Three Stews and a Waffle

Ever since coming to IV, I’ve really missed my family’s Filipino food. There’s nothing like a hot bowl of nilaga that makes me feel more at home :’) Before moving here, I asked my parents to teach me how to make some of my favorite Filipino dishes, and since then, these have been my go-tos.


Most of these recipes don’t really have measurements and the first time they taught me, I literally wrote down “six seconds of patis.” A lot of it is trial and error and tasting as you go.


Enjoy these three recipes and a surprise ube mochi waffle recipe for dessert from Lito Supply Co that I really love (even though pancakes are superior). They’re all super simple, easy, and have five ingredients or less (and I also just realized they’re all stews)!


Also if anyone knows how to make sinigang please teach me and I’ll love you forever.



Lugaw

(photo from Tagalog Lang)

Ingredients:

  • 6 pieces of chicken, preferably bone-in

  • Garlic

  • Ginger (optional)

  • Patis (fish sauce)

  • ⅓ cup uncooked rice

Instructions:

  1. Saute garlic until golden brown, then add chicken.

  2. Brown both sides of chicken and add in three slices of ginger.

  3. Add water for the broth once chicken pieces are brown on both sides. Be generous with the amount of water/ soup.

  4. Wait for broth to boil.

  5. Add in patis to taste.

  6. Add in about ⅓ cup of uncooked rice. Make sure to mix the rice once you add it so it doesn’t stick to each other

  7. Cook chicken in boiling water until chicken is fully cooked through (about 15-20 minutes). If you need to add more water, make sure you add patis (again to taste).

  8. (optional) Shred chicken.


Misua Soup


(picture from devour.asia)

Ingredients:

  • 6 pieces of chicken, preferably bone-in (some people add ground pork instead!)

  • Garlic

  • Dried vermicelli noodles

  • Patis (fish sauce)

Directions:

  1. Saute garlic until golden brown, then add chicken.

  2. Brown both sides of chicken and add in three slices of ginger.

  3. Add water for the broth once chicken pieces are brown on both sides. Be generous with the amount of water/ soup.

  4. Wait for broth to boil.

  5. Add patis to taste.

  6. Cook chicken in boiling water until fully cooked through (about 15-20 minutes). If you need to add more water, make sure you add patis (again to taste)

  7. Add in 3 bunches of dried noodles to the boiling water 2 minutes before chicken is completely cooked through. Mix well to avoid noodles from sticking to each other.

**If you want to make Tinola, the recipe is the exact same, except you add green papaya and rice instead of the vermicelli noodles**



Nilaga


(picture from yummy.ph)

Ingredients:

  • Beef shanks

  • Garlic

  • Bok choy

  • Patis (fish sauce)

  • Rice (optional)

Stovetop:

  1. Saute a bit of chopped garlic.

  2. Brown both sides of the beef shanks in your pot.

  3. Add enough water for the soup. Approximate how much soup you want.

  4. Add patis to taste.

  5. Cover and let boil for 30-45 minutes.

  • Check it every 10 minutes and add water and patis, as needed.

  • Test each time that the beef is as tender as you like so it’s not overcooked

  1. When the beef is almost done, add in the washed bok choy.

Crock Pot:

  1. Add garlic, water, beef and patis together. Make sure to taste the broth to see if you have enough patis.

  2. Set on medium or high.

  3. If you’re short on time, make the heat higher; if you have more time, put it on medium (makes beef more tender).

  4. Check on the beef every 10-30 mins depending on what heat you’ve set it to.

  5. When the beef is almost done, add in the washed bok choy.

(Some people also like to add potatoes and corn)


Ube Mochi Waffles

(entire recipe straight from Lito Supply Co!)


(picture from Lito Supply Co)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 cups sweet rice flour

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 egg

  • 1 cup ube halaya

  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk

  • 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 teaspoon ube extract

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Directions:

  1. Mix the all-purpose flour, sweet rice flour, salt, granulated sugar, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium bowl until fully combined. Set aside.

  2. In a separate bowl, mix the egg, ube halaya, whole milk, condensed milk, ube extract, and melted butter until fully combined.

  3. Slowly pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture while continuously mixing. Mix until the batter is smooth.

  4. Lightly spray your waffle iron with cooking spray and pour 1/3 cup of batter in each section.

  5. Close the waffle iron and cook on medium heat for 5-7 minutes, or until the waffles start to steam.



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