The goal of Simpleng Luto is to share the simple recipe that is prepared and cooked in the simplest way. A simple cooking for a simplest Filipino taste, lutong-pinoy lasang-pinoy. Simpleng Luto is more on Lutong Bahay recipes or cooked mostly by simple Filipino family on day-to-day living.

Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa with Pork

There are lots of recipe like this and delivers or make procedure differently. I don't say it taste no good to others but I may say all is taste delicious. But this is how I cook this Simpleng Luto recipe.

1-2 bundle strings beans (sitaw), cut into 2 1/2 inch length
1/4 sliced kalabasa (squash), cubed
3-4 cups coconut milk (2 raw coconut prefered)
1 onion, sliced
1 siling haba
2 tablespoons bagoong alamang (shrimp paste)
3 cloves garlic, crushed
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons cooking oil

Cooking Procedure
  • Put-in the bagoong alamang and the half of the garlic and half of the onion in the coconut milk and stir thoroughly or mix well (we need the other half of the garlic ang onion for saute)
  • Boil sliced pork until it become soft add oil and make it look brownish. Set aside.
  • Saute the garlic and onion in the oil where pork is cooked until the onion becomes soft.
  • Pour-in the coconut milk together with the ingredients and pork. Stir and never stop until it boil.
  • Add the kalabasa. Cook for 8 to 12 minutes or until tender.
  • Add the string beans (sitaw). Cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Sauteed Eggplant (Ginisang Talong)

Sauteed Eggplant, so simple, delicious and nutritious vegetable and is cheap. Anyway, isa nanamang Simpleng Luto para sa ating mga simpleng panlasa (Another simple recipe to our simple taste). Ang talong.... Mura at masustansya kahit sa simpleng gisa.


Eggplant (Talong)
1 itlog (egg)
Siling Haba
Konting adobong baboy na tira kahapon (left over pork/meat)

Saute pork/meat into a small amount oil, set aside.
Saute garlic, onion and sliced eggplant.
Add msg or much better use Magic Sarap granule to taste
Simmer until the eggplant are tender or cooked.
Serve and enjoy!

At may masarap ka nanaman na ulam na hindi magastos.


Pinaputok Na Manok

Another simple recipe that you might like or put on your menu lists. So easy but delicious, I tried it and I really like it.

1kilo Chicken cut into pieces
3tbsp minced garlic
1/2cup crushed and roughly chopped lemongrass (bulbs only)
1/2cup tamarind leaves
3tbsp Olive oil or Vegetable oil
3tbsp chopped ginger
1tsp rock salt
1/4tsp crushed black pepper
1bundle banana leaves

  • In a bowl, mix the chicken with garlic, ginger, lemon grass, tamarind leaves, oil, salt and pepper; marinate and leave for about an hour.
  • After an hour, place banana leaf into casserole, put the marinated chicken at the center and completely cover with remaining banana leaves.
  • Simmer in low-medium fire for 30 minutes to 1hr (30min-1hr) until the chicken is tender.


Laing Bicol With Pork

I know there's a lot of style how to cook Laing or Taro Leaves in coconut milk, depending how it is done, here is my way cooking it as a son of Bicol where I live and grow. I always remember how we go together with my childhood friends and do food trippings from scratch in our tambayan or the place where we always stay specially on vacation. We do not buy a single ingredients, that means what we need is FREE! It is just around us, if we need a coconut you can just pick it up under the coconut tree itself. Laing? well, it's not a problem they just bloom anywhere at the back yard of every house. You want rice? every parents is a farmer you just bring a cup or two for every member. Condiments is also not a problem because our house is near the Tambayan and we got music while preparing for our food. That's the way it is, bellow is the Simple ingredients and a Simple way of cooking. This is how I cook it.

Laing (taro leaves)
Fresh Coconut Milk
1/4 Pork washed and sliced
3 cloves garlic
2 medium size onions
Magic Sarap or MSG
Salt to taste
labuyo or hot pepper (optional)

1. Pour coconut milk to a bowl and mix ingredients, onions, garlic, neither magic sarap or msg. I use two coconut to make it oily and tasty.
2. Put pork in a wok and add small amount of water and bring pork to golden.
3. And Pour all mixed coconut milk with ingredients.
4. Slowly stir without stopping until it boil (please use long sandok or ladle to protect your hand to heat)
5. Put laing slowly and make sure all leaves are soaked within the boiled coconut milk.
6. Wait until the leaves are cooked, salt depends on your taste and serve.


Homemade Pizza Solo

Pizza time!... My wife made a delicious homemade pizza for our dinner. Yippee! (I know, it's suppose to be a snack but nothing wrong with it, most people does). Anyways, most of the ingredients are ready made and available in grocery stores so it would be easy to prepare if you decide to do it your own. That is why I posted it in this blog because it is about the simplest way cooking and that's the Simpleng Luto is for. Bringing you the simplest way I could, either owned and from other sites. So, let's get going and make one..

  • Pizza Doe (solo)
  • Tomato sauce
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Pineapple Tidbits
  • Bell Pepper (green)
  • White Onion
  • Mushroom
  • Cooked Sweet Ham
  • Cheese
  • Spread pizza sauce and tomato sauce on the doe
  • Put sweet ham first before anything else
  • Add sliced green bell pepper, white onion, pineapple tidbits, mushroom
  • Now, put shredded cheese on top depending the amount you like.
At the oven..
  • Set the oven toaster at 6 minutes time and wait until finish and serve.