Sinigang na Buto-Buto (Spare Ribs in Sour Broth)

Sinigang is a Philippine soup. Similar to Indonesian sayur asam, Vietnamese canh chua, and Thailand’s tom yam, its characteristic flavor comes from tamarind which gives it a sour taste and overwhelms the taste of its meat. “Sinigang” also sounds very similar to “singgang”, a tamarind soup dish from Terengganu, Malaysia. (


Boil tamarind in water until the shell shows cracks. Let cool then peal off the shells and with a strainer, pour tamarind (including water) into a bowl. Gently massage the tamarind meat off the seeds, strain again.

Add pork and fish sauce. Bring to a boil then simmer for 15-20 minutes then add the gabi, tomatoes and onions. Continue to simmer for another 15 minutes or until the pork is tender.

Add the radish and string beans. Simmer for 10 minutes then add okra and green finger pepper.
Serve hot.

* You can also use commercial sour seasoning or boullion instead of the real tamarind fruit.

Special Puto (Steamed Rice Cake)

I was craving for “puto” or steamed rice but can’t find in the market one that is loaded with cheese and salted eggs so I made one and put lots of cheese and salted eggs in it.

250 gms. flour
5 gms. baking powder
1 cups white sugar
dash of salt
2 eggs (beaten)
1 cup water
1/3 cup melted butter
cheese (sliced in desired thickness)
salted eggs (sliced)

Mix all the dry ingredients together. Add the beaten eggs and mix. Then add water and melted butter, mix until the mixture is homogenous. Pour in a non-stick pan or greased pan. Put the sliced cheese and salted eggs on top. Steam for 15-20 minutes or until cooked. You can add sliced butter or margarineon top before serving.

Note: Sorry for the blurred photos. I just used my cellphone in taking the pictures.

Cheesy Green Mussels (Tahong)


1/2 kg. asian green mussels
6 cloves garlic (minced)
1/4 cup melted butter or margarine
1/2 cup grated cheese

Steam the green mussels until the shells open. Remove the shell without meat then set aside. In a pan, saute garlic on melted butter or margarine until golden brown. Add the green mussels then add the grated cheese. Another delicious seafood recipe.

Grilled Stuffed Squid

1/2 kg. squid
corn bits
turnip (cut into strips)
carrot (cut into strips)
beans (cut in 2 inches long)
1 onion (minced)
small piece ginger (chopped)
powder seasoning
ground pepper

Clean the squids. Rub it with powder seasoning then set aside. Mix together the vegetables, onions, ginger, powder seasoning and pepper. Stuff the squid with the mixed ingredients then grill. For the dip, you can have soy sauce with lime juice. Another easy recipe and delicious “pulutan”.