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Tropical Cooking: Home-Cooked Meals - The Best You Can Eat At Home

Updated on June 1, 2012

I'm featuring Philippine dishes that you can also cook at home. Call me an avant garde cook. Innovation in cooking is the 'in thing' nowadays and I am inspired with the term that I used to modify the usual recipes, from simple to complicated in order to suit with the occasion or simple gathering at home.

I'm not the only one contributing ideas whenever we cook meals at home. Once, the aroma of what you're cooking reached your neighbor, they will know what's cookin' in your kitchen.

True enough, the Filipino hospitality will prevail as part of their meals will also be shared to you, expecting you to do your part. Share what you have in there, all with good intentions.

Note: All photos will speak for itself. From savory, appetizing and mouth-watering dishes, I assure you that you'll also imitate what I've done here. I didn't use the recipe capsule yet, but you can easily cook it.

If you're not satisfied with what I wrote here, you can also follow the link of my Food Page on Facebook, at freewebs.com and Blogger.com as I've watermarked it on my shared photos.

Personals: There's so much to thank in compiling these photos featuring homecooked meals or LUTONG-BAHAY...Ate Helen & Paulo, Onong & Ebing, Ada & Nolan, Nina & Mike as they opened up their kitchens to me, featuring their "specialties", much to the delight of Tropical Joe's supporters.

Spicy Crabs - cooked in butter, tomato sauce, with julliened carrots, bell peppers and spices
Spicy Crabs - cooked in butter, tomato sauce, with julliened carrots, bell peppers and spices
Savory Ampalaya - with scrambled eggs, ripe tomatoes and spices
Savory Ampalaya - with scrambled eggs, ripe tomatoes and spices
Pork Stew - with ripe banana and pechay, spices and long green pepper
Pork Stew - with ripe banana and pechay, spices and long green pepper
Sweet and Sour Tilapia - St. Peter's fish, fried and drizzled with sauce made out of pineapple juice, tomato sauce, diced pineapply and julliened vegetables plus spices
Sweet and Sour Tilapia - St. Peter's fish, fried and drizzled with sauce made out of pineapple juice, tomato sauce, diced pineapply and julliened vegetables plus spices
Bicol Express - the most popular dish in my region here in the Philippines, tiny shrimps in coconut milk with lots of hot green pepper, spices.
Bicol Express - the most popular dish in my region here in the Philippines, tiny shrimps in coconut milk with lots of hot green pepper, spices.
Milky Jackfruit - cooked in coconut milk with dried fish, green long pepper and spices
Milky Jackfruit - cooked in coconut milk with dried fish, green long pepper and spices
Sweet Anchovies - dried dilis, fried in little vegetable oil with brown sugar
Sweet Anchovies - dried dilis, fried in little vegetable oil with brown sugar
Grilled Milkfish - or bangus, warpped in aluminum foil, filling consists of spices (onion, garlic, pepper, tomatoes, salt, lemon or vinegar and  ground black pepper)
Grilled Milkfish - or bangus, warpped in aluminum foil, filling consists of spices (onion, garlic, pepper, tomatoes, salt, lemon or vinegar and ground black pepper)
Travel Man as Tropical Joe (All Photos by Ireno Alcala aka travel_man1971)
Travel Man as Tropical Joe (All Photos by Ireno Alcala aka travel_man1971)
Fruits-in-season: a tray of Philippine mangoes with apples and lychees.
Fruits-in-season: a tray of Philippine mangoes with apples and lychees.
Buko - young coconut meat and juice, dubbed as the most popular tropical fruit (All photos by Travel Man)
Buko - young coconut meat and juice, dubbed as the most popular tropical fruit (All photos by Travel Man)

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Ely Maverick: It's been a pleasure serving you with 'soft dishes'. Hope you'll enjoy it.

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      Ely Maverick 5 years ago from The Beautiful Archipelago of the Philippines

      With my false teeth, I will choose the 'soft ones'. I hope you didn't overcooked those dishes, eh?

      What an appetizing ensemble! Can I just settle for those fruits or the buko?

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Sheepsquatch: Thanks! At least, you've seen the tropical cuisine here in the Philippines.You must befriend Filipinos in the US. I'm sure they have lots of home-cooked meals that you can sample with.

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      Sheepsquatch 5 years ago from Springfield, MO

      some different recipes that I haven't seen before. Great hub

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Tonipet: Thanks, kabayan (LOL)! You can try cooking the crabs, now. :D

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Angela Brummer: Yes, I'm glad you made it! Tropical meals have many influences and I hope you'll enjoy tasting it as much as I do.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @OldWitchcraft: Thank you for appreciating my compilation. Fresh buko is one of my favorites among tropical refreshment, since I can just get it right from the coconut trees at home.

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      Wow... you're a great cook kabayan! The crab recipe (on top) is new to me. I was so engrossed with the old-fashioned crab dish steamed in cider and salt, was even enough to impress my American bosses, lol. I'll try that one with julienned bits, looks really yummy. Reminds me again of my dreamed-mandolin and a lot saving up to do to get one, haha. Lovely photos! I'm voting up!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Oh here are some nice additions to the meal schedule. Nice hub with great detail and graphics. Voted up!

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      OldWitchcraft 5 years ago from The Atmosphere

      I would love to visit your kitchen when you're cooking! I especially like spicy fish dishes. And, I love all kinds of food - the more it differs from my usual fare, the more I love it. That coconut at the end looks good - I haven't had a fresh coconut right off the tree in years!

      Great pics!

      Voted up and accolades!

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