Thai Green Curry Chicken
(Home Cooking Series)

thai green curry chicken-DSCF8436SINCE my husband Raff and I moved back home to Cainta, Rizal, this July (2017) after staying with my elder sister Susan Dy in Mandaluyong City for a year following Raff’s stroke and hospitalization, I have been planning our daily meals and personally preparing them. Breakfast, lunch and dinner… yes, sometimes even including afternoon snacks.

Besides the fact that I love to cook and I have been preparing our daily meals before that most unfortunate brain attack incident last year, I welcomed the daily challenge because it allowed me to take control of Raff’s diet and make sure he ate only freshly prepared and healthy food. Our rice is a mix of brown and white, and our protein is mostly fish, with a sprinkling of seafood, and chicken, and most of the time I am able to incorporate vegetables into the meals. Fruits, he definitely has plenty of in the morning, so that has not been a problem. It helps that there is a small neighborhood store that sells regular vegetables near our house, and the malunggay (moringa) tree that Raff planted in the vacant lot beside our house now thrives with nutrition-packed leaves.

The other day, I made Thai Green Curry Chicken for lunch. I used Real Thai Green Curry Paste, a Thai product that, according to its package, is a combination of green chili, shallots, lemongrass, salt, garlic, galangal, Kaffir lime peel, cumin powder, coriander seeds, turmeric and nothing else. Commercially packed pastes and mixes are the new generations’ tool to still be able to cook authentic Thai dishes without having to slave over manual grinding of herbs and spices using a mortar and pestle. They make things a lot easier in the kitchen, so I turned to it as well, making sure, though, that I chose one that had only natural ingredients in it. I used all chicken wings, although you can also use a whole chicken, all chopped up, or other chicken parts if you so wish.

Here’s the recipe I used for your guidance, although you should feel free to make changes or adjust amounts to suit your personal preference.

2 Tbsps. vegetable oil
50 grams prepared Thai green curry paste
400 ml. fresh or canned coconut milk
1/4 kg. chicken wings*
patis (fish sauce) and palm or muscovado sugar to taste
salt and pepper to taste
1-2 pcs. eggplants, cut up
fresh basil leaves
Kaffir lime leaves
fresh chili

1. Heat wok. Add vegetable oil and stir in Thai green curry paste over low heat for about 1 minute.
2. Pour in coconut milk. Bring heat up to medium, then keep stirring coconut milk for about 1 minute.
3. Add chicken (*you can use any chicken parts) and stir until cooked.
4. Season with patis, palm or muscovado sugar, salt and pepper to taste. Keep tasting to achieve a balanced flavor.
5. Add cut-up eggplants and cook until done.
6. Add fresh basil leaves, Kaffir lime leaves and fresh chili, if desired, for added flavor dimensions.
7. Serve with freshly cooked rice.

*Warning: It is spicy.

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Celebrations Become More Special
with Diamond Hotel’s New Events Lounge

Diamond Hotel Philippines' new Events Lounge

Diamond Hotel Philippines’ new Events Lounge

CELEBRATIONS, such as weddings, debuts, birthdays, anniversaries and corporate launches, become even more special with Diamond Hotel Philippines’ introduction of the Events Lounge, which is the perfect place to plan events because it gives you visuals on how your dream wedding, debut, birthday, anniversary or corporate launch may turn out.

The stylish lounge showcases a display of innovative dining options, an extensive selection of linens, a 110-inch LED television that features beautifully inspired themes, and a creation of a renowned couturier. It presents all options, complete with all the visuals you will need. You also get to see and choose where among the hotel’s elegant and functional venues you want to stage your event.

More than just visualizing, however, you also get to feel and taste as well as experience your planned event first hand. The splendor of the well-designed tasting room promises an exciting gastronomic adventure as it demonstrates the culinary expertise of the hotel’s chefs. The hotel’s dedicated events team also provides a professional but personalized approach to your special occasion and makes planning your event easier for you.

For inquiries, call 528-3000 locals 8414 or 8461 or email events@diamondhotel.com.

 

(Diamond Hotel Philippines is located at Roxas Blvd. corner Dr. J. Quintos St., Manila.)

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Marco Polo Ortigas Whips Up
New Signature Iced Coffee Drink

The Silk Road CoffeeFOLLOWING the successful introduction to the public of its signature Earl Grape Iced Tea, Marco Polo Hotels recently launched a new beverage called Silk Road Iced Coffee. It joins the hotel chain’s series of signature beverages.

Marco Polo Hotels owns and runs Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, among other Marco Polo properties in the Philippines.

The new tempting signature treat is created from coffee flavored with cinnamon syrup and milk and infused overnight so its natural flavor comes out. Silk Road Iced Coffee consists of a blended iced Frappuccino poured into a swirled chocolate-glazed glass, symbolizing the well-traveled roads down the Silk Road. It is topped with marshmallow, and its burnt gold-peaked meringues are flambé-finished with a blow torch, so that sun-glinting mountains along the legendary route look like they are emanating from it. The iced beverage is presented with a fresh cookie, smothering marshmallows and chocolate between Graham crackers, warmed to perfection and inviting guests to come and explore the history of the Silk Road through a refreshing drink named after it.

The new signature iced coffee drink was first introduced when an innovative contest was held for intricately and refreshingly designed iced coffees during an assembly of general managers from Niccolo and Marco Polo Hotels. The combination of infused Frappuccino and the crunchy Cinnamon S’mores made it one of the most appealing and flavorful drinks that definitely complements sweet cravings.

Silk Road Iced Coffee is now available at Café Pronto, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s chic and casual coffee shop which is located at the Ground Floor of the hotel.

 

(Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is located at Meralco Ave. corner Sapphire St., Ortigas Center, Pasig City; with telephone number 720-7777.)

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Now You Can Order S&R Pizza
Through foodpanda

S&R Pizza Combo Whole

S&R Pizza Combo Whole

YOU’VE been told about how good S&R Pizza is, and when you tried it, it more than measured up to your standards. It is so good that you crave for it very often, but the long lines—and, therefore, the long wait—to get your favorite pizza turns you off.

The good news is that, now, you can have your favorite S&R New York Style Pizza delivered straight to your doorstep by foodpanda. No need to wait in line. No need for a membership card either. Just download the app or visit foodpanda Philippines’ website and click away.

Pizza Cheese Whole

Pizza Cheese Whole

There are four flavors of S&R New York Style Pizza to choose from—Pizza Combo Whole (with pepperoni, beef, green bell pepper, onions, olives and lots of cheese); Pizza Garlic Shrimp (with generous sprinkles of shrimps over loads of cheese); Pizza Pepperoni (polka dotted pizza dough, as it is topped with lots of pepperoni); and Pizza Cheese Whole (loaded with cheese).

S&R Southern Style Fried Chicken

S&R Southern Style Fried Chicken

Complementing these delightful pizzas are other comfort food items, such as S&R Fried Chicken, Cheeseburger, Pure Beef Hotdog Sandwich, Chicken Caesar Salad, and French Fries.

S&R may be the favorite grocery store of bulk-buying customers, but it is fast proving to be more than just that. The membership shopping club’s food court is fast gaining following among shoppers. S&R New York Style Pizza happens to be a favorite. Not only is it reasonably priced; it also comes in enormous servings, with its 18-inch Combo Pizza turning out to be one of the best deals ever when it comes to pizza.

Now, you can have it delivered whenever you crave for it through foodpanda, which is one of the world’s leading online food ordering and delivery platforms that enables restaurants to become visible to mobile app and web users. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and powered by tech giant Delivery Hero, foodpanda entered the Philippine market in 2014 and has now partnered with almost 2,000 restaurants to provide hungry customers access to convenient and extensive food options in key cities and urban centers. The foodpanda app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Simply download the app and start ordering.

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PORK ROULADE
with Squash Flower Cream Sauce
(The Maya Kitchen)

Pork Roulade with Squash Flower Cream SauceIT is important to have balanced meals every day—and what better way to achieve balanced meals than to combine meat (protein) and vegetables in a dish and then take it with rice or potatoes (carbohydrates)? Here’s an interesting dish from The Maya Kitchen that does just that.

For the pork roulade:
1-1.5 kg. pork loin, with skin on
juice of 1 pc. lemon
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. liquid seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
asparagus
battonette slices of cheese and carrots
whole peppercorns, crushed

For the squash flower cream sauce:
15-20 pcs. squash flowers, boiled (squeeze out excess water and remove the sepals or the green leaves under the flower)
3 Tbsps. butter
1 cup red wine, reduced to about 3/4 cup
3 Tbsps. grainy mustard
1 cup all-purpose cream
sugar to taste
salt and pepper to taste
pork stock, as needed (use to dilute sauce if too thick)

1. Prepare pork roulade. Preheat oven to 375°F. Slice pork loin to about 1/2-inch thick. Combine lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, liquid seasoning, salt and pepper for the marinade; add in the pork. Arrange the carrots, asparagus and cheese on top of the meat. Roll tightly like a jelly roll then tie with twine to secure. Rub the roulade with crushed whole peppercorns before pan searing. Finish cooking in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from oven. Allow the roulade to rest before slicing. Serve with squash flower cream sauce.
Prepare squash flower cream sauce. Use a food processor for the squash flowers; set aside. Melt butter in a pan before adding the squash flowers, Worcestershire sauce, liquid seasoning, red wine, grainy mustard and all-purpose cream. Add sugar, salt and pepper depending on your taste. Use pork stock to thin out the sauce if it becomes too thick.

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