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.

Pork Sinigang

One of the favorite viand of my son, he loves it a lot specially when sour is a bit over than normal taste and the soup is somewhat thick. He always requested it to mommy to cook for us in weekend. This recipe is commonly cooked by Filipinos (including myself) and I love eating this together with a fish sauce with lemon and super hot chili pepper in my saucer.

There is a lot of choices when it comes in the sourness for your soup, either commercial seasoning or the natural way. Commercial is like the one in the pack like sinigang sa gabi, sinigang sa sampalok, etc., etc. The natural way comes with either smashed tamarind fresh picked from the tree, santol, guava, kamias and other sour fruits. But you take 48 years to prepare on the natural ways so mostly goes with the commercial one. If you still do not know how to cook your yummy Sinigang, I think this will help you.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs pork belly (or buto-buto)
  • 1 bunch kang-kong
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 bunch string beans (sitaw), cut in 2 inch length
  • 3 pieces chili (or banana pepper)
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 liters water
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • garlic (optional)
  • 2 pieces taro (gabi), quartered
  • 1 pack sinigang mix (good for 2 liters water)

Let's Cook:
1. To lessen cooking time, pressure cook meat rather boiling it to soften meat. The soup will be the water that is used in pressure cooker. Set aside when meat is tender.
2. Heat a pan and put-in the cooking oil
3. Sauté the onion until layers separate if you want a taste of garlic and fresh tomato you can add but optional and will be consumed right away to avoid food expiration because of the tomatoes.
4. Now, add all sauteed ingredients on the boiled pork and set fire in a medium.
5. Add the taro(gabi) then simmer for 30 minutes or until taro is tender. You can mashed taro for best sticky soup if you like.
6. Put-in the sinigang mix and chili
7. Add the string beans (and other vegetables if there are any) and simmer for 5 to 8 minutes

Serve hot and enjoy!


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Pinakbet

When I was a kid I really hate eating Pinakbet so much. There was a time in front of the table that I simply slipped my hand with full of veggies in my hand and giving it to our dogie under the table unnoticed. But today I imagine I was a wasteful human being back then throwing away food that some family don’t get even a single food on their plate. So that was long time ago and I learned my lesson. And this time I am featuring this beautiful and nutritious food that I cooked and this is what I called Bahay Kubo Dish, Pinakbet as we say it and I don’t know how they call it in English but I think it is Sauteed Veggies. The yellow squash and the greens that gives colors to this dish is simply amazing and the taste is awesome. With a bit pork added to it, totally delicious.

Ingredients:

  • Mixed Veggies: (squash, string beans, eggplant, ampalaya)
  • 3 tbps oil (vegetable oil)
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Pork or shrimp
  • 1 pork seasoning cube / shrimp seasoning cube to uplift the meat taste
  • Fish Sauce to taste



Procedure:
1. Boil the small amount of sliced pork in a medium pan to soften meat and wait until water is dry, add oil and fry a bit until turn golden brown.
2. Add the sliced squash first and stir. Cook for at least 5 minutes because this vegetable needs to be soften a bit before other veggies will be added.
3. Add all remaining ingredients and wait until cooked.
4. Add fish sauce depending of your taste.
5. Serve and enjoy! Happy Eating!
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