Siopao Sauce Recipe

This is a delicious sauce that goes perfectly with Filipino pulled pork. You can dip the steamed buns in it or douse your pulled pork with it. Continue reading


Slow Cooker Filipino Pulled Pork (Pork Asado for Siopao) Recipe

Have I mentioned how much I love my new slow cooker? Well, it’s amazing. I’ve made soup, stocks, stews and more; it has made my life as a working mum easier, and to be honest, healthier too. This is a particularly healthy recipe, but it is delicious. Filipino pulled pork, a version of asado, is typically shredded and used as a filling for siopao, a meat-stuffed steamed bun. It’s also good with rice and a fried egg or on a regular or steamed bun. It’s best served with siopao sauce. Continue reading

Restaurant Review: Ohana-Ya Japanese Restaurant

Yellowtail sashimi and eel nigiri

Yellowtail sashimi and eel nigiri

Let me preface this review by saying that hubby and I can be a bit picky with sushi. This is not deliberate. It’s just because Japanese food numbers among our most favourite cuisines, and we’ve had the opportunity eat fresh sushi and sashimi at the famous Tsukiji fish market in Japan, a Michelin-starred restaurant in London, and as part of a kaiseki meal in Toronto. We’ve also had the worst of the worst – from supermarket sushi in the suburbs to a dodgy little sushi place in Rome (which made us a bit ill). Yes, we love sushi, and will go to great lengths to find it.

So, what did we think about Ohana-Ya?  Continue reading

Restaurant Review: Manila Grill Express

Pancit Palabok

Pancit Palabok

I love Filipino food. I really do. Unfortunately, there is a definite lack of Filipino restaurants in Canada that serve authentic, delicious food in an attractive atmosphere with good customer service. Thankfully, Manila Grill Express gets some of these things right. When you walk in, you’ll notice the large TV screens displaying the menu above a take-out counter. There is seating for about 40 people at simple but clean tables. A few tasteful touches, such as framed Philippine currency and original paintings, lends warmth to the minimalist design.  Continue reading