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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

Salmon Head Sinigang Recipe

Salmon Head Sinigang is one of my favorite fish soup. Easy tasty recipe, simple ingredients and very healthy. Made with fresh salmon head, kangkong leaves and knorr sampalok sinigang.

Crispy Pork Binagoongan sa Gata Recipe

Crispy Pork Binagoongan sa Gata is one of Filipinos favorite pork recipe. This recipe is easy to make using pork shoulder, shrimp paste, coconut milk and chili peppers. The difference of this recipe to others is the pork is boiled and fried until crispy before adding to the coconut mixture.

Ginisang Monggo Recipe

Ginisang Monggo is a popular Filipino dish in the Philippines or for Filipinos all over the world. This ginisang monggo or mung beans has pork belly and alogbati leaves.

Fresh Tuna Sisig Recipe

Tuna Sisig is the fish version of pork sisig served in a sizzling plate. It is made from fresh chopped tuna, garlic, onion, bell pepper, homemade soy sauce ketchup sauce and mayonnaise. You can use tuna in can if fresh tuna is not available but make sure to drain it well before cooking.

Lechon Paksiw Recipe

Lechon Paksiw is a Filipino pork dish cooked using leftover Lechon. It can be either Lechon or Lechon Kawali or Crispy Pata. Amazing how leftover meat can turn into this delicious dish. Check out the recipe and give it a try.

Paksiw na Dulong Recipe

Dulong also known as Silver fish is a very tiny fish yet very tasty. You can find this fresh from Philippine wet markets or packed frozen in local Asian grocery store all over the US.

Filipinos loves fish cooked in vinegar or what we known as Paksiw. What is special about this recipe is the fish is wrapped in banana leaves and steamed leaves which gives it extra flavor.

Crispy Binagoongang Talong Recipe

Binagoongan na Talong is an easy recipe and an all time Filipino favorite dish. This dish is made with simple ingredients that most Filipinos already have it the fridge and in the pantry. Other uses pork to add to the recipe but this recipe is simple and was served as a side dish.

There are many ways you can make this but here is a simple version and very tasty.

Budol Fight

Budol Fight is a Filipino tradition originated from the Philippine Military where food are served on long table covered with banana leaves. This is gaining popularity not just in the Philippines but also all over the world in Filipino Community.

No utensils are used when eating and you will use your bare hands for more enjoyable experience. As for the dishes there is no set rules in what to serve but the popular ones are dry items like seafood, meat, steamed vegetables and fruits. Breakfast is also popular when it comes to Budol Fight eating.

Here are some easy Boodle Fight Recipes: (click link below picture to see recipe)

Ginisang Upo with Shrimp Recipe

Ginisang Upo with Shrimp is an easy to make recipe made with upo, shrimp and some basic ingredients. Not only simple but a very tasting dish.

Tortang Hipon Recipe

Tortang Hipon or Shrimp Torta is an easy recipe to make and only few ingredients needed. With this recipe I used the tiniest shrimp I can find in the market. I cooked it with shell and all and it turned out really good an appetizing.

Mango Sago Salad Recipe

Mango Sago is a popular dessert made with ripe mangoes, sago and milk. Try to make this easy to make using simple ingredients while mangoes are in season.

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.