May 2019

Tebasaki Fried Chicken 1

Tebasaki Fried Chicken

Tebasaki Fried Chicken is a Japanese style double fried chicken glazed in a sweet, sour and savoury sauce made with soy sauce, sake, mirin and sugar. Tebasaki means “wing tips” and it usually refers to the part of the chicken used on this dish, usually it is prepared with the...

The Hidden Village (Auckland CBD, New Zealand) 4

The Hidden Village (Auckland CBD, New Zealand)

There is a new Filipino in town and we literally dined in here a month ago, a few days after it was opened. It’s one of those unplanned visits after we had a short stroll in Ponsonby, it was snack time so we thought of having some grilled cheese sandwich...

Almondigas 1

Almondigas

Almondigas is a Filipino soup dish prepared with meatballs, flour vermicelli and sponge gourd cooked in chicken stock Almondigas most probably would have originated from the Spanish dish called Albondigas which is basically meatballs and vegetables in soup. Like many Filipino dishes their origins came from Spain and it is...

Tinutong na Manok sa Gata 1

Tinutong na Manok sa Gata

Tinutong na Manok sa Gata is a dish of chicken, young papaya, moringa leaves and red pepper cooked in coconut milk that is extracted from toasted coconut meat. Tinutong na Manok sa Gata is a Bicolano dish prepared with native free-range chicken, young papaya, moringa leaves and red pepper cooked...


Tapa Burritos 1

Tapa Burritos

Tapa Burritos is a type of burrito made Filipino style by stuffing it with tapa and sinangag One day I was thinking if burrito is just a beef and rice wrapped in tortilla then why can’t the usual breakfast tapsilog of the Filipinos fill that warm flat bread. This is...

Auckland CBD Night Market 2

Auckland CBD Night Market

Several weekends ago after some small shopping at Auckland CBD we planned to dine in again at Kiraku any like my past story about it, guess what, it was closed again and this was on a Friday around 5:30 PM. It’s just hard to decipher when this elusive ramen shop...

Spicy Cumin Lamb Skewers 1

Spicy Cumin Lamb Skewers

Spicy Cumin Lamb Skewers is a simple Chinese grilled lamb skewers seasoned with cumin, salt and chilli flakes Spicy Cumin Lamb Skewers also called Lamb Kebab or Yang Rou Chuan (羊肉串) is a simple chargrilled lamb kebab seasoned with cumin, salt and chilli flakes. Nearly similar to the Filipino barbecue...

Over the Moon Cheese (Putaruru, New Zealand)

According to Over the Moon Cheese, “Cheese is an adventure!” Indeed, it was and we experienced that adventure when we visited this place after we had an early morning in Blue Springs on our way to Alphra Lavender and Blueberry Country. This was not on our initial plan but after...

Rellenong Ampalaya 1

Rellenong Ampalaya

Rellenong Ampalaya or Stuffed Bitter Gourd is a Filipino dish of bitter ground stuffed with spiced minced meat then baked or pan fried. Ohhhhhh Bitter Gourd, its ugly, the taste, just the name alone makes a lot of people get their hands of it, which I do understand as I...