Ang Sarap (A Tagalog word for "It's Delicious") Blog

16 Ways to Cook Bulalo

One of the beloved Filipino beef cuts for is the Bulalo, the leg bone section of a cow that is meaty, fatty and full of collagen, not to mention that buttery marrow that comes with it. Usually these cuts are tough but once cooked right there is no coming back,...

Pork Leg, Lentil, Peas and Bean Stew

I don’t know why for Asians slowly cooked pork leg and trotters sounds so delicious, the mere thought of it may make us drool, it’s like the same effect for Westerners when they think about rib eye. It must be the texture we grew up with, melting fat and very...

Nelayan Restaurant (Melbourne, Australia)

On our last review I mentioned that we sneaked out of our first day event as we feel like having a full Asian meal with rice and/or noodles rather than eating cocktails before having a night of unlimited booze. The next day event was a similar scenario where we sneaked...

Inampalayahang Manok

Inampalayahang Manok in many ways is like tinola both starts with sautéed garlic, onions and tons of ginger before chicken is slightly browned and cooked in a broth the only big difference is the vegetables used because tinola uses young papaya and chilli leaves while Inampalayahang Manok uses bitter gourd...

Vigan Empanada

If you have been to Vigan then this dish would not be foreign to you. This bright orange tinted fried wonder is a very popular and perhaps the most favourite street food in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, a humble dish of annatto coloured rice flour dough filled with green papaya, Vigan...

Penny Blue (Melbourne, Australia)

If you are beer thirsty and you happen to be in Melbourne there’s no place better than Penny Blue, a beer lovers paradise that serves 150 different beers and it’s still growing. If beer is not your thing then they also serve soft drinks, juices, coffee, cocktails, wines and sparkling...

Pinamalhan Na Bangus

Pinamalhan is an Ilonggo cooking method where proteins primarily fish are cooked in vinegar and soy sauce with aromatics like ginger, shallots and garlic. The word Pinamalhan came from the Hiligaynon word “mala” meaning dry and this is how this dish is prepared, cooking the fish until it absorbs all...

Shanghai Street (Melbourne, Australia)

This was the one I am mentioning on my last review post, the one when we sneaked out and find some Asian feed. There were six of us who craved for some Asian food, for me I don’t care what type of Asian food as long as it has rice...

Copycat Nathaniel’s Buko Pandan

Like most Filipino fad dishes that became popular from mid-2000’s to today I only heard of them through friends and family who either came to New Zealand recently or had just visited the Philippines. All I can do after they had told their accounts on trying these wonderful dishes is...

Bibingkoy

In Philippines rice is very important, it’s a staple food item which is enjoyed throughout the day from breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as snacks and tea time. During the normal meal times rice is simply prepared by steaming or fried but during snacks this humble white grain is...