February 16, 2022 12:52 pm
Have you ever heard someone say “Hindi ako marunong magluto” or “Takot ako magluto”. We possibly might have known a few who are – afraid of getting their hands dirty in the kitchen, insecure of their knife skills, scared of oil splatters from frying meat or fish, almost sure that they will burn or ruin whatever it is they will cook. But wait, cooking doesn’t have to be intimidating or difficult! We are here to help you gain more confidence in the kitchen. For those who haven’t tried cooking yet and would like to explore the world of cooking, this article is just right for you.
Here are some tips for you to gain or regain your confidence in the kitchen:
Alright, one recipe at a time. Let’s try to learn this first dish, Pork Giniling, made saucier with SARSAYA® Oyster Sauce. First step is to heat oil in a pan. Then, sauté carrots until slightly toasted. To sauté means to cook food quickly in little amount of fat in high heat. Then, add potatoes and cook until somewhat translucent. Mix well, remove from the pan then set aside. On the same pan, use remaining oil, sauté onions, garlic, and tomatoes. Add pork giniling and cook well or until the color turns brown. Season by adding soy sauce and SARSAYA® Oyster Sauce and mix well. Add bell pepper and a dash of ground pepper. Cook for another minute. Turn off the heat and transfer to a serving plate. This Pork Giniling recipe is a favorite Pinoy ulam recipe because it’s quick to prepare and even newbie cooks will surely not drop a sweat cooking this.
Take note that in the first recipe, we learned how to sauté. In this next Pinoy gulay recipe, Gising Gising, we will learn another cooking technique. Here are the steps. First is to heat oil in pan and sauté pork until lightly brown. Sauté the onion and garlic as well. Then, add coconut milk, coconut cream, Baguio beans, and siling labuyo and let it simmer until desired thickness is achieved. Simmering is a cooking method gentler than boiling. To simmer is to cook food in liquid at a temperature before it boils. Once you get your desired thickness of the sauce, season it with AJI-GINISA®. Stir well and serve hot. You may add more siling labuyo based on your preference, but be careful not to sting your eyes while chopping the chilies!
This 3rd recipe will let you practice more sautéing and simmering. It’s also one of the favorite Pinoy handa during celebrations like birthdays. Filipinos always say that eating pancit makes you live longer or pancit is “pampahaba ng buhay” because of the long strands of noodles that represents long life. Try learning this Pancit Canton recipe and your family/ visitors might commission you to cook pancit for them again in their celebrations once they get to try this. So let’s get started! First, heat oil in a large pan or wok. Sauté garlic and onion until fragrant. Add meat slices and sauté until lightly brown. Add water and pepper. Bring to boil and simmer until meat is tender. Add pancit canton, chicharo, carrots, bell pepper, and cabbage and cook for 5 minutes. Add SARSAYA® Oyster Sauce and mix well.
Last but not the least among our Pinoy ulam recipes is Lumpiang Shanghai – another Pinoy handaan favorite! To prepare, combine onion, garlic, singkamas, carrots, celery, ground pork, egg, soy sauce, salt, pepper and AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning in a bowl and mix well. Take 1 tablespoon of the mixture and place it on a lumpia wrapper and wrap. Next step is to fry. When frying, make sure that the oil is hot enough to make better fried lumpia results. Fry the lumpia until it turns golden brown. Drain the oil and transfer to a serving platter. Make sure to keep your eyes on your Lumpiang Shanghai because we heard that it vanishes right away especially in Pinoy handaans. Kidding aside, Lumpiang Shanghai is also one of the dishes that’s easy to do that newbie cooks can easily make.
We hope that these four (4) classic and easy Filipino recipes helped to gain or regain your confidence in the kitchen. With a little bit of studying and more practice, you can cook with confidence like a pro. These Pinoy ulam recipes are just few of the many classic dishes that Filipinos love to eat and cook. For more Pinoy recipes, updates on new recipes and blogs, come visit and follow our Facebook Page Cookmunity® by Ajinomoto Philippines.