How to cook Adobo in simple steps

ImageAdobo is the most popular dish in the Philippines and this cuisine is typically a marinated dish, purely meat. It can be chicken or pork or a combination of both. The marinated meat is cooked in soy sauce, vinegar, peppercorns, diced onion, paprika, salt,bay leaves and is traditionally served with steamed rice.

There are several ways to cook this delectable dish but  what I am going to share you now is a simpler way to cook Adobo without compromising the taste of the cuisine.

See the ingredients and steps below;

Ingredients:

1/2 kilo pork cut in cubes and 1/2 kilo chicken cut into pieces

1 minced garlic

1/2 cup soy sauce

1 cup vinegar

1/2 diced onion

1 table spoon paprika

5 bay leaves

4 table spoon cooking oil

2 cups water

A pinch of salt

Directions:

1. Boil pork and chicken meat in a large pot full of water until run off of meat is clear.

2. Drain water out and add enough oil to saute garlic and meat. Brown on all sides.

3. Add soy sauce and vinegar to cover meat.

4. Add bay leaves and other seasonings to taste.

5. Simmer for at least 25 minutes until meat is tender.

6. Serve with rice.

Happy eating! 🙂

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How to Get a Philippine e passport

Getting a Philippine e passport nowadays are much easier compared few years back. Gone are the days were you would fall in long lines for an hour or two just to be able to get your Philippine e passport.

Applying for a Philippine epassport is now made easier and world class. You can now make an appointment online (First time applicant, renewal and lost passport) through the DFA website and it is your option if you want Teleserv Pilipinas to deliver your Philippine e passport at your doorstep but with an additional fee for it.

But how would you get a Philippine e passport? What are the requirements you need to prepare? Check them out below;

Instructions

1. Prepare your NSO birth certificate (BC) in security paper (SECPA). Call NSO hotline at (02) 737-1111 for your Birth Certificate.

2. Prepare three (3) Valid Id’s (Driver’s license, SSS ID, BIR ID, School ID and other supporting documents indicating your full name, date of birth and your home address.

3. Go online and make an appointment with the DFA. Fill up the application form, download and print it out once you are done and always remember your appointment reference numbers.

4. Make sure to come on time on your appointment date with the DFA.

5. Make two (2) photocopies of each documents in your possession. (NSO birth certificate, Valid ID’s, Application form and other supporting documents)

6. Present your appointment form to the appointment counter.

7. Get your queue number at the information counter and sit down at a given designated place while waiting for your turn.

8. After processing, you may proceed to the passport enrollment section located at 2nd floor and pay the passport processing fee. (Regular processing fee – Php 950.00 (25 working days) Rush processing Php 1,200.00 (15 days) An additional Php 200 will be charged for processing of lost passport if it is still valid.

9. Next, proceed to encoding section for data capturing.

10. Wait for your passport to be delivered to your doorstep (optional). Avail of this service through Pilipinas Teleserv. Go back to Delivery counter for additional information about this particular service.

For passport renewal you will just need to photocopy the front and last page of your passport. (Two copies each. Also, prepare a copy of your NSO birth certificate.

Meanwhile, for lost passport, you should execute an affidavit of lost. Prepare photocopies of your lost passport as well and have a copy of your NSO birth certificate and other supporting documents.

How to Make Taho

Taho is a favorite Philippine healthy snack food and is basically made of fresh tofu, brown sugar or vanilla syrup and pearl sago.  It is high in protein, low in fat and very affordable that is why this snack food is well loved by Filipinos of all walks of life.

But how to make this staple food called, Taho? Check them out below;

Prepare the following Ingredients:

  • ½ kg soybeans
  • 4 liters water
  • 1 ½ – 2 pcs gulaman
  • ¼ tsp vanilla

Syrup:

  • 1 kg brown sugar
  • 1 ½ liter water

Utensils:

  • 2 pcs colander
  • 1 pc osterizer
  • 2 pcs casserole
  • 1 unit stove
  • 2 pcs basin
  • 2 yards cheesecloth

Instructions

  1. Soak beans overnight.
  2. Grind finely while adding boiling water.
  3. Put soybean in a cheesecloth and squeeze out milk.
  4. Boil soymilk for at least 10 minutes.
  5. Stir and add gulaman.
  6. Allow to boil for about 10 minutes.
  7. Pass the mixture through a cheesecloth then put in a molder.
  8. Cool and serve with syrup and sago.

Then

  1. Soak soya beans for 30 mins. in topwater.
  2. Peel the soya beans using your hands until skin of beans are peeled.
  3. Soak the soya beans for 8 hours with generous amount of water. After 8 hours, grind the soaked beans as fine as possible (you can use a blender), then cooked it and let it boil in 180 degrees for about 20 minutes.
  4. Drain the cooked soya beans to separate the soya milk to the soy pulp. Make sure you squeeze all the soya pulp for excess soya milk.(you can use a fine piece of cloth) see video
  5. Then apply a coagulating powder (such as food-grade calcium sulfate, magnesium chloride, or nigari). Stir one or twice until gel-like form is achieved.

For the Taho/Tawa syrups:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Dissolve sugar in water and let it boil for 5 minutes. Use more sugar and cook longer if you want thicker syrup.

OR

  • 10 ounces (1 1/4 cup) sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice OR vinegar OR 1/2 lemon

Boil sugar and water. Add lemon or vinegar and set aside.

OR

  • For a thin, strong ginger syrup:
  • 8 ounces fresh ginger
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar OR to taste

Grate ginger. In a sauce pan, combine ginger, water and sugar. On low heat, simmer and sugar to dissolve. Strain before serving.

An alternative for ginger syrup is ginger powder which you can buy at grocery store. Make it about 4-8 times normal strength, add sugar to taste and simmer until the sugar is dissolved.

How to go to Tagaytay City

Tagaytay City is part of the province of Cavite in southern Philippines. It has a mild climate and breathtaking scenery and people from all walks of life come and see this one of a kind place to enjoy the magnificent view of the very famous, Taal lake.

There are several bus companies going in and out of Tagaytay City. Araneta center terminal in Cubao has buses going to the said place. You can find another one in Lawton, near Manila City hall.

But how to get there if you have your own car? Check them out below;

1. From Manila /  Makati area, if you have a car you can use SLEX Sta. Rosa Exit, this is the most popular and easiest way going to Tagaytay. From the exit, you just have to drive straight all the way to Tagaytay Public Market then you turn right going to Tagaytay city proper and Nasugbu/Balayan/Lemery Batangas or left going to People’s Park in the Sky. Travel time from Manila to Tagaytay using SLEX would just take you two hours.

2. Another alternative route you can use if you are coming from Manila / Makati area is through the use of Roxas Boulevard, Coastal Road and Aguinaldo Highway. But be patient because heavy traffic occurs along the long stretch of Aguinaldo highway daily.

3. You can also use Daang Hari Road that passes through Molino, Bacoor, Imus, Dasmarinas, Silang then Tagaytay.

Cabanas and Inns are far more affordable than those hotels located in Tagaytay so better look for Inns / Cabanas around the place if you don’t have enough budget for a one night hotel stay.