Tuesday, August 30

What's for Lunch: Mama Nida's Fried Rice

After finishing the to-do list for our daily opening, lunch is always the next question. What is for lunch?

Surrounded by many shelves of Asian cooking ingredients and frozen meals, it shouldn't be that hard to come up with something. Oh but it is. After checking what is in the back refrigerator I found some left-overs!

Yeah, I wasn't excited about that either. So, I put on the cooking thinking cap and came up with this.

I call this Mama Nida's Fried Rice, served with a Pork and Eggplant Curry that one of our customers brought for me the other day.

Fried Rice is it's own recipe and it can be as simple as adding fried garlic and oil or as complex as adding meat, veges, eggs, and whatever fancies your taste buds.

Here's how I did it with the available resources that I have.

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Mama Nida's Fried Rice
Serving size: 3-4
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Orange means we have it on our shelves.

4 Cups Cold Cooked Rice (Leftover Rice)
2 Duck Eggs or Chicken eggs (Scrambled)
3 Cups Chopped Yu Choy(Choy Sum) or Nappa Cabbage(substitute)
2 Tbsp Fried Onions
2 Tbsp Chopped Basil Leaves
1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
3 Tbsp Soy Sauce 


1. Plug in electric wok and set it on medium heat and add sesame oil
2. Scrabble two eggs into the wok until slightly firm. Crumble up rice so that they are not in clumps and mix the two ingredients together.
3. Add Basil, fried onions, and soy soy sauce. In a folding motion, mix well.
4. Lastly, add the bowl of yu choy or nappa and continue to mix until the vegetables becomes soft.
5. Place the lid on top and turn off the wok. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
6. Serve with leftover meat dish ( I happen to have Pork and Eggplant Curry)


Rice + soy sauce + oil = Fried Rice. Simple. Then you can add whatever vege, meat, herbs, and extra seasonings you want and you've made it your own.

This is a new section we will attempt on our blog to give quick and easy lunch ideas when you're crunch for time and still wants to cook your food. Let us know how you like it.

Friday, August 26

Shichimi Edamame

 Edamame (Eh-dah-MAH-meh) 枝豆, exotic it may sound, edamame is simply Japanese for fresh young soy beans. Edamame is a popular sidedish at Japanese izakaya restaurants with local varieties in demand, depending on the seasons. In China, it is known as maodou (毛豆) meaning "hairy bean" or maodoujia (毛豆荚) meaning "Hairy bean pod". Simply ordering maodou in a Chinese restaurant, you will usually get a boiled and salted soy beans. In Korea, edamame is called Kong (콩) which is a general term for all beans, or (메주콩).

However, there are variety of soy bean with different colors and different flavors.The most popular type we see in America is the green soy beans we normally see in a the frozen section of our local Asian Market. Sometimes a fresh batch can be found in the fresh produce section and those are the best for making you own Edamame at home. Here's how to make a marvelously spicy edamame.

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Shichimi Edamame
Recipe from Cmpany's Coming 
Practical Gourmet Inviting Asian Flavours

Serving size: 2-3 (depending on appetite)

1/2 lbs   Frozen unshelled Edamame                                     
2 tbsp   Mirin                                                                   
2 tbsp   Soy Sauce                                                           
1/2 tsp  Japanese Seven Spice blend (Shichimi Togarashi)    

(Yellow indicates that we have it on our shelves)


1. Boil soy beans pods in salted water for 5 minutes then drain well.
2. In a large frying pan on medium heat, combined the mirin, soy sauce, and shichimi. Stir for about 4 minutes until it is slightly reduced.
3. Add the soy bean pods and mixed well. Make sure that most pods are evenly coated.
4. Serve in you favorite bowl.

So there you have it. It's easy and healthy for you.Enjoy!Mangatayon!

Thursday, August 18

Asian Decors and Gifts.

 When visiting many Asian homes, you'll find that many of their walls are full of interesting oriental accented decors, such as framed Japanese geisha doll, a scroll with Chinese characters, or a giant fan with a cherry blossom design. You'll also notice knickknacks, vases, animals, and Buddhas placed all around their home as decorations.

Why is that?

Friday, August 5

Product of the Day: Sarap Pinoy

Some prefer to make food from scratch and some prefer it the easy way. When it comes to dessert, many chooses to have someone else do it or go to the bakery to get it, if it's a available.

 Now available on our shelves is Galinco Sarap Pinoy Ready dessert Mixes. We will have more in soon and we will let you know how they are as we try them out one by one.

Wednesday, August 3

Halo-Halo Anyone?

Photo from Wikimedia

Halo-Halo (derived from the Tagalog word "halo" meaning "mix") is a famous and all time best dessert/refreshment in Philippines. It's the best way to beat the heat, especially right now with those three digit temperature all over the place.

Halo-Halo is a combination of sweetened fruits and beans mixed with shaved ice and evaporated milk topped with ice cream, leche plan, and/or a scoop of ube and/or pinipig rice.

First, here's the easy route for you who crave for the flavor and simplicity.

It's that simple, mix it all up and top with your favorite ice cream and done.


You can go for the more complex, here's the recipe.


Sweetened Red beans
Sweetened Garbanzos
Sweetened Saba Bananas
Sweetened Kamote
Sweetened Jackfruit
Sweetened Kaong
Sago in Syrup
Macapuno Strings
Coco Gel (Nata de Coco)
Ube Halaya

Shaved Ice

Ice cream (pick your favorite)
Leche Flan
Evaporated Milk

Tall Glass or Bowl

1. Fill half of the glass with your sweetened delicacies, it is up to you how much you want in your mixture.

2. Fill the other half of the glass with shaved ice and pack it down.

3. Pour evaporated milk, sprinkle with sugar ( optional)

4. Topped it with 2-3 small scoop of the ice cream of your choice and/or a small slice of flan and/or scoop of ube halaya

5. Finished it off with a sprinkle of pinipig flakes and ENJOY!

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