Ginantaang Alimasag – Crab in Coconut Milk
This crab dish is so yummy served with rice and fish sauce to taste! We don’t cook it all the time at home so when we do it feels like a special treat 🙂
Such a simple dish packed with flavor and requiring some handy work in getting that fleshy crab meat out. Definitely a dish you can dig into and get your hands dirty with.
Pinoy Friday dish
Ginisang Umpalaya (Sauteed Bitter Melon/Bitter Gourd)
When I was younger I never used to like this dish. The bitter melon had too strong a flavour for my liking. It was always something I just ate because I had to. Little did I know that my parents wanted us to eat it due to all the health benefits bitter melon offered. Bitter melon is low in calories, known to lower blood sugar levels, is a good source of folate and Vitamin C, other vitamins and much more!
The other day I really felt like cooking ginisang umpalaya (sauteed bitter melon). We’d been having a lot of meat and I wanted to try a different veggie dish other than just roast or stir fried potatoes and beans etc.
Thanks to my cousin, I learnt that it was a super easy and fast dish to cook. We cut the umpalaya into thin slices and soaked it in some salt water to take the edge of the strong bitter taste. Then it was just a matter of sauteing the garlic and onions then adding some pork for extra taste. Tomatoes, some patis (fish sauce) and a little seasoning together with the umapalaya and some egg to top it off and that’s it! Serve it with rice and you’ve got an easy weeknight dish. Substitute the pork for some fried fish on the side for a different twist.
Blessed to have parents, cousins, aunties and uncles who are so talented in the kitchen! Always love a home-cooked meal from them, especially when it’s the Filipino classics!
Today it’s all about the turon. My cousin cooked some for us the other day and it was a perfect afternoon merienda (snack). If you’ve never had it before, turon is a Filipino snack of banana and jackfruit enclosed in a thin spring roll wrapper. It is then fried and covered in caramelised sugar sort of like a banana fritter you would find in the Chinese restaurants but I like how the fruits are covered in a thin wrapper rather than thick batter.
Here is a turon recipe for you guys if you’re interested in trying it out from Panglasang Pinoy.