Leche Flan

Filipinos love desserts and anything that’s sweet yet fulfilling.  Leche flan is also one of the best known desserts that’s so easy to make. The desert is similar to a crème brulée. Although the ingredients are almost always the same, Filipinos still make innovations and makes different ways on cooking one. Personally, Leche Flan is one of my favorite desserts. When I crave for it we could easily make one even on regular days since its just as easy as one, two three and bam! It’s all ready. Dig in and get the sugar high sensation.  There’s tons of ways to make one. I wish you could make a tasty one out of this posted recipe.

1 can evaporated milk
1 can condensed milk
10 egg yolks
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or lemon essence

Caramel syrup:
1 cup sugar (brown or white)
¾ cup water

1. In a sauce pan, pour the ¾ cup water and add the sugar. Bring to a boil until caramelized.
2. Pour the caramel mixture into your desired mould (llanera) - oval, circle, or square.  Spread the caramel mixture covering the whole base of the mould.
3. In a separate pan.  Pour the evaporated milk, condensed milk, the yolks and the vanilla extract or lemon essence. Blend them well either by hand or by using a blender.
4. Gently pour the mixture on the tin moulds about 1 to 1 ¼ inch thick. Cover the top with an aluminum foil.
5. Steam the leche flan about 20 minutes or more.  Using a toothpick, insert it in the leche flan and when it comes out clean, then your leche flan is already cooked.
6. Refrigerate.
7. To serve up:  run the knife around the edges to loosen the leche flan. Get a platter, place it on top of the mould and flip the leche flan upside down facing the fair brown caramel mix on top.

Filipino Kare Kare (Ox tail and Peanut Stew)

Kare kare is one of the Nation’s fave and iconic dish. If you’d ask Filipinos on what’s their all-time favorite dish, I’m pretty sure kare kare will be on top of the list. Making this dish actually sucks up a lot of your time, yet it is all worth the wait. We don’t usually make this dish on an everyday matter. We make one on special occasions and share it with our relatives and friends. Many crave for this food, but eventually only a few are blessed to have known how to cook one. This is why we made this to help you all guys out there how to make one. Enjoy reading , try to cook one and enjoy eating with family and friends!

¼ kilo long bean (sitaw), cut 2 inches long
3 pieces eggplant, sliced 1 inch thick
5 pieces pechay (bok choy), cut into halves 
1 piece banana blossom , cut alike to eggplant      
2 pieces onions,diced
2 heads of garlic, minced
fish sauce
salt shrimp paste
kare kare mix
black pepper
peanut butter
bell pepper
ox tail

1. In a pot filled with 8 glass of water, boil the ox tail for about an hour or so until cooked. Set aside the ox tail and keep the stock.
2. On a large wok, sauté the onions, garlic and ginger until it turns golden brown. Pour in the stock and the ox tail. Simmer for a few minutes and add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Add first the banana blossom until it softens. Add in all the vegetables and cook for a few minutes. Add the kare kare mix. Do not overcook the vegetables; check on them once in a while.
4. When ready for serving, stir in 2 tablespoons of peanut butter.
5. For the shrimp paste- sauté garlic until golden brown. Add the shrimp paste and fish sauce to taste.
6. Serve Kare-Kare with the shrimp paste mixture on the side.
7. Enjoy your meal!

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