Fried Chicken Dinner

Cornish game hen cut in half, marinated for 20 minutes in 1 tbsp fish sauce, 1 tsp sugar and a dash of ground pepper.
Deep fried and served with atchara and garlic rice.

Magic Wok - Artesia, CA

Take Out from Magic Wok RestaurantCrispy Pork Sisig - yummy!
Tokwa't Baboy - not to order again.
It was okey but for me not good enough.

Magic Wok Restaurant - Artesia, CA

My favorite of all Filipino restaurant. Located in Artesia, California. Often mistaken as a Chinese take 0ut chain.
The first time I set foot in this restaurant was I think 15 years ago or more. Home made cooking, home made price. This place is always super busy and the wait is unbearable specially if you are already hungry so if you are planning to visit make sure be there before 11:30 or suffer the consequence.
Always the first to order, Crispy Pata - mouth watering and to die for.
Cooked perfectly. Super moist inside and super crunchy outside.
Lunch/dinner at this restaurant is not complete with out an order of this Crispy Pata.Pinakbet- assorted veggies stir fried in shrimp and pork and seasoned with bagoong (shrimp paste).Ampalaya con Karne- bittermelon stir friend with beef and seasoned to perfection. Perfect combination with Crispy Pata.Mais con Yelo- sweet corn cream style topped with crushed ice, sugar and vanilla icecream for dessertThis restaurant is so Pinoy na Pinoy. From wall paintings to wooden fork and spoon. Aside from the food me and hubby inhaled we also ordered take out, Sisig and Tokwa't Baboy for dinner. That will be a different post.

Magic Wok
11869 Artesia Blvd
Artesia, CA 90701
(562) 865-7340

Happy Valentine's Day to all!

from CJ with LOVE!Muffins from CostcoCookies from AlbertsonValentine treats for everyone @ workassorted bagels and cream cheese

Karne Prita

Ingredients:
3 lbs. lean beef, sliced thin
1 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup kalamansi juice or lemon juice
2 tablespoon garlic, crushed
1/4 cup sugar
salt and ground pepper to taste
1 large onion, sliced thin
1/2 cup canola oil

Directions:
Mix soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper. Add beef. Marinade for at least 30 minutes in the fridge. After 30 minutes remove the beef from the marinade and drain remaining juice. Make sure to set aside the remaining marinade.
Heat pan and add cooking oil. Start frying beef till golden brown and set aside. Using the same oil brown slices of onions and set aside. Using the same pan pour remaining marinade and simmer for few minutes. Once the sauce starts to thicken add the browned beef to the pan and continue to simmer for few more minutes. Add the brown onions, mix and remove from heat and serve.

King Cake

We get this cake every first week of February from a law firm we work with from New Orleans. I get to slice the cake and left the baby for everyone to see. For me this taste like Pinoy ensamada with extra cinnamon and food coloring. Yummy!From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
King Cake, a cinnamon-roll like cake inside with sugary icing with traditional Mardi Gras colored sprinkles on the outside. The plastic baby usually inside the cake has been removed for clarity.
The cakes have a small trinket (often a small plastic baby, sometimes said to represent Baby Jesus) inside, and the person who gets the piece of cake with the trinket has various privileges and obligations (such as buying the cake for next year's celebration).
A king cake is a type of cake associated with the festival of Epiphany in the Christmas season in a number of countries, and in other places with Mardi Gras and Carnival.

Pancit Malabon Recipe

Ingredients:16 oz. pack rice noodles (pancit bihon)
2 tbsp. Annato powder (achuete) diluted in 2 tbsp. oil
3 tbsp. fish sauce
3 tbsp. cornstarch (diluted in 1/4 cup water)
1 lb. ground pork (optional)
1 lb. shrimps
1 cup crushed chicharon
6 cloves garlic (chopped)
3 pcs eggs (hard boiled and sliced)
salt and ground pepper to taste
2 tbsp. cooking oil
calamansi or lemon
Cooking Procedure:* Bring water to boil. Once water starts boiling add the noodles and soak till noodles turn soft. Drain noodles and set aside.
* Boil shrimp in 4 cups of water. Remove shrimp, peel and set aside. Also set aside shrimp juice for the sauce.
* In a sauce pan brown garlic in 2 tbsp. cooking oil and set aside garlic.
* Brown ground pork using the same cooking oil.
* Add shrimp juice in the pan and season with fish sauce, salt and pepper.
* Stir in cornstarch and simmer. Stir constantly till thickened.

In a serving plate place the noodles and pour the sauce over it. Sprinkle crushed pork rinds, sliced shrimps and fried garlic. Arrange slices of eggs on top and serve with slices of lemon.

A Baby Shower

I organized a "POT LUCK" baby shower for my co-worker last week. Almost everyone joined. It was a success. Lots of food. Some homemade and some take out. My co-worker got a lot of present and everybody went back to there desk full.
Chocolate cake for everyone16 seater round table filled with Chinese, Filipino, Mexican and American food.Long table filled with gifts and cake. It's a GIRL!
Few days after the party my co-worker delivered the baby and named her Madeline.

Hummus Salata Pita

Hummus is one of my favorite Middle Eastern spread specially when served with salata on the side (see previous post for salata recipe)
Hummus Ingredients:3 cups garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
1/2 cup tahini (optional)
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
5 cloves garlic, halved
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pinch paprika
Direction:Place garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, salt and garlic in a blender. Blend till smooth. Transfer mixture to a serving dish or bowl.
Drizzle olive oil over the garbanzo bean mixture and sprinkle with paprika.

Cucumber Salad

Ingredients:1 lb Persian cucumber, cubed
4 medium size Roma tomato, diced
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup virgin olive oil
salt to taste
Mix cucumber, tomato and cilantro. On a separate bowl mix olive oil, lemon juice and salt to taste. Pour over the vegetable and toss.