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Yummy Healthy Macaroni Salad

Ingredients: (Clockwise from top left)

  • 1 Carrot, grated
  • 2 Chicken Breasts, boiled, skin removed, shredded
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • Lots of Grapes, sliced (around 1/3 kg)
  • Cheese, diced (I used the Kraft Eden one)
  • 4 Boiled eggs, diced (I had 2 extra because we just love ’em!)
  • 400g Salad Macaroni (cooked according to package instructions)
  • Mayonnaise (I used Lady’s Choice MayoLite)

Macaroni Salad Ingredients Macaroni Salad Ingredients The fresh grapes added a touch of sweetness to the salad. I’ve tried raisins before but not everyone in the family liked it. I used to put canned pineapple bits until I found this fresher alternative. Cutting it up into pieces was the hard part though since they were rather small. I don’t have any fancy magic kitchen tools so I just used plain kitchen scissors to do the trick. Macaroni Salad Ingredients To make, simply mix all the ingredients. Serve chilled. Macaroni Salad My kids love this! The great part is that they get some veggie and fruit servings from it when they normally would not take as is. Yum yum yummy! 🙂 BlogSign

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Whole Pet Kitchen, the first Dog Cafe in the Philippines

When my brothers and I heard of a cafe here in the Metro that caters especially to dogs, we got excited. Our 5-year old Golden Retriever, Buster, has always counted on commercial dog food or kibbles for sustenance and so serving him some real food would surely be a treat! Despite the distance and the traffic, we decided to bring Buster to Whole Pet Kitchen for a whole new natural food eating experience.

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Well hidden in the city of San Juan, Whole Pet Kitchen is a small cozy place where your pets are the ones waited on and are served only the finest of foods. Owned and operated by Chef Giannina Gonzalez, daughter of renowned Chef Gene Gonzalez (founder and president of Center for Asian Culinary Studies and owner of Cafe Ysabel), it is the first ever dog cafe and the first natural pet bakery in the Philippines.

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The place is really small, with only these 3 tables (2 double tables and 1 single table). It can get crowded really fast when a number of big doggie customers and their companions drop in.

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This is the view from the corner. There are refrigerated muffins, desserts and beverages on display. On another rack are the all-natural doggie treats that the kitchen offers. Whole Pet Kitchen

Love this colourful board that hangs on one of the walls. Written on it are the specials and bestsellers, complete with cute drawings and artful text.

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You can see more of the colourful text and graphics when you’re at the cashier.

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These are some of the homemade, all-natural, vet tested, vet-approved treats for our fur-pals that the shop offers.

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Mu-mu-muffins! 🙂

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Whole Pet Kitchen also offers celebration cakes for our furry friends! What a nice gift to give our pets on their birthdays! It’s all the birthday yumminess and fun, minus the unwanted sugar and salt that human cakes are known for. Whew for that! Their cakes are priced at P680 – P2,098, depending on the size.

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Okay, enough of the tour, we’re ready to order. Their simple menu consists of only 2 pages, one for the pet lover and one for the dogs. Here’s the pet lover’s. Whole Pet Kitchen

And here’s the one for the dogs. There are 3 savoury delights to choose from:

  1. Jacks’s Lasagna (P88) Semolina lasagna sheets, organic VCO, pork liver, beef, carrots, homemade yogurt, swamp cabbage, tomatoes, basil, cheese
  2. Grain Free Veggie and Beef Balls (P78) Sweet potato, beef, carrots, green beans, moringa oleifera, organic VCO, turmeric
  3. Doggie Risotto of the Month (P78) Brown rice, vegetables, organic VCO, moringa oleifera, homemade lowfat yogurt & turmeric

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This is Buster’s (and owner’s) hungry look. :p

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While waiting, we met Chef Giannina’s pet Golden Retriever, Jack (from where the name Jack’s Lasagna came from).

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Here comes Buster’s food! We ordered the Jack’s Lasagna for him.

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Looks yummy!

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Nom nom nom!

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And he gobbled it all up! It was gone in 60 seconds (or even less!). So we ordered another set for him…

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And this is how the human’s food looked. This is the Truffles’ Egg Salad Sammie.

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And this is the Lalalasagna.

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We had fun watching the other dogs munch their chow too! 🙂 They ordered the Veggie and Beef Balls. Look how dainty the Chih was eating off a spoon! 🙂

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With a hungry pet like Buster, it wasn’t long before he wanted more food and was tempted to bite off CP’s sandwich!

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Awww, priceless! 🙂

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Buster’s second round of Jack’s Lasagna finally came. We sat him on the couch this time and tried to get him to savour his food slowly by giving it from a spoon.

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Happy owner and happy dog! 🙂

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Trying to savour every piece of that yummy lasagna!

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That’s mine! 🙂

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Can’t get enough of that yummy goodness!

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While we were there, a media man from the European RT Ruptly News Network was also there to catch some videos and do interviews. Wow! International News! Here, DP gets interviewed on how the whole experience at Whole Pet Kitchen was. His answer, it was unique, cool and fun! 

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Why?

Because it’s a place for our pets. For a change, they’re not lying on the cold floor eating their food while we eat ours. They get to lounge on the comfy couches too.

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Because here, they get the quality food that they deserve but we oftentimes find too troublesome to prepare.

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Because here, they meet new friends, just like how their owners meet new ones as well.

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Because here, pet owners and their pets get to bond over great food and cozy atmosphere.

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Going to Whole Pet Kitchen Dog Cafe truly is a unique and fun experience, not to mention healthy, for pets and pet owners to try. Do be mindful of these reminders though if you are going:

  • Pet must be fully vaccinated and free of fleas/parasites
  • Pets must not be in heat
  • Should pets get aggressive, keep them close to you at all times
  • Keep pets on a leash if you are not sure if they are well socialized
  • Pets should not pee and poo in the store. Be ready with pick-up bags or diapers.
  • Cleaning materials are available at the counter though, use them wisely.
  • Do not leave children and pets unattended
  • Know your pets’ sensitivities and medical history

P.S. Found the RT Ruptly’s video feature, see it here.

Whole Pet Kitchen
349-D C. M. Recto Street
Barangay Addition Hills
San Juan
TUE-FRI 10AM-6PM
SAT-SUN 9AM-9PM
http://wholepetkitchen.com

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Unboxing the Starbucks Mooncake

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! Penge mooncake!

Today, September 8, marks the second most important festival to the Chinese after Chinese New Year. Held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese calendar, Mid-Autumn or Mooncake or Lantern Festival has its origins from when the ancient Chinese people worshipped the moon to bring about a bountiful harvest. It is best celebrated by admiring the full moon (looks cloudy outside though…), making Mid-Autumn Chinese lanterns, and of course, eating mooncakes!

On that topic, I’d like to share with you the Starbucks mooncakes that I got as a gift.

Wait, did you just read Starbucks and mooncakes together in one sentence? Bet you thought mooncakes were only from Eng Bee Tin and Starbucks only serve coffee, right? Well, let me correct you, there are mooncakes in Starbucks. Just not in Starbucks Philippines. Sorry.

I was told that these were from Starbucks Hong Kong though they are also available in Macau, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and of course, China.

The tin can packaging however, is only available in Hong Kong and Macau.

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They come in a box of 8 (only 4 in the photo) with 4 flavors.

  • Mocha Praline. A combination of bittersweet Starbucks Mocha and crispy hazelnut
  • Espresso & Almond  A combination of classic Starbucks Espresso plus crunchy almonds
  • Hojicha Tea & Osmanthus Made with Starbucks Hojicha tea powder and paired with a sweet-scented Osmanthus filling
  • Green Tea & Red Bean Made with Starbucks green tea powder and paired with sweet red bean filling

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These are the 4 flavors out of the plastic. Clockwise from left: Green Tea & Red Bean, Espresso & Almond, Hojicha Tea & Osmanthus, Mocha Praline.

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There Starbucks logo is nicely stamped into the mooncake.

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It’s too nice to eat!

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Oops for the flattened mooncake!

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The Espresso flavor has crunchy almond bits inside.

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In constrast with the smooth filling of the Green Tea and Red Bean.

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Yum yum yum! Not being a coffee fan, I like the Hojicha Tea & Osmanthus best of all. It was just the right sweetness with a hint of tea flavor. I would have loved the almonds in it though. 🙂

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Thanks again to SC for these yummy treats! Happy Mooncake Festival everyone! 🙂

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Bibibons, Not Your Ordinary Baby Food

A couple of days ago, I got a box of Rebisco’s newest baby product, Bibibon’s Biscuit Nibblers, to try. Thinking it was just another biscuit variant, I wondered why there was a bowl of baby food on the photo. I turned the box around to find out that it is in fact a 2-in-1 baby food  that can be enjoyed as a finger food or as an instant cereal. What a novel idea!

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The next morning, I decided to give it a try. Not for me, silly! For DS! Although I did try a little. 😛 Bibibons, check! Bowl, check! Spoon, check!

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I opened a pack and out came 6 biscuit nibblers. I put them in this nice red bowl, which came free, by the way. 🙂

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Little DS was so fast that by the time I turned around he already had a biscuit in his hands and was already putting it in his mouth. Okay okay, you can have it, it’s meant to be a nibbler too anyway.

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I put in some warm water, the same temperature I use to prepare milk.

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I then started mashing/crushing the biscuits. I think I put in a little too much water here.

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After some mashing, the biscuits were all crushed and ready. I did put in a little too much water but DS didn’t mind.IMG_8158

So, did he like it? Or did he LOVE it?! 🙂

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The next morning, we tried it again. This time, I used two packs and added just the right amount of water. To my delight, DS finished all of it, down to the last drop! He really liked it, unlike his usual cereal wherein I have to constantly think of ways (chug-chug-chug, here comes airplane spoon! chug-chug-chug!) to get him to finish it.

Nutrition Facts

I compared the Nutrition Facts of Bibibons with that of the leading brand’s cereal. I was surprised to find that it was at par, at times even higher than that of the leading brand. It was notably higher both in DHA and Taurine. Ding ding ding! BRAIN FOOD! 🙂

Versatility

I also let toddler DA try it but did not get the same simu’t sarap results as DS. He saw me mashing the biscuits and kept asking why I had to do that to perfectly good biscuits. He hesitantly tried the cereal and did not quite like it. Alternatively, I let him try Bibibons as a biscuit and he immediately took it, munched it, finished it, and asked for another one. Right then and there, I saw the versatility of Bibibons. It’s not just for babies and infants who prefer the cereal type but it can also be for toddlers and older kids who much prefer nibbling on crackers and biscuits. The product actually grows with them!

Where to Buy

Bibibons is available at leading groceries and supermarkets on the Baby’s Food section for only P39.00. I have yet to find it at our local grocery though. We’re down to our last pack already and so I must really get a refill soon!

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Trying out RUB Ribs & BBQ

Well hidden in Kapitolyo is this restaurant called RUB Ribs & BBQ. As the name implies, it offers no frills ribs and BBQ (plus so much more!) It joins the ranks of renowned Michelin-starred Tim Ho Wan as one of 6 Restaurants in Metro Manila Worth Lining up for based on an article by Coconuts Manila.

Come, let’s go give it a try!

I meant it literally when I said well hidden. The front facade bore no big and flashy signage. It barely looked like a restaurant save for the line of people waiting in line outside.

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There’s the sign!

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The interiors gave the feel of a small diner. White and red stripes adorned the walls and chalkboard writings of the specials were up on the board.

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We got there at 11AM to catch lunch and we were able to get a table without waiting. A few minutes later, the place was almost filled. By noon, there was already a long line outside. Be sure to go there early because it’s really no fun to wait in the heat outside.

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BBQ Ribs are what it’s all about so that’s what we went there for. Here’s that particular page in the menu. Singles is generally enough for 1 person but for those with a bigger appetite, Super Duo is the way to go.

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An order of this refreshing House Blend Iced Tea (P110) was just what we needed on that hot sunny day.

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For starters, we ordered their Buffalo Chicken Wings (P255). It’s 7 pieces of yummy spicy chicken wings. I loved the blue cheese sauce that came with it! The bottom photo shows the Super Duo with 2 sides. The sprice (spicy rice) is but a small portion so if you’re a ricey kind of person, make the 2 sides into rice so that it’s not bitin. As for the ribs, it’s not the fall-of-the-bone kind but it was oh so tasty with the sauce! I wasn’t able to take a photo of the aftermath of the ribs but it sure was sarap to the bones!

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To finish up, I’d recommend their Fried Oreos with Vanilla Ice Cream (P150) for dessert. Photo courtesy of RUB Ribs & BBQ since we were too excited to dig into this that I forgot to take a photo. It’s like fried bread with Oreo cookies inside topped with Vanilla ice cream in the middle. Ahhhh! So sinfully yummy! 🙂

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Here are all their branches to satisfy your ribs and BBQ cravings:

QC: 64 Scout Rallos, QC
11am – 12mn
Tel: 5012799

Kapitolyo: 88 East Capitol Drive, Bgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City
11am – 10pm
Tel: 6252939

Makati: Nicanor Garcia (Formerly Reposo Street) cor. Baler Street, Makati City
11am – 10pm
Tel: 8900972

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Add a Little Magic to Your Dish

I’m stumped.

Just when I thought I’ve found a new dish that the kids really like, my husband decries it.

Such was the case of my steamed custard egg. Back when we were kids, this was a constant favourite in our household. I remember how my brothers and I would fight over who gets the bigger share. Hmmm…maybe my own kids would like it too! In an effort to add variety to the kids’ limited menu of fried chicken and ketchup, I decided to let them try it. To my delight, it was an instant hit. They even had second helpings!

Success! Or so I thought.

The problem arose when my meat-lover, egg-and-milk-hater husband tried it. It’s hard enough to find something that satisfies the kids’ palate, it’s even harder to match it with my husband’s preferences. Ugh! Picky eaters!

Not wanting to have to cook separate dishes for the kids and a separate one for dear husband, I experimented with ways to make it work. I tried to add some pork to the recipe, hoping to pacify the meat-lover part. “I can still taste the egg and milk in it”, he complained.

Maybe I’ll just stick with fried chicken and ketchup so everyone can be happy, I thought somberly.

Out of a whim and as a final try, I decided to add one magic ingredient. And just like that, dear husband fell in love with me all over again! He couldn’t believe that I got him to eat his most hated dish! “It’s so much tastier and meatier this time! How did you do it?”, he asked.

I just winked at him and said, “Read it in my blog!” 🙂

Hallelujah! At last, I was able to find a recipe healthy and yummy enough for the kids and at the same time, tasty and meaty enough for the adults!

Read on to find out more about this recipe and the magic ingredient that I used. For a little suspense, I’ll keep it  a secret until the end. 😉 Suffice it to say that it’s made from natural pork meat extract and bone broth, complete with spices and seasonings that’s sure to satisfy any pork cravings you might have! 🙂

Steamed Custard Egg

Ingredients

  • 8pcs medium Eggs
  • 1 medium Onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Milk
  • 1/4 kg ground Pork
  • 1/4 kg Shrimp, cut into pieces
  • 8 sticks Kani (Crab), cut into pieces
  • 6pcs Shitake Mushrooms, sliced
  • Spring Onions for garnish
  • 8g Magic Ingredient (Will reveal at the end)

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 Instructions

  1. In a bowl, beat the eggs lightly. Just do a gentle swirl to minimize bubbles. Season with salt.

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 2. Mix in the milk.

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3. Add in the Magic Ingredient. Stir and set aside.

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4. In another bowl (the one you’ll use in the steamer), season ground pork with salt and pepper and  flatten them at the bottom of the bowl/pan. Pour in the egg mixture into it.

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5. Put in the onions, kani and the shrimp.

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6. Scatter the mushrooms and garnish with spring onions on top.

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7. Steam. I don’t have a steamer so I used a stockpot and placed a wire pot stand at the bottom. Fill it with water, a little higher than the wire frame. When the water is boiling, put in the container with the egg mixture. Steam for about 30 minutes or until the egg mixture achieves a solid consistency.

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Here it is, all cooked and ready to be served. Bon Apetit! 🙂

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And finally, the big reveal! Ta-da! It’s the newest All-in-One Seasoning Mix from Ajinomoto called Porksavor. It’s made from natural pork meat extract and bone broth, complete with spices and seasonings to bring out the deliciousness of home-cooked dishes. For more information and recipes of Ajinomoto’s Porksavor, click here.

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I would like to thank my adorable little chef for helping me out on this blog post. 🙂 Hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed doing it!

Chef

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Savor the Deliciousness of the New Porksavor

Filipinos love food with strong meaty flavors, which is why saucy, soupy or stir-fried dishes would usually be accentuated with pork meat or broth. It is for this reason that Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) came up with a new product called Porksavor™ All-in-One Seasoning.

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Porksavor™ is made from natural pork meat extract and bone broth, complete with spices and seasonings to bring out the deliciousness of home-cooked dishes. The new Porksavor™ is available in 8-gram packs for only PhP 2.00 Suggested Retail Price (SRP). It is truly an affordable way to draw pork flavor goodness in dishes without the cholesterol.

Here are some appetizing recipes that you can try using Porksavor™ All-in-One Seasoning:

 

Bihon Guisado

 Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • ¼ cup sliced onions
  • 60 grams sliced pork liempo
  • 1½ cups water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 125 grams Super Q Bihon
  • ½ cup carrot strips
  • ½ cup sayote strips
  • 1 pack, 8 grams Porksavor™
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage

 Procedure:

  1. In a bowl, soak bihon in water for 15-20 minutes. Strain and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, sauté garlic, onions and pork for 1 minute over low heat.
  3. Add water and soy sauce. Bring to a boil and add soaked pancit bihon. Mix well.
  4. Add carrots and sayote, stir-fry in medium heat for 2 minutes.
  5. Season with Porksavor™ and mix well.
  6. Add cabbage and mix until cooked.
  7. Serve hot.

Calories 240, Carbohydrates 31g, Protein 5g, Fat 11g
Makes 3-4 servings
Dish Cost: PhP 79.00
Cost per serving: PhP 19.75

 

Bihon Soup

Ingredients:

Soup

  • 1.5 liters water
  • 3 packs, 8 grams Porksavor™
  • 125 grams Super Q Bihon

Toppings

  • 12 grams toasted chopped garlic
  • 60 grams sliced carrot strips
  • 60 grams thinly sliced cabbage strips
  • 10 grams chopped spring onions
  • 15 grams sliced red onions
  • 30 grams ground pork sautéed in oil
  • 10 grams crushed chicharon to garnish

 Procedure:

  1. Prepare the broth by boiling 1.5 liters of water seasoned with 3 packs of Porksavor™.
  2. In a bowl, soak the bihon until it is covered with water for 15-20 minutes. Strain and separate the noodles and set aside.
  3. Combine the hot broth and the bihon noodles in your serving bowl.
  4. Top the soup with the prepared meat and vegetables. You may adjust the quantity of toppings as desired.
  5. Serve hot.

Suggestions: You may replace toasted garlic with 1 tablespoon of ginger cut in strips or add drops of sesame oil.

Calories 150, Carbohydrates 23g, Protein 4g, Fat 5g
Makes 5 servings
Dish Cost: PhP 60.00
Cost per serving: PhP 12.00