Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tempura Japanese Restaurant

Dragon Seafood Roll P174.00

Mabu Tofu Don P140.00

Chicken Yakitori Don 124.00

Kani Temaki P62.00

Ebi Sushi P68.00

Precious moments with hubby during a very busy lunch hour…....... priceless.

Those Mastercard guys are geniuses.

P.S. Everything was good except the Mabu Tofu

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Lunch Rendezvous with Hubby

Another lunch rendezvous with hubby to our usual lunch meeting place, North Park. We often meet here due to the sheer accessibility of it to both our offices. An hour’s lunch break is put to good use here. Just enough time to walk there, order, eat, chat, have dessert and walk back to the office all compressed in one hour.

This time, we decided to have some salted shrimps. A straightforward dish with just prawns fried with some flour coating. I don’t think anybody can screw up this recipe. So, it was good. Highly overpriced at P240 for just seven pieces of shrimps. Overpriced but good nonetheless.

We also ordered some Vinegared Tofu. Fried tofu with vinegar, he he he. The vinegar has some sugar and shallots in it. Nice also.

Hubby also ordered Yang Chow fried rice as opposed to plain rice as an extra treat. Good and very filling. Their serving is good for three. We had some leftover which we will eat for dinner later :-)

For dessert, hubby indulged in Black & White Jelly with Tropical Fruits. Very refreshing on such a hot day.

I used part of my week’s quota for sweets with the Mango Tapioca. Mango puree with milk and some tapioca balls. Refreshing and just sweet enough. The mango puree was good. Almost as good as my mango ice candy recipe. The mango was a bit sour but hubby finished everything anyway :-)

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Tilapia in Pesto Sauce

I've seen some recipes on the net that uses pesto and some sort of fish fillet. I had some tilapia fillet that I bought, live, from the market and I had asked the fish monger to fillet it for me.

Since the tilapia was very very fresh, it took no time to cook. I noticed that fresh fish seems so cook faster and they're sweeter and more tender than their frozen counterparts.

Anyway, here's my version:

Tilapia in pesto sauce with sauteed asparagus and shitake mushrooms

You will need:
Baby asparagus, sliced in half
Shitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps sliced lengthwise
Olive Oil
2-3 Garlic cloves finely chopped
Oyster Sauce
4 tilapia fillets
Salt and pepper
Calamansi Juice
Pesto Sauce


For the veggies:
1. Place vegetable in salted and rapidly boiling water. Boil for one minute.
2. Drain veggies and place in an ice bath (a bowl filled with ice and cold water to stop the cooking process). Set aside.
Prepare the tilapia:
1. Season tilapia fillet with salt & pepper. Drizzle some calamansi juice. Pat dry to prevent splattering.
2. Heat olive oil and butter in a nonstick pan.
3. Fry tilapia fillet in oil and butter, add some garlic to flavor it while frying.
4. While the fillets are frying, drain and stir fry the veggies in olive oil and butter. Add a few dashes of oyster sauce.
5. Drizzle some pesto sauce (thinned with a little bit more olive oil) over the fillets and veggies.

This dish was an experiment for me and hubby. The flavor was interesting. I would use less butter next time. Otherwise, it was ok. Hubby requested no pesto next time :-( Hubby's not such a fan of pesto.