We spent a Saturday afternoon learning how to make Corn Soup, Filipino Egg Rolls (Lumpia), Chicken Curry, and Beef and Broccoli.
It was a fun time learning a few new recipes and seeing how others operate in their kitchen. We got tips on what cuts of beef to buy, and where to get it.
We started by marinating the beef in soy sauce, fresh ginger, and sesame oil. We set that aside while we cooked the corn soup and chicken curry.
We learned that we can get fresh phyllo at the local market…which is much better than the frozen stuff at the grocery store. This host only uses fresh ginger and garlic. She uses Fish Sauce and Sesame Oil, and prefers Kikkoman brand Soy Sauce.
We had fun rolling the lumpia. There was a bit of teasing about how each of us rolled. Mine were too fat, Jim’s all had broken edges, and Ramesh believes his were just right.
The egg rolls were fried in hot oil, and served with a mango sweet and sour sauce.
We finished up the beef and broccoli, adding hot peppers to half – for those who like to live on the wild side, and sat down again to wrap up the meal. Of course, Ramesh asked about dessert. A nice dessert option would be to wrap some banana in the phyllo dough with honey and cinnamon and deep fry. (apples would be nice too!)
What a lovely afternoon!