SeakingPH: Panfried Salt&Pepper Salmon with Pistachios

Monday, September 23, 2019

I have a confession.  I have always been afraid of cooking salmon.  It's such a nice fish + it's pricey, and I don't want to overcook it and ruin it.  Thus I have NEVER cooked salmon ever.  I never attempted because I was too afraid.  I am more comfortable with white fishes because they're easier and well, in my head - not as pricey to ruin.  My friends tell me that salmon is so easy to cook (and bake)  but I guess being intimated, I never really ventured into it.

A few weeks ago, I got a wonderful surprise.  I received a delivery of three kinds of salmon cuts.  I was excited and nervous.  It was like the universe was telling me that I needed to try my hand at making salmon dishes.  And so I mustered up the courage to make one.

I used this Keta Salmon slab first because I knew it was boneless.  I wanted to try something really simple with this salmon so the flavor will stand out.  When I opened the pack, the salmon slab was in a vacuum sealed plastic.  Very good right?  Most of what I see in the supermarkets are just cling wrapped.  The juices were all still present in the vacuum sealed plastic.  When I cut opened that plastic, there were no fishy odors.  Plus points!  One of the reasons why I don't cook much fish at home is I dislike the fishy smell.  I was crossing my fingers that once I cook this piece of salmon, my house won't smell fishy.

Because I wanted the salmon flavor to be the highlight, I decided to just season the slab with salt and pepper.  Mind you, I used coarsely ground black pepper and sea salt.  I actually bought my pepper in Japan.  You may think - all peppers are the same, but not this one.  I discovered this during our recent trip.

I pan fried the salmon slab skin side first (as what I usually see in cooking shows) using my Vision glass pan.

You can see the salt and pepper I rubbed on the salmon.  I waited for this side to cook for about 2 minutes and then I flipped it over - cooked for another minute and flipped it on the side waited for less than a minute and then on the other side.  I swear, I was having cold sweats while cooking this because I was so scared to overcook it.

When it was cooked, I transferred into my Panget's plate.  I put the salmon on a bed of black rice.  I felt though that it was too bare, then I remembered that I had some pistachio's somewhere,  I crushed them and then sprinkled it on top.

What do you think?  It looks pretty right?

When my Panget took a bite, he said it was good.  I was relieved!  I was scared that it was undercooked, but then remembered that salmon should be a bit underdone than overcooked.  He said that the pistachios was a welcome new flavor to the salmon.  I was so glad that it went well with the salmon.

You see, when I cook - I usually wing it.  I first think of what I want to do and then search for ingredients that I have.  When one ingredient is missing, I just try and improvise.  I'm glad that my improv tasted good.

I made a sigh of relief that the salmon wasn't overcooked and that my Panget was happy with what I cooked.  I can finally say that I was able to overcome my fear of cooking salmon!!  I'm excited to try more recipes and ways to cook my #SeakingPH salmons!

These salmon packs by #SeakingPH are such a convenient way to have quality seafood with less time to prepare.  They're cut and cleaned and ready to be cooked right away.  In this time and age, everything is fast paced.  These seafood packs are a great help to us moms - they're quality pieces, they don't need much cleaning - all we need to do is take them out of the freezer, thaw them and then cook them immediately.  No fish odors, no more scales to take out, they're cleaned and the best part - they're a perfect size to serve!

#SeakingPH salmon packs are available in leading supermarkets.

I was curious on how they packed the seafood and I was glad to read this on their website:

Great Korean Food at Soban K-Town Grill!

Friday, September 20, 2019

There's something with Korean food that I really like.  I think it's the pieces of meat that they serve and the grilling & cooking of them right in front of you.  I feel it's 'healthier' since you don't use any oils to cook it.  I love seeing all the drippings after meals.  I feel a bit healthier.  Hahaha!!  I think I also really enjoy the experience of cooking the meats as you eat them.  It's fresh off the grill!  My kids call it 'luto luto'

Last weekend, we were able to try Soban K-Town Grill in SM North Edsa.  Soban K-Town is one of the Korean restos handled by Happyfoods Group of Restaurants.  I have personally tried Sariwon (this was their first venture) so many times and I really love the quality and taste of the meats that they served.  It brought me back to when I was younger and visited Seoul, Korea for the first time.  Everything was quality.  I would remember those meat pieces being neatly folded around a piece of square bone.  It was also during that trip that I realized that we can use scissors to cut the meat!  I was pretty amazed and surprised to see it.  It was an experience I will never forget.

When we entered Soban K-Town Grill, the place was packed with diners.  It was full on a Saturday noon time.  And I think that's a good sign with how good a restaurant is.  We were then shown our table and given menus to peruse.  We chose the set menu for 4 people.  Read through the text on the image to see the itemized list of food.  Everything looked really good on the menu!  Pictures really help you know.  I'm not a very imaginative person, so menus with pictures, I really appreciate.

These were what was included with our chosen set.  Unlimited appetizers!  My Panget really LOVED the Kimchi and declared that it was the best he's tried in the Metro.  He said that most of what he bought were not as good as this one.  I trust him on this as I don't eat kimchi.  Hihi.. It made a really good impression on him because he told me that if the resto was selling it, to be sure to buy!  That's how much he loved it.

The peanut and dilis side dish below - I really really LOOOOOOVED!  I told our server May that it was so good!  I love love peanuts and the sweet taste complimented this wonderful appetizer!  I can't stop thinking about it.  Hahaha!  While having it at the restaurant, I was thinking and hoping that they sell this by the jar!  I would be the first one in line to buy it for sure!  Haha..

The soup below was so comforting.  I was expecting this to just be a generic thin broth, but I was so surprised to taste a hearty soup with body and warmth.  The flavor was present in every sip it was perfect to have on a rainy day.  It was comforting to be honest, something that I would like to have when I am under the weather.  I know it doesn't look much - but as they say, don't judge a book by its cover!  I had three refills of this.

Below is the Kimchi rice - it's something different my Panget said.  We tried a bowl just to have a go at it.  I never expected it to compliment the meats as I thought that too many flavors would confuse the palate, but it didn't! We decided though, to have plain rice on the succeeding bowls (yes, rice is UNLIMITED!) so that the flavors of the meat would really stand out.

This is the Dak Ganjeong - the chicken dish.  We felt that this was a bit dry, but the taste was there.  I would love this to be served freshly fried - the batter was crispy and flavorful.

This is the Yangnyeom Tohsisal (marinated beef) in Garlic and Soy.  This was so good!  I don't usually lean towards those marinated meats as I am afraid of the freshness.  I love the generous serving of the marinade.  Look at the image below - those in top of the meat are all bits and pieces of marinade.  Fresh, right?  The bits of garlic when grilled was superb!  I was picking up the small pieces on the grill!  Hahaha..   I like to cook my meats, especially the marinated ones a bit browned so it'll taste caramelized.

Below are the thin slices of meat.  Look at the marbling.  I was impressed when I saw it because I was used to those served in the popular eat all you can places and they do not look like that, right?  The slices were all even and was served in a symmetrical manner.  I like that they have a stainless 'stackable' thingie that saves so much space on the table!   That I must say was brilliant and well thought of.  These thin slices of meat are always a favorite of Connor and Kailee.

I have nothing but praised and looove with the Pajeon.  This has to be the best I've tried.  It's perfectly crisp on the bite PLUS the seafood toppings were generous.  I especially loved how the shape is an even rectangle shape!  I loved it more because it was already sliced evenly when it was served!  I must confess, I ate 3/4 of this.  Hahaha!  I really liked it so much that I kept repeating how much I liked it to my Panget!  I even told May our server about this.  Hahaha!!

The Japchae was also good, Connor liked it so much and was so happy with it that he asked for more.  He ate most of the Japchae without much prodding.  I was so impressed with Connor because most of the time, I need to remind him to take spoons full, but this Japchae - effortless.  I was watching him eat and he noticed that I was admiring him, he just said 'It's yummy, mommy!'

Because we were very hungry and excited - this was  the only picture of the 'grilling' that I was able to capture.  My Panget was the one who reminded me to take a picture.  Hahaha!  We were almost done here as you can see only a few pieces of meat were left on the grill.  

This dessert was a pleasant surprise.  It was a welcome end to the meal - it cleansed the palate quickly.  It was after having this dessert that we realized my Panget and I ate so much!

The set menu was good for 4 people - we were 2 adults and 2 kids.  I asked my Panget had it been 4 adults, would the servings be enough - he said it would because of the chicken, the pajeon and the chapchae.  The side dishes were all unlimited so he said - it would be enough.  They won't be filled to the brim, but they well leave with filled tummies.  I told him that the meat pieces were good too, he also noticed that.

We enjoyed our lunch immensely.  The staff and servers were very knowledgeable on the menu and the meats.  It was so easy to ask them because they had ready answers and mind you THEY LISTEN to what you ask.  The really know what they are doing.  Our server was May and she was so pleasant and helpful.  If you do visit SM North Edsa, please look for her.  Believe me when I say, she will give you a very pleasant experience - from explaining, to serving to taking care of your every need.

This exhaust was something I found strange at first.  In my mind, was it too much that it had a protective grill around it?  While grilling our meats, I then realized that this was perfect - mainly because it was permanent.  The long tube wasn't moving from left to right - which means no one will be accidentally bumped in the head.  I saw too that there was a chain around the exhaust tube - this was so the tube won't fall directly to the grill when one adjusts it.  Brilliant, right?  I love how they think about these simple things - simple, but very practical and safe!

Their exhaust system works really well too, because the restaurant didn't smell too grilly nor was it ma-usok.  You know what I meant - there is no sight of grill fumes everywhere.  No overpowering scent of burned meat or garlic.  The aircon was cool and while grilling, it never felt too hot.  The floors were not slippery, the tables were not greasy.  The thongs and scissors were not contorted to different shapes nor were they dull.  Plates used in placing the meats were clean and not watery or slippery.  Everything seems to be quality controlled which is very very impressive.

I must say my whole dining experience with Sobran K-Town Grill was wonderful that I will want to come back when I have a Korean food craving.  I know that I will be served with quality meat and my experience will be very pleasant.

Soban K-Town Grill has branches all over the Metro:
SM North Edsa
Greenbelt 3
One Bonifacio High Street
SM Megamall
Robinson's Place Manila

Fitness Gourmet: Getting back in shape!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

When I learned I was pregnant, one of the first things that came into mind was the weight gain.  I gained so much weight when I had Kailee that I haven't had the chance to lose all of them yet.  Realistically speaking, I don't think I would ever get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, and I am very much happy with how I am.  It's just that I realize that my weight is affecting my lower back.  I remember reading somewhere that every pound we lose helps ease tension on our knees.

Two years ago, I joined the #MakeItFit program of #FitnessGourmetPH.  I lost weight.  So when they offered me another chance - I immediately said YES!  But there was a catch, I was breastfeeding.  But when Shobe turned one - well, I took the offer and jumped at the opportunity to lose weight, any weight.  I know for a fact that Fitness Gourmet serves good calorie counted food.  I've tried it before and I really enjoyed the journey.

Here are just some of the meals that they served:

Every week, I would look forward to the meals that will be delivered.  I would always look at their Instagram account to check out what's in store for the next week.  It was with this journey that I realized that I am partial to tomato based meals.  Hahaha!  I can't believe that it took me years to discover that.  Hahaha!  I have this favorite dessert - the Ube Espasol.  I swear, it looked really odd - but when I tasted it - it was glorious!  I judged it, and I regret judging it.  It was really wonderful, I swear!

Everything looks good diba?  They taste good too!  I swear, there was no one meal that was served that I did not like.  Everything was great!  I'm beyond impressed and would recommend you guys to try FITNESS GOURMET PH out!  If you want to jumpstart your weight loss journey without having to go to the gym yet - then I suggest you contact them soon to try out their method.  I swear to you, it really works!

My four week journey was not easy.  But I needed to do it.  And I am happy to say that I have lost 8lbs!  I know it's 5lbs short of my previous try, but I will take it anytime.  I can't imagine losing that same weight without the help of #FitnessGourmetPH.  It's really really effective.  I am a living testament to that.

I want to say THANK YOU to #FitnessGourmetPH for jumpstarting my 'getting back into shape' journey.  Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.

Pay your bills with PayMaya!!

Monday, September 16, 2019

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GIVEAWAY ALERT: Playful diapers & Jeunesse Anion napkins!

Monday, September 09, 2019


I'm doing a giveaway of #Playfulbabydiaper and #JeunesseAnion sanitary napkins.
Please click the links below to join!

Winners will be announced on Friday the 13th! (9/13)

Open to Metro Manila residents only..

Playful Baby Diapers
Instagram post on the giveaway + mechanics

Jeunesse Anion Sanitary Products
Instagram post on the giveaway + mechanics