Chicken Afritada 

I posted Pork Sisig yesterday and that was our lunch last Sunday. Here’s the dinner — Chicken Afritada. All kind of meat can be cooked in tomato sauce and we Filipinos call it different ways. 

  1. Pork = Menudo
  2. Beef = Caldereta or Mechado
  3. Fish = Salciado 
  4. Chicken = Afritada

Although you can mix and match them, these meat tastes better in their respective common cooking ways.

chicken afritada recipe_sam lanuza_home cooking

  1. Chicken (Whole or Specific Part)
  2. Potatoes, Carrots, Baguio Beans, Bell Pepper
  3. Tomato Sauce
  4. Onion & Garlic
  5. Salt Pepper & Sugar (to taste)
  6. Fish Sauce

How to cook

  1. Make sure you thoroughly clean the chicken and you washed your hands and utensils right away. We don’t want salmonela.
  2. Sear the chicken until skin is golden brown. Set aside. 
  3. Sauté garlic and onion. Add back the chicken.
  4. Add fish sauce, pepper and 2 cups water.
  5. Simmer.
  6. Add tomato sauce.
  7. Simmer. Add sugar.
  8. Add potatoes and carrots (you may fry them separately to reduce cooking time)
  9. After 10 minutes add the beans.
  10. After 5 minutes add bell pepper.
  11. Serve with rice.

No leftover. lol

How about doing cooking videos? What do you think?

Pork Chop Sisig

Filipinos love gathering and there are staple dishes that you will see on the table. They are the dishes that goes well with, uhm, beer and hard liquor. 

One is Sisig, grilled pig head served with chilis in a sizzling plate. Some region add pig brain for its sauce, others, mayo. Here in Manila, some are not a fan of pig head so they used other parts of pork.

I used pork chop here and making this is so easy. 


  1. Pork Chop. Crispy Fried. Chopped into squares.
  2. Onion
  3. Green Chilis
  4. Red Chilis
  5. Mayonaise
  6. Salt & Pepper
  7. Calamansi
  8. Soy Sauce

How to Cook

  1. Heat the oil on a pan. Add onions and Chilis. 
  2. Add the pork. We want the Onion and Chilis to be half cooked here.
  3. Add 1 tbsp of Mayonaise. Mix Well.
  4. Add Salt and Pepper, 1 tsp soy sauce, and finally juice from one Calamansi.

You may opt to serve this in a Sizzling plate too. This is a quick dish perfect with ice cold beer and good talk with friends. 

Kitchen Tools Haul

Hey guys! It’s my first time to write a haul here and that is because I am so happy about my recent purchase.

Landmark Trinoma is on sale up to 50% off and I took advantage completing my kitchen haven. 

This was not crazy shopping I just got a few items that I currently need for my cooking. 

  1. Cocktail Shaker
  2. Stirrer
  3. Measuring cup 
  4. Movable Stick / rolling pin
  5. Cookie Cutter
  6. Ice cream scoop
  7. Pastry Blender

I bake a lot lately and I love mojito so basically these are essentials. I can’t believe that all of them was P688 (10% off on every item) not bad huh?

My favorite place on our house is Kitchen, how about you?


Chicken Pesto Sandwich

It has been a long time since I posted a recipe. Sometimes I choose to eat rather than take photos of it. And since I am the one cooking, I couldn’t get my hands on my phone or my camera.

As of this writing, I am insanely full. Sinigang became a mainstay in our dinner table and we got sick of it. So we decided to make use of the available resources inside the fridge.

If you want to know how to make one, keep on reading.

 Chicken Pesto Sandwich_Recipe_Sam Lanuza 

  • Baguette
  • Chicken Breast
  • Romain Lettuce
  • Pesto Sauce

For the sauce:

  • Tomato Ketchup
  • Soy Sauce
  • Brown Sugar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Water to dillute saltiness


  1. Cook chicken breast in boiling water half way through.
  2. Make the sauce. Combine soy sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, and water.
  3. Once the chicken is done, slice it into about quarter inch thick.
  4. Pan fry it. Before it turns golden brown, pour the sauce. Let it reduce.
  5. Prepare the bread. Cut in in half and spread the pesto sauce in one side. Toast.
  6. Assemble your sandwich.

If I remembered correctly, this is similar to the Chicken Pesto Ciabatta of Starbucks. I kind of copy the taste.

Hence, my tummy had a wonderful midnight snack.


Bypass Burger, call 911

by pass burger congressionalI’ve always wondered why there are such cars outside this store. They sell burgers, a friend of mine told me. So when we had a lazy Sunday and big appetite we stopped by and gave it a try.

We got overwhelmed how big their burgers are so to play safe we order the double bypass burger for our first try.

double bypass
If you are a burger lover this is small for you but for me it is enormous. lol I got full by simply looking at it, my partner enjoyed it so much and since I put too much hot sauce I ended up drinking water in between and not consume the burger at all. Poor me. 

It’s 100% beef, seasoned just right, cooked medium well. No fancy dressing needed, tomatoes and cabbage is enough but I think a caramelized onion would be better. 

On our next trip we will try the cardiac arrest burger which is as big as a dinner plate but this time for sharing. 

They are open until 11pm so if you are craving for something gluttonous in the middle of the night, stop by at BYPASS BURGER and experience food coma. 

Your future is define by the choices you make today. Choose to be great.


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