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Homestyle Filipino Dishes (By Norma Olizon-Chikiamco)

Updated on January 25, 2020
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One of my favorite Filipino cookbooks. I love most of the recipes here. Easy to follow homestyle dishes.

Filipino Cookbook

Delicious Meals in Minutes, Cookbook by: Norma Olizon-Chikiamco

Are you looking for a good recipe that you can prepare in minutes? Do you love Asian cooking, especially Filipino dishes? This cook book is designed for those people who want to try out new recipes, but don't want to spend hours to prepare them. I like using this cookbook, the recipes are easy to prepare. I did not try all of the recipes yet, but planning to do so in the future. Every recipe in this cookbook has a picture and they look so appetizing. I enjoy cooking using this cookbook, they are very easy to follow.

Below I will give some of my favorite recipes. There are a lot more good recipes in this cookbook, that are waiting to be discovered. My husband bought this for me from amazon.

I am so glad my husband bought this recipe book for me. Whenever I miss our filipino homestyle dishes, I could grab this book and make something quickly. Most of my favorite food are included in this cookbook. My daughter's favorite is the "Noodle Soup with Meatballs." It's good during winter time when it's cold. This dish makes you feel warm. Happy cooking!

I also included some of the dishes that catches my attention but did not tried yet. I took pictures of them from the cookbook.

One of the recipes from "Filipino homestyle dishes by: Norma Olizon-Chikiamco - Stewed Pork (Estofado)

One of my favorite main dishes growing up in the Philippines. I like this recipe because of the plantains and carrots, giving the pork a good flavor. This goes great with steam rice. This food usually served at dinner time. We love to gather as a family about 6:00 pm to enjoy our dinner together with good food and happy moments together.


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 8 cloves mince garlic
  • 2 lbs. boneless pork shoulder, cut into chunks
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 -3 thickly sliced plantains
  • 4 buns or pande sal, each quartered (optional)
  • 1 scallion, cut into thin strips to garnish (optional)

Instructions (From the cookbook)

  1. Combine the sugar, vinegar, soy sauce and water in a mixing bowl, set aside.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok. Fry the garlic until brown then set aside.
  3. Pour in the remaining oil, add pork and saute until medium brown. Pour in the reserved vinegar mixture. Bring to boil, then simmer over low heat. (Do not stir until the vinegar mixture boils, otherwise the meat will taste raw). Add bay leaf and simmer for 20 minutes or until pork is tender
  4. Add carrots and simmer for another 5 minutes. Add the plaintains let it cook for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, stir in the buns or pan de sal, if desired. Simmer until the pork is fully cooked and plantains and carrots are tender, about 5 - 10 minutes. Garnish with scallions, if desired.
  5. Serve with rice or additional buns or pan de sal,

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: Serves 6 people

About this book - Table of Contents

4 stars from 1 rating of Estofado (Stewed Pork)

Introduction: " Filipino food is one of the least well-known of all Southest Asian cuisines. Strongly influenced by the historical presences of the Spaniards, Chinese and American....... "This collection of recipes presents authentic Filipino dishes as they would be cooked in a Filipino home.......They are magical discovery of the food of a resilient people who, while adopting foreign influences, have managed to create a cuisine that is truly their own - part Western, part Oriental, and uniquely, enchantingly Filipino."

Basic Filipino Ingredients:

Annatto seeds, Banana heart, bitter gourds, chayote, chicharon.....

Dips and condiments:

Lechon sauce, Garlic Vinegar Dip, Vinegar Lime dip....


Spring Rolls, Papaya Relish...


Healthy Papaya and Ginger Chicken Soup, Delicious Beef Marrow Soup.....


Sauteed Water Spinach, Stuffed Grilled Eggplants.....


Cantonese Style Noodles, Shrimp Rice Noodles....


Cuban-style Rice, Fried Rice with Shrimp and Chine Sausage.....


Seafood Paella, Sweet and Sour Fish....

Meat and Poultry:

Grilled Marinated Pork, Chicken in Tomato Sauce....


Fresh Coconut Delight Salad, Creme Caramel (Leche Flan)

Complete Recipe Listings

Another great recipe that we love - Noodle Soup with Meatballs (Misua with Bola Bola)

I was able to find Misua noodles in one of the stores carrying Asian products, this recipe is very good for cold weather. My daughter love this noodles recipe, we usually eat this during lunch, served with dinner rolls. Delicious!

Noodle Soup with Meat Balls - (Misua with bola Bola)

From: Filipino Homestyle dishes cook book:

  • 1 lb. (450g) ground pork
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 medium onion minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, adding extra to taste
  • 8 cups (2liters) water
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 3 1/2 oz (100g) dried wheat noodle thread (misua)
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions, to garnish (optional)


  1. combine the pork, carrots, onions, egg and flour in mixing bowl . Season with salt and pepper and mix thoroughly. Scoop out the 1 tablespoon of the meat mixture and shape into a ball. Set aside, Repeat with remaining meat mixture.
  2. Bring the water to a boil in deep pot. Add the pork balls and simmer over medium heat until fully cooked, about 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in the bouillon cubes. When cubes dissolve, add the noodles. Season with fish sauce. Simmer for 2-3 minutes over low heat then garnish with scallions, if desired and serve.

Yummy pork - Grilled Marinated Pork (Inihaw na Baboy)

This yummy recipe would be good for summer time, you can grill it outside.

Grilled Marinated Pork - Inihaw na Baboy

  • 2 lbs. pork belly or pork ribs
  • 1/2 cup minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup 7-up or Sprite
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Slice pork belly lengthwise into thick strips. If using pork ribs, slice across.
  2. Combine garlic, Sprite or 7-up, vinegar, sugar and pepper in a bowl. Pour over pork cover, marinate for 3 to 4 hours in the refrigerator.
  3. Drain the pork and discard marinade. Cook pork under a preheated broiler or over a barbecue grill 10 to 15 minutes each side.
  4. Serve with steam rice.

Yummy Rice Recipe - Fried Rice with Shrimp and Chinese Sausage (Morisqueta Tostada)

This is a Chinese dish with a Spanish name.

Rich Beef Stew (Caldereta) - Picture from: Filipino homestyle dishes

Pork and Chicken Adobo

Desserts! - Leche Flan

Picture from: Filipino homestyle dishes cookbook.

These are some of the foods that are included in this Recipe Book. I Tried some of them and they were delicious.

© 2012 Lorna


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