Thursday, October 27, 2011

Recipe: Tapatio Parmesan Hot Wings!


I literally salivate whenever I see this photo O_o. I came up with the idea the other day when I was craving an easy snack. I had frozen chicken wings and tapatio hot sauce so why not make hot wings. It was surprisingly amazing and delicious! You have to make it.

Here's how...

Ingredients:
-Frozen Tyson Anytizer buffalo chicken wings.
-Tapatio hot sauce
-Parmesan Cheese

Instructions:
-Cook the buffalo wings as stated on the back of the packaging. I like to defrost the chicken first, then fry it in really hot canola oil until it gets crispy.
-Drain chicken on paper towels.
-Transfer chicken in a bowl, toss in Tapatio and Parmesan cheese.
-You will ENJOY!



Saturday, October 22, 2011

Spam Musubi and Oxtail Soup at King's Hawaiian Bakery and Restaurant

If King's Hawaiian restaurant is considered to be legit Hawaiian food, then now I can say I've had Hawaiian food.YES! We usually get our birthday cakes here, but it's our first time eating their food.

Here's what we had...

I ordered their Oxtail Soup. It was on dinner specials that day. I was feeling under the weather and I wanted a really good soup in my system to melt all the snot and moco in my body O_o. I love Oxtail in general, so I was very happy to try it. It came with a side of crushed ginger that you're supposed to add to the soup. It delicious. The broth was rich and flavorful that kind of reminds me of my mom's "Nilagang Baka" . The Oxtail meat fell off the bone easily. It was definitely comforting.


It came with a generous side of streamed white rice and macaroni and potato salad. 

Kiko wasn't too hungry. He ordered a medium Macadamia Chicken Bowl. Crispy fried chicken with garlic sauce and macadamia nuts. I didn't get to taste it, but he said it was good ^_^.

We also ordered Spam Musubi or Spam Sushi. It's been a while since I've had one of these delicious weirdness. It came with a side of picked ginger and cucumber salad, hot sauce and teriyaki sauce (i think, not too sure!). It was definitely a treat.

Every table was served their famous Hawaiian Sweet Bread Rolls. This is absolutely my favorite bread. It's sweet and buttery, and great with anything. I used to make Bruschetta out of these back in college. I should make them again, huh?

For dessert, our server brought a dessert sampler tray to choose from. I like this idea because you eat with your eyes first, and it makes it easier to make a choice.


We chose a slice of layered chocolate cake. I forgot the name, but it's the same cake Kiko had for his Birthday last year. It was super moist and chocolately. Yum!











Sunday, October 16, 2011

Beer Brat Sandwich for Dinner

When I'm not feeling too creative in the kitchen, I like to make hotdogs or sausage sandwiches. It's an easy and delicious quick meal.

Hillshire Farm Beer Brat with green peppers, mushrooms and onions with a side of baked Parmesan french fries.





Thursday, October 13, 2011

Chicken Pesto Fried Rice


I'm not boasting, but I think I'm getting really good at this cooking thing that I surprise myself sometimes when I make something really bomb! This Chicken Pesto Fried Rice is one example. I used whatever I had left in the fridge and made something out of it and the outcome was delish!

I made the spinach pesto from scratch.

ingredients...
-olive oil
-a bunch of fresh spinach
-A handful of cilantro
-3 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
-parmesan cheese
-Pulse everything together in a blender or food processor until smooth.

I added 2 heaping spoonful of pesto with left over shredded chicken, and mixed it with the fried rice that has been sauteed in a lot of garlic, tomatoes and chopped onions. Then, I added 2 eggs and store bought shredded broccoli, carrots and cabbage.






It came out so good that Kiko asked me to make it again some time soon lol. Good job Becky...good job!

My First Molcajete...

This is hand down the best Ceviche I've ever had. Thanks to Kiko's older brother who took us to eat at Mi Lindo Sinaloa #2 Mexican seafood restaurant here in L.A. It's the Molcajete Mixto. Molcajete, if you don't know is a Mexican version of a mortar and pestle. We also use one back home in the Philippines. My mom and manang used it to mash and grind all kinds of spices to make a smooth paste. 

In this restaurant, they serve their mix seafood Ceviche in a big and heavy Molcajete. It has shrimp, octopus, scallops, fish, oysters, clams with lime juice, red onions, cilantro and cucumbers. I've never had Ceviche like this before, and oh man, I can't get over how good it is. The seafood is very fresh, light and so delicious! I have no idea what's in the liquid though. All I know is that there is lime juice and it's a bit spicy. They swear it's not spicy. I have low tolerance for spicy food and it tasted spicy to me, making my mocos flow and my ears ring.

I usually put ketchup in my Ceviche, but it wasn't needed for this one. It's good as it is. The seafood is fresh and light. I ate it with tostada.



The serving is for 1 person, but there's so much seafood that can 2 people or more can share it. I ate it all by myself though.

I'm not sure what this is called but it has a lot of clams. Very refereshing!

Kiko's got their Seafood Empapelado. It's mixed seafood cooked in a big pocket of aluminum foil. I love this one too. I don't know what's in the sauce, but it was creamy and delicious. Kiko mixed in some rice and ate it with flour tortillas. His food stayed hot and steamy the whole time.







Pancho Villa on the wall...

We went for an early dinner that's why the place looks empty. They had these guys who played banda or ranchera music for entertainment. It was so loud O_o. Kiko's brother says the place gets packed and even louder on the weekends.







Mi Lindo Sinaloa#2
7010 Rosecrans Ave Paramount, CA 90723
562-531-4282 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Barilla Napoletana and Rigatoni recipe



I stocked up on the Barilla Spaghetti sauce and dry pasta because they're on sale at my local Vons! With coupons, the spaghetti sauce was only 69cents and the dry pasta was only 89cents. Score!

 I made Ground Beef and Spinach Rigatoni using my Barilla spaghetti sauce and Rigatoni dry pasta for dinner. It's so simple, fast and delicious!

Feeds 3-4
Ingredients:
1. 1/2 lb or Barilla Rigatoni
2. 1/2 a jar of Barilla Napoletana spaghetti sauce
3. ground beef
4. fresh spinach
5. minced garlic
6. chopped onions
7. dollop of sour cream
8. parmesan cheese

- Boil water and add salt. Cook the dry pasta according to package instructions.
-Saute garlic, onions. Once the onions become translucent, add ground beef and cook all the way through. Add salt and pepper.
-Add spaghetti sauce. Mix.
-Add a bunch of fresh spinach. It's up to you how much you want to put.
-Add cooked rigatoni. Mix.
-Add a dollop of sour cream
-Sprinkle a generous amount of Parmesan cheese and serve!


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Homemade Ground Beef Burrito

Right after I finished cooking, Kiko and I realized that this is our first home cooked "Mexican meal" ever since I moved in. I've been cooking mostly "ulam" or dishes you can pair with rice or pasta. It's not like I planned it that way. I just never included tortillas in my grocery list until now.

The burrito consisted of white rice, pico de gallo (tomatoes, onions, cilantro and lime juice), ground beef and potatoes cooked in a little tomato paste and spices like chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and oregano, all wrapped in warm flour tortilla. It was delicious and very filling.


I like to eat it with Tapatio and a dollop of sour cream.






Chowking!

Kiko and I ate at Chowking a few weeks ago. If you've never heard of it, it's a Filipino/Chinese fast food restaurant and is one of the biggest fast food chains in the Philippines. Here in the U.S. you can usually find it next to a Filipino market like Seafood City along with other Filipino fast food restaurants. The food is decent and very affordable.

Here's what we had...

Pancit Palabok. A noodle dish with shrimp gravy.


 Filipino Spaghetti. Ahhh...my ultimate favorite food in the world. It's far from Italian spaghetti. This one is very sweet and peppery with hotdogs and cheddar cheese....yummy!





Pork Asado Siopao or BBQ Pork Steam Bun.  Kiko devoured it so fast lol.

Pandan Smoothie with Boba. I got him hooked on Boba!



Chowking Carson
(310) 835-7100
131 W Carson St Ste D
CarsonCA 90745

Friday, October 7, 2011

Korean Festival 2011

Just wanna show you all the food I ate at the L.A. Korean Festival I went to last month. I had so much last year (see photos HERE) that I went again this year to take advantage for their forever kimchi sampling lol.

Here's what I had...

These are called Rice Cakes from what I was told. It had some kind of chili sauce that was really spicy. It's apparently a popular food snack for Koreans. They were really chewy and kind'a stick between the teeth. But I still enjoyed them lol.

I had these last year from the same Ajinomoto food booth. Pork Dumplings with lime soy sauce. These are too delicious and quite addicting. They were only 4 for $1.



My friends got a plate of Grilled Spicy Pork Ribs. The line to get these was really long. They were perfectly cooked, super soft and tender and wasn't too spicy.

They were giving away free water ^_^.


Here are some of the photos from the festival.
















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