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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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Cheers to life. Cheers to everyday.

Life with three kids… Where do I begin?  Everyday is an adventure – no dull moments with them. Sure it’s hard (say that again!?). But it is also full of rich and rewarding moments. Each day is a reason to say “cheers to life!”

It’s not the big and the great, though, but the small pockets of happy moments that really make mothering my three kids fulfilling. And when are we really at our happiest, nicest, best moments? When else, but while we’re eating together! 😛

Whether we are making food or partaking of it, celebrating a birthday or a high grade, going out for a family meal or a quick after-school snack, eating brings the “cheers to everyday”.

So I put together a video of some of our best moments with food!


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Wine Depot Online sale: Villa Maria Lighter Sauvignon Blanc

Hey! The weekend is coming up, and what better way to wind down after a week of hard work than to gather your girl friends and celebrate with a bottle (or two) of wine! I am not much of a beer drinker, but open a great bottle of wine, and I’m there. 🙂 Incidentally, Wine Depot Online is having a weekend sale on a lighter variant of sauvignon blanc from Villa Maria, New Zealand’s most awarded winery.

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Wine Depot’s newest wine offering, Villa Maria Private Bin Lighter  Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, is great for dinners or intimate get-togethers with your girl friends. For starters, it is so much lighter at just 9.5 % alcohol content. Most sauvignon blancs range from 12 to 13 %. Continue reading Wine Depot Online sale: Villa Maria Lighter Sauvignon Blanc

The Yayaless Life – helpless but not hopeless


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My last blog entry was four months ago! I had planned on blogging more during my kids’ school break (May to July). But our helper, ate J, went home in early June for her mother’s funeral.

Guess what? She hasn’t come back. And isn’t coming back, I think. (Not that I want her back… anymore, hmp.) Welcome me to the yayaless club.

So that is my excuse for not blogging. While this blog has been silent, a lot has been going on. For the most part, I was occupied with transforming myself into… Tada!  Homemaker Extraordinaire – full time cook, laundry woman, cleaning maid, and of course, chauffeur! 😉 Continue reading The Yayaless Life – helpless but not hopeless

New Year Traditions for good luck

Everyone’s probably busy preparing for the New Year festivities. What New Year traditions do you observe for good luck?

Though we are a Chinese household, we practice only a handful of the usual traditions that are supposed to bring in good luck for the New Year.

One of the mainstays of our New Year spread is fish. Fish symbolizes prosperity because the Chinese terms for fish and for excess/ extra sound alike – “yu”. It does not even have to be an expensive kind of fish. Our favorite fish is pampano / pompano.

Here is a Chinese style steamed Pompano fish recipe that I usually prepare for New Year’s Eve.

steamed pampano fish chinese style


Filipinos prepare 12 kinds of round fruits on New Year’s Eve. In our household, it does not  necessarily have to be 12 or round. I always prepare tray of fresh and colorful fruits, though, for good measure. 😀

fruits new year traditions good luck

The boys in my family get haircuts a day or two before New Year. This is supposed to get rid of and leave behind the bad luck that the passing year brought. I would get a haircut too, just so I look good welcoming the New Year, y’know. 😉

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