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Sweet & Sour Pork Recipe | Chinese style

Tien Ma’s Sweet & Sour Pork

Nate’s favorite dish of all time has gotta be sweet & sour pork. It is his default order whenever we eat at Tien Ma’s and all other Chinese eating places. He can finish one order that is usually good for 2 or 3 persons to share. So, of course, I need to perfect my sweet & sour pork recipe, para naman hindi nakakahiya sa anak ko. Hehe.
sweet sour pork recipe chinese style

The most important ingredient in a good sweet & sour pork recipe is the pork, siyempre. It has to be tender, well seasoned, and not overcooked. I use porkloin and buy it from the meat shop already cut into steaks or chops. I then slice the chops into 3 x 1 inch strips.

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tien ma's taiwanese cuisine xiao long pao 2

Tien Ma’s Taiwanese Cuisine | Best xiao long bao in Manila

I am obviously a big fan of Chinese food, as you can see from my many blog posts about it. Taiwanese food is my favorite of favorites. šŸ˜€ A simple porkchop pientong brings me sooo much joy.

I discovered Tien Ma’s Taiwanese Cuisine one morning a few weeks ago after having my blood work done.

I had not eaten breakfast yet, as the blood work requiredĀ me to fast overnight. Driving around the Banawe area, I was on the look outĀ for a nice breakfast place that I haven’t tried. Tien Ma’s on Retiro didn’t seem so busy yet, and there was a slot for my car right on the doorstep so, game – Tien Ma’s.

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All Day Cafe | Banawe Food Crawl

My family loves going all the way to Banawe Street to get our Chinese food fix. Lately, the Banawe area is becoming more diverse, with moreĀ restaurants offering fare other than Chinese. All Day Cafe is, as the name says it, an all-day breakfast cafe located on D. Tuazon Street near Banawe.

OurĀ group of volleyball moms metĀ up for brunch at All Day Cafe last December.

Aside from having daughters who play volleyball, our common denominator is: love for food! šŸ˜€

all day cafe banawe food trip_al fresco dining

This beautifully made blackboard greets guests, and makes for a nice photo wall (if you have daughters like ours, who selfie/groufie like pros. :P) Continue reading All Day Cafe | Banawe Food Crawl

Southern fried chicken recipe | Weekend Cook

I have been craving for Tom Sawyer’s Fried Chicken ever since I saw that it has re-opened a fastfood restaurant in Tiendesita’s over a year ago. Unfortunately, our family hasn’t been able to visit. So today, to finally settle the craving (ang tagal ah!), I Googled up “Southern fried chicken recipe” and found a recipe inspired byĀ Paula Deen! Paula Deen equals genuine southern style cooking.

The other thing that got my attention is the part of the title that says “look out,KFC!” Game, eto na nga ang gagayahin ko!

Obviously not from the same frying batch. One is slightly browner. :D
Obviously not from the same frying batch. One is slightly browner. šŸ˜€

TheĀ southern fried chicken recipe calls for hot sauce, which I omitted in my version because V and Nate don’t like spicy food.Ā Instead I used paprika, which other southern fried chicken recipes use. Continue reading Southern fried chicken recipe | Weekend Cook

Novotel Food Exchange breakfast buffet_bread jams toast station

Novotel breakfast buffet | Food Exchange

My family recently stayed overnight at the new Novotel Manila at the Araneta Center in Quezon City. One of the things that excites me when staying at hotels is the breakfast buffet. So I will write first about the NovotelĀ breakfast buffet that we had, instead of the hotel stay. Teehee. šŸ˜€

The Food Exchange,Ā located at the ground floor, is the main restaurant of Novotel Manila. I like the bright, clean and modern vibe, as well as the beautiful murals on the walls.

Novotel breakfast buffet_The Food Exchange Novotel Manila

This hall, all the way to the end, is where the food stations are located. On the left side of the hall are the dining tables.

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