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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

Ginataang Kalabasa with Shrimp and Malunggay Recipe

Ginataang Kalabasa is one of my favorite dish. Kalabasa cooked thick in coconut milk, shrimp and malunggay leaves. Also known as Nilatik in Ilonggo. See below related post on how to cook Ginataang Kalabasa.

Chicken Sopas Recipe

Chicken Sopas is one of the soup that Filipinos like to eat anytime of the day. It is a rich chicken noodle soup made with flaked chicken, elbow macaroni and more. Check out this easy recipe using simple ingredients and healthier version.

Inihaw na Tuna Panga

Inihaw na Tuna is a popular dish in the Philippines. The best part to grill is the jaw or panga in Filipino. This recipe is not only easy to make but also very delicious. There are many ways you can make this but here is a simple version.

Squid Adobo Recipe

Squid Adobo or Adobong Pusit is a popular Filipino dish cooked adobo style and also my favorite. Check out simple step by step recipe below.

Fried Pork Chops Recipe

Here is a Fried Pork Chop recipe that is easy to make and very delicious. You won't need much ingredients and I bet ingredients needed are already in your pantry.

Filipino Picadillo

Filipino Picadillo also known as Ginisang Giniling is one of those easy to make recipe. Simple yet full of flavor. There are many ways of cooking this but here is a simple version.

Chicken Adobo with Ginger and Honey Recipe

Chicken Adobo with Ginger and Honey is a delicious dish. This recipe is same as cooking a regular Filipino adobo but with honey and minced ginger for additional taste. A must try easy recipe for everyone to love.

Beef Mechado Recipe

Beef Mechado is made by stewing meat in tomato sauce with potatoes, carrots and bell pepper. It is similar to Kaldereta or Afritada because of the base ingredients used. Beef Mechado is a delicious beef stew best eaten with steam rice.

Linguine with Clams Recipe

Linguine with Clams is one of my favorite and easy to make pasta. There are many ways you can make this but here is a simple version. For me, when cooking "the simpler the better".

Red Beans and Pork Recipe

Red Beans cooked in Pork is one of my favorite way of cooking beans. This recipe is made with red beans, pork belly, langka (jackfruit) and malunggay leaves. If you like beans then you have to give this recipe a try.

Pesang Bangus in Tomato Sauce Recipe

Pesang Bangus is a simple fish soup recipe cooked in ginger and fish sauce. Easy to make and flavorful. There are many ways you can make this but here is a simple version.

Spam Musubi

Spam Musubi is a popular snack or party food composed of Spam, rice and wrapped together with nori. Spam Musubi is a local favorite in Hawaii and I would say, also here in California. It is a tasty snack that is easy to make and affordable. There are many ways you can make this, but here is a simple version.

Pork Ribs in Tausi Sauce Recipe

Pork Ribs in Tausi Sauce also known as pork ribs in black beans sauce is a popular Chinese inspired dish that is simple and tasty. With my version I used bottled black beans garlic sauce, Lee Kum Kee brand purchased from my local Asian store. Easier to use and a lot less salty with added garlic flavor.

MFK by Aysee in Anaheim, CA

MFK by Aysee (Modern Filipino Kitchen), newly opened Filipino restaurant in Anaheim, CA. A restaurant in Orange County serving up Filipino Soul Food.

If you are from the area or planning to visit OC, come and try it out. Great twist on Filipino food, amazing food and awesome service. I am impressed! Nice spot and delicious choices.

They serve Rice Bowls with your choice of White or Brown Rice. Add Garlic Fried Rice and Egg and make it Silog Style.

Shrimp Sinigang Recipe

Shrimp Sinigang is a classic Filipino comfort food made with shrimps, tomatoes, okra, radish, kangkong, chili pepper and seasoned with fish sauce, salt, ground pepper and knorr tamarind powder. You can also add more vegetables desired like long beans, eggplant and taro root.

Chicken Nilaga Recipe

Chicken Nilaga is one of those easy to make Filipino comfort soup. Chicken boiled with vegetables, seasoned and serve. Serve with fish sauce for dipping your vegetables. You can also use beef or pork instead of chicken and add more vegetables desired.

Tilapia Sarciado Recipe

Tilapia Sarciado or Sarciadong Tilapia is made with fried fish and egg sauce. So easy to make and one way to get rid of left over fish.

Chicken Potato Salad Recipe

The best Chicken and Potato Salad Filipino recipe that is easy to make and very filling. Great as a side dish for parties or any occasion. Learn how to make the perfect Chicken and Potato Salad below.

Seafood Misua Soup

Seafood Miswa or Misua is a Filipino favorite soup that is easy to make and very simple. You can make this using chicken or pork or even sardines. Great for cold weather and rainy days too.

Ginataang Bangus Recipe

Ginataang Bangus or Milk Fish stewed in coconut milk is a tasty bangus recipe worth sharing. Easy to make and full of flavor.

Bell Pepper Relleno Recipe

Bell Pepper Relleno or Stuffed Bell Peppers made with ground chicken and vegetables. A simple recipe for those bell pepper lovers. You can either bake or fry. This one is fried.

Seafood Sotanghon Soup

Seafood Sotanghon Soup is a tasty Filipino soup made with shrimps, fish balls and topped with hard boiled eggs. Easy to make, delicious and fulfilling.

Pan Seared Salmon Recipe

For this simple Salmon recipe, all you need is salmon fillet with skin, salt, ground pepper, garlic powder and olive oil. Serve this with some side of steamed vegetables and brown rice.


Bangus Escabeche Recipe

Escabecheng Bangus is a popular dish in the Philippines. This dish is not only easy to make but very delicious. Simply fry the fish and top it with the sweet and sour sauce like and serve.


Crispy Smelt

Crispy Smelt or should I call Crispy Dilis but a little bigger and thicker. I don't know the Filipino or Tagalog name of this fish but I know this is one tasty little fish and nutty. What I remember back home we uses this fish a lot in making Kinilaw.

Sweet Mango Rice

Suman at Mangga or Sweet Mango Rice is made with glutinous rice, coconut milk, sugar and ripe sweet mangoes. Simple to make yet very satisfying.


Minatamis na Kamoteng Kahoy

Minatamis na Kamoteng Kahoy or Sweetened Cassava is a simple dessert yet satisfying. Made with slices of cassava, brown sugar and pandan extract.

Paksiw na Bangus sa Ampalaya at Talong

Paksiw na Bangus or Stewed Milkfish in vinegar has always been my favorite Bangus dish. Not only easy to make but so appetizing.


Lumpia Shanghai Recipe

Lumpia Shanghai or Filipino Spring Rolls is one of Filipinos favorite food during gatherings is made with ground pork or beef or chicken. A Filipino party is not complete without this crispy meat filled crunchy and always the first to go.


Ginataang Langka at Hipon Recipe

Ginataang Langka or Green Jackfruit in Coconut Milk is one of those easy to make Filipino recipe. Made with young jackfruit, chili and cooked in coconut milk. Some recipe calls for fish sauce but with this one I used ginisang bagoong which made it more tastier. You can use daing or dilis (dried fish) instead of shrimps.

Sweet and Spicy Dilis

Sweet and Spicy Crunchy Dilis is a popular Filipino street food and a delicious snack. Best as pulutan or as an appetizer. I remember buying this all the time growing up in the Philippines. It is one of those snack that you can't stop munching once you start. This recipe I found in the web is pretty simple. The taste is close to the Dilis appetizer they serve when you eat at those Korean Barbecue restaurant.


Chicken Inasal Recipe

Chicken Inasal is a popular chicken barbeque that originated from  the Visayan region of the Philippines. Chicken marinated overnight and grilled to perfection. Best served with Papaya Achara and Kalamansi Soy Sauce for dipping.


Chicken Pochero Recipe

Chicken Pochero is a tomato base chicken dish stewed in vegetables. This one is a more simpler version unlike the original recipe which calls for chick peas, beans and pechay. If you prefer you can always add those to ingredients below.


Adobo Rice Recipe

Adobo Rice is one of those easy recipe using left over Chicken or Pork Adobo. This one is from left over Pork Adobo from yesterday. So easy to make and great for breakfast or anytime of the day.


Ginataang Bilo Bilo Recipe

Ginataang Bilo Bilo is also known as Ginataang Halo Halo. A Filipino dessert or merienda made with assorted roots, fruits, sticky rice balls, sago, coconut milk and more. Usually served as an afternoon snack in the Philippines and best eaten  when freshly cooked.

Recipe for 4-5 serving

Salt and Pepper Spicy Smelt

Salt and Pepper Spicy Smelt or should I call Spicy Dilis but a little bigger and thicker. I don't know the Filipino or Tagalog name of this fish but I know this is one tasty little fish and nutty. What I remember back home we uses this fish a lot in making Kinilaw.


Ginataang Tilapia sa Achuete

Ginataang Tilapia is a very flavorful Filipino dish yet very easy to make. This recipe is different from the rest. Inspired from one of Iloilo City best chef, Tilapia simmered in vinegar and other ingredients till sauce thickens then achuete oil and coconut milk added. This recipe is also known as Adobado in some part of the Philippines.


Maja Blanca

Maja Blanca is a Filipino dessert made from cornstarch, coconut milk and milk. An easy to make Filipino dessert and this recipe is special, with lots of Latik.


Garlic Sriracha Shrimps

Do you like shrimps? Do you like it spicy? Check out this easy to make delicious Garlic Sriracha Shrimp recipe. You can use shrimps with head-on but for me it's more enjoyable to eat if peeled and deveined. Best when served over white rice or linguini pasta.


Honey Ginger Chicken Wings

Check out this easy to follow Chicken Wings recipe. You can either bake or fry after marinating for few hours. Great for party appetizer or a Pulutan.

Complete Recipe

Deviled Eggs with Relish

Deviled Eggs is one of those party food that everyone likes. So easy to make and you only need few ingredients. You can also make it a day before the party. Great any time of the day or just for snacking.

Complete Recipe

Seafood Pancit Canton Guisado

Pancit Canton is one of Filipinos favorite noodles. When shopping for Pancit Canton my choice is always  Excellent brand from the Philippines. I find this brand better and easier to cook than the rest. See below easy to follow simple Seafood Pancit Canton recipe.


Chicken Curry in Coconut Milk

Chicken Curry is a common dish Filipino loves. Chicken stewed in ginger, garlic and onion then simmered in coconut milk and flavored with curry powder.


Fried Boneless Marinated Bangus

Boneless Marinated Bangus or Daing na Bangus is one of my favorite. Great for breakfast and best as side dish.


Bilo Bilo with Latik

Bilo Bilo with Latik is one of those easy to make Filipino kakanin. It is made with glutinous rice flour, coconut milk and brown sugar. Some like the Bilo Bilo flat like Palitaw but I like it round like a golf ball. See easy to follow recipe below.


Crispy Tahong

Crispy Tahong or Deep Fried Mussels is a Filipino appetizer or pulutan. Deep fried and serve with vinegar sauce.



Palitaw or Sticky Rice Cake is a Filipino snack or merienda that is made of glutinous rice flour topped with grated coconut, roasted sesame seeds and white or brown sugar. Easy to make and delicious.


Giniling Guisado

Giniling Guisado is one of those easy to cook Filipino dish. You can use either ground pork, beef or chicken. This time I used ground chicken to make it a bit healthier.