Posts Tagged ‘pasta’

If there’s only one thing that I would want to eat every time I go home to the province, it would be none other than the infamous Ilocos Longganisa. Nothing makes me feel like home more than those little nuggets of garlicky-porky goodness. The mother recently gave me a bunch and I took advantage of the rare abundance of a taste from home. I played around in the kitchen and came up with this a rather enjoyable dish.

 

PASTA AGLIO OLIO WITH ILOCOS LONGGANISA

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Ingredients:

  • Pasta, around 150 grams
  • Salt and Cooking Oil (for boiling pasta)
  • Ilocos Garlic Longganisa, 3 links, precooked and sliced thinly
  • Olive Oil and a little butter for frying
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • Fresh Basil leaves, 1 bunch, roughly chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Juice of half a small lemon
  • Dried  Chili Flakes, as much as you prefer
  • Grated Cheddar Cheese, 1 tbsp
  • Parmesan Cheese, for topping

 

 

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Cooking Instructions: 

  1. Cook pasta per package instructions.You may use whatever pasta you like – I had leftover wheat fusilli so used that.
  2. Boil a pot of water, put a few drops of oil and salt liberally. Boil pasta until al dente, depending on which pasta you’re using. Mine took around 8-10 minutes.
  3. When the pasta is al dente, turn off heat and drain. Run under cold water to prevent soggy pasta stop the cooking process then set aside.
  4. In a pan, heat around a tablespoon of Virgin Olive Oil and a little butter.
  5. When the butter starts to melt, put in sliced garlic and stir around until they turn slightly brown. Make sure your garlic does not burn.
  6. Put in the Ilocos Longganisa. I was using the precooked ones so it didn’t need a lot of time in the pan. If you’re using the fresh kind, just make sure they are thoroughly cooked before adding in your pasta.
  7. I like my food spicy so I added a sprinkle of dried chili peppers at this point.
  8. Put in your cooked pasta. Toss around so it is properly coated with oil and the sausage slices are properly distributed all throughout the pan.
  9. Season with salt and ground pepper to taste.
  10. I had some cheddar cheese in the fridge so I grated it and put it in as well, but this is totally optional.
  11. Squeeze half of a small lemon in. This adds a bit of freshness into the dish.
  12. Turn off heat, throw in your fresh basil and stir to let the leftover heat wilt the basil leaves.
  13. Finally, top with Parmesan cheese and a sprig of basil for garnish.

 

Enjoy! 🙂

 

 

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A few months back, I tasted RUB’s ribs for the first time and I swore to be back soon. Lo and behold, I haven’t gone back ever since. LOL.

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It was a Saturday night and Timmy travelled all the way from Fairview to Kapitolyo to join us for dinner. In true Filipino fashion, the waiter graciously offered to take a picture of our group before we devoured all the food on the table.

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For starters, we got a serving of Nachos with two kinds of dips – salsa and cheese sauce. At Php170, I don’t recommend ordering this. The nachos seemed old, not crunchy at all. The salsa tasted like it was just spooned out of a bottle a few seconds before it reached our table and the cheese sauce was just tasteless.

We also ordered Caesar Salad (Php210) and it was also not good, haha. You’re better off not ordering it.

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For some reason, I was craving for pasta that night so I insisted on getting their Sausage Pomodoro Pasta (Php220). I wish I didn’t. Hahaha. The noodles were overcooked and the sauce was too runny and not spicy at all (contrary to what’s in their menu).

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The main reason we trooped over to RUB was to taste their infamous ribs. We decided to go for their Family Brunch (Php685) which serves 4 people. It comes with their Rub Beef (Dry Rubbed U.S. Hanging Tender) and your choice of three sides. We opted for fresh Potato Fries, Buttered Veggies and the glorious Garlic Spinach. Their rib was perfectly tender, easily forked off the bone. And I couldn’t stop eating the garlic spinach.

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The boys requested for an order of their Spiced Fried Rice (Php65) and we split a pitcher of their Iced Tea among us four. Both were not pictured so I give you a closer look at those yummy ribs. Hehe

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Dining at RUB was a hit and miss, sadly more misses than hits. If you are going there, just go straight for their ribs, will you. And always, always get the garlic spinach as your side dish.

As usual, coffee and camwhore session capped the night off. 🙂

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The “Brothers and Sisters” gang trooped over to Tagaytay to celebrate the birthdays of our January babies – Nero and Jo. We booked an overnight stay at a cozy Bed & Breakfast but decided to have lunch first before checking in.

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The celebrators chose BREAKFAST at ANTONIO’S for their birthday lunch. Going up to Tagaytay took us forever and we were so hungry by the time we got to the restaurant. It was already past lunch time and we expected the lunch-hour-crowd to have dissipated, but we expected wrong LOL. We still had to wait for almost 30 minutes before getting seated. No complaints though because the promise of a good lunch kept our spirits up.

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Antonio’s Farm Fresh Mesclun Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette (P350) | I hope I am getting the name of this salad right, hahaha! It had boiled egg slices, different types of cheese, some kinds of nuts and seeds, cucumber, bell pepper, assorted leafy greens with a raspberry vinaigrette. LOL. I laugh at my poor attempt at describing this dish. One thing I am sure is that everything on the plate was demolished.

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Assorted Bread (P150) | There were five assorted bread slices served in a basket. As far as I can remember; there was raisin, pumpkin, wheat and that’s all I have. Haha! My memory is so bad maybe because I was too hungry to function well. They serve butter and fruit jam with this bread basket. You could ask for more jam if you want to, so go on and indulge! 🙂

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Smoked Pork Baby Back Ribs w/ Mexican Rice & Baked Beans (P490) | *A Rack of Pork Ribs marinated and grilled in Barbecue Sauce, served w/ Thick Fries, Garlic Chips and Cilantro. This is in their High Noon Special which they only serve from 11 onwards. I think I missed the garlic chips in this dish but the ribs were good. They were very savory and soft, the meat can easily be pierced off of the bone.

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Fish & Chips (P650) | *Dover Sole w/ Chicken Salt and Tartar Sauce. I am not familiar with dover sole nor chicken salt but I know that their tartar sauce was good. I even dipped some of the fries in it because it was that refreshingly good. The fish was also nice, lightly battered and still juicy and flaky. And the fish slices were big, perfect for sharing.

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Roast Chicken stuffed w/ Rosemary & Garlic Potato (P600) | Another item in their High Noon Special. The chicken was perfectly done – the breast was still very much juicy and plump. However, the cream sauce came out too salty. Such a shame because I would have loved to slather my chicken with all that creamy goodness.

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Mixed Seafood Tagliatelle (P610) | The tomato-based sauce was good, a little on the sour side which I love. It came with a mix of seafood fare – mussels, shrimp, scallops and some kind of fish. The noodles were a tad bit overcooked, bordering on the mushy side. Not pictured was an order of Portabello Tagliatelle (P495) with truffle cream sauce. I LOVED IT! The noodles were perfectly cooked and I just loved the earthy and creamy sauce with generous slices of portabello mushroom.

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Arugula Tomato Balsamic Pizza (P490) | We originally ordered this but was informed by our server a few minutes later that they couldn’t serve it because their oven broke down. That’s the reason why we had two orders of pasta instead. However, it turned out that their oven was working after all and that they’ve already prepared this before they got our order cancellation. So our server gave it to us instead, FOR FREE! Yay for free food! Haha. That being said, it was also very good. The crust was thin and crunchy (just how I like it!) and the toppings were fresh and light.

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We weren’t really up for dessert because we were all really full by this time. We also ordered drinks (milkshakes and smoothies not pictured) that’s why the craving for something sweet was not there. However, Jo wanted their cheesecake so we ordered a slice of their orange cheesecake. I honestly didn’t like it that much. There was something weird about the orange-mint-cheese combo that I just didn’t appreciate. 

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When we were fully satiated, we headed out only to be greeted by thick fog everywhere. I swear, it almost felt like a scene from a horror movie. 

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It was also drizzling lightly so we quickly snapped a token souvenir photo at the restaurant’s facade. We were all smiles and filled to the brim – a perfect way to kick off our Tagaytay weekend. 

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