Category Archives: Soups

Kid’s Party Menu

Kid's Party Menu (1024x683)Kid’s Party………..To all of my fellow bloggers and viewers who followed me for my past post regarding my kid’s party. Here is the complete set of menu. I hope I helped you with an idea of preapring your kids party menu…….

We had:

  • Vegetable sticks
  • Fried Wontons
  • Sushi Platters
  • Pizza’s
  • Coated Hotdogs on sticks
  • Kid’s Cupcakes
  • Barbecued Wings
  • Spaghetti
  • Chips and dips, popcorns, cookies, chocolates, lollies and candies
  • Juices and softdrinks
  • Ice popsicles

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!

Siomai and Egg Soup

Siomai……..Just made this recipe as our soup starter for our dinner. Made from my left over pork and shrimp siomai comes this very hot and clear soup. So simple and easy as one-two-three to make. Very best specially this winter season. (ooops!!! winter is just finished here in NZ). So if you are planning for a 3 meal course, this soup might be the simplest way to enjoy if you have some leftover siomai. No siomai, try just the eggs!!!

Ingredients: serves 6-8 persons

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 small chopped onions
  • 1 liter chicken broth
  •  3 pcs fresh eggs
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion leeks
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • left over siomai (see recipe of pork and shrimp siomai)
  • fish sauce to adjust your taste


  • In a large sauce pan, heat oil and saute garlic and onion. add in broth and bring to boil
  • Then add in siomai and crack in eggs, seasoned with salt and pepper and adjust taste by adding fish sauce
  • While boiling, pour in left over siomai and add in sesame oil then bring to a boil.
  • Add in onion leek and Serve hot!

Pinangat na Salmon Head

Salmon Head………As part of our 5 dollar challenge meal in our house, one of the list is this recipe. It is a fish recipe where in you just place all ingredients and boil it. Yes, it is very easy to cook. Well, you can not be wrong with salmon. Even it is the head part, it is very tasty and full of flavour.”pinangat” means a dish cooked with sour ingredients like vinegar, lemons, calamansi or tamarind. There are wide variety to cooked this dish depending on your taste. Must try!……………………Did you know that salmon is the healthiest food in the planet? Aside from its high content of omega-3 fatty acids, it is also a good source of Vitamin D as well. Vitamin D has been shown to play a crucial role in lowering the risk of several types of cancer, including breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer. Salmon contains particularly high levels of vitamin D and selenium, which is also associated with prevention of certain types of cancer, including colorectal cancer.

Ingredients: serves 2-3 persons

  • 2 heads of salmon cut into half
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 medium size tomatoes quartered
  • 1 medium size onions sliced
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 bunch bok choy
  • 2 pcs dried chillies optional
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup vinegar.


  • In a medium wide saucepan, place and arrange everything except bok choy and bring to boil for 2-3 minutes.
  • Then add in bok choy and boil for a minute.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice and a dipping sauce made of fish sauce and chillies

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.

Soimai and Misua Soup

Siomai and misua………………..This simple soup is one of made from my leftover siomai. Well, Instead of reheating the leftover food, it is better to create a dish out of it. I check my cup board, I only have to kinds of noodles, spaghetti noodles and misua. I never thought of using spaghetti noodles topped with siomai, so I only have one option, and it is the misua . Well misua alone is might be boring to eat, so why not cook it with my leftover siomai. Believe me, the outcome of the recipe is very good. Just a saute garlic and onion, broth, crack in eggs and misua and topped this siomai. PERFECT!!!…………………………..Did you know that misua is made with a whole wheat flour? The next time a recipe calls for flour, add a little nutrition power by using whole-wheat flour. What’s the benefit? Start with the name: “Whole” means that the flour is not refined, and it contains the bran, germ and endosperm of the grain; “wheat” is the actual grain being used. Whole-wheat flour provides iron, thiamin and niacin, as well as fiber and an earthy taste…………

Ingredients: serves 6-8 persons

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 200 grams misua noodles
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 small chopped onions
  • 1 thumb size sliced ginger
  • 1 liter beef or chicken broth
  •  2 pcs fresh eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • left over siomai (see recipe of pork and shrimp siomai)
  • fish sauce to adjust your taste


  • In a large sauce pan, heat oil and saute garlic, onion and ginger. add in broth and bring to boil
  • Then add in misua and crack in eggs, seasoned with salt and pepper and adjust taste by adding fish sauce
  • While boiling, pour in left over siomai and add in sesame oil. Serve hot!

Lomi Soup (noodle soup)

lomi soup…….It’s a noodle soup made with chicken and pork meats. Lomi is best eaten while steaming hot. It is a challenge to be able to finish eating before the bowl gets cold. Back home, you can find this dish in every small canteens usually served in breakfast or am snack. I remember everytime we go for a jogging or walking exercise to Quezon City Circle, There is a small caferia that offer this lomi soup. After burning lot of fats and calories, we always eat this full of carbohydrate meal as it is composed of noodles. (so whats the point of exercise). …………………..Did you know that eggs are used to make the sauce thick in this recipe. Eggs are number one source of protein and might be the cheapest source as well. Nutritionist says that 2 eggs a day is enough to fill all the proteins the body need during a day…….

Ingredients: (serves 4-6 persons)

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 medium minced onions
  • 500 gms chicken (cut in small serving size)
  • 100 gms chicken liver
  • 300 gms pancit lomi
  • 2 pcs eggs
  • 1 tsp of salt / pepper
  • 1 litre water or chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup onion leeks
  • 1 stalk celery diced
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce


  • In a large sauce pan, heat oil and saute garlic and onions, add chicken and liver and season with salt and pepper and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • add the rest of the vegetables and lomi, cook for another 5 minutes
  • add chicken broth and adjust your taste by adding fish sauce
  • Turn off heat and break in 2 pcs eggs and stir.
  • serve hot!!

Sinigang na Ulo-Ulo(Fish Head Sour Soup)

A very popular dish specially for those people living nearby seas and oceans… For some people, they don’t consume fish head as they think it does not have enough meat inside. But for me, I find fish head very flavourful especially if you cook as s soup like this dish. I remember, I had a friend of mine back home, they owned a family business fast food with a branch every SM supermalls. They are just selling fish heads of different kinds, heads of salmon, snapper, king fish and many more.  If I can still remember their restaurant name is “sinigang na ulo-ulo”…………………………Did you know that fish contains a lot of omega 3 fatty acids or fish oil promote brain development? There are some studies that a pregnant women loves to eat a fish(which means lots of omega3 fatty acids or fish oil on her diet) had babies with higher IQs and fewer learning disorders, and were less likely to develop mental retardation or cognitive delays…………


  • 2 pcs  fish heads (preferably eel or snapper)
  • 1.5 liters of water
  • 1 medium onions (quartered)
  • 2 tbsp of ginger slices
  • 2 pcs of medium tomatoes (quartered)
  • 4 pcs string beans (cut 2 inches approx)
  • 1 bunch kangkong or bokchoy
  • 5 pcs ocra
  • 1 small raddish (sliced
  • 1 pc of egg plant (sliced)
  • 1 pck of sinigang mix sa miso (for 1.5 liter mix)

* please slice your vegetables evenly


  • In a large sauce pan, boil water and onions & ginger then add fish and cooked for approx 5-10 minutes
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and cooked for about 2-3 minutes and serve hot. Dont over cook veggies.
  • serve with fish sauce with chillies on the side.
  • Enjoy!!!!

Chicken and Papaya Soup

Chicken and papaya soup………….. When you feel sick or unwell due to some hangover, lack of sleep or even headache, I highly recommend you to have this dish. It is a soup made with papaya, ginger and chicken. This dish is considered to be a variation of a tinola (PHI chicken soup) as it is composed of garlic, ginger and onions……………………….Did you know that ginger has been known for its healing properties.    Fresh ginger juice if applied to minor burns as well as skin irritations provides immediate relief for some people where as ginger oil is used in spas and saloons for a perceived refreshing effect on one’s mind and a potential ability to reduce arthritic pain. Another is, Ginger can also be used for reducing toothache and the discomfort which arises due to the infection in the upper respiratory tract due to its antibacterial and antifungal nature.

Ingredients: good for 4-6 persons

  • 12 pcs chicken wings
  • 2 small ripe papaya
  • 3 pcs large green chillies
  • 1/2 cup of  ginger Julienne sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 medium white onions sliced
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt and ground pepper
  • 1 litre water


  • In a large sauce pan, heat oil and saute garlic, onion and ginger.  then add in chicken and saute for 10 minutes allowing the chicken flavor to come out. Season with salt and pepper
  • add in water and boil and cook for about 15 minutes. then add in vegetables.
  • Adjust taste by adding a fish sauce.
  • Serve hot!

Munggo with Ampalaya (beans with bitter melon)

This is a version of my wife, I already posted my version. Not much different actually, We just want to let you know some varieties to cook munggo beans. On my version, I cook this with a noodle, Monggo beans with sotanghon. My wife version is cooked with bittermelon. I will tell you a little story about this dish. I have a friend back home who was in jail for a couple of months because of drink driving. He said that almost every other day inside the prison camp they eat this meal as their lunch. He said, just the munggo beans no special meat inside. Meaning it’s just the munggo beans sauted in garlic and onions and lots of water as their soup and viand.  Back to my friends, he was out of prison now! A friendly reminder to all drivers out there. Never drive when your drunk! ……………………….Did you know that bittermelon Pulp or flesh is crisp and watery similar to that of cucumber. If you want to make bitter gourd taste better or less bitter, then you have to add salt and then wash it before consumption. Bitter melon juice can be a good alternative for weight loss because it is a natural diuretic and helps in improving blood circulation.

Ingredients: (serves 4-6 person)

  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 3 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1 medium red onion (chopped)
  • 1 klio meaty pork bones (cut in serving portions)
  • 3tbsp bagoong isda (philippines style anchovies)
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 cup munggo beans (soaked in water for atleast 3 hours)
  • 1 bittermelon sliced
  • 1 litre water


  • in a sauce pan, boil monggo beans for about 20-30 minutes or until tender or beans has broken
  • In another sauce pan, saute garlic and onion, pour over pork bones and stir fry for about 3-5 minutes then seasoned with salt & pepper
  • pour over boiled monggo. let it boil, add in bittermelon and simmer of 2 minutes
  • Enjoy!!!

Sopa de Marina w/ Egg and Nest

Still part of the 7 course dinner with macaalays. (my senator look a like friend)……I present you the soup on its nest……This soup is made with seafood as I keep to balance the 7 course recipe. The soup is a simple marina chowder with mixed vegetables (marina means seafoods) and a broth from the baked mussels on yesterday’s post. The ” nest” was made of a pizza soft dough crust and formed in a muffin baking tray. Instead of cracking a fresh eggs to the soup I decided to have it boiled on the side as it will represent an egg with its nest…………………..Did you know that eggs is a good source of choline. Each eggs contain choline. Although our bodies can produce some choline, we cannot make enough to make up for an inadequate supply in our diets, and choline deficiency can also cause deficiency of another B vitamin critically important for health, folic acid. Choline is definitely a nutrient needed in good supply for good health. Choline is a key component of many fat-containing structures in cell membranes, whose flexibility and integrity depend on adequate supplies of choline. …

Ingredients(serves 6-8 persons)

  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 4 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 medium sliced onions
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 2 cups of mixed seafoods – mussels, shrimps, squids and fish fillets
  • 1 cup of mixed vegetables – peas, corn and carrots
  • 1 litre water
  • 1 cup fresh milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese
  • drizzle of olive oil


  • In a large sauce pan, heat oil and saute garlic, onion and celery for 2-3 minutes. add in seafoods and cooked for 3-4 minutes then seasoned with salt & pepper and herbs. add flour and continue stirring until flour is cooked. add water and boil. then add mixed vegetables and cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Add cheese and drizzle with olive oil before serving!!
  • enjoy!!!!!!!!!!

Kamto Soup (beef brisket soup)

Kamto….If you havent heard about this recipe, it’s a common dish in pares mami house. It is very similar to nilagang baka (beef soup) with the absence of some ingredients. The soup is made with boiled beef brisket, onions, ginger and star anise. you can add your favourite green leafy vegetables if you want. This is the soup base for almost all mami they serve. Like for instance, You can create a beef brisktet with egg noodle soup in an instant by adding this soup stock……………..Did you know that beef is the best source of zinc, which is helpful for preventing the damage to blood vessel walls, which can contribute to atherosclerosis and is also needed for the proper functioning of immune system. Beef is also rich in phosphorous and iron. Phosphorous is necessary for strong teeth and bones and Iron helps carry oxygen in the blood, to all cells and muscles and prevents fatigue.

Ingredients: serves 3-4 persons

  • 1.5 liter water
  • 1 kilo beef brisket
  • 3 pcs star anise
  • 1 thumb size crushed ginger
  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 stalk of celery (do not cut)
  • 2 pcs potato quartered
  • 1 bunch bok choy or petsay


  • In a large sauce pan, pour in water and boil beef and seasoned with peppercorns, star anise, ginger and salt. Bring to boil and cook for 45 minutes or until beef is tender.
  • Place potato and cook for 10 minutes. then before serving, add in petsay or bokchoy and adjust taste by adding fish sauce. remove celery before serving
  • Serve hot!!

Pesang Manok (Chicken Stew)

Pesang Manok………Pesa has long been associated with the fish recipe such as Pesa (fish stew), but a chicken variation is also popular. Manok is the Tagalog word for ‘chicken’ and pesa is a word referring to something that is plainly boiled. This dish only requires salt and pepper to season the chicken and the taste is perfectly mix with vegetable . It’s a very popular dish somewhere in Southern Philippines. The taste is quite similar to Tinolang Manok as they are both using ginger to flavor the soup…………………Did you know that tomatoes gives the excellent flavor in a PESA dish? Tomatoes are the biggest source of dietary lycopene; a powerful antioxidant that, unlike nutrients in most fresh fruits and vegetables, has even greater bioavailability after cooking and processing. Tomatoes also contain other protective mechanisms, such as antithrombotic and anti-inflammatory functions. Eating tomatoes regularly can lower the risk of certain cancers as well as other conditions of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, ultraviolet light-induced skin damage, and many more….

Ingredients: serves 4-6 persons

  • 1 whole chicken – cut in serving portions
  • 5 cups rice washings
  • 1 thumb size ginger crushed
  • 2 pcs whole tomato
  • 1 bunch petsay or bokchoy
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce (patis)
  • 1 tsp peppercorn
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 medium onion quartered.


  • Season chicken with salt then set aside. allowing the salt to penetrate to chicken.
  • In a large saucepan, boil rice washings with peppercorn, ginger and onions then add chicken and cook for about 20 minutes using low heat settings. Then Pour in tomato and bokchoy
  • Season and adjust the taste with fish sauce
  • Enjoy!!!!!!!

Batchoy Soup

Have you tried Exotic “internal” ingredients on your meal?….This dish is made from pork hearts, kidney, lungs and liver. Dare to try it?   Originally, the recipe also comes with pork blood, but since I could not find any pork blood here in NZ, I just leave the blood. Batchoy is a noodle soup made with pork organs and some vegetables. Originated in Philippines specifically in southern island………….Did you know that those internal organs I mentioned such as pork liver are good source of vitamin A. The vitamin A found in liver is beneficial to you in a number of ways. It contributes to healthy fertility and proper embryo development. It also helps children to avoid developing asthma, prevents kidney stones, regulates blood sugar and fats. Additionally, the vitamin A found in liver can protect you from some environmental toxins and helps to promote proper development during puberty. The vitamin A and arachidonic acid in liver can improve the health and appearance of your hair and skin. ……

Ingredients: serves 10-12 persons

  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 large chopped onions
  • 2 thumb size ginger thinly sliced
  • 100 gms pork liver
  • 100 gms pork lungs
  • 100 grams pork hearts
  • 100 grams pork kidney
  • 200 grams misua (chinese vermicelli noodles)
  • 2 litres water and 1 litre water for boiling
  • 1 bunch of spinach (sliced)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • In a medium pan, place 1 litre water and boil pork hearts, liver and lungs for 10 minutes. drain and cut into small dice. set aside
  • In a large sauce pan, heat oil and saute garlic, onion, ginger and drained pork hearts, liver and lungs. Saute until golden brown then seasoned with salt and pepper.
  • Add in 2 litres of water and boil for 5 minutes. Add in spinach and vermicelli noodles then adjust your taste by adding fish sauce.
  • Serve hot!!

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Meaty Beef Bones with Black Beans and Bok choy

Do you like Black bean sauce? well, you need to try this..It is a stew of meaty beef bones and veggies like black beans and bok choy. This is one of my wife specialty home cooking.  100 % Made with love. For those who love black beans, I already posted some of it here in my blog, you can try fried fish with tausi or black beans and Pork spareribs with black bean sauce.I might also try stir-fry chicken in black bean sauce as it is very popular in chinese takeaways………..Did you know that black beans are very low in calorie and almost fat-free. They are great for the health and should be the part of our daily diet. Black beans are also one of the healthiest foods that you can have in your diet. These wonder beans are highly rich in vitamins, minerals and known for their antioxidant properties. Eating these regularly can make you a much healthier person and also you can be free of lots of diseases as well.

Ingredients: good for 3-4 persons

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp ginger sliced thinly
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 kilogram meaty beef bones,cut into serving pieces
  • 1 liter water
  • 1 bunch bok choy
  • 1 small can of black beans (use 3 tbsp and mashed it)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • light soy sauce


  • In a large sauce pan, pour water and beef bones. boil for 30 minutes or until beef is tender, set aside beef and save some beef stock.
  • heat oil in pan and saute garlic, ginger and onions. Saute for 2 minutes then add beef bones. saute until beef is golden brown.
  • Add black beans and soy sauce. Continue stirring for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add 1 cup of beef stock and boil for another 5 minutes. you can add beef stock if you wish more soup to the stew.
  • then add bok choy and sesame oil
  • Serve hot and enjoy!!!!!
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