Adobo Journal

Here I am again, craving for something that is totally far from me. Waaaaaaah, I miss the spicy chicken adobo of my sister and the yummy and tender pork adobo of my father.

How I wish they were here to cook my favorite food. 😦

Adoboone of the most famous and most delicious dishes in the Philippines, aside from sinigang and lechon.

The classic Chicken Adobo of the Philippines. Photo credits to EatingWell Magazine (Goode, JJ; March/April 2018)

It’s cooked using vinegar or calamansi, soy sauce, whole peppercorns, bay leaves, onions, garlic, and chili (but optional). Aside from such ingredients, pineapple and potatoes are also added to add a distinct taste. Of course, meat or seafoods are also part of the ingredients (or just vegetables if you are vegetarian or vegan).

Do you know that adobo recipe has many variations? Well, it really depends on the region where you are residing. But whatever region you are in, it does not really matter. The most important thing is that adobo is so delicious. No doubt.

Have you ever eaten pork adobo? chicken adobo? or the combination of the two? These are the common adobo recipes in the Philippines, but wait, there are more to challenge your taste buds.

The undeniably yummy Pork Adobo. Photo credits to Panlasang Pinoy (by Vanjo Merano)

Aside from chicken and pork adobo, I also like adobong atay ng manok at baboy (chicken/pork liver adobo). Honestly, I like it a little sweet and spicy and with lots of onions. That’s why I request or I cook adobo with pineapples.

Grrrrr, this makes me really hungry. Helpppppppppppppp!

Adobong isda (fish adobo), adobong sitaw (string beans adobo) and adobo rice are also three of my choices. They are easy to make and the ingredients aes that I have not yet tried cooking or eating like adobong pork chop, adobong bulalo (beef shank adobo), bok choy adobo, adobong mani (peanut adobo), adobong labong (bamboo shoot adobo), adobo meatballs, adobong kangkong (water spinach adobo) and pork adobo with tofu.

Shrimp Adobo—looks inviting huh! Photo credits to Fresh Tastes: A Celebration of Food and Cooking; recipe and photo by Mr. Marc Matsumoto.

I know that there are still other adobo recipes out there, but due to my allergy to seafood, I cannot eat them now. What are those? Well, adobong pusit (squid adobo), adobong hipon (crispy shrimp adobo), adobong hipon sa gata (shrimp adobo in coconut milk), and adobong tahong (mussels adobo) are also parts of adobo family. Wew! What a list huh. Thanks to Panlasang Pinoy for providing a list of different adobo recipes in the Philippines.

Enough of these or I will start to drool over adobo recipes I am thinking at the moment.

P.S. I really miss my family in the Philippines, with or without their adobo dishes. Promise!

Anyway, I have to sleep soon.

Gute Nacht. Bis Morgen.

-JL

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Five Home Remedies found in your Kitchen

Aside from the excruciating pain or weakness that you usually experience when you are sick, you feel even worse because of the loads of medical expenses you have to pay. You fear of becoming flat broke due to these unexpected costs, don’t you, Mommies? Well, it is indeed stressful with all those additional expenditures, especially when it comes to budgeting. BUT, worry not because there are homemade remedies to save you from spending too much.

Don’t be shocked or surprised when you learn that these natural remedies are actually right there in your kitchen. Yes, you read it right—such natural remedies can be found in your very home. The spices, herbs and even condiments sitting in your pantry have healing capacities, the only thing you have to do is to TRY using them. They are very economical, easy to prepare, and don’t come with many side effects. Great, isn’t it?

Come on, Mommies, let’s resolve some health issues by simply taking a quick trip to your kitchen.

FIVE HOME REMEDIES FOUND IN YOUR KITCHEN

  1. Vinegar. Apple cider vinegar, all natural and cheap, is very beneficial to your health. Its uses include everything from curing tummy problems, alleviating colds and flu, stopping hiccups, lowering blood sugar, losing weight, and fighting against cancer and heart problems. It’s not just used for cooking purposes but also taken to take care of your body naturally.

    Make sure to keep raw, organic, unfiltered, and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar in your pantry to stay healthy all the time. If you don’t have it yet, Mommies, then it is high time to buy one in the nearest supermarket.

  2. Olive oil. This fantastic culinary oil can really offer a myriad of health benefits you might not be aware of. This wonder oil protects the digestive tract, improves cognitive function especially among older people, helps people lower their risk of certain cancer types, decreases risk of heart diseases, and other noteworthy benefits.

    It’s good to know that this isn’t just your simple oil in the kitchen but also a superb natural remedy for some certain diseases. Remember Mommies, olives don’t make you oily, but healthy.

  3. Ginger. This superb spice is very beneficial especially in terms of gastrointestinal problems. It helps improving the absorption of significant vitamins and minerals in the body. Also, it lessens gas and solves simple tummy problems, and helps eliminate nose and throat congestion. And oh, the warming benefit of ginger is really beneficial.

    Want to add flavor to your life, Mommies? Buy more ginger and try it as a home remedy next time you have problems with your stomach.

  4. Tea. This famous drink keeps you healthy and beautiful. Based on different surveys and studies, your favorite natural tea contains antioxidants which fights off free radicals in your body. Aside from that, it also strengthens your immune system, making you stronger and healthier. Moreover, it cuts down your stress level, giving you a younger look. Another awesome fact is that it lessens your risk of having cardiovascular diseases.

    Dearest Mommies, if you have not yet tried incorporating tea in your drinking habit, please do so. It’s never late to have a healthy diet. There are plenty of tea flavors and kinds out there to try.

    Happy drinking!

  5. Honey. The benefits of this natural sweetener go beyond its great taste. This nature’s energy booster also offers superb healing that includes preventing cancer and heart diseases, reducing ulcer and other gastrointestinal disorders, reducing cough and throat irritation and others.

Imagine, Mommies, this sweet yet classic substance in your kitchen can actually do wonders in your body as medicine. Truly cheap but definitely amazing.

To all strong and wise mothers out there, the aforementioned common homemade remedies may be able to mend common ailments and cut your financial problems, but please do remember that they’re not intended to replace a doctor’s opinion or treatment.

If you still feel unwell despite the usage of such remedies, don’t hesitate to consult your health provider. But yes, if you feel relieved, good for you. You have successfully come across with an economical way to ease your stress and pain. Go and indulge yourself to this very practical and simple way to be stress-free and healthy.

What are you waiting for? Keep these amazing items in your pantry now.

It all started with a ‘Pho’

Being an expat in Hongkong is not that easy.

New culture. Different lifestyle. Difficult language. No friends–these summed up my first two months in Hongkong.

Boredom and homesickness were my companions. My husband was most of the time at work and sadly, we only had much time at night, during weekends or holidays.

I was longing for my family and close friends back then. For an extrovert like me, this I tell you, it’s really hard to be alone. Thank goodness! There were Facebook messenger, Twitter, and Whatsapp for communication purposes.

One day, my husband asked me if I wanted to meet the Filipina wife of his colleague. Of course, I said YES. I had been waiting for that moment to happen, the moment which could possibly give me new friends.

Her name’s Ruth. She’s a wife of a Hongkong national working in the same company with my husband.

Before I met Ate Ruth personally, her husband messaged me on Facebook. He asked if it’s ok with me to meet Ate because she’s also alone and bored. Woooaahh, we were in the same boat huh. Anyway, he gave me her number and told me about his high hope of me being friends with Ate.

Our supposed meeting in the first week of November was postponed because I went to the Philippines for a short vacation.

It was in the last week of November that I met her and her then-one-month-old baby boy. Our rendezvous was at New Town Plaza in Sha Tin. She’s very nice and accommodating, something that really made me think she’s the one I’ve been waiting for in Hongkong haha.

My new friend and I strolled around some shops. You know, women and shopping sounded almost the same! hahahaha just kidding. I wanted to buy some nice clothes then, and gladly, she helped me decide on which clothes to take.

We had our merienda at Viet’s Choice, her favorite restaurant. It was my first time to eat in a Vietnamese restaurant.

Oh, how I liked the delicious taste of the Vietnamese noodle soup called pho. The rich, savory taste of its soup base, the yummy combination of ginger, fresh mint, cilantro, onions and other herbs, the flavoursome chicken meat, and the good taste of the flat, long rice noodles caught the attention of my picky tastebuds.

My favorite kind of Pho. Sliced Vietnamese ham gio lua Pho with iced milk tea

Another kind of Pho. Sliced beef brisket Pho with hot milk tea

Of course, I ordered my favorite milk tea. It’s always my choice of drink whenever I was in an Asian or local restaurant.

I was really glad Ate Ruth chose Viet’s Choice. We really had a great time eating and having conversation there. In addition to that, we also discovered that we shared some common traits. Nice to know!

Who would have thought that the start of a good and strong fellowship just happened in a restaurant called Viet’s Choice? It was indeed a special place for Ate and me.

Fast forward to the present —–

Oh, how I miss eating pho and drinking milk tea.

And…

how I miss my close friend.

Like what I’ve said, it’s not that easy to be an expat in Hongkong, but because of the presence of Ate Ruth and her family, my social life in Hongkong became colorful. 😀

I do hope to see her again in the future. Guess where? In Hongkong or maybe in the Philippines.

Time flies so fast. For sure, we will see Ate Ruth again. Maybe not so soon, but definitely after a few years.

But for now, hello Facebook and Whatsapp! hahaha

Time to pause for a while and eat some dinner.

Gute Nacht. Bis Morgen.

JL

Doner kebab please..

HERE I am again, craving for food in the middle of the night. How unlucky huh!

Hearing the grumbling of my stomach, I decided to stop my Google search for noodles and kebab. Why? Obviously, the photos of yummy noodles like ramen and pho, and of mouthwatering kebabs such as Doner kebab, mixed kebab, and chicken tikka kebab just made me hungry.

I remember……

When I was still in Hongkong, my husband used to order food via the Foodpanda. We had food order almost every week, especially Sunday. One thing we liked to order was the kebab from Ebenezeer’s Kebabs and Pizzeria and from Tasty Bites.

The abovementioned restaurants really delivered us what we liked—- DELICIOUS KEBABS!

To be honest, two of my favorites are the pho and Doner kebab, but let me focus first on the latter. I would dedicate another blog post for Pho. And that’s a promise, ladies and gents!

So, going back to kebabs, I really liked the taste of the Doner kebab of Ebenezeer’s and mixed kebab of Tasty Bites. Whenever my husband asked me which kebab I would take, of course I picked my perfect choice — Doner kebab.

Doner kebab. Photo credits to Ebeneezer’s Kebab and Pizzeria

I missed the distinct taste of the roasted lamb meat in Lebanese pita bread adorned with tasty spices. It’s perfect! (a little exaggeration won’t hurt, right? Haha)

Anway, I couldn’t believe that I almost drooled just the thought of my favorite kebab. Another exaggeration, of course. 😀

Empty stomach could surely make you nuts. Sad but true. Right?

But seriously, I’m hungryyyyyyyyyyyyy!

I wanted to search for Doner kebab near me……….. but hey, it’s almost midnight here in Central Europe and it’s Sunday tomorrow. It would just frustrate me more. No, thanks!

Maybe, oh just maybe, when my dearest husband is here, we can go to a Kebab restaurant nearby. Keeping my fingers crossed again.

Hmmm, eleven more days to go.

Ja… Schnell, Schnell, schnell!

Wait, I have to end this hopeless thought and finish my blog entry before I lose my wits (hahah just kidding). Time to go to bed, peeps.

Gute Nacht. Bis Morgen.

JL

From The PEAK: What a sight to behold!

My dearest husband took this photo of Hongkong’s spectacular skyline from the Sky Terrace 428 on Victoria Peak.

Beautiful, isn’t it? What a wonderful photo to look at! Thanks to my baby blue eyes.

If you want to see the amazing panoramic view of Hongkong in the night, go to Victoria Peak via the Peak Tram, urban taxi, Bus 15 or 15B, mini bus 1, or your own private car. Once you’re at the Peak, you can try the Sky Terrace 428, the 360 degree-viewing deck of the Peak Tower where you can marvel at the impressive sea of Hongkong’s skyscrapers and the wonderful Victoria Harbour.

I suggest that you go there around late afternoon, have some coffee moments at Pacific Coffee or eat some burgers and fries at Burger King, or spend an hour shopping at different stores like Crocs, Giordano, Swarovski, Swatch, and others.

After having some coffee, you can approach the Sky Terrace 428 receptionist to buy the entrance ticket which costs 52.00 hkd for Adults and 26.00 hkd for Children aged 3-11, Seniors and PWD.

Actually, you can also avail a combo ticket of Peak Tram and Sky Terrace 428 which costs 99.00 hkd for Adults and 47.00 hkd for Children aged 3-11, Seniors and PWD (roundtrip); or 84.00 for Adults and 38.00 hkd for Children, Seniors and PWD (one-way only).

Spending an hour or two at the Sky Terrace 428 while gazing at the stunning view of Hongkong is definitely an enjoyable experience for locals and international tourists.

When you’re done admiring the scenic view from above, you can check out some restaurants to dine in the lower levels (e.g. Wildfire, Fujiyama Mama, Mimi Desserts, and Hongkong Day).

Wildfire Pizzabar and Grill is our top choice for dine-in restaurant at the Peak. It offers Western cuisine, so if you’re a fan of Western food, go there and enjoy their sumptuous dishes.

My favorite food to order there is the Supreme Pizza, but of course, they have various options to choose from. Their mini sliders, fish taco, caesar salad, chicken kebab, and banana split are also delicious. Ohh, I’m getting hungry while writing this blog entry haha.

If you’re a seafood lover, they also have many seafood dishes there. Now, if you’re a steak afficionado like my hubby, why not order the Wildfire’s U.S. T-bone Steak or U.S. Beef Hanger Steak? “Mouthwatering!” My husband says.

Waaah, enough of these free advertisements hahaha I wonder if Wildfire and Sky Terrace 428 will give me some freebies with all the recommendations and praises I’ve given them. Uh oh, just kidding!

Whatever you want to do at the Peak, it’s your choice, but please, please, please.. Try to experience what we have experienced before and that is to see the outstanding Hongkong skyline, whether it’s in the morning, afternoon or evening. It’s worth the price and the waiting time. Promise.

I miss you, Hongkong. See you in the future.

Gute Nacht. Ciao.

J.L.

Craving for Milk Tea

One thing I miss about Hongkong is the authentic milk tea which you can buy anywhere in the city. This delicious drink is really a must-try once you set your feet in the Fragrant Harbour of Asia. Its fragrant aroma, distinct taste and smooth, creamy texture will definitely make you crave for it more and more (like what happened to me lol).

Milk tea is already part of Hongkong’s cuisine and culture. Like what Bernice Chan, a senior writer of South China Morning Post, has said–“Milk tea is uniquely Hongkong.” Indeed. The Asia’s World City is undeniably famous not only because of its sprawling skyscrapers, huge business hubs and the magical Disneyland, but also because of MILK TEA.

Hmmm, sorry, coffeeholics, you have to admit that milk tea is getting more attention now than ever before. Thanks to Hongkongers and the milk tea lovers out there (I’m raising my hand as well!) It’s the number one competitor of coffee in Asia, I guess. Nevertheless, milk tea is still as popular as Jackie Chan, the international superstar who happens to be a Hongkonger himself.

Ah………. missing Hongkong so much and craving for milk tea hahhahha. Anyway, this shall pass. I mean the craving. Why? Because I am going to make my own version of Hongkong milk tea soon. Thanks to this great site . I have finally found the simple recipe of my favorite drink (uh oh caramel macchiato, please don’t be jealous haha). To all my readers and followers, please do check it and you’ll be happy to know that wherever you are at the moment, you can actually make your own milk tea. Nice, isn’t it?

Enough of the cravings. I have to sleep soon, so I will have the energy tomorrow to do household chores, to run some errands, and yeah, to make my very first Hongkong style MILK TEA. I will update you about the success or (fail) of my first attempt soon. Please stay tuned.

P.S. The above photo was taken by yours truly. If you want to use it in your website or blog, kindly put some credits. Thanks!

xoxo

JL