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Filipino Main Dishes

Filipino Main Dishes

Pangat na Isda (pinangat or Paksiw)

Pangat is a Tagalog word that means to cook in vinegar or steam the fish. Pangat na Isda is an easy dish to prepare.

The Philippines has more than 7000 islands and anywhere you go there are many versions of this recipe. This recipe is from the Southern part of Aurora Province where the Pacific Ocean lies. The fish that we use here is a fresh catch. So it’s healthy and sweet.

Pangat na Isda
  • Serves          -      4
  • Prep time    -         10 minutes
  • Allergy       -        Fish
  • Meal type   -          Lunch or Main dish
  • Region       -         Asian

Ingredients for Pangat na Isda

  • Ginger (3 small pcs)
  • Onion (3 big pcs)
  • Ground Black pepper (1/2 tbsp)
  • Vinegar (1/2 cup)
  • ¼ fish (any variety)
  • vetsin (ajinimoto)

Directions to prepare Pangat na Isda

  1. Chop the ginger and onions into small pieces
  2. Lay the ingredients in the following manner:
    1. Lay ginger at the base, next onion, fish, ginger onion, salt and vetsin.
    2. Cook until fish bone is soft.
    3. Cook at medium heat.

Fried Crablets (Shore crabs and River crabs)

The fun thing in preparing for this recipe is when you’re the one who catch the crablets (talangka/tarukoy) along the shore by the beach. You can catch them by running or you can dig the sand at night with a flashlight. That’s how tough to catch this but to cook them is as easy as 123.

Fried Crablets (Shore crabs and River crabs)

Serves 4
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 50 minutes
Allergy Fish
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Serve Hot
Region Asian

Ingredients

  • 1kg Crablets (fresh catch is really good.)
  • Magic Sarap/Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • Ground Black Pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste

Directions

Step 1
Clean the live/fresh talangka.
Step 2
Put them into a frying pan and sprinkle with salt. Be careful when frying them.
Step 3
Continue cooking until they turn into orange.
Step 4
Add Magic sarap for seasoning and black pepper.
Step 5
Serve with Vinegar as a dip

Filipino Sisig Banana Blossom Dish

Filipino Sisig Banana Blossom Dish

Serves 10
Prep time 30 minutes
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Serve Cold, Serve Hot
Region Asian

Ingredients

  • 2 pieces Banana Blossom
  • 4 Large Onions
  • 6 pieces Green chili pepper
  • 6 pieces Red chili ((labuyo or Taiwan))
  • 3 Small Ginger
  • 1 cup Coconut milk
  • 4 tablespoons Vinegar
  • 1 Salt to taste
  • 1 Pepper to taste

Directions

Step 1
Boil two Banana blossom (Puso ng saging) sliced into four parts. Let it cool. Set aside.
Prepare the ingredients:
Step 2
Slice 4 pcs Onion (medium sized), long green pepper, red chili, ginger 3 small pcs chopped, 1 cup of coconut milk, 4 tablespoon of vinegar, salt, black pepper.
Step 3
Sisig Banana Blossom Dish
Lay the following on a bowl as follows:
a. chopped onions
b. green chili
c. pinch of ginger
d. sliced Banana blossom (sliced like shredded pork)
e. pour 1 cup of coconut milk
f. add onions, green chili, red chili and black pepper
g. add salt to taste
h. Add vinegar
i. mix
j. serve
k. for variety add fried tokwa or taba ng baboy

Filipino Chop Suey Recipe

Filipino Chop Suey is a traditional Filipino dish that comes in many variations. In this variation we used a mamasita mix since we don’t have all the ingredients available in the country I come from. Originally Filipino Chop Suey also includes corn starch beans and baby corn.

Filipino Chop Suey

Serves 4-6
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 1 hour
Allergy Fish
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Serve Hot
Region Oceanian
Filipino Chop Suey is a traditional Filipino dish that comes in many variations. In this variation we used a mamasita mix since we don't have all the ingredients available in the country I come from. Originally Filipino Chop Suey also includes corn starch beans and baby corn.

Ingredients

  • 100g Cabbage (chopped)
  • 100g Cauliflower (chopped)
  • 100g Broccoli (chopped)
  • 100g Snow Peas
  • 2 Medium Carrots (chopped)
  • 1 Medium Bell pepper (red) (chopped)
  • 1 Medium Bell pepper (yellow) (chopped)
  • 3 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1 piece Onion
  • 1 packet Mamasita chop Suey
  • 2 teaspoons Oliv Oil
  • 250g Boneless Chicken (diced)
  • 250g Pork (diced)
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 teaspoon Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon pepper to taste

Directions

Step 1
Heat the oil in a large pan and place the garlic and onions til its golden brown
Step 2
Add the pork and chicken until almost cooked
Step 3
next add the water and the mamasita chop chuey mix.
Step 4
Add all the vegatables except the cabbage and stir fry the whole mix for about 15 minutes
Step 5
adjust the flavor according to taste with Salt and Pepper
Step 6
finally add the cabbage and let it cook for aproximately another 5 minutes.
Step 7
Serve hot with Rice

Filipino Chicken Macaroni Soup Recipe

Filipino Chicken Macaroni Soup is a typical Filipino soup which is easy and fast to prepare. Filipino Chicken Macaroni Soup is often served as a snack or main dish. See below the procedure on how to cook Filipino chicken macaroni soup.

Serves 4-6
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 45 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 5 minutes
Allergy Milk
Meal type Soup
Misc Serve Hot
Region Asian

Ingredients to prepare Filipino Chicken Macaroni Soup

  • 500g Chicken Breast (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 large Carrot (Diced)
  • 2 cups Macaroni Pasta
  • 1l Chicken Broth
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 3 cloves Garlic (Minced)
  • 1 cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1 medium Red Onion (Finely chopped)
  • 2 stalks Celery (Sliced)
  • 1/2 medium Cabbage (Chopped)
  • 1 cup Water

Directions to prepare Filipino Chicken Macaroni Soup

Step 1
In a deep pan melt the butter and saute the garlic and onion
Step 2
Add the chicken and cook for approximately 5 minutes
Step 3
Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil
Step 4
Add one cup of water and evaporated milk and wait until it re-boils. Let the mixture simmer for 20 minutes.
Step 5
Add the macaroni and cook for 10 minutes and stir occasionally.
Step 6
add carrots and selery and simmer for 3 minutes
Step 7
Add the cabage and let it simmer for another 3 minutes.
Step 8
Finally you can add salt and pepper to taste.

Filipino Baguio Beans Stew Recipe (Abitsuelas Guisado)

Filipino Baguio Beans Stew Recipe (Abitsuelas Guisado)

Serves 3-4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Serve Hot
Region Asian

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic (crashed)
  • 1/2 cup Onion (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup Tomato (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup Pork meat (Cubed)
  • 1/4 cup Shrimp
  • 1/4kg abitsuelas (baguio beans) (sliced 1)
  • 1 cup shrimp soup
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper

Directions

Step 1
Saute onion, garlic, tomato in a preheat oil in a pan.
Step 2
add pork meat until red disappeared and meat is tender
Step 3
add shrimp and abitsuelas (beans).
Step 4
Pour the shrimp soup.
Step 5
Wait until the vegetable is cooked.
Step 6
add salt and pepper to taste.

Filipino Beef Caldereta Recipe

Filipino beef caldereta is a traditional filipino recipe. The dish is quite popular around the Luzon area in the Philippines. Commonly this dish is served during parties or festivals and special occasions.

Filipino Beef Caldereta Recipe

Serves 4
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 2 hours, 30 minutes
Total time 3 hours
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Serve Hot

Ingredients

  • 1kg Beef (Cubed)
  • 2 pieces Red Potatoes (Diced)
  • 1 Large Carrot (Diced)
  • 1 piece Red Onion (Chopped)
  • 4 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic (Crushed)
  • 1 piece Red bell pepper (Cubed)
  • 1 cup Tomato Sauce
  • 4 cups Water
  • 2 Large Bay Leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Black pepper

Optional

  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco

Directions

Step 1
Heat the cooking oil in the pan at medium heat and saute the garlic and onion.
Step 2
Add the beef and let it cook until the beef turns brown
Step 3
Add the water and let it boil until the beef is tender (approximately 1,5 to 2 hours)
Step 4
Add the carrots and potatoes until they are soft.
Step 5
Add the tomato sauce and the liver paste and let the mixture simmer for another 10 minutes
Step 6
Add the rest of the ingredients and let is simmer for another 5 minutes
Step 7
Finally add salt and pepper to taste and the dish is ready to be served.

Filipino Dinuguan Dish (Pork Blood Stew)

Filipino Dinuguan Dish is made from pork blood. The name Dinguan means blood in the Tagalog language. The taste of the vinegar and green pepper makes this Filipino Dish one of it’s kind.

Filipino Dinuguan Dish (Pork Blood Stew)

Serves 3 - 5
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 1 hour
Total time 1 hour, 20 minutes
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Serve Hot
Filipino Dinuguan Dish is made from pork blood. The name Dinguan means blood in the Tagalog language. The taste of the vinegar and green pepper makes this Filipino Dish one of it's kind.

Ingredients

  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 Small Onion (minced)
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1/2kg pork belly (diced)
  • 150g pork liver (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup pig blood
  • 5 pieces green peppers
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Note

Prepare separately  the pork belly: let it simmer in a pot for about 30 minutes until tender and put it aside.

Directions

Step 1
Put in a cooking pan the cooking oil and sauté the garlic and onion until golden brown.
Step 2
Add the diced pork belly and pork liver with some salt and pepper to add taste and stir fry approx. 10 min.
Step 3
Add the vinegar and bring it to a boil.
Step 4
Simmer for another 10 minutes or until the liquid is almost gone
Step 5
Add the pork blood and chili finger and mix well. Let the mixture simmer for about 10-15 minutes until sauce thickens,
Step 6
Serve hot!

Bicol Express Traditional Filipino Recipe

Filipino Dishes Bicol ExpressOne of the most famous Filipino Dishes is Bocol Express. The Filipino dish comes from Malate but made with Bicolano style. The Dish is origionally named after the Bicol passenger express train. There are lots of variants of Bicol Express from which we will descripe one of my favorite below.

 

 

Ingredients needed for Filipino Bicol Express:

  • 1/2 kg pork, sliced or diced into small pieces
  • 2 to 3 tablespoon of bagoong (Shrimp Paste)
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Crushes
  • 6 to 8 pieces chili finger (Sliced)
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 cups of coconut milk
  • 10 pieces beans (Baguio beans)
  • salt and pepper, to add taste

Procedure for cooking Filipino Bicol Express:

Put the oil in a pan. At medium heat add the onion and garlic until the garlic is golden brown. Next you add the pieces of pork and cook it until it gets brown (about 6 or 8 minutes). Now you add the bagoong (shrimp paste) and the chili fingers and stir.

Next you add the coconut milk and the Baguio beans and you may add some salt or petter to add some taste. Mix everything together and let it simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes. (until the pork is tender and  sauce is thick)

The best way to serve is when it’s still hot.

Filipino Pancit Sotanghon Guisado recipe

Filipino Pancit Sotanghon Guisedo DishFilipino Pancit Sotanghon Guisado  is another variety of noodle dish which uses Sotanghon (vermicelli) as the main ingrediënt. This dish typically uses anato seeds or Achiote (achuete) for coloring purposes but since it’s hard to find in our area, if not unavailable, i decided not to include it in the list of ingredients.

 

Ingredients needed for Filipino Pancit Sotanghon Guisado Dish are::

  • 1 klo. Vermicelli noodles
  • 1 chicken cube
  • 1 kilo chicken
  • 1000 ml water
  • virgin coconut oil or ordinary cooking oil
  • 1 medium sized onion (diced)
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 pcs small-medium sized carrots (julliened)
  • about 1 cup spring onions (chopped)
  • 2-3 tbsp. fish sauce
  • fried garlic (optional)

Procedures for cooking Filipino Pancit Sotanghon Guisado Dish:

  1. Put the chicken cube in the water and bring it to a boil.
  2. Add the chicken and let it simmer until it becomes soft enough to fall apart on its own. (about an hour).
  3. Remove the chicken from the broth. Set aside the broth for later use.
  4. Shred the chicken. Discard skin and bones. Set aside.
  5. Heat cooking oil in a pan. Saute onion and garlic.
  6. Add the shredded chicken and saute for about 3 minutes.
  7. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  8. Add the carrots and spring onions and cook for 3 minutes.
  9. Add the fish sauce and the sotanghon noodles. Mix well while cooking for about 2 minutes.
  10. Lastly, garnish with some spring onions and fried garlic.