recipes: comfort food chicken sopas

day 17 of the 30 day blog challenge

comfort in a warm bowl 🙂

photo source: click the photo to visit the site, Kusina ni Manang 🙂

one of the best comfort food i have ever known would be chicken sopas, some may call it chicken soup; but the effects after scooping in a hearty spoonful into your mouth feels like the most comforting hug your mom ever gave you.

and since sharing is caring, i’ll share my own recipe for chicken sopas. 🙂

what you need: (note: i don’t do exact measurements and i cook based on my taste)

chicken breasts or thighs around 2-3 pcs
carrots
potatoes
celery
salt and pepper
1 pack of 1kg macaroni noodles or depending on how many you want to prepare
1 can evaporated milk
1 tetra pack of cream
garlic & onion

what you do:

boil the chicken for 30 mins or more until you get that perfect chicken stock
don’t throw away the boiled stock, this will be your soup base
flake the chicken to your desired size (strips, chunks etc)

saute garlic and onion
add the chicken
add a dash of patis/fish sauce
season with salt & pepper

what i learned from my mom so that the noodles won’t get too soggy and big after cooking them is to add the raw noodles while sauteeing the chicken, garlic and onions.

transfer everything into the stock. bring to a simmer
add the carrots, potatoes, celery or other veggies you like
add the evaporated milk and cream (this is where you can gauge how much milk you want. my kids & myself love it really creamy and milky)
simmer (again) until the veggies are soft
season with salt & pepper

and serve with love and a smile 🙂

foodie: milk teas and teas

i’m not much of a tea drinker, when i first heard of green tea and had a taste of it, it was dislike at first taste. i didn’t know at that time that green tea can be infused with other flavors.

another tea drink i never had love at first taste was milk tea. i’m blaming the british for this, tea mixed with milk was just off. but then, i changed my mind when i was introduced to those milk tea kiosks found all over the metro. (milk tea is the new froyo).

and what a pleasant surprise that a small kiosk opened here in the office canteen. called “infini-tea”. so i gave it a go. i tried their hokkaido milk tea with pearls but failed in comparison to Serenitea. taste wise, it was ok, but what threw it off the bat was the pearls. it was a mess, it didn’t blend well with the milk tea and it had this weird after taste. so the next time i ordered the hokkaido, i took out the pearls. another discovery and growing addiction is their fruit teas. they use green tea as the base and add flavors. of course i had to try and loved up to this day their lychee fruit teas. i’ve been ordering it everyday since last week.

i think choosing tea drinks over the usual sodas is the best option. and i heard about the benefits of teas in the body. so, there’s nothing to lose. and i’ve sort of given up sodas. i can’t even finish a glass of it, unlike before. so, yay for healthy choices!

but on those days when i need a more powerful kick, i’d still prefer my usual cup of coffee. 🙂

 

 
Infinitea is located at Robinsons Cybergate 3
teas cost around P40 – P60 pearls and other add ons are at P10

foodie: bonchon date

it’s no doubt that my family loves chicken. fry it, add soup and noodles to it, bake it etc. as long as it’s chicken, we’re up for it.

i’ve been hearing about people raving about Bonchon Chicken a few months already, and finding out hubby’s basketball team is called, Team Bonchon, i guess it’s a sign to finally try it out. so one weekday, hubby, K1 and i trooped to greenbelt 1 after shopping for K1’s things.

hello bonchon!

it was love at first bite. the skin was crunchy all throughout. we ordered the soy chicken, hubby tried the spicy variety. according to him it wasn’t that spicy. can’t blame him, he has chili sauce flowing through his veins. so what’s not spicy to him may be the right kind of spice to some. the chicken meat itself was juicy and tender, but i was hoping that the same taste of the skin would seep in to the skin. but over all, it was a delightful meal. 2 pcs of either wings or drumstick wouldn’t be enough so i suggest to order the 6pcs instead of the rice meal. (we were playing safe that time since it was our first time, now we know what to order the next time we drop by).

our meal

as for k1’s review, he loved every bit of the chicken! this is a kid’s dream come true for fried chicken! i’m sure my boys would love to eat here. 🙂 he also enjoyed the squid which he’s still in denial that what he ate was indeed squid. he still insists it was chicken, chicken popcorns what he said.

ready for my chicken!

the greenbelt branch wasn’t that big though, so big families like us would feel a little cramped and kids under the age of 5 would have a hard time “roaming” around. but hey, there’s the take out option or head over to their ayala triangle branch and have a picnic with the family in the park.

overall, my family and i would definitely come back here.

Bonchon Chicken Branches:

AYALA TRIANGLE GARDENS
10am to 10pm daily

GREENBELT 1
Sunday to Thursday: 10am to 10pm
Friday to Saturday: 10am to 11pm

MEGAMALL
Sunday to Thursday: 10am to 9pm
Friday to Saturday: 10am to 10pm

LIBIS (ACROPOLIS)
10am to 10pm daily

like their FB page too! https://www.facebook.com/Bonchon.Chicken.Philippines?sk=info

no rice

since it’s the summer months and people are getting ready to show off their beach bodies, why not attempt to join the crowd? i’ve decided to skip rice all together, i’ve avoided rice during dinner for quite a while now so why not avoid it during lunch as well?

so far, i’ve been “coping”. especially with the yummy “lutong bahay” viands here in the office canteen. can’t see any results yet since i’m on my 5th day of avoiding rice. so far, i’ve been experiencing slight withdrawals and cravings but i have to resist. what i do, i stock up on more fluids, especially water. but i’m quite enjoying lunch since i get to eat more veggies (hello chopsuey!) and fish. i don’t consume meat (beef & chicken) that much, since fish dishes have been more appealing to me lately.

i’m not ready yet to weigh myself for the fear of being disappointed still looms. we’ll see after 2 weeks (our upcoming family beach trip).

i’m also looking forward to wearing my two piece suits again. hopefully by that time, my tummy has significantly decreased in flabby-ness. but hey,i’m still willing to risk it since this belly has held 3 precious kids for 9 months.

we’ll see how this goes. if this sacrifice goes well i may have to skip rice completely. 🙂

good luck to me!

Foodie: I’m Angus Steak House

hubby and i had an impromptu dinner last night. he had been intrigued by the restaurant for quite some time. and last night, he couldn’t contain it any longer. we decided to try it out.

i warned him that the place looks like a fine dining place. and it was.

we were the only customers last night. so all the attention was on us.

here’s the interior of the place. (the smoking area)

homey for a fine dining place

hubby and i ordered: clam chowder for the soup. because all our meals, soups are required.

clam chowder. so good!

it was so good! although their clam chowder had veggies in it, we were happy. it was creamy, generous amount of clams (plus points)

we also ordered their shrimp salad. which was a bit of a disappointment since there were only 3 pieces of shrimp in the salad. i also enjoyed the asparagus, which again, were only 3 stalks. it was a small serving of salad placed in a big serving dish.

see the 3 pcs of shrimp?

and for the main course, hubby and i ordered the angus burger. we requested to have the burger split into 2 (because we love to share our food hehe). bad move since we were charged extra P80.00 for splitting the burger.

yummy burger!

our burgers came with a side of fries and a piece of onion ring. 🙂

over all, it was a pleasant experience if not for the price of the food. but you can’t blame the place since they serve angus beef flown in from the US.

total bill was around P 1500.00 plus vat and service charge.

if you plan to go and try out the place, be prepared to shell out around P1000 per person for a full meal, not counting the drinks though. steaks go for about P800+ and up depending on the cut. but believe me, the price will be all worth it. 🙂

cute wall

I’m Angus Steak House
7431 Yakal Street, San Antonio Village,
Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel: (63) 892.6206
F: (63) 892-9271
E-mail: dining_at_yakal@werdenberg.com
http://www.werdenberg.com/imangus/

foodie: L’Incontro

One night after Plana Forma class, hubby and i tried out this resto near our house. I was craving for some good Italian food.

We went there without any expectations. We thought it was the usual Italian dinner place. It wasn’t, it was more than that. It was more of a fine dining place. And we were a bit underdressed. Thank goodness it was late (around 10pm) so the place wasn’t packed. Just a group inside the resto and 2 girls outside the veranda.

We were given complimentary bread and dip. The dips provided were pesto and salsa-ish tomato dip. It was good!

pesto & tomato dips

Unlimited bread by the way 🙂

For our main course, hubby ordered Mushroom Risotto & I ordered their Carbonara

Mushroom Risotto was perfect. A bit hearty if you eat it on your own so it’s best to share and partnered with steak. (which we didn’t order since it’s beyond our budget for the night)

The Carbonara was creamy, with generous amounts of bacon & cream. No need for cheese. The noodles were superb, and i have a feeling it was handmade – the resto’s own recipe.

hubby's mushroom risotto

their signature carbonara

Over all, the place is good for those romantic date nights. For sure hubby & I will come back for a more romantic date – soon! 🙂

L’incontro is located at 207 N. Garcia (formerly Reposo) St., Makati City
For Reservations call
899 0638 / 899 0642

foodie: quick fix creamy tuna pasta

this is actually hubby’s recipe and requires to be resurrected soon! but for now, here are the ingredients: (photos to follow once i prepare the recipe again)

garlic, chopped
onions, chopped
pepper. to season
salt, to season
nestle cream, the one in the tetra pack
milk, full cream or non fat. we use nestle milk
cheese, quickmelt preferrably
and century tuna, in vegetable oil.
the tuna’s vegetable oil used to saute the garlic and onions.

saute the garlic, onions in the oil from the can of tuna
add the tuna once the onions turn translparent
mix in the cream and milk
add in a bit of cheese
mix everything together
season with salt & pepper

serve on your pasta of choice 🙂

foodie: chicken in mushroom sauce

we got tired of the usual afritada viand so i decided to tweak the recipe a bit by using cream of mushroom soup instead of the usual tomato sauce.

apologies since this post has no photos. i totally forgot to take photos when i was making the recipe.

chicken – up to you what parts you want. 🙂
1 pack knorr cream of mushroom soup. (i use 2 packs since we consume 1kilo of chicken at home) – dissolved in a bowl of hot water.
carrots
potatos
garlic minced
onions
bell peppers if you want
string beans if you want.
salt & pepper to taste.

how to do it:

saute the garlic and onions
add the chicken and cook until brown (i add maggi magic sarap as extra flavor)
once the chicken is cooked, add the cream of mushroom soup
simmer
if you find the sauce a bit thick to your liking, add a half cup of water
add the veggies
simmer until veggies are soft
season with salt & pepper (taste test! woohoo!)

and you’re ready to serve!

this recipe got a seal of approval from my mom and my picky eater hubby. a hit with the kids as well since it has chicken and mushroom soup in it. 🙂

Foodie: Chicboy

hubby and i discovered a new place to eat during those late night drives on the way home. the usual time we leave the office is around 8-830. so dinner time is much later than the usual folk.

it’s a good thing (and a blessing too) that in our area, there are some places that are open 24/7 (yay!)

one discovery would be chicboy. at first we thought that the place was along the lines of the dencios, the gerry’s the grillas. but it stops there. what makes this place absolutely amazing is the price!

here’s proof: our whole meal of lechon sisig, sinigang na salmon and 2 plain rice costs us only P165.00!!

P165.00 for a full meal!

how’s that for amazing! here’s a copy of our receipt.

1. lechon sisig with egg; P90.00
2. sinigang na salmon: P
3. 2 plain rice: P
4. service water: free

Yum!

hubby ordered another lumpiang hubad which would then make our bill more or less than P200.00!

this is great value for our money!

and for a fact, the food was quite satisfying. 🙂 and of course, this is great as well for those nights after drinking with friends.

for more info you can visit: http://www.chicboy.com.ph (which is under the pier one group of companies by the way)

little mrs homemaker

since i have been tasked by my mother to prepare lunch and dinner every saturday and sunday (and if budget permits), it has been quite an adventure for me. and so far the food i have prepared have been a success! thanks to yummy.ph (hello self promotion!)

and how appropriate that one of my good friends sent an email that would help a lot with me being little mrs. homemaker!

14 Ways to Save Money on Groceries

by Country Living, on Wed Feb 2, 2011 9:45am PST

Save money and trips to the market with these tips and tricks from Rebecca DiLiberto’s Penny Saving Household Helper. You’ll be surprised how simple it is to keep food at its best.

1. Line the bottom of your refrigerator’s crisper drawer with paper towels. They’ll absorb the excess moisture that causes vegetables to rot.

2. To keep herbs tasting fresh for up to a month, store whole bunches, washed and sealed in plastic bags, in the freezer. When you need them, they’ll be easier to chop, and they’ll defrost the minute they hit a hot pan.

3. A bay leaf slipped into a container of flour, pasta, or rice will help repel bugs.

4. Stop cheese from drying out by spreading butter or margarine on the cut sides to seal in moisture. This is most effective with hard cheeses sealed in wax.

5. When radishes, celery, or carrots have lost their crunch, simply pop them in a bowl of iced water along with a slice of raw potato and watch the limp vegetables freshen up right before your eyes.

6. Avoid separating bananas until you plan to eat them – they spoil less quickly in a bunch.

7. Put rice in your saltshaker to stop the salt from hardening. The rice absorbs condensation that can cause clumps.

8. Stock up on butter when it’s on sale – you can store it in the freezer for up to six months. Pack the butter in an airtight container, so it doesn’t take on the flavor of whatever else you’re freezing.

9. In order to make cottage cheese or sour cream last longer, place the container upside down in the fridge. Inverting the tub creates a vacuum that inhibits the growth of bacteria that causes food to spoil.

10. Believe it or not, honey is the only nonperishable food substance, so don’t get rid of the stuff if it crystallizes or becomes cloudy. Microwave on medium heat, in 30-second increments, to make honey clear again.

11. Prevent extra cooked pasta from hardening by stashing it in a sealed plastic bag and refrigerating. When you’re ready to serve, throw the pasta in boiling water for a few seconds to heat and restore moisture.

12. Keeping brown sugar in the freezer will stop it from hardening. But if you already have hardened sugar on your shelf, soften it by sealing in a bag with a slice of bread – or by microwaving on high for 30 seconds.

13. If you only need a few drops of lemon juice, avoid cutting the lemon in half – it will dry out quickly. Instead, puncture the fruit with a metal skewer and squeeze out exactly what you require.

14. If you’re unsure of an egg’s freshness, see how it behaves in a cup of water: Fresh eggs sink; bad ones float.

we’ve done the rice with the salt shaker, and it really helps a lot! now to try the other tips!

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