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Homestyle Filipino Dishes (By Norma Olizon-Chikiamco

Updated on June 24, 2014

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 it. 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 my favorite recipes. There are lot more good recipes in this cookbook, that are waiting to be discovered.

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. Happy cooking!

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 good flavor. This goes great with steam rice. This food usually served at dinner time.


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

1 scallion, cut into thin strips to garnish (optional)


  1. 1. Combine the sugar, vinegar, soy sauce and water in a mixing bowl, set aside.
  2. 2. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok. Fry the garlic until brown then set aside.
  3. 3. Pour in the remaining oil, add pork and saute until medium brown. Pour in the reserved vinegar mixture. Bring to boil, the simmer over
  4. 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
  5. until pork is tender.
  6. 4. Add the carrots and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the plantains let it cook for 5 minutes.
  7. 5. Serve with rice.
Cast your vote for Estofado (Stewed Pork)

To Cook Your Stew

Cuisinart 77-10 Chef's Classic Stainless 10-Piece Cookware Set
Cuisinart 77-10 Chef's Classic Stainless 10-Piece Cookware Set

These collection is good for use on stir fry, stew and more.

Presto 01341  4-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker
Presto 01341 4-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker

This pressure cooker makes your beef soft and tasty.


About this book - Table of Contents

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. 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. 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. 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.

For cooking meatballs with Misua

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

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. 1. Slice pork belly lengthwise into thick strips. If using pork ribs, slice across.
  2. 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. 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. 4. Serve with steam rice.

Desserts! - Leche Flan

Picture from: Filipino homestyle dishes cookbook.

Happy Cooking! Please leave me a note! Thanks!

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      These all look delicious - the noodle soup with meatballs is something I've never tried but would really love to! Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Pretty and delicious and so appetizing! The noodle and meatball soup is calling to me here for sure. I enjoyed the video even though I couldn't understand the captions, a picture paints a thousand words there and the chef sure kept moving in the flames....done with lots of yum! :)

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      These look quite tasty!

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Your recipes are too awesome to believe!!! Thank you so much.

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      Wow! Beautiful Delicious Filipino Dishes! If i ever go to Philippine, I would not forget to taste them all, Thank you.

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      Deborah Carr 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      What wonderful meals ... and they sound easy to prepare, too!

    • mrsclaus411 profile image

      mrsclaus411 5 years ago

      Those look delicious.

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      These looking delicious! :)

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      whats4dinner 5 years ago

      Your recipes look really delicious. I'd love to try them.