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mahal kita adobo June 9, 2009

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Mahal kita means I love you in Tagalog and I LOVE Adobo. It’s one of the easiest things to make and works wonderfully in slow cookers. Adobo is a Filipino classic, about as common as mac and cheese for Americans. The ingredients are simple and the flavor is complex yet light.

Chicken Adobo

3 pounds boneless/skinless chicken breast and/or thigh
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
1/2 cup white wine
1 bulb garlic, peeled and crushed
2 tablespoons sliced fresh ginger
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon black peppercorns

Peel and crush the entire clove of garlic, use the side of your knife to make short work of it by laying the knife on top of the cloves and banging down with the heel of your hand. You can roughly chop after removing the skin, but the garlic will break down while cooking. Crush the peppercorns in a similar way, just a few, the flavor will come out whole. Slice a few pieces of ginger from the root, again you can do this pretty roughly – it will make it easier to remove later. You can also place the pepper in a piece of cheese cloth – like a pepper tea bag. This will lend the pepper flavor without the intense and somewhat unavoidable bites of pepper later.

Add all ingredients into a large pot, or a slow cooker and cook for at least 2 hours or as long as you can. The chicken will start to flake apart after about 2 hours.  Remove the bay leaves (pepper bag, if used)  and chunks of ginger and serve over rice.



Garlic and Butter December 19, 2008

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Is there anything better?
A while ago I discovered the 99 Ranch Market near my house. This discovery has at least doubled my Asian food output – and input, om nom nom 🙂

Recently they had live crabs on sale for $3 a pound. You can imagine how difficult it was for me NOT to have crab for dinner every night. The other night, I treated myself to roasted crab and garlic noodles and here is the recipe for the noodles:

Garlic Noodles

8 cloves garlic – minced
1 stick of butter
vermicelli style egg noodles (or regular vermicelli) – enough for 4 servings
1 tablespoon oyster sauce

Start the water for the noodles.

Soak the minced garlic in water for a few min while the butter melts in a pot, when the butter is mostly melted drain and throw in the garlic. Let cook slowly for a while, stirring occasionally, until it really starts smelling good, add the oyster sauce and stir until mixed.

Once the pasta is al dente, drain and set aside – pouring some of the pasta water into the garlic butter. Toss in the noodles and season with salt and pepper and garnish with chopped cilantro or green onion.