Best Homemade Pasta And Meatballs Recipe (I Have Ever Made)

December 04, 2018

Went to pick up groceries one day. Figured, we wanted to eat pasta after a long day. Pasta, especially spaghetti for Filipinos, is somewhat a treat. We eat it most occasionally at birthday celebrations. It was perfect since it was my aunt's birthday too.

(This is not a sponsored post.)

Egan and I decided to make it a little more special this time though. We made meatballs and used penne instead of spaghetti. It turned out great and just full of love. Yup! You can taste the love in the food. Try this...

Homemade Pasta and Meatball recipe

INGREDIENTS:

100 g lean ground beef
50 g ground pork
1 small garlic clove, grated
1/2 medium red onion, minced
2 Tablespoons bread crumbs (Good Life brand)
salt
pepper
1/2 egg, beaten
1 Tablespoon seasoned breadcrumbs (Crispy brand)
1 Tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese (Kraft brand)
1 Tablespoon canola oil (Marca Leon brand)
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4 cups boiling water
1 cup uncooked pasta ( La Filipina brand penne)
salt
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1 garlic clove, chopped
1/2 medium red onion, minced
1 small carrot grated
1 can whole peeled tomatoes (Honey brand)
1/8 cup Italian Spaghetti sauce (RAM brand)
salt
pepper
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Parmesan cheese

1. In a mixing bowl, combine all first 10 ingredients above. Set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan on high heat, place in the boiling water with a teaspoon of salt.
3. Wait until it the water is visibly boiling hot before placing in your pasta.
4. Cook until al denté (cooked yet firm).
5. Drain water and place in a bowl where you will serve your pasta.
6. Place back the now-empty saucepan on medium heat and place 1 Tablespoon of oil.
7. Form the golf-ball-sized meatballs out of the meat mixture made earlier.
8. Cook them meatballs while turning them on every side for about 10-15 minutes.
9. Once cooked, place the meatballs on the pasta.
10. In the saucepan, sauté the onions, garlic, and shredded carrot.
11. Season with salt and pepper (about a pinch each).
12. Cover the saucepan for 3 minutes. Bring heat to medium-low.
13. While waiting, roughly chop or crush the peeled tomatoes with clean hands or forks.
14. Take the cover off the saucepan and add the tomatoes with the sauce from the can.
15. Also, add the Spaghetti sauce to add a little sweetness.
16. Submerge the meatballs back into the saucepan with the sauce and cover for 5 minutes.
17. We are done with the cooking! You can place the sauce over the pasta or you can also mix the pasta in the sauce before serving. Top each serving with Parmesan cheese according to your liking.



Enjoy!
Hope you love this dish just like we did.
For comments, suggestions, or questions, you can message us.

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Best Homemade Pasta And Meatballs Recipe (I Have Ever Made) Best Homemade Pasta And Meatballs Recipe (I Have Ever Made) Reviewed by Shoni Munchtrip on December 04, 2018 Rating: 5

MunchTrip - A Choice Where To Eat In Manila Buffet-style (Sambo Kojin)

December 02, 2018
There are simply too many choices around for food in Manila. If we want to celebrate an occasion or a holiday, we like to go to one place where there are many dishes to choose from, Manila buffets like Sambo Kojin are a good place to go to.

(This is not a sponsored post.)

Here you get different cuisine choices, Japanese Yakiniku, Korean Barbecue, and more. They were all colorful and inviting.

Rates as of September 2018 were 738 Ph pesos (Tuesday lunch), but one of us was having a birthday. My friend ate for free! 😁

Save space for dessert because they have so many choices! 

If ever you go to Sambo Kojin, go earlier than 12nn (for lunch) or 6pm (for dinner) to avoid being placed on the waiting list.

That’s it! 



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MunchTrip - A Choice Where To Eat In Manila Buffet-style (Sambo Kojin) MunchTrip - A Choice Where To Eat In Manila Buffet-style (Sambo Kojin) Reviewed by Shoni Munchtrip on December 02, 2018 Rating: 5

Homemade Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe (from scratch)

November 26, 2018
In French, “cordon bleu” means “of the highest class”, so let’s make some classy chicken!  This Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe was inspired by how good it tastes when you order it in a restaurant. The cheese just marries so well with the taste of the pork and chicken, all wrapped in a crispy coating of goodness.

Egan craved it and dove into making it for lunch using some free-range chicken breast fillets I carved out of a whole chicken the day before.

It doesn’t mean that if you are short on budget, you can’t eat really good food. It just takes a bit of patience and a sense of adventure to try making a dish.

Homemade Chicken Codon Bleu recipe

INGREDIENTS:
1/8 kg pork steak (sliced very thinly)
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chicken breasts fillets (from one Magnolia free-range whole chicken)
salt
pepper
25g cheddar (about 1/8 bar of Kraft brand)
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1/4 cup cornstarch (Cream brannd)
bread crumbs (Good Life brand)
egg
1/2 cup oil (Marca Leon canola)

PROCEDURE:
1. Slice the porksteak into 1/4 centimeter thick slices.
2. Boil the pork slices in a pan with enough water that covers the slices and leave it for 3-5 minutes.
3. Set aside the pork.
4. Lay the chicken breast flat on a surface (optional: sandwich it between cling wrap).
5. Using a glass with a flat bottom, pound it until it ends with a uniformed thickness of 1/4 centimeters.
6. Season the chicken breast with salt and pepper.
7. Slice the cheese into sticks.
8. Here comes the assembly. On the flattened chicken breast fillets, put the pork steak slices on top. Do not let the pork go beyond the area of the chicken. It is possible that you will need less that the pork you prepared.
9. On top of the pork slices, place the cheese sticks across the longer side or the chicken.
10. Just like a sushi, roll all of the ingredients into one big log. Shape it and chill it.
11. Heat up the oil in a medium sized skillet.
12. Prepare the cornstarch and breadcrumbs in separate plates.
13. Beat the egg.
14. You know when the oil is ready if a breadcrumb that you drop in it sizzles and rises to the surface.
15. Get the log/roll. Coat it in cornstarch. Dip it in the beaten egg. Roll it on the breadcrumbs.
16. Fry the log in medium heat for about 10-15 minutes. Roll it every now and then to make sure it gets cooked on all sides.
17. When it has turned golden brown, take it out of the pan. Slice and serve.

By the way, we served this with a No-Mayonnaise Sweet Mustard Dip. It was kind of like a no-egg or vegan honey mustard dip substitute. If you are interested, here is the recipe.

I’m writing this as quick as I can for a friend who requested it (Hi, Kitty!).
Egan and I hope you, guys, love this recipe. For comments, suggestions, and questions, feel free to write them down below or send us a message.

On to the next munchtrip!


Homemade Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe (from scratch) Homemade Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe (from scratch) Reviewed by Shoni Munchtrip on November 26, 2018 Rating: 5

No-Mayonnaise Sweet Mustard Dip (No-Egg Honey Mustard Dip substitute)

November 26, 2018
We found ourselves needing Honey Mustard Dip once for our Homemade Chicken Cordon Bleu, but we did not have any mayonnaise or honey. This was when I gave birth to this dip recipe.

This was much like an “improv that went great” kind of recipe. It was a sketch that ended up what it was intended to be. Remembering the taste profile of the dip was all I used to guide me. Nonetheless, it tasted great and so I share it here in the blog as well.

MunchTrip's Sweet Mustard Dip recipe

INGREDIENTS:
1 tsp mustard (McCormick mustard)
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar (BRAGGS brand)
1 tsp white sugar

PROCEDURE:
1. Mix everything in a dipping bowl or saucer.

Done!
Wasn’t that simple? Yet, it had the tang, and sweetness still that we like about the dip. It works for us, how did it work for you?

It was perfect for our Homemade Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe here.

For questions, comments, and suggestions, feel free to write them below or send us a message.

On to the next munchtrip!
No-Mayonnaise Sweet Mustard Dip (No-Egg Honey Mustard Dip substitute) No-Mayonnaise Sweet Mustard Dip (No-Egg Honey Mustard Dip substitute) Reviewed by Shoni Munchtrip on November 26, 2018 Rating: 5

How To Travel Better: Roll Your Clothes Time-Tested Travel Hack

August 14, 2018
travel tip: roll.
Welcome to MunchTrip's Favourite Travel Better Series. This is one of my most favorite ways to travel better. People call it a travel hack and it is! I have been doing this in my travels for more than 10 years. I thought sharing the advantages with you would be a good idea.

I find this is to be one of the most useful in making my travel better.  It leaves me more time to enjoy my destinations and it saves me luggage check-in expenses.

I'm not claiming this to be my idea. I came across the idea of rolling my clothes when packing back in the early 2000s. I was a fan of Discovery Channel and although I am not sure if I got the idea there, I know it was from one of those types of shows. The idea was then improved later on with the birth of many "travel hacks" shared on YouTube vloggers and Facebook life hack videos.

Here are the advantages:
  • Rolling clothes leave less wrinkles on my shirts than folding them and placing them in my bag.  
  • Rolling clothes maximises your bag space whether it be a suitcase or a back pack.  
  • It is easier to pull clothes out of the bag without disarranging everything in your bag.
Ever since I could remember, I have been rolling my clothes since the late 90s and I have never looked back since.

Another plus for this method is something I got from my partner.

Rolling of clothes allows me to just pick up any shirt of a certain colour, and because I only see the shirt partially, I cannot judge it by what brand it was or what print it had on it.  

Saves me time changing clothes and makes me enjoy our destinations more.

Oh! Oh! Oh!  It also reminds me of my favourite Filipino foods, LUMPIA...

FRESH LUMPIA?

or the NGOHIONG!

NGOHIONG?



How To Travel Better: Roll Your Clothes Time-Tested Travel Hack How To Travel Better: Roll Your Clothes Time-Tested Travel Hack Reviewed by Shoni Munchtrip on August 14, 2018 Rating: 5

50+ Reasons To CELEBRATE Food Days in August

August 07, 2018
Celebrate for Food Days in August Are Here!

I thought I'd grab hold of list of celebrations related to food and post them into one place.

August Food Day Celebrations  We have so much to celebrate this August. Apart from it being the Higalaay Festival Month of my hometown, Cagayan de Oro City, it also has a long list of varied food celebrations.

Month-long 
Brownies at Brunch
Catfish Month
Panini Month
Sandwich Month
First Saturday of August
Mustard Day

Second Week
Apple Week

August 1 
Raspberry Cream Pie Day
IPA Day
Milkshake Day

August 2 
Ice Cream Sandwich Day
Ice Cream Soda Day

August 3 
Watermelon Day
White Wine Day

August 4 
Chocolate Chip Day

August 5 
Mustard Day
Oyster Day

August 6 
Root Beer Float Day

August 7 
Raspberries 'N Cream Day
IPA Day
Beer Day

August 8
Frozen Custard Day
Zucchini Day

August 9  
Rice Pudding Day

August 10  
S'mores Day
Banana Split Day

August 11 
Raspberry Bombe Day
Raspberry Tart Day
Panini Day

August 12  
Julienne Fries Day

August 13 
Filet Mignon Day
Prosecco Day

August 14 
Creamsicle Day

August 15 
Lemon Meringue Pie Day
Julia Child’s Birthday

August 16 
Bratwurst Day
Rum Day

August 17 
Vanilla Custard Day

August 18  
Ice Cream Pie Day
Pinot Noir Day (lovely with Chocolate)
Fajita Day

August 19 
Soft Ice Cream Day
Hot & Spicy Food Day
Potato Day

August 20
Chocolate Pecan Pie Day
Bacon Lovers Day
Lemonade Day

August 21 
Spumoni Day
Pecan Torte Day

August 22
Pecan Torte Day
Bao Day
Spumoni Day
Eat A Peach Day

August 23 
Sponge Cake Day

August 24 
Peach Pie Day
Waffle Day

August 25 
Banana Split Day
Whiskey Sour Day

August 26 
Cherry Popsicle Day

August 27 
Pots de Creme Day
Banana Lover’s Day (recipe of No-Sugar Added Banana Cake here)

August 28 
Cherry Turnovers Day
Crackers Over The Keyboard Day

August 29 
More Herbs, Less Salt Day
Chop Suey Day
Lemon Juice Day 

August 30  
Toasted Marshmallow Day

August 31 
Trail Mix Day
Eat Outside Day 


———  Disclaimer: Most of these food celebrations may be American in origin but in my opinion food can be celebrated by all civilizations.  Hurrah!

I have compiled this list from a number of sources:
Wikipedia.com
Refinery29.com
TheNibble.com
TheGoodHeartedWoman.com
Foodimentary.com
50+ Reasons To CELEBRATE Food Days in August 50+ Reasons To CELEBRATE Food Days in August Reviewed by Shoni Munchtrip on August 07, 2018 Rating: 5

Mactan International Airport Food In The Boarding Area

August 03, 2018

I just recently traveled from the Cebu Mactan International Airport going on a domestic flight to Cagayan de Oro. I realized something. No matter how we tell ourselves to leave early so we could dine somewhere before going to the airport, we still fail at doing so about 50% of the time.  Airport food would then be our only option.

The problem then arises of not knowing what food stalls are in the Cebu airport since I noticed merchants change often in airports.  Airport food is more essential than we think and is crucial for our travels. We wouldn't like to get sick during a vacation or even after a vacation, when we go back to work. You don't want to blow your budget either in sometimes, so a lot of smart budgeting goes a long way.

Now we ask:
What shall I eat in the Cebu airport? What food is available in the Cebu airport? Does Cebu airport have food stalls I would like to buy food from?

Therefore, in order for me to remember and some of you out there to know, these are the merchants in the Mactan International Airport Domestic flights boarding area for a first in my series of AIRPORT FOOD.

Top N Dog beside Grilled Pita (Cebu Airport food: sandwiches)

Tsim Sha Tsui Dimsum & Tea Bar (Cebu Airport food: HK/Chinese cuisine)

Zubuchon (Cebu Airport food: rice meals with roasted pig cooked in different ways)

Dunkin Donuts (Cebu Airport food: doughnuts and sandwiches)

Potato Corner (Cebu Airport food: fries)

Jollibee (Cebu Airport food: Filipino fast food)

Bo's Coffee (Cebu Airport food: caffeine and cafe food)

Tubo (Cebu Airport food: cane juice)

Cinnabon (Cebu Airport food: pastries)

Fraiche Deli (Cebu Airport food: sandwiches and smoothies)

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Thank you. On to the next munchtrip! 
Mactan International Airport Food In The Boarding Area Mactan International Airport Food In The Boarding Area Reviewed by Shoni Munchtrip on August 03, 2018 Rating: 5

Locals' Love Their Ngohiong And I Understand Why It Is A Must Eat In Cebu

July 26, 2018
Simply a Cebu local favorite.
Where the people go, is where affordable good food is.




Who doesn't like a good ngohiong? Why does this often get in the list of must-eats in Cebu?

Five spiced juliened jicama (a.k.a. turnip, rutabaga, or swede) rolled in a lumpia wrapper then dipped in spiced cornstarch before deep fried. YES!

Also get Cebu local longganisa, chorizo, stuffed egg, stuffed crab, local "ginabot", gizzard and liver.

Most of the food items were less than 20 PH pesos ($ 0.50) each. ;)

Dip them all in the spicy sauce and pair with pusô.

Simple. Filling (the best excuse because it is full of fiber). Affordable.

Ngohiong is 😍
Locals' Love Their Ngohiong And I Understand Why It Is A Must Eat In Cebu Locals' Love Their Ngohiong And I Understand Why It Is A Must Eat In Cebu Reviewed by Shoni Munchtrip on July 26, 2018 Rating: 5

Wandering River Cedar by JSON MunchTrip (Bukidnon Falls side trip after Panimahawa Ridge)

May 31, 2018
JSON shares his experience seeing the Impasugon, Bukidnon Falls, "River Cedar"

There is a very special feeling of experiencing a waterfall in its most natural state.  Here, JSON shares with us pure moments of bliss during their trip to River Cedar, Impasugong. This is also where a Waterfall in Bukidnon can be found.


How were you feeling before going to River Cedar in Impasugong?
I had no idea na padulong mi River Cedar after namo sa Panimahawa Ridge.
How did you feel while being there?
Excited tapos nalingaw ko sa river trekking.
How did you feel after leaving the waterfalls and river in Impasugong?
Excited! and gusto ko mo balik dd2 puhon.


Music: Olli - My Dear (Kaisaku Remix) Location: Cedar Impasugong Bukidnon Director: JSON Editor: JSON How to go there: Travel to Malaybalay and turn from Sayre Highway. Once you pass through the highway you will see the CEDAR sign by the road that will lead you to the site.
Wandering River Cedar by JSON MunchTrip (Bukidnon Falls side trip after Panimahawa Ridge) Wandering River Cedar by JSON MunchTrip (Bukidnon Falls side trip after Panimahawa Ridge) Reviewed by Shoni Munchtrip on May 31, 2018 Rating: 5

VIDEO WILD WAVES - Dahican, Mati, Davao - Best Philippine Beaches on MunchTrip...

May 04, 2018
Wavy Waters of Dahican Beach Mati Davao - Best Philippine Beaches - Pacific Ocean Beach



Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao is Pacific Ocean beach surprise gem among many Philippine beaches we have been to.

Wild waves and blue ocean beach with perfect sea breeze in the Southern part of Mindanao, Philippines.

READ MORE ABOUT THIS BEACH. CLICK THE LINK BELOW.

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Hey, I am Shoni. Let's discover food and travel the world together. 

Welcome to Munchtrip.com, where I will share about food I have tried and places I have travelled to -- MUNCHing on food and going out on TRIPs. TA-DAH! :)

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Philippine Beaches: Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao Is A Wild Pacific Mati Beach

May 02, 2018
Swim At Your Own Risk on this Wild Pacific Mati Beach, Philippine Beaches - taken in Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao
This Mati Philippine beach, which faces the Pacific Ocean, will challenge swimmers.

Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao is Pacific Ocean beach surprise gem among many Philippine beaches we have been to.

We were not expecting a beach like this existed. It had shallow reefy areas great for experiencing calmer waters.  We featured that on a blog post here

However, on this Munchtrip.com post will be a video of the wild side of Dahican Beach Mati. You will see the deep areas have waves with heights over a meter on the other side of the beach.

Highs and lows.

There is so much on this beach that caters to different types of Thalassophile* (whoa, new and big word for us).

Without further ado, here is one more for the best beaches in the Philippines some of you may have never been to.


HOW TO GET TO DAHICAN BEACH, MATI, DAVAO
I know of only one way to get to Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao.
  • by land:
    • 2+ from Tagum City to Mati
    • 3+ from Davao City to Mati
    • 8+ hours from Cagayan de Oro to Mati via Malaybalay City and Tagum City
    • 10+ hours from Cagayan de Oro to Mati via Valencia and Davao City
Technically, there is Mati Airport (MXI), but as of the time I'm writing this, it only caters to small privately owned planes. Going to Mati by ferry or ship is still not possible, but the closest port is SASA Pier of Davao City. If you discover other ways of getting to Mati, tell do share on the comments section below.

Travel tip: When in Dahican, Mati, Davao

There are motorcabs in neighboring municipalities of Dahican, Mati.  We only saw one or two in the area.

They are not the same as Cagayan de Oro's motorela although closer to Medina's motorsikad.

I did not notice any taxis and jeepneys around Dahican, Mati.  However, we have been told that habal-habal can be hired.  These are motorbikes that take passengers.  we have not gone on one in Dahican though.

Therefore, we would recommend that you bring a car or hire a van when in Dahican, Mati.



Swim at your own risk. Waves can get to 2 meters in height.

Sunbathe.

Skim.

Surf.

SEAFOOD.

Sleep.

Simple. ;)



Best Philippine Beaches

That's it for now.
So what do you think?  Do you want to know more about other Philippine beaches?  Do you want to know about where to stay in Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao?
For your questions, just mention them in the comment section below.

If we had convinced you to visit Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao, don't hesitate to tag me #munchtrip in your posts so we can see them.

Catch you later!  See you on my next munchtrip.
Philippine Beaches: Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao Is A Wild Pacific Mati Beach Philippine Beaches: Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao Is A Wild Pacific Mati Beach Reviewed by Shoni Munchtrip on May 02, 2018 Rating: 5
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