Monday, March 03, 2014

Yakisoba & hiyashi chuka

Thanks to Chef Seiji Kamura and The Maya Kitchen for these recipes of some of our favorite Japanese dishes:


2 tablespoons oil
80 grams pork, thinly sliced
20 grams onion sliced 
30 grams carrots, strips
60 grams cabbage, sliced into 2”
20 grams shimeji mushroom 
1 piece dry shitake, pre cooked, slice thinly 
60 grams mongo sprout, washed and cleaned
3 tablespoons soy sauce
dash of michi for spice powder
2 tablespoons salt/pepper to taste
2 tablespoons sesame oil
30 grams naruto
120 grams ramen noodles 

Heat oil in pan. Add pork, onion, carrots, cabbage, shitake, shimeji, togue, and half cook then put noodle season with sauce, salt and pepper to taste, sesame oil and sake. Half cook then serve. 

Hiyashi Chuka Dressing
100ml. soy sauce
100ml. vinegar
35g sugar
50ml. sesame oil
4 pieces garlic heads, pressed

Press garlic and add all the ingredients and marinate for 1 hour. Strain and use as dressing. Serve with Hiyashi Ramen Noodle

Hiyashi Ramen Noodles

140g noodle 
1 piece Japanese cucumber, sliced into strips
60 grams chashu (braised pork belly) 
1 piece crab stick 
egg (crepe egg)
10 grams wakame (sea vegetable)

Boil noodles for 3 minutes. Transfer to ice-cold water then drain. Plate noodle, garnish with cucumber, egg, chashu, crab stick and wakame. Just before serving, drizzle hiyashi chuka dressing. 

Friday, November 01, 2013

Stewed native fruits

Wow your guests with this perfect accompaniment for lechon. Recipe by Chef Myrna Segismundo of Restaurant 9501 in Quezon City and courtesy of The Maya Kitchen:



¾ cup White sugar
¼ cup Pickled santol, coarsely chopped
¼ cup Dried kamias, coarsely chopped
¼ cup Dried pineapple
¼ cup Dried mango
¼ cup Ripe green mango
Juice of one lime or lemon
2 tbsp Brandy
½ cup Water


In a heated sauté pan, add sugar to caramelize. Then add butter.

Add fruits, juice and brandy

Simmer for 2 minutes.

Add water and allow to simmer for another 10 minutes or until fruits are soft and mushy.

Grilled Liver & Red Wine Sauce for Lechon

½ kl Pork liver
2 tbsp. Unsalted butter
1 tsp Garlic, minced
2 tbsp. Onion, minced
1 ½ c. Red wine
½ cup White vinegar
½ cup      Water
½ cup White sugar
Salt and pepper, to taste


Grill the pork liver until medium doneness.  Coarsely chop liver and saute in butter, garlic and onion.

Add the red wine and simmer for 3 minutes

Add vinegar, water and sugar and continue simmering another minute.  Season with salt and pepper.

Pour into blender and process until smooth.  Strain.  Keep warm.

Serve this sauce with Lechon

To prepare:

Slice the lechon into 1 inch slices with a serrated bread knife and allot about 2 – 3 slices of lechon per person.

Place in the center of a plate and drizzle the liver sauce around it.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Pinoy Ratatoy - a truly vegetarian dish

 If you've been to Cafe Juanita, then am sure you've seen Pinoy Ratatoy on the menu. It's this popular restaurant's take on the French dish ratatouille which is made with tomatoes, zucchini, aubergine or eggplant and other vegetables. Cafe Juanita's creation is more or less adapted from the original French recipe, we just noticed the addition of tuyo flakes. This can be a great vegetable side dish or the entree in itself. If you're going on a diet, try munching on this and think of nothing else .... it will fill you up in no time ;) Thanks to The Maya Kitchen for the photo & Cafe Juanita for the recipe.


 1 tbsp olive oil
10 g. chopped garlic
5 g. chopped onion
30 g. “tuyo” flakes
1 tbsp. zucchini
10 g. gggplant, chopped
5 pcs. fresh tomatoes, chopped
3 tbsp. wansoy, chopped
¼ tsp Tabasco


 Saute garlic, onion and the tuyo flakes in olive oil. Add the zucchini, tomatoes and wansoy. Season with Tabasco. Fry sliced eggplant and mix with the cooked ratatoy.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Appetizer: crispy chicken croquettes

I learned to love croquettes from eating them in restaurants and parties. I still have to make them at home. The crab croquettes in Italianni's is really tasty. Here's another croquette dish I sampled from the cooking class of Mandarin Oriental Executive Chef Rene Ottlik at The Maya Kitchen. He demonstrated a number of tapas dishes and this was one of them. Looks easy to make too!


 400 grams chicken, boiled and finely shredded
200 ml olive oil
100 grams MAYA All-Purpose Flour
300 ml milk
30 grams garlic roasted
30 grams shallots roasted
salt, pepper, nutmeg
50 grams parsley, finely chopped
additional MAYA All-Purpose Flour
1 egg, beaten
400 grams bread crumbs
oil for deep frying


Boil the chicken well in advance and keep the cooking liquid. Heat up in a pot the olive oil and stir in the flour, sauté for a while. Add slowly the milk and keep whisking until mixture is thick. Keep simmering for 20-30 minutes while continuously stirring. Add the shredded chicken, roasted garlic, roasted shallots and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Simmer for 10 minutes and add the parsley. Pour on a tray and place into fridge for several hours or overnight. Cut rectangular and roll to cylindrical shape. Roll in flour, egg and bread crumbs. Chill for an hour and deep fry golden crispy and serve on the side with garlic alioli dip. To make garlic alioli: Combine chicken stock, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Moist chocolate cake

I call this THE moist chocolate cake. And nothing else in life brings joy. A taste of chocolate-y goodness is enough to give you a high for the day. Most of the time, I am thinking "I should diet!" but this is definitely one of those things you can't resist.... simply because! :)

Recipe from Chef Kittin Z:

Ingredients -

1 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups boiling water
2 ¾ cups MAYA All Purpose Flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
2 ½ cups sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Chocolate Icing:
½ cup cocoa
¾ cup sugar
2 tablespoons MAYA All Purpose Flour
2 ½ cups milk

1. In a bowl, mix unsweeted cocoa with boiling water; mix with wire whisk until smooth. Set aside and cool completely.
2. Sift all dry ingredients together, except the sugar.
3. In a large bowl of mixer, using paddle attachment, beat butter, sugar, eggs, & vanilla until light and fluffy.
4. At a low speed, beat in flour mixture and liquid cocoa mixture alternately, ending with flour mixture.
5. Pour equally into three 9-inch round pans.
6. Bake in 350°F / 177°C oven for 25-30 minutes.
7. Mix all choco icing ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Pour hot icing immediately to cover cake.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Lemon pie.... simply luscious!

Being able to attend cooking & baking classes at The Maya Kitchen..... for free!.... was one of the highlights of my 2011. Thanks to kind souls like Ms. Rory Subida and their tireless publicist Tess. I always make it a point to sit in the sessions once am invited because I love being busy in the kitchen (when the mood suits me!) and of course it provides fodder for this blog. Here's one recipe for lemon pie to try as demonstrated by Chef Kittin Zenarosa, the pastry lady behind The Cookbook Kitchen in Eastwood City.


Graham Pie Crust: (Do ahead )
6 tablespoons salted butter
1 ½ cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
¼ cup sugar

Lemon curd:
3 lemons (finely grated rind & lemon juice)
4 eggs
1 cup caster sugar
1/2 butter, chopped

1. Make Pie Crust: Mix all ingredients together and press firmly with hand or spoon onto an 8 or 9-inch round pie pan. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
2. Make lemon curd: Finely grate rind of 1 lemon. Juice all lemons. Whisk eggs and sugar together in a heatproof bowl until well combined. Add lemon rind and 2/3 cup lemon juice, whisking constantly until well combined. Place bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (do not allow base to touch water). Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, for 30 to 35 minutes or until thick and custard-like. Do not allow to boil. Remove from heat and whisk in butter.
3. Pour lemon curd into chilled pie crust. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Dust with icing sugar and serve.

Up ahead: her recipe for moist chocolate cake. Yum!:)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Food for the gods recipe

Food for the gods! It's one of those treats we can bake this Christmas for giving to our family and friends. I am sure this will leave them impressed, but it's actually as easy as making those sinful fudge brownies. Recipe courtesy of The Maya Kitchen.


200 grams pitted dates
200 grams walnuts
1-1/4 cups butter, softened to room temperature
5 cups lightly (not loosely) packed dark brown sugar
3-3/4 cups + 1 tablespoon MAYA All-Purpose Flour
5 teaspoons baking powder
2-1/2 teaspoons salt
5 eggs
2-1/2 teaspoons vanilla essence


Preheat the oven to 350°F/ 177°C. Place the pitted dates on a chopping board and sprinkle with one tablespoonful of flour.3 Chop coarsely. Transfer the chopped dates to a bowl and set aside.
Chop the walnuts to roughly the same size as the chopped sultanas. Add to the dates in the bowl. In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla essence. Add the flour in batches, mixing with a wooden spoon. The batter will be very heavy. Finally, stir in the dates and walnuts. Cover the bottom and sides of a 12-1/2 x 17-1/2 x 1 jelly roll pan with non-stick baking paper. Allowing overhangs on the long sides is useful so that you slide off the baked food for the gods on a cooling rack in one piece.
Pour the batter into the pan scraping the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl to make sure you get all of the batter into the pan. Level off with a spatula. Bake in a preheated 350oF oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Watch the last few minutes closely so that just as soon as it’s sufficiently baked, you can turn off the oven at once and take out the pan.
Then, cool in the pan for 10 minutes to firm it up a bit. Holding one end of the baking paper overhang with one hand and holding the pan at a 45o angle with the other, pull out the baked food for the gods and slide onto a cooling rack. Cool for another 15 minutes or so. While still a bit warm, cut into 1-1/2 or 2-inch squares. Cool completely. Place on festive colored paper cups or wrap in colored Japanese paper.

Sylvannas recipe

It's not everyday that I get to find a good recipe for sylvannas, those heavenly sweet treats made of cream and delicate meringue. Thanks to a baking class I attended at The Maya Kitchen, am sharing here how to make sylvannas as taught by Ines Javellana of The Vargas Kitchen.

Meringue: 1 cup egg whites
1 cup sugar
1 cup chopped cashew nuts
½ teaspoon vanilla

Cream Mousseline: 1 ½ cup sugar
½ cup water
9 egg yolks
1 ½cups butter
1 cup chopped cashew nuts
MAYA All Purpose Flour / Crushed wafer (for dredging)

Preheat oven to 325°F / 163°C. Generously grease and flour the backs of 6 (9-inch) square pans. Beat egg whites until frothy. Add sugar gradually; continue beating until stiff. Fold in chopped nuts and vanilla. Divide the mixture equally into the greased and floured surfaces of the 6 pans. Spread meringue thinly. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until light brown. When meringue are done and while still warm immediately cut out wafers into oval or round shaped. Cool on wire rack. Prepare Filling.

How to make Cream Mousseline: Boil sugar and water until thread-like in consistency. Beat egg yolks until lemon-colored. Add syrup; continue beating until smooth. Set Aside. Cream the butter until fluffy. Add in egg yolk mixture. Beat 1 minute longer until creamy. Refrigerate until ready to use.

To assemble: Place one meringue wafer onto serving platter. Spread with some cream mousseline. Sprinkle with nuts. Top with another wafer. Repeat procedure for the remaining
wafers and mousseline. Frost all over with cream mousseline and top with more chopped nuts. Freeze until ready to serve.

Red velvet cake .... so colorful and so good!

Here's a red velvet cake recipe shared by Ines Javellana of The Vargas Kitchen. Special thanks to The Maya Kitchen for letting me attend this desserts class:)


3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
2 1/2 cups MAYA Cake Flour (not self-rising), sifted, plus more for pans
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 one-ounce bottles liquid red food coloring
3 tablespoons lukewarm water
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon white vinegar
Cream Cheese Frosting for Red Velvet Cake


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter two 8-by-2-inch round cake pans. Line with parchment paper, and butter again. Dust with flour, and tap out the excess; set aside. In a medium bowl, sift together cake flour, cocoa, and baking powder; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter and sugar, and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 15 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla, salt, food coloring, and water; beat, scraping down the sides of the bowl, until well combined. Add reserved dry ingredients in additions, alternating with the buttermilk; beat on low speed until well combined.

In a small bowl, stir together baking soda and vinegar; add to batter. Beat on medium speed for 10 seconds. Be sure not to overbeat. Divide batter between prepared pans, and bake until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove pans from oven, and transfer to a wire rack to cool, about 15 minutes. Turn cakes out onto rack; let stand until completely cool.

Using a serrated knife, trim tops of cakes so surfaces are level. Place a layer on a cake stand or cardboard round, and spread about 1/3 of the frosting over top. Place the second layer on top, and spread with the remaining frosting over the tops and sides of assembled cake. Transfer to refrigerator, and chill until ready to serve.

Chorizo & kesong puti omelette

Preparation time: 5 minutes; Cooking time: 3-5 minutes; Serves: 1-2

3 whole fresh eggs, large size
1 pc whole chorizo, sliced diagonally
1⁄2 Tbsp corn oil
1⁄2 cake quesong puti, sliced in thin flat sheets
3 - 4 pcs basil leaves, torn or cut into chiffonade
pinch coarse salt
pinch freshly ground pepper
1 Tbsp softened butter
1 Tbsp Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce

1. Heat corn oil in hot pan. Pan-fry the chorizo slices.

2. The pimenton oils from the chorizo will blend with the corn oil and turn it into a rich
orange color.

3. Remove from heat and separate chorizo slices.

4. Reserve the oil.

5. In a glass bowl, slightly beat the eggs with a wire whisk. Season with salt, pepper and Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce.

6. Pour the "chorizo oils" and stir gently until blended.

7. The stirred eggs might cook a bit if the oil is still hot.

8. In a hot teflon pan or skillet, melt the butter and heat until bubbly.

9. Pour the egg mixture evenly and let stand for 1 minute, then lower heat gradually to prevent the omelette from burning at the bottom.

10. Lay out the chorizo slices, quesong puti slices and basil leaves on the omelette like you would do on a bibingka.

11. Fold the omelette.

Serve right away with Heinz Tomato Ketchup.

Smoked bangus lumpia

Preparation time: 30 minutes; Cooking time: 30 minutes; Serves: 4-6

2 pcs boneless tinapang bangus, finely shredded
2 medium-sized onions chopped finely
2 Tbsp Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
1 small bar quick melt cheese, cut into small cubes
1 bunch wansoy, finely chopped
1 pc mango, half-ripe, finely diced
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
lumpia wrappers
1 egg white

1. Mix first six ingredients in a bowl.
2. Place a few tablespoons of mixture into lumpia wrappers and roll.
3. Use egg white as glue for wrapper ends when rolling.
4. Deep fry till golden brown.

Best eaten with Heinz Tomato Ketchup.

Pork chop inihaw recipe

I love pork chop and here's a nice recipe provided by the world-famous Heinz Ketchup:

Preparation time: 1 hour; Cooking time:15 minutes; Serves: 5

5 pcs pork chop
1 Tbsp garlic, crushed
1⁄2 tsp whole black peppercorn, crushed
1 Tbsp brown sugar
5 Tbsp Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
10 Tbsp Heinz tomato ketchup
10 Tbsp pineapple juice
1⁄2 tsp salt

1. Marinate pork chops in garlic, crushed black pepper corn, brown sugar, Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce, Heinz Tomato Ketchup, pineapple juice and salt for an hour in the refrigerator.
2. Charbroil till done. Serve with freshly cooked garlic rice and Heinz Tomato Ketchup.