Batil Patong with Cucumber Kimchi and Shitake Mushrooms

Batil Patong is a noodle recipe in Tuguegarao, Cagayan where I grew up. There are literally many places to eat batil patong, with many different versions. The classic Batil Patong uses carabao meat as its main ingredient, and beef or pork broth as the main base for cooking the noodles.

For this recipe, I used some unconventional ingredients which were readily available. I hope you enjoy it!

Batil Patong


1/4kg Ground beef

2 Large onion, cut into small pcs

3-5 Cloves minced garlic

1 Cup shiitake mushroom (marinated in 1tbsp oyster sauce and a few drops of sesame oil)

5 Small pcs baby cucumber kimchi, cut into small pcs

1/4 Kg Fresh miki noodles (the semi-dry kind)

1/2 Cup soy sauce

Salt to taste

4-5 cups water

3 eggs (2 for sunny side up and 1 for Batil)

Canola oil for Sauteing and frying.

Dipping Sauce:


Siling labuyo (optional)

Soy sauce

1 large onion, chopped into small pcs


1. Make the beef broth by boiling the ground beef with 1 large onion, salt and 1 shiitake mushrooms in 4-5 cups water.Boil for about 20-30 minutes to bring out the beefy taste. Set aside about 2 cups for the Batil later.

2. Drain the beef and saute until brown and set aside on one side. On the same pot, saute onions and garlic for a minutes. Add mushrooms and saute. Add cucumber and saute. Mix beef, mushrooms and cucumber, simmer for about 10 minutes. When cooked, drain and set aside.

3. Fry to eggs, sunny side-up style and set aside.

4. Place 3 cups beef broth in the pot, add soy sauce and noodles. Bring to boil on high for 20 minutes, constantly stirring the noodles until cooked. Set aside.

5. For the batil, boil the left over beef broth (2 cups). Beat an egg and place it on the broth. Boil until the egg is cooked.

6. Arrange the noodles on the plate, top with beef/veggies and eggs.

7. For the dipping sauce, mix the ingredients listed above. Serve and enjoy!



Sesame Mango Dressing

Summer means mango season in the Philippines. And while I love mango shakes and ice cream, I also love salads and this mango dressing is one of my favorite summer dressing. Adding sesame oil provides a nice smell and nutty taste.

Romaine, Cherry tomatoes and Alfalfa in Sesame-mango dressing

Romaine, Cherry tomatoes and Alfalfa in Sesame-mango dressing

This is a no-fuss, easy dressing- all you need is a food processor or blender.

You will need:

1 large, ripe mango

2 cloves garlic (crushed or minced)

1/2 teaspoon pepper

a pinch of salt

1 teaspoon sugar or honey

1 tablespoon sesame oil

Procedure: blend together. Choose your greens. Enjoy!

Easy Oatmeal, Tuna and Veggies Pancake


My sister and I have been addicted to pancakes lately. But we want the healthier kind, so we add different vegetables depending on what’s available in the kitchen..Or what’s cheaper for the week. Today, I use the following:

1/4 small carrots, julliened

1/4 small red bell pepper, julliened

chopped 1 large stalk onion leaks

2-3 pieces potatoes, sliced very thinly

1 small piece onion, chopped

2 large eggs

basil powder (I used an organic kind, purchased from an organic veggie store in the market)

1/2 pack Crispy Fry breading (spicy..garlic flavor is also a very good choice)

1 small can of Century Corned tuna (spicy)

1 cup flour

1 cup oatmeal

1 tbsp sesame oil (can be omitted)

salt to taste


3 tbsp ketchup



1.) Mix everything! If you feel that it’s a little bit try, you may add water. I prefer it really crispy so I don’t add water.

2.) Fry!


Finally, enjoy!


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Healthy Vegetable, Shimp and Fruit Fritters (Torta)

Today, I will make a non-traditional Pinoy “torta”. The very common torta in the Philippines would be the”Tortang Talong”, which of course uses eggplant as its main ingredient. It is fried with some eggs and optional onions, tomatoes and sometimes with pork. I made this a healthier version since I love vegetables. You will need the following:



Put everything together and fry in cooking Oil. ( I normally use regular Canola oil. The result is this, which I cut using  flower and heart-shaped cookie cutters.


As for the dipping sauce, I will post a picture later. But you need the following:


Kalamansi or Lemon

Chopped white onions

Chilli flakes (optional if you don’t like spicy sauce)

ENJOY!!! 🙂

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Easy Lettuce and Mango Salad (with Bacon and Cheese)

1.) Lettuce (combination of iceberg, cultivars, romaine…Romaine for me is the best though)

2.) 1/2 diced cheese

3.) fried bacon

4.) Turnips (1 big pc is enough)…SINGKAMAS in other words :0)

5.) Mangoes (in season during summer)


Optional: tomatoes, julienned carrots, cucumber


For the dressing.


In the picture I used Ladies Choice Light mayo, ground pepper, mustard, sesame oil and seeds.



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