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Pinakbet One of My Favorite Filipino Dishes

I’m so proud to show you what my mom cooked for me today. It is one of the best Filipino Veggie Dishes which is called Pinakbet.

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This is a viand made from sautéed squash, eggplant, string beans and okra. Shrimp paste, fish sauce or salt then pepper is then added for flavor.

Here’s a simple recipe:
1/4 kilo of lean pork cut into small bits.
1 eggplant or 4 small ones, sliced
1/4 kilo squash, chopped into bite sized cubes
3 pieces tomatoes (the more ripe the better)
1 red onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, crushed
6 to 8 pieces okra
1 bunch string beans, cut into bite sized pieces
3 tbsp shrimp paste
1 cup water
3 tbsp cooking oil (we use canola it’s good for you)
salt and pepper to taste

Heat the pan and spread the cooking oil.
When oil is hot enough, sauté the garlic, onion, and tomato.
Lower the temperature then cover the pan for about a minute. This should soften the ripe tomatoes.
Crush the tomatoes with a fork to bring out their natural flavor.
Add the pork and cook until color turns light brown.
Put-in the shrimp paste and cook for 2 minutes.
Add water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes or until pork is tender.
Put-in the squash and cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until it becomes soft.
Add the remaining vegetables and mix with the other ingredients.Simmer for 5 minutes or until all the vegetables are cooked. (Do not overcook the vegetables)
Serve hot with rice. Share!!!

If you wouldn’t want to add pork it’s okay. This saves about 30 minutes of preparation time. This is also best eaten with fried fish. Today I enjoyed it with a small bowl of Dulong which is a kind of small fish. Sometimes I see these with Nasi Lemak.

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Holiday Feasts and Celebrations Would be the Best this Christmas at Apag Marangle

Makati City, Philippines – Preparing a feast for our Friends and Family this festive season can be stressful because preparation can take a long time thus less time to bond with them. But make your celebrations easier this festive season with Apag Marangle.

With the name literally means ‘Dining in the Farm’ or ‘Hain sa Bukid’ in Tagalog, Apag Marangle serves authentic Kapampangan food in a farm setting which gives it a laidback ambiance. Everyone can enjoy a eating authentic Kapampangan food complete with traditional Kapampangan music to accompany their experience.

Located at Park Square, Makati, Apag Marangle boasts of home made Kapampangan food that is packed on flavor using only the freshest ingredients that come from their farm in Bacolor, Pampanga that you are sure that everything will be fresh and cooked to perfection this festive season.

From the famous sisig Pampanga is known for, to one of a kind food made for the adventurous like Betute which are fried farm frogs filled with ground meat or sauteed crickets which is called Camaru in Kapampangan.

For meat lovers, They have Humba or Pork braised in yellow paste that has a side serving of ripe banana that mellows the bold savory flavor of the pork. Another crowd favorite is Apag Marangle’s Kare Kare – or beef oxtail stew made with creamy peanut sauce served with Apag Marangle’s homemade fish paste.

A must try for every foodie is Apag Marangle’s Nasing Marangle, A dish which has rice, meat, and vegetables that fits everyone’s palate.

As this festive season is coming make sure to bring the whole family and your friends to Apag Marangle at Park Square Makati.

Apag Marangle is open for reservations for upcoming functions like Christmas parties, family get together and reunions so make sure to go to Apag Marangle and get a taste of Kapampangan food this festive season.

For more information to get reservations in Apag Marangle you can call them for reservations at 0915-241-2000 or visit them at Parksquare, Ayala Center, Makati City.

Mangan Ta Na this Holiday season at Apag Marangle!


The Original Pancit Batil Patong

Last September we went to Isabela but since there was no direct flight for that day, we flew via Tuguegarao and did a little detour to a restaurant that sells pancit.


What we were served was called Batil Patong. It’s a noodle dish with groud meat, bagnet,  some veggies, liver, chicharon and half cooked egg on top. To the right is a sauce to make it yummiest and a small bowl of red onions to add more crunch and flavor.

I’ve eaten the same dish a few years back in Pancit Center when they still had a branch in Pasig. But the original one really takes the cake. I love it! Too bad it is a 12 hour drive from Manila.

This is definitely one of the best pancits I’ve ever tasted. Eating this is a must if you go there! 🙂