My Ultimate Comfort Food Ever!
This is my list of top 10 ultimate comfort food ever exists in my mama's kitchen... It all comes in random!
I must say that when I was a kid I'm a bad picky eater from veggies to meats I just ignored it, a plain simple rule when I was young. But looking back right now I realize how these foods embrace me while growing up filled with fond memories I always cherish.
Since I love food more than ever!
Most especially if it's a comfort food that really does makes me feel better and gets me going so I decided a trip down memory lane and list whatever I can recall.
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The term comfort food refers to a style of familiar, simple food or drink that is usually home-cooked, or consumed in informal restaurants. The idea of "comfort food" is popular in western culture and not part of many other societies including East Asia.
It is typically inexpensive, uncomplicated, and easy to prepare. Many people turn to comfort food for familiarity, emotional security, or as a special reward. The reasons a dish becomes a comfort food are diverse but often include pleasant associations of childhood. Small children often seem to latch on to a specific food or drink (in a way similar to a security blanket) and will repeatedly request it in high stress situations. Adults eat comfort food for a sense of continuity.
Comfort foods are typically composed largely of simple or complex carbohydrate, such as sugar, rice, refined wheat, and so on.
Do you have an ultimate comfort food ever? What is it?
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#1 A glass of milk and chocolate cookies
first off the bat!
How can I forget these sweet chocolate cookies and a glass of milk! It comes almost everyday in the morning.
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I love arroz caldo!
It won't be so surprising why it's on my list... My taste of food is so eclectic mostly influence by the eastern culture. This recipe is perfect to ease colds due to the cold weather monsoon. I still enjoyed this every now and then.
Recipe Courtesy of Open Source Food
You will need:
• 4 chicken thighs (or drumsticks)
• 2 cups of sticky rice (uncooked)
• 1 qt of chicken stock (fat free, sodium free)
• 2 knobs of ginger (peeled, chopped 1/4 inches)
• 4 cloves of garlic (chopped roughly)
• 1 onion or 2 shallots
• green onions
• 2 tablespoons patis (fish sauce)
• salt and pepper
Get a big pot hot and add some olive oil, and brown the chicken. This means don't move it until it has sufficiently browned on one side. Salt and pepper.
When you flip over the chicken, add the chopped onion or shallots and let it sautee until the other side of the chicken browns.
Add garlic, give a quick toss and add uncooked rice.
Mix around the rice and add the patis (vietnamese fish sauce works well too). Add ginger. Mix around and add chicken stock.
Cover and bring to simmer.
When simmer, bring heat to medium and continue to stir. Making sure rice doesn't stick to the bottom of the pot.
Continue to check the tenderness of the rice (much like risotto). If mixture is getting too thick, loosen with tepid water.
When rice is cooked just right, serve with chicken in a bowl and garnish with green onions and/or deep fried shallots and garlic and a grind of black pepper (white pepper works well too).
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Pancit is similar to stir-fried noodles dish originated from China. It is made up of very thin rice noodles fried with soy sauce and some citrus and possibly with patis and variation of chopped meats and vegetables.
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This is one of many indigenous food in the Philippines which is usually made as a pasalubong or keepsake for a relative or tourist in the country.
Traditionally, a buko pie is a pastry filled with sweetened young coconut. There are also a lot of variations of this pie often they use macapuno, a special type of coconut which is much thicker and sticky.
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# 7 Let's refresh with Halo-halo!
... from the word itself "mix-mix"
...so what's halo-halo?
For sure a lot of balikbayan's really missed this one!
Halo-halo is a traditional Filipino dessert that is a mixture of shaved ice and milk to which are added various boiled sweet beans and fruits, and served cold in a tall glass or bowl.
There is no specific recipe for this dessert, and a wide variety of ingredients are used. The order in which the ingredients are added varies widely. Primary ingredients generally include boiled red mung beans, kidney beans, garbanzos, sugar palm fruit (kaong), coconut sport (macapuno), and plantains caramelized in sugar. Other components may include jackfruit (langka), star apple, tapioca or sago, nata de coco, purple yam (ube) or sweet potato (kamote), sweetened corn kernels or pounded crushed young rice (pinipig), leche flan or custard, ice cream and gelatin. Other fruits, such as papayas, avocados, kiwifruit, bananas or cherries, may also be added. Some preparations also include ice cream on top of the halo-halo.
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Philippine cooking is the familiar blended with the exotic. Just as the Filipinos are part Malay, Chinese and Spanish, so is the cuisine of the seven-thousand-island Philippine nation. One can also taste the subtle hints of Indian, Mexican, Arab and American influences. American contribution to Filipino kitchen particularly became heavy following WW II when surplus canned foods became widely available because of the shortages of fresh produce. The Filipinos embraced these 'new foods' and turned them into dishes that taste nothing like canned food. For example, by sauteing canned corned beef with onions and garlic, they created a dish uniquely their own.
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