Thursday, April 23, 2009

Ginamay (Bisaya) or Menudo


Ginamay or Menudo is a Filipino dish similar to beef or pork stew but sauteed style.

This is what I love cooking here in New York, I could cook the dishes that I really want to cook because I could find almost all of the ingredient I want. Back when I was in Johnstown, PA, It was hard to cook something very Filipino. I have to travel 1 1/2 to 2 hours to be able to buy from the oriental store in Pittsburgh. In New York, I just have to walk a block or two and there I am in the oriental store buying the ingredients I need for my Ginamay.

This dish is actually one of my favorite, so, I kinda love cooking it. I remember cooking this dish almost everyday when I was still in college. I like it because it's sweet (I got a sweet tooth) and I like anything that has tomato sauce (that's why I like spaghetti). Sometimes, I cook this with condensed milk instead of sugar to make this dish sweet and it makes the dish creamier.

So, this is how I made this dish:

Ingredients:

1/2 lb(s) Chicken Liver (Cut in small pieces)
1/2 lb(s) Pork cube (Cut in small pieces)
2 pcs Carrots (Cut in cubes)
2 pcs Potato (Cut in cubes)
2 Bell Pepper (Green and Red)
1/4 Green Beans or Snow Peas (Can be cut in halves or as it is)
1/4 Cabbage (Chop in small pieces)
2 Cloves of Garlic (Minced)
1 Onion (Minced)
1/2 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Tomato Sauce
1 Hotdog (Chop in slants)*
Raisins (as desired)
Sugar (as desired)
Salt (as desired)

Procedure:
  1. Saute garlic and onions (Don't let the garlic and onion get over cooked**).
  2. Add pork and let brown or done.
  3. Add the liver and let it cook for a few minutes (maybe 5 - 7 mins.) then add soy sauce (maybe 2 or 3 tsp).
  4. Add potato and water and let it simmer until the potato are soft.
  5. Add the carrots and green beans or Snow Peas. Let it simmer for 5 Mins.
  6. Add tomato sauce and let it boil.
  7. Add Sugar and salt to taste. (Add sugar and salt gradually until you think the taste is enough for you***)
  8. Add the cabbage and let it simmer for 3-5 mins.
  9. Serve it hot and good to eat.
* I prefer the hotdog made in the Philippines (Purefoods Tender Juicy hotdog) but it's ok if you could find any in filipino store as long as it's the red one.
** The reason you don't let the garlic and onions get over cooked is it could affect the taste. It could make the dish bitter because of the over cooked garlic and onions.
*** To make your dish taste good, It's better to add salt and sugar gradually because sometimes we don't know when is enough for the dish to taste good. We don't have the same taste buds as they say or In this part of cooking, you add it as you desired until you are satisfied with the taste.

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