Recipe #25: KABYA (CLAM) SOUP

This is a popular type of clam locally known as kabya. I’m not sure if it’s the same thing as nylon shells, but the appearance seems identical. I love clams because their refreshing and nutritious. They’re known to be good sources of iron and other vitamins and minerals.

Now, when buying clams and mussels, make sure that they are alive. Shells of live clams are closed. If they’re open, they should close once you tap them. If they don’t close, that means they’re dead. Also, avoid clams with cracks on their shells. After cooking, fresh clams and mussels should open. If they don’t, that also means they’re dead. Discard them.

The recipe below is known simply as Kabya or Kabya Soup. Unlike clam chowders, it is simply cooked to create a tasty broth. Definitely one of my favorites.

Kabya Clam Soup

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Recipe #21: SINANGAG (Garlic Fried Rice)

I love rice, and I think any true-blooded Filipino (or Asian) cannot live without it. I love garlic too. Although I don’t like it in my breath, there’s something about its pungent flavor that makes it a must-have ingredient for many Filipino dishes.

Combining the two, you get Sinangag na Kanin or Garlic Fried Rice — a very simple, quick, and flavorful rice dish that can be partnered with any breakfast dish, such as tocino, tapa, longganisa, hotdog, daing, and/or fried egg.

Sinangag-Fried-Rice

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Recipe #20: GINISANG TOGUE (Bean Sprouts Stir Fry)

It’s the Lenten season, but I can barely feel the summer heat. Most of us are probably heading to the beach or making other plans on how to spend their summer vacation. Yet, there are still some people who consider observing the Holy Week in a more traditional way. My family is not Catholic, but I studied in a Catholic school from kindergarten to high school so I’m not completely ignorant on Catholic traditions.

Catholic or not, it doesn’t matter. I’m sure you’ll enjoy our recipe today. It’s called Bean Sprouts Stir Fry or in vernacular, Ginisang Togue. I like this with pork, hence the picture, but for those who will practice a no-meat diet during the season, or perhaps you’re a vegetarian, simply remove the meat from the list of ingredients. Besides, it has bean curd or tofu as a substitute. Either way, it’s equally satisfying as a main dish or a side.

Ginisang Togue / bean sprouts stir fry

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