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Welcome to Casa Baluarte. A blog with simple and tasty home-cooking Filipino recipes from your Ilongga Foodie/Cook of Orange County, California. For questions about this blog email Contact@tigabaluarte.com

O Manila Bakery - CLOSED

O Manila Bakery is now replaces by Valerios Bakery

A Filipino Bakery conveniently located close to home.

A quick peek inside O"Manila Bakery.

Filipino bakery, Asian grocery store and Kapit Bahay Restaurant all in one location. Don't forget LBC....Wala ka nang hahanapin pa.

Salo Salo Grill & Restaurant in Artesia

Kung hanap ay lasa

Another restaurant added to the list of my favorites. Price so affordable and I like the way they prepare and serves the food. So fresh and it feels like home.

Melon Juice (Cantaloupe strings served cold with ice) and Sa Malamig (Pineapple juice with syrup and bits of Philippine gelatin)

Garlic Fried Rice
Stir-fried rice with plenty of garlic

Bihon Guisado
Stir-fried noodles with Chinese sausage, shrimps, fishballs
and vegetables.

Lumpia Shanghai
Meat and shrimp eggrolls

Lechon Kawali
Wok-fried pork with crackling rind, served with Mang-Tomas
Lechon sauce
Sizzling Sisig
The chef's interpretation of Manila's spicy pork pulutan


Beefsteak Tagalog
Tender sirloin beef sizzling in gravy with sautéed onions

Laing
Tender taro leaves in coconut milk with grilled prawns and
roasted yellow chilis
Click here for the rest of the menu http://www.salo-salogrill.com/menu.html.


Ginataang Kalabasa

At Sitaw......

One of my favorite dish. Cooked thick in coconut milk. Simple dish to cook but very fulfilling. Also known as Nilatik in Ilonggo. Great when serve with steam rice.

Ingredients:
1/2 lb. medium size shrimp
2 lbs. squash, peeled and cubed
1/2 lb. long beans (sitaw)
1/2 cup malunggay leaves (optional)
1 small onion, sliced thin
1 can coconut milk (1 1/2 cup)
1 tablespoon shrimp paste (bagoong)
salt to taste

Cooking Direction:
Boil kalabasa and slices of onion in medium heat in 1 cup of water till half way cooked. Add shrimp, long beans, onions and continue to simmer for 5-10 minutes. Add bagoong and coconut milk.. Season with salt and serve.

Meow Meow Cafe in West Covina

The newest craze in West Covina, California that serves wide assortment of drinks/refreshment. All I could say is, it's really worth the drive, the try and the wait.


My order was 2 # 1 Milk Boba with pudding w/c was highly recommended by a friend and the cashier if you are a first timer, a mango shake, a taro shake and a mango/strawberry shake. I tasted every single order and I could truly say, for sure this won't be the last visit to Meow Meow Cafe.


Located at:
3646 Nogales St, Ste A, West Covina
West Covina, CA 91792

626-965-9789

Max's of Manila in Puente Hills

Max's is one of our favorite restaurant specially when I'm in the Philippines. As of today, it got added to the list of my favorite restaurant here in California specially this location.

The Famous Max's Fried Chicken, well marinated and crispy fried to perfection.

Max's Signature Crispy Pata, well done.

Beef Steak, surprisingly good. My family enjoyed it.

Max's Signature Kare-Kare, this is so sumptuous. I feel like I am back home in PI.

and for beverage.....

Refreshing Green Mango Shake... my new favorite

Sago Gulaman
Located at:
Ground Level, Puente Hills Mall
1600 S Azuza Avenue
City if Industry, CA 91748
626-965-0032

Meet my family who enjoyed the food.
For more information click here: http://www.maxspuentehills.com/

Beef Kaldereta


Ingredients:
2 lbs beef with tendon or any kind of beef desired, cut into cubed
1 large red bell pepper, cut into cubed
1 large size potato, quartered
1 large size carrots, quartered
1 large size onion, sliced thin
5 garlic cloves, chopped
1 cup tomato sauce
5 pieces peppercorns, crushed
2 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon crushed chili pepper
3 pieces bay leaf
1 can sweet peas or guisantes
salt and ground pepper to taste
olive oil or canola cooking oil
Cooking Direction:
Heat the cooking oil using a wok or a pan. Fry potatoes and carrots till it turns a little brown. Remove fried carrots and potatoes from the pan and set aside.
Using the same wok/pan, saute the garlic then the onions. Add the beef, crushed peppercorn, bay leaves and the soy sauce. Simmer for 5-10 minutes.
Add 4 cups of water and allow the beef to boil for about 2 hours or till the beef is tender enough while continuously adding water if needed.
Once the beef is fully cooked add the tomato sauce. Simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Add the bell pepper, fried carrots, potatoes and sweet peas. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Season with crushed chili pepper, salt and ground pepper to taste and serve.

Adobong Pusit

Another recipe that is easy to cook and really appetizing.

Ingredients:
2 lb small size Squid, cleaned
6 pieces garlic cloves, minced
4 pieces bay leaves
1/2 rice wine or datu puti vinegar
2 tablespoon soy sauce
pinch of ground pepper, sugar and salt to taste
2 tablespoon cooking oil
Cooking Direction:
Using a wok arrange the cleaned squid. Top with garlic, ground pepper, soy sauce, vinegar and bay leaves. Bring to boil. Once it starts boiling reduce heat to low. Season with sugar, salt and cooking oil. Adjust heat to medium low. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes or till sauce thickens and serve.

Shrimp Kinilaw

Shrimp Kinilaw is a popular dish in my hometown Iloilo City specially as an appetizer or pulutan.
Here is my version on how to prepare Shrimp Kilawin. Give it a try. A truly tasty and appetizing dish.
Ingredients:
1 lb medium size shrimp, shelled and divined
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup datu puti vinegar
1 thumb size ginger, minced/sliced
1 medium size onion, sliced thin
1 granny smith apple, shredded
1 stem green onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 pcs red chili peppers, sliced thin
pinch of salt, ground black pepper and sugar to taste

Cooking Direction:
Step 1.
Soak cleaned shrimp in datu puti vinegar in a deep bowl. Allow it to soak for at least 15 minutes. Remove shrimp from the vinegar and discard the excess liquid.

Step 2. Using a serving bowl mix rice vinegar, salt, ground pepper, sugar, garlic and ginger. Stir and taste for desired sour, salty, sweet flavor. Now add the shrimp, onions, chili peppers and mix. Top with shredded apple and green onion.

Serve and enjoy.

Bangus na Sinigang

Stewed Milk Fish
Ingredients:
1 large bangus, cleaned and sliced
2 large tomato, quartered
1 medium onion, quartered
2 pieces green onion, sliced
1 small pack tamarind powder
salt and ground pepper to taste
5 cups of water
COOKING PROCEDURE :
1. In a deep pot, bring water to a boil together with the onion.
2. Add the bangus and tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes.
3. Add the tamarind powder, green onions, ground pepper and salt to taste.
4. Simmer for another 5 minutes.
5. Remove from heat, let stand covered for 5 minutes and serve.