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Thu Feb 13, 2020

Filipino Adobo Eggplant

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Adobo Eggplant

In our earlier days of living in New York, if the wife and I wanted to grab Filipino food out, our options were pretty much limited to a one-block strip in Woodside, Queens. While we had no problem taking the trek to get there, our friends never really seemed down to join, so it was exciting one day when a close friend requested we take her out for Filipino food. Once we got there, we quickly realized that her meatless diet rendered just about everything on the menu off limits and, if I remember correctly, her meal consisted of some grilled veggies and rice. We thought for sure she'd be able to get something like adobo eggplant, which provides a good taste of Filipino flavors with its soy and vinegar-based sauce, but even this dish at that particular restaurant contained pork. So when I decided to throw a Filipino-themed Meatwave last summer to introduce my North Carolina friends to this cuisine, adobo eggplant was a must, and making it at home meant I can do it completely meatless so everyone could enjoy it.

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Thu Jan 2, 2020

Chicken Wings Inasal

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Chicken Wings Inasal

TGIJ: Thank god it's January, otherwise known at The Meatwave as Wing Month! For those new to the blog, I devote the first month of each new year entirely to one of my favorite foods—chicken wings. It always feels like an arduous wait to get here though because I develop these wing recipes throughout the year and then sit on them until we hit January, and these are usually some of my favorite things I've cooked, making holding off on sharing them pretty tough. But alas, Wing Month has arrived and the chicken will floweth for five glorious weeks, starting off with these Filipino-inspired chicken wings inasal.

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Thu Nov 28, 2019

Filipino Barbecue Baos

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Filipino BBQ Baos

While writing a recipe blog always keeps my brain thinking creatively, it can also be easy to fall into ruts. A constant need for content has me looking at where I've been and new ways to move forward. Sometimes the word "new" is used loosely though, "rehash" is more apt. The latest trend I fine myself caught in is putting an old recipe into steamed buns with some toppings and presenting it as new. I've done this with pork belly, burnt ends, char siu, and now Filipino barbecue. I should probably be looking to move on the next thing, but the reality is that these buns always seem to turn out awesome, are loved by guests, and are particular well adapted to my style of cookouts where small, handheld bites are key. So, while this may start feeling repetitive, this is not likely to be the last remixed bao recipe you get from me.

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Thu Nov 14, 2019

Smoked Lechon Liempo

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Smoked Lechon Liempo

Looking back, my first attempts at grilled pork belly were woefully lacking. I feel a little bad those recipes still live on and folks might use them because I now know how to make far superior specimens, including ones with incredible crackling skin. One of the best pieces of pork belly I ever cooked was a smoked porchetta last summer, and my guests definitely agreed with a few of them bringing up that dish again and again. Needing content for the blog means there aren't a lot of repeats at my cookouts, but I had a desire to relive the greatness of the porchetta this summer, so simply made the same recipe, but changed up the seasonings to be Filipino-based and ended up with another incredible output—smoked lechon liempo.

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Thu Oct 24, 2019

Filipino Bistek Rolls

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Bistek Rolls

I was really excited to share some of my favorites of Filipino foods with my NC friends a couple months back, and when crafting a menu, the hardest thing for me to do was to pick only a handful of recipes from the tons of things I would have loved to cooked. To me, so many things were crucial to understanding the breadth of Filipino cuisine, and cutting dishes made me feel like I was going to end up with too narrow of a sampling. That's how I ended up making these bistek rolls, which really featured three separate recipes that all had their own unique Filipino stamps—sweet pan de sal, salty and savory bistek, and tart anchara. I was super happy how these came together, but when writing up the recipe, I realized that the undertaking might be a bit much for the average cook, although there's a lot of value, and a lot of delicious, in each piece of these mini-sandwiches.

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