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Monday, January 16, 2012

the lift (a classic filipino dish: menudo)

"When are  you going to cook something for me?"  my neighbor chirpily asked me when I hopped into the elevator.

"Uh-oh am I in trouble now? I asked.  "But hey you look spiffy in your sports jacket"  I said as I tried to avoid the topic.

"You promised though that you will cook some Filipino food for me" he said again.

"Yes I will, I didn't forget the promise I was just away during the holidays... but honestly tell me why you are you all dressed up" I insisted.

"Ahh because today is our 29th year anniversary"  he said with a wide smile on his face.  "My wife and I are going out on a date.

"Happy 29th Anniversary! You should have told me so I should have cooked for you today"  

"No worries, you could do that tomorrow because tomorrow is my birthday" he said.

I had no more alibis, so the next day, I delivered a Filipino dish on a bed of rice for him and his wife to enjoy.


2 tbsp olive oil
1 lb pork, cubed
1 small onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
bay leaf
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 small can tomato sauce

1/2 c soup stock
green peas
1/2 green bell pepper, sliced
1 medium carrots, cubed
1 small box of raisins

Saute garlic and onions until soft and fragrant.  Add the pork. Give it a quick stir.  Add pepper and bay leaf.   Cook until the pork renders its fat. Add  tomato sauce and soup stock, continue to cook for about 10 minutes.  Season with oyster sauce and soy sauce..  Cook for a few more minutes until pork is tender. If the pork is not tender, you may add soup stock.  Cook until the sauce is reduced. Add carrots, pepper and green peas. Throw in some raisins.  You could add drops of maggi seasoning to enhance the flavor.
Enjoy with  white jasmine rice.


  1. I want to run into you in the elevator! What a great birthday present for your neighbor...I'm sure they enjoyed this dish. It looks fantastic!

  2. Lucky neighbor! I have never made menudo before but it's one of my favorite childhood dishes. I would have been very happy to enjoy this on my birthday, too. :)

    I'm a bit late but Happy New Year, Malou!

  3. Oh my, that neighbor was sure adamant haha!! And very lucky to have you next door ! I bet they salivate with the aroma wafting out of your kitchen onto their homes...
    Happy New Year to all!!!

  4. I wish you were my neighbor! This dish looks fantastic.

  5. I love Filipino style menudo with a little bit of taba on the pork. I like that you put it on top of the rice. Getting a bit stylish there mare.

  6. I love menudo. I wish my mom cooked - although I have vague memories of my Lola making it every once in a while. Lol, now I have to make it myself...much preferred it when someone made it for me!

  7. I would love to have you for my neighbor, Malou!
    So sweet and caring of you to make this amazing, and delicious dish to share with your neighbor! Yummm!!!

  8. Karen: I just love how you pop up right away when I post. Really, I appreciate it!

    Jean: Hey long time no hear... it's never too late, it's still January right? Happy New Year and more blessings for 2012!

    Lei:I was suspicious that I smelled like ulam when I hopped into the elevator hihi but yeah I think he smells my cooking all the time LOL!

    S.V.: thank you for stopping by.

    Ray: Im inspired because of you heheh.. ok ba sa sipsip?

    Food Jaunts: wow I really didn't know that you are Pinoy too. Glad to know that. Thanks again for being here.

    Elisabeth: It would be lovely if we were neighbors. I will be at your place all the time haha! Thank you for stopping by.

  9. That looks absolutely delicious and it was SO nice of you! I would have asked you to TEACH me to make it...so I could have it again, and again, and again!

  10. Your menudo on a bed of rice is so perfect for a birthday meal!
    Wish we were neighbors, Malou! There are times when I'm just too lazy to cook, and it would be nice if I could just make katok on your door para makikain. LOL
    Hope you're having a great week! :-*

  11. Yum! This looks so tasty and i like the raisins that are added in.

  12. wow.. my birthday is coming up.. any chance at all???


    it looks fantastic!! You are such a clever woman.

    I will do my best to cook it myself - maybe for my birthday. :)

  13. See, that's why I wish to live next door. I've never tried menudo and you said Filipino classic? I have to try this!

  14. With all the delicious recipes you've made,no doubt any neighbor wishes for a homecooked dish from you.

  15. Wow, what a beautiful dish! You have one lucky neighbor and I am sure they loved this :)

  16. Congratulations.
    I never had menudos in Dumaguete. in Argentina menudo means chicken offals.
    What is the difference.
    How do you call those pork intestins sold on sundays on the street with the lechon?
    They were the best ones


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