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

Crispy Shrimps Binondo Style

Binondo is a district in Manila and is the oldest Chinatown in the world and it was founded in 1594 and was established by Spanish Governor Luis Pérez Dasmariñas as a permanent settlement for Chinese immigrants who converted to Catholicism. It is a vibrant place and like most Chinatowns in...

Garlic Braised Short Ribs With Red Wine

Sometimes patience is needed to get good results and this Garlic Braised Short Ribs with Red Wine is one example of it. This dish takes around 4 1/2 hours to cook but preparation time is quite easy, even a beginner home cook can easily master this, the end results will...

The Plumm Cafe (North Shore City, New Zealand)

It’s been quite some time since we last visited a cafe for a brunch, the last one was not even in Auckland and it was in Taupo at Dixie Browns when we had a short staycation and that was eight months ago, then the pandemic hits us. It was a long...

Chilli Bacon Lime Roasted Cauliflower

Last night I saw some leftover cauliflower on my vegetable bin and was wondering what to make out of it, so it does not go to waste. Many things came to mind like cauliflower rice, cauliflower curry, in tomato sauce or with cheese sauce or as a cheese sauce but...

Shrimp and Cheese Ramen

Cheese in ramen? Yes there is such a thing and for me it was weird the first time I heard of it, until I tried it. I am not sure if this is a Japanese creation but I am leaning towards the Koreans because when you check their rameyon varieties...

PappaRich (Albany, North Shore City, New Zealand)

PappaRich in Aotea Square is one of our favourite places to dine in if we are craving for some Malaysian, we have been here many times, so much I lost track on how many visits I made here. Located in Auckland’s CBD this is quite accessible during business days but...

Sichuan Crispy Fried Pork

If you have been in Sichuan restaurants then this dish would be very familiar, one their most delicious dishes on offer, a simple deep-fried pork strips that is coated sweet potato starch batter. What makes this dish special is the seasoning used, the Sichuan peppercorns that gives a numbing sensation...

Artea Cafe (North Shore City, New Zealand)

Artea Cafe is a small stall in Glenfield Mall and is located where Epiphany Cafe used to be. Epiphany cafe was one of our favourite donut shops, sadly it closed some time ago but luckily it was replaced with this stall where they sell not just donuts but more. Had...

Ginataang Lapu Lapu

Ginataan is one of the cooking methods in the Filipino cuisine where meats and/or vegetables are cooked in a coconut milk/cream together with sautéed garlic and onions, think of it as a mild curry since it does not use heavy spices like the Indian or other South East Asian’s cuisines...

Kimchi Fried Rice

If you have some leftover rice and kimchi then I suggest you make this surprisingly delicious fried rice, Kimchi Bokkeumbap or simply called Kimchi Fried rice. When I first saw this dish, I never had imagined it would taste good, until I made it at home, such simple ingredients that...