Category Archives: Comfort Food

Heavenly Balbacua

One of the vloggers I’m following featured this Cebu-authentic ox-tail stew in one of her recent vlogs. I remember my bro-in-law’s famous (among the relatives) Balbacua.

He had a chance to cook and share to us this delicious soup before he flew to Brunei for a job opportunity.

I wasn’t able to ask him the ingredients of his specialty dish and how it is prepared, so I borrowed someone else’s recipe on the net (recipes.inthephilippines.net). I’m reposting the recipe here.

Ingredients

1 kg Oxtail (sliced)
1/2 kg Beef Skin
(1 Can Pork and Beans – BIL did not include this)
4 pieces saba (cooking bananas)
1 cup spring onion (minced)
black pepper
ginger (chopped)
1/2 kg peanut butter
water

Procedure

1) Assemble the oxtail, beef skin, chopped ginger in stockpot. Pour around 5 cups of water. Add blackpepper. Bring to boil.
2) When the oxtail and beef skin are tender, add the saba, peanut butter, and the pork and beans. Let simmer.
3) Season to taste.
4) Garnish with minced spring onion before serving.

Food on a rainy day

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My Tinolang Manok sa Luyang Dilaw (Chicken Ginger Stew), a comfort food on a rainy day.

Rainy season allows us to cozily stay indoors and relax for a bit. You can also satisfy your cravings by preparing a delicious meal that will favor the cold weather. You should know foods that are very simple and easy to serve like a classic macaroni and cheese that will truly comfort you. Soup is famous in this season as it brings warmth and delight like tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwich and French onion soup. You can also rely on stews and casserole like tuna noodle casserole and hearty stew. Pasta is also one of the easiest meals to prepare so consider them in your lists of rainy days meals.