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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

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.

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