Beef Papaitan

Beef Papaitan

Papaitan origins traces back to the Ilocandia or the Ilocos region far north of  Manila. Pinapaitan is from the root word "pait" which means bitter. It is an Ilocano dish made with either beef or goat meat (sometimes innards are included), and is flavored with chili and bile,  but what makes this recipe so different from the rest is the “bile” which makes it  bitter.

I am not really a fan of papaitan but since the husband requested for this, so did try my best to cook this recipe which is really easy to do :-)

To do this, you will need;

11/4 lb beef, cut in small cubes and boiled

1/4 lb ox tripe, boiled and cut into small slices

1/4 lb beef intestines, boiled and cut into small slices

1/2 kilo liver, sliced thinly into 1 1/2"

cow bile, strained ( I used 2 sacs)

6-10 pcs calamansi

1 onion, sliced

1 ginger, sliced thinly

garlic, chopped

sili mahaba (long green chillies)

spring onions, sliced

salt and pepper to taste.


1. Saute onion. garlic and ginger in oil.

2. Add the boiled beef, ox tripe, beef intestines and liver.

3. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes.

4. Add the beef broth

5.  Then put a small amount of bile just to have a hint of bitterness, about 1 tablespoon of pure bile for 1 1/2 kg of innards, and put in 6 – 10 pieces of squeezed calamansi.

6. Bring to a boil.

7. Add the siling haba

8. Simmer for another 3-5 minutes.

9. Season with salt and pepper.

10. Sprinkle chopped spring onions. Serve hot with rice.  :-)

Syempre this is a beef/innard dish so best served piping hot or else, masebo.


Pasta Puttanesca

I'm updating again :-)

Since it's a holiday, I had ample time to do some homecooking. 
I remembered one time, while having dinner at a cafe, my husband had, a plate of puttanesca. He loved his plate and asked me to prepare it at home. So, since I am a very mabait na wife (hahaha)  did some googling for this pasta sauce. I grabbed all the ingridients and  planned to prepare this dish this lent season. Bagay di ba?

To do this, you will need;

12 pcs of chopped anchovies but I used 2 tbsp of dried herring (tuyo). I used tapa king's bottled spicy tuyo
1 tsp minced garlic
1 fresh red chilli - deseeded and finely chopped (optional)
6 whole tomatoes, stewed and chopped or you can use canned tomatoes
1 packs tomato paste (150 grams)
1 Tbsp capers
1/2 cup sliced pitted olives
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
coco sugar (to taste)
salt and pepper (to taste)
250 gm spaghetti

Then you have to;

1.Cook spaghetti according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
2.Heat the oil in a pot or large pan.
3.Saute garlic, dried herring or anchovies anchovies, and chilli in the hot oil for about 1 minute.
4.Add in the tomatoes, tomato paste and bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer for 2 minute.
5. sprinkle some coco sugar.
6.Stir in olives, parsley, basil, capers, salt and pepper.
7.Simmer for a further 4-5 minutes.
8.Add the pasta mix well with the sauce. If it's too dry drizzle with a little more olive oil.
9.Serve and enjoy.

My husband loves it. :-)