Category: food

Where to Dine In When in New Boston, Texas

We just moved out here in the country 3 weeks ago. It’s a big step we had to take, it is my husband’s decision to move out here and make it as his retirement place. It is peaceful and quiet out here and everybody seems to love it and enjoy the surroundings and all.

But, I on the other hand, is longing to go to my favorite stores to just you know hang out and pass time. I may eventually get used to driving 33 minutes to get to the mall, as long as I can buy the basics nearby, I guess I will be fine.

On a lighter note, we found a Chinese buffet restaurant in New Boston, Texas. I am delighted to know that I can just go there and have a taste for Asian food anytime I want since it is not very far from us. We did not expect much for a small town Asian restaurant. I have read reviews about them on Facebook before visiting them last week.

We were not disappointed, although buffet time was over when we got there. We thought that this place served tasty food. We ordered from the menu and plenty of dishes to choose from. We ordered beef broccoli, sweet and sour beef, sweet and sour chicken and shrimp. My children said they loved their food and so did my husband.

The restaurant was quiet and there were only us and another solo customer who dined in at the time, a few ordered to-go. I expected for a crowd but no, it is not in the city anymore so I must get used to going to places like this to be quiet and lots of empty chairs. Prices of food are okay.

Quality of food they serve is 8 out of 10. Ambiance is 7. Food server is 9, she was nice and kept asking if we were okay or if we needed anything. Overall, our visit to China Cafe in New Boston, Texas was a calm and pleasant experience.

I recommend this place to those who love Asian food. You can’t go wrong with this place, it’s good.

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Healthy Dessert

One of the many advantages working in a food service industry is that you get to learn how to prepare foods you have never tried before. My favorite things to eat at work is this delicious and healthy dessert. They sell it at the cafeteria for $2.59 for a 3-ingredient parfait.

I cannot always be spending my money on a dessert that I can easily make at home. All it needs to make a good parfait are vanilla of any flavor, granola and any fruits you like. Voila! Not only it is delicious but your mind is at ease even though you eat a whole cup of this thing knowing that what you put in your mouth is way healthier than those baked sweet cobbler, cake or deep fried stuff.

Avocado is in season and it tastes delightful when mixed with granola and yogurt. If I eat it alone, I’d put a bit of honey on it but with other stuff, I am good without the sweetener on my avocado.

Another way to have a dessert is a granola with milk and ripe sweet mango. It is equally delicious as parfait. Try it and you’ll love having it every night.

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Delicious Wrapped Purple Sweet Potato

Sweet potato is one of the root crops that is easy to grow and harvest abundantly in the Philippines or anywhere in the world. Anyone can plant this crop in their own backyard too so it is available almost everywhere if one is interested to eat a homegrown and organic sweet potatoes.

Anyway, here in our area, these purple Hawaiian sweet potatoes are sold but cost a bit of a price than normal ones. I love purple for the fact that it is different in color and they are only available at the Asian market 23 minutes away from where we live.

Since I am drawn to its color but not a big eater of a potato, I came up with the idea of wrapping it in eggroll wrappers. Others call this recipe, “KAMOTE KABOY”.

Here’s how I make it for it to be appetizing and palatable.

Ingredients:
2 pounds Hawaiian purple sweet potatoes
2 packs of frozen young coconut strips
half can of sweet condensed milk, you can use a full can if you prefer for it to be sweeter
3 packages of eggroll wraps
1/2 stick shredded butter

Boil sweet potatoes first then mash it once done.

Thaw coconut strips and drain excess water.

Pour/place all ingredients in potatoes and mix.

Start wrapping them. Once done, fry as many as you want or vacuum seal the rest and freeze!

Believe it or not, it’s delicious and my two girls love them even if they don’t like eating sweet potatoes.

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…. that delicious and attractive kamote kaboy! Hmmm drooling, aren’t they?
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Time-consuming Delicacy but It’s Delicious

It is here in America that I learned how to cook. I want to eat and to do that is to learn how to prepare my own meal. Growing up, we always had our mother cook and prepare our meals for us. I married and moved to the USA 11 years ago and from then I have learned how to cook Filipino dishes. It was not hard actually, things can be learned fast if a person is interested.

Anyway, I never have any idea how to do any of the delicious Filipino delicacies, you know when in a country where no one is selling the foods you are craving, that left you with no other choice. The internet is a good source to search for information you want to know and voila! Different recipes, different outcome. Throughout the years of making this “cassava suman” I think I perfected it this time. It is so soft, just the right sweetness in it. Or I can best describe it as ” when you get to taste it, you don’t wanna stop and will want to eat some more”. Yes, is that good!

I use the usual ingredients to make this delicacy, grated cassava or yucca root, 2 cans of coconut milk, brown sugar, young coconut strips, vanilla, banana leaves to wrap it and lastly, I mixed it with sweet purple potato. Maybe it’s the potato that makes it different from the past sumans I made before. It took me 3 hours from peeling off the cassava until I start steaming them. Yes, it is that time-consuming of a process to make this delicacy, mind you!

Sorry I don’t give measurement of ingredients as I only did this of estimation.

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I Cook to Make Up with My Kids

I work, just part-time now though yet I still feel exhausted when I work 4 straight days in a week. When I am working, I cannot always cook fresh foods for my girls but when I am able to, I make sure it is appetizing and appealing to them so they’ll eat what I serve them. As much as possible I try not to repeat the dishes, otherwise they’ll get tired of it.

My girls are fun to cook for, they eat almost anything I offer them. That alone encourages me to do my duty as a mother and give them nutritious foods for their growing body and brain. Thankfully, my girls aren’t picky and if they try to refuse the food, I will just remind them the photos of those malnourished children on Facebook so they’ll eat and have no option to say no.

One of the dishes I can very well serve them which they accept willingly is this breaded baked pork chops for dinner paired with baked asparagus and brown rice. They liked it, oh not just liked it but loved it. I feel accomplished when my hard work to make them dinner is eaten and all gone.

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Nongshim Noodles After a Day of Hardwork

A bowl of very hot soup is all I want each night after working 8 hours shift. I want nothing else than Nongshim black Korean noodles. It is so delicious, spicy and just awesome-goodness noodles. I know instant noodles are bad but hey, having it once in a while is not bad, is it?

Maybe it is just me who wants something warm or hot after work. Some may prefer cold desserts or whatever but nothing is more satisfying than slurping that warm soup until I get full. Instant noodles are to the rescue, I have enough stock of this noodles and always comes in handy whenever I need it.

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Chicken Noodle Soup Vs Pizza

Sometimes I cook or prepare two different meals for me and my family. While my children love eating Filipino foods, there are certain dishes that they do not want instead they ask for an American food. One example is photo below. While I enjoyed my noodle soup so much, the girls, however, preferred eating pizza.

For me, Filipino foods are the best. They are filling and satisfying to my stomach plus it they are healthier for I always put some veggies on my soup and some garlic and onions which are known to be beneficial to our health. So, I will not exchange it over pizza or mac and cheese. My children have a taste of both American and Filipino foods because I tend to cook my food all the time and they eat most of it, if not all.

I am just lucky my girls aren’t picky, they eat whatever I give them, otherwise, they go hungry.

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I’m Craving for Pho

Pho soup is on my mind for quite a while now. I am just waiting for a day when I can go to the Thai restaurant nearby and indulge in this delicious and satisfying soup shown in the picture below. Last Friday, we went to Chuck E Cheese’s and spent $60 on food and tokens there, it happens to be near Thai Select restaurant where I had my last pho and looking back at how much we spent on a crappy pizza and soda at Chuck E’s, I kind of regretted it. While our girls had a blast, I was regretful for spending that much money and I was still hungry when we left that place. I couldn’t keep my eyes off the restaurant as we drove away to go home that day.

Pho soup is satisfying to me, it has vermicelli noodles, some veggies and sausage/shrimp for protein in it. I really should go back to Thai Select in my next day off to satisfy this craving.

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Pinoy Versus American Food

I love to eat, I love food and most of all, I love cooking our own food at home. Cooking these days is difficult because I got a job and I can only cook on my day off or when I work the afternoon shift. So, in order for me to save time in the kitchen, I just cook two dishes at a time.

Like for instance these foods pictured below. I cooked “pinakbet” which consists of Asian veggies for me and the mac and cheese for the husband and the girls, well, unfortunately, I put spinach in there so my little girl doesn’t like to eat it all.

Cooking these dishes at one time gave me the opportunity to compare both which tastes great and delicious. I even asked my friends on FB which one they prefer best and they voted for the Filipino food. Well, that’s sucks huh because they’re all Filipinos.

As for me, I would prefer the Pinoy food also. Don’t get me wrong, I like mac and cheese but I can only eat a cup of it because it’s too cheesy and “bidli”. The food does not stay in my tummy for long too so yes, I love Pinoy food. Nothing beats Pinoy food!

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Native Visayan Stew in America

Those who grew up poor and in the province anywhere in the Philippines can relate to this kind of food with the exception of shrimp because it is expensive in my home country. A native Visayan stew or “utan bisaya” as we call it consists of Asian spinach, yellow squash, long yard beans, eggplant, bamboo shoot, malunggay or moringa oleifera, okra or anything that can be grown in your backyard can be made into a stew.

This is one of those that I so appreciate here in America because not all Filipinos have access to native veggies like me. I grow this in our own backyard free of pesticides and other harmful chemicals. When I feel like cooking native stew, I just go out there and pick some vegetables. I am blessed to have the ability to plant my own food that I enjoy so much!

Native stew freshly cooked paired with dried fish and leftover grits, anyone? This is my kind of food, belly filling, nutritious and it satisfied my craving for a healthy dish. Aside from that, it also felt like I was home when I gobbled this up!

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