revealed it already…. Oooops, i forget the main secret, do it with love. This is my wife and daughter breakfast for almost every single week….Now back to longganisa, its a simple minced pork with my 4s ingredients. Are you ready???? Here we go….


500 gms mince lean pork plus 100 gms mince pork with fat. 1 pc egg, salt pepper to taste, 50 gms crushed pineapples, 100 gms brown sugar, chili flakes to spice up, 1/2 cup banana ketsup. 2 tbs honey, 1/2 cup corn flour, 1 cup minced garlic…

 Yes a lot of garlic.. combine all ingredient together and place in a cling film like a sausage style. Depending on the size you wanted. You can do thick or thin sausages… Freeze overnight…Cooking?? take out sausage in cling film and place little oil in a teflon pan, seared all sides then add in 1 cup of water and simmer for 20 mins until it is thickened. Fry until sticky and sausages are starting to caramelized…then fonish with little soy sauce around 1 tbsp….. Serve hot with rice!!!! Yuiummmyyy

Lea’s Burger Patties for kids

Lea's Burger Patties (1024x683)Kids burger patties….. I will call this kid’s burger patties as this patties is loaded with meat and vegetables. Yes it is not a common 100% pure beef patties as i used lots of extenders such as vegetables specifically carrots, onions, potatoes, leeks and many more and I used lean pork mince instead of beef. Because my daughter hardly eat veggies so that’s why we hide it inside the burger. At first she is separating those tiny chopped veggies but since this is her regular meal n her lunch box at school, she doesn’t have time to do it. Now she love does tiny little veggies present in this burger patties. ……

Ingredients: makes 20-25 patties depending your desired size

  • 1 kilogram minced lean pork mince
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 large minced onions
  • 1 big carrots small diced
  • 2 potatoes small diced
  • onion leeks chopped
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 pcs eggs
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tbsp seasoning soy sauce
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • In a bowl, mix all ingredints together and form a patties at approx 80-100 gms each
  • Then place in a container and freeze. last up to 3-4 weeks.
  • Method of cooking – pan-fried or grill

Pork and River Spinach (kangkong)

Pork and river Spinach (1024x683)Kangkong………….River spinach, one of my favorite green leafy vegetables. It might be quite boring if we eat this by its own, so i decided to cook it the adobo way. As I find lots of unwanted pork cutlets in my fridge, stir-frying pork and this river spinach might be a good dinner for us. Well, since we have lots of expenses these days. I decided to create a 5 dollar meal challenge for my wife and my daughter. …………Did you know that kangkong or river spinach is rich in iron, calcium, phosphorus, carotene, sitosterol, protein, vitamins A, B1 and C and has a lot of health beneficial amino acids. Other pharmacological effects includes antitoxin, laxative, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, homeostatic and sedatives (sleeping effects). Water or river spinach has a good effect in the intestines as it has purgative properties because of its fiber content. It also acts as insulin-like properties to control blood sugar for diabetes prevention.

Ingredients: (serves 2-3 persons)

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 150 grams unwanted cut pork meats
  • 1 medium liced onions
  • 3 bunches of kangkong
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 3 pcs dried chillies(optional)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • pinchof salt


  • in a pan, heat oil and saute garlic and onions, add in pork and brown for 5 minutes or until tender. then add kangkong seasoned with salt & pepper and add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 1 minute.
  • serve hot!!

Kid’s Crispy Wonton

Fried Wontons……………..This is one of my daughter’s favourite starter, as this is free everytime we buy in a famous takeaway shop here in NZ. So we decided to include this on her birthday menu as she loves anything fried and crispy(ooopps, I better watch out the fat/oil contents). Last post, I feature a very healthy vegetable sticks, this time I will be featuring “a not so healthy” option on your party menu. Sorry, it is fried so just take care of the fat and oil contents. (You need to drain it properly)…. But believe me, this is really awesome dude! Are you ready? Here we go………….


Ingredients: makes 60-80 pcs of fried wontons depending on the size

  • 350 gms pork minced
  • 100 gms small diced and peeled shrimps
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 medium minced onions
  • 1 tsp seasoning soy sauce
  • 2 pcs beaten egg
  • 1/2 salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
* 80 pcs wonton wrappers
  • In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients together except shrimp , mix well.
  • Form a circle size approx a teaspoon of mixture and wrap over siomai wrapper. makes approx 80 pcs or even more depending on your size. smaller the better as the wonton might open when you fry.
  • Heat oil and fry until golden brown. serve with sweet chilli sauce

Futuristic Menu

Futuristic Menu (1024x683)Food in the future……………………My fellow bloggers, I would love to share you what we did in our 2012 Christmas Party in our Church. There is a competition were every group needs to design and create a futuristic dinner booth. And I am very happy to tell you guys that we won the first prize. Yes, the overall champion booth. Who knows this might be the start of a new generation that food in the future might come into a capsule. A flavored capsule which you can choose a wide variety of viand such as roast meats, vegetables, dessert, soups and etc. What you think?………..The lovely tomato flower curving was made by my wife!!!!!

Ingredients and preparation:

Lots of love and team efforts!

PadThai Pinoy Style

PadThai………this is one of my favourite asian dish. Well, as a chef, I always modify recipes, i made my one pinoy style that siuts my taste. Hopefully suits your taste as well. To make it more exciting, I topped the padthai some grilled porkchops which is one of my favourite too. …….. Now, lets go on the menu……


500 gms porkchops (marinated with soy sauce, pepper and lemons) grilled and chopped
500 gms pancit bihon or sotanghon ( rice noodles)
3 fresh eggs
Oil for saute
Some Garlic and onions
Chopped onion leek
2 cups chicken or pork broth

Padthai sauce
1/4 cup fish sauce
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 juice from lemon
1 tsp achuete powder
1/4 cup light soy sauce

In a wok, heat oil and saute garlic and onions, add in fresh eggs and cook until egg is scrambled
Add in noodles and broth, you may need extra broth until noodles are cooked.
Add in padthai sauce little by little until it reaches your desired taste.
Serve in a plate and topped with grilled pork and chopped onion leeks.
Really good!!!!!

Tokwa’t Baboy (pork and tofu)

Tokwa’t baboy(Pork and tofu)………… a very popular side dish of lugaw (congee) or we can called them as one of the best “Partner dish”. It is a simple recipe compose of fried pork ears, pork meat and fried tofu best served with vinegar dressing made with soy sauce, garlic, onion, pepper and chillies. I remember when I was a student, every morning near the bus stop, there is a very famous lugawan stall (congee cart) where you sit and eat at the streets. For only 3.00(approx 0.10 cents nzd) pesos I got a bowl of lugaw (congee) and free air pollution since it was located in the streets…LOL!!!!!


  • 1/2 kilo of mixed pork ears and meat (boiled with salt) then fried and chopped into dice
  • 4-5 pcs of fried tofu chopped into same size as pork

Vinegar dressing:

  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • pepper
  • chopped chillies
  • chopped onions

You can keep in a bottle and use for over a month.


  • combine chopped pork meat, ears and tofu in a bowl, dress with a little vinegar dressing. 
  • Best served with congee or lugaw

Macau Style Pork Hocks

Macau Style…….This dish is one of the common food on our “team dining” at a Hotel in Macau. It is a meal cooked with lots of ginger and spiced with star anise. The dish has a very appetizing smell. It has a very similar taste to my favourite dish beef brisket. Love this dish!……………..Did you know that star anise and ginger is one of my favourite ingredients? Aside from a very healthful benefits of ginger, It is also the name of my daughter……..Did you know that ginger contains anti viral, anti toxic, and anti fungal properties, and is used for the prevention of and treatment against the common cold. Ginger also acts as an antihistamine and aids in the treatment of allergies.

Ingredients: good for 10 persons

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1.5 kl Pork hocks
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 large onions sliced
  • 1 large ginger approx 100 grams chopped and crushed
  • 4 cups water
  • 5 pcs star anise
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp peppercorn
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 stalk celery (for boiling) don’t cut
  • 2 thumb size ginger crushed.
  • onion leeks for toppings
  • 1 tbsp toasted garlic
  • fish sauce for adjusting taste


  • In a large pan, boil pork hocks with water, star anise, dark soy sauce, 1 whole stalk celery, vinegar, brown sugar and salt and pepper. boil for 45 minutes or until tender. set aside and let it cool. and place in fridge. This will allow you to remove cold fat from the pork. As pork hocks usually comes with lots of fat. then remove celery
  • In a sauce pan, heat oil and saute garlic, onion and ginger. add in hoisin sauce then pour on the beef mixture. Boil beef until tender or sauce is reduce. you can adjust your taste by adding fish sauce
  • Serve with garlic rice.

Inihaw na Porkchop (charcoal grilled porkchop)

Inihaw……..Who can say no to a charcoal grilled pork chop, beef ribs, chicken or even fish. Here in New Zealand, I seldom cook a dish using charcoal. Do you know why? Because I find it expensive. To give you an idea, 1 kilo of pork chop is around 7 to 10 dollars depending if it is on special or discounted price, a kilo of fish is around 3-10 dollars depending on its kind. Do you know that a bag of charcoal approx 1-2 kilos could cost you around 10 dollars? (were speaking of New Zealand dollars). But of course, nothing beats the taste when you cook your barbecue using charcoal. How about in your place? is charcoal cheap or expensive?…………………………..Did you know that by using the method of grilling, barbecue or roasting the pork take off its excessive fat? As we all know, Pork fat is related to several heart problems like rising of blood pressure, heart disease and many more. Well, I think eating pork in moderate consumption will not cause this health problems. For me, life is short, eat what you want!!!

Ingredients: serves 6-8 persons

  • 1.5 kilo of pork chop
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 juice from lemon
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • pinch of mix dried herbs (thyme, rosemary and parsley)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce


  • In a mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together and marinate for a minimum of two hours. Best to cook and grill using charcoal.
  • Serve hot!


Patatim……….Back home I remember near our in-laws house, there is a Chinese restaurant that serve the best Patatim in the vicinity. If I can still recall, The shop name was Luk-foo Chinese Restaurant. The serving was very huge that enough to feed 4 people or even more. It is a whole leg of pork. Because I find it very expensive, I start to replicate the recipe without seeing a cookbook or help of google. (I think computer is not popular during that time). My first patatim was just like an Adobo style with star anise (pork with soy sauce). Then the next time I cook it I add a little chinese ingredients such as hoisin sauce, red bean curd, sesame oil and many more. Later on, because of repeated trials, it turns out to be one of my specialty dish. Must try!!!………………………Did you know that star anise makes the distinctive taste of a patatim recipe? Star anise is a kind of spice which is very popular to chinese cuisines. In traditional Chinese medicine, star anise is prescribed as a digestive aid, promoting health of female reproductive organs and for lactating mothers to increase breast-milk secretion. The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of star anise is useful in the treatment of asthma bronchitis and dry cough. For this reason, some cough mixtures contain star anise extract. Star anise can also be used as for its sedating properties to ensure a good sleep……

Ingredients: good for 10 persons

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1.5 kl pork leg and hocks (cut in serving size)
  • 1 bunch of bok choy
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 large onions sliced
  • 2 cups water
  • 5 pcs star anise
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp peppercorn
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp red bean curd
  • 1 stalk celery (for boiling) don’t cut
  • 1 pc sliced carrots
  • 2 thumb size ginger crushed.
  • onion leeks for toppings
  • 1 tbsp toasted garlic
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • fish sauce for adjusting taste


  • In a large pan, boil pork leg and hocks with water, star anise, dark soy sauce, 1 whole stalk celery, vinegar, brown sugar and salt and pepper. boil for 45 minutes or until tender. set aside and let it cool. and place in fridge. This will allow you to remove cold fat from the pork. As pork leg and hocks usually comes with lots of fat. then remove celery
  • In a sauce pan, heat oil and saute garlic, onion, ginger and ginger. add in hoisin sauce and red bean curd then pour on the pork mixture. Boil pork for another 5 minutes or until sauce is reduce. then pour in bok choy and cook for a minute. you can adjust your taste by adding fish sauce
  • Best serve with rice

Pork Stew with Bottle Gourd

Pork Stew…………..There are thousand of ways to cook a pork stew. Well, I will give you one easy way. A stew of pork and bottle gourd. The flavour is excellent as it is made with ginger,  onions and celery seasoned with salt and pepper. I used my favourite meaty pork bones as it is very nice in cooking stew. The good thing about this dish you can cook it while you are doing something else. Just bring everything to a boil and wait for it. That’s it!…………………Did you know that bottle gourd is  very good for balancing liver function. It is often recommended by Ayurvedic physicians when the liver is inflamed and cannot efficiently process food for maximum nutrition and assimilation. Bottle gourd is also very valuable in treating urinary disorders. It serves as an alkaline mixture for treating burning sensation in urinary passage due to high acidity of urine.A glassful of fresh juice prepared by grating the whole fruit should be mixed with teaspoonful of lime juice and included in daily diet.It carries the potential for breaking calculus (stones) in body.


  • 1.5 kilo of pork meaty bones
  • 1 medium sliced onions
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1 thumb size ginger sliced
  • 1 litre of water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 small bottle gourd sliced


  • In a large sauce pan, combine all ingredients together except bottle gourd. Boil for 45 minutes or until pork is tender then pour in bottle gourd slices and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Serve hot with rice.

Spicy Pork with Vegetables (5 dollar meal challenge)

Spicy………..I think I am immune to spicy dishes now. Since I read an article on a book “the more spicy, the more healthy”. I almost cook every dish a bit spicy. Believe it or not, this dish is part of our 5 dollar meal challenge. I will start some calculations for you, 250 grams of pork here in NZ will cost you about $1.50 (6 dollar per kilo of pork if in special prize) and pork liver is maybe 30 cents for 100gms(3.00 dollar per kilo) and all of the ingredients below will cost you below 3 dollars. So in total: It’s a  dollar meal for 3-4 persons. (now I am sharing you some food costing, watch out for more)…………………..Did you know that mix vegetables such as carrots, corn and peas contains a very complete nutrition to provide our body the essential enzymes, vitamins and minerals. And did you know that carrots can boost your sexual dysfunction? It is believed to improve impotence (lower sexual drive) and even help improve night blindness, long-term cough (or call hundred days cough in Chinese medical prescription) besides strengthening kidney and eliminating excessive wind and cold in our body

Ingredients: good for 3-4 persons

  • 250 grams pork cut in strips
  • 100 grams pork liver
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables(corn, carrots, peas)
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 1 small white onions chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 3 tbsp siracha hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp corn flour dissolve in 3/4 cup water


  • In a pan, heat oil and saute garlic, onion and ginger. saute well then add in pork and liver and let it brown(saute approx 5-8 minutes). then season with siracha and light soy sauce.
  • then add in mixed vegetables and  simmer for another 2 minutes. adjust taste by adding salt & pepper
  • Serve hot!!!

Menudo (pork casserole)

menudo……………One of the popular dishes in the Philippines especially if you go to provinces celebrating their fiesta. I think almost every house know how to cook this dish. As you can see on my picture, you can eat “mountain of rice” in a serving of my menudo. Now I can say I already complete the “tomato base Philippine casserole”. For recap, I already posted Kalderetang baka(beef), Beef Mechado, and Apritadang Manok (chicken). They almost comes with the same ingredients just have differences on the meat. …………………Did you know that tomato base casserole are very healthy viands. Tomato for instance is very good in providing lycopene sources. Lycopene is also believed to play a role in the prevention of heart disease because it can prevent free radical damage to the LDL-cholesterol in your bloodstream. Lycopene health benefits extend to the prevention and/or treatment of other health conditions as well, including age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and exercise-induced asthma……..

Ingredients: serves 4-6 persons

  • 1 kl of pork meat diced
  • 200 grams pork liver
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 pcs potatoes (diced)
  • 1 pc carrots  (diced)
  • 1 pc capsicum (diced)
  • 4 pcs tomato chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 med onions (sliced)
  • 3 pcs bay leaf
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce(patis)
  • chillies optional


  • In a large sauce pan, place all ingredients except capsicum. bring to a boil using low heat for 45 minutes. (stirring every 5 minutes)
  • When almost cook, add in capsicum and cook for a minute. Enjoy!!!
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