Ang Sarap

Hi I am Raymund a Filipino living in New Zealand, I’m not a cook nor a chef but I love cooking and it is my passion. My real job is an IT Professional whose devotion is to develop applications (I have a Software Development blog for those who might be interested), my brain is abused at work on a daily basis so cooking at the end of the day acts as my therapy for stress release. I have been cooking since I was 7 years old and since then almost every day I prepare our dinner and weekend meals, I usually try to cook dishes that we had tried and ordered in different restaurants that’s why you will see a lot of varieties at my blog Ang Sarap (angsarap.net). I learned cooking mostly by observing my Aunt who cooks for us when I was younger, I learned to bake by assisting my Mom during my younger years and for the native dishes I learned it from my Grandmother. My other passion is photography which explains the photos you see here and travelling which explains the variety of dishes and reviews of restaurants from all over the world.

How to Make Pastichio

Pastitsio may look like a lasagne but don’t be fooled, it’s totally different to its Italian counterpart, this Greek pasta dish usually uses lamb as it primary meat ingredient spiced with cloves and cinnamon cooked in tomatoes and red wine.

Taisan: Filipino Chiffon Cake

This soft, spongey, sweet, chiffon cake, also known as Taisan, is baked in a loaf pan and brushed with butter when it comes out of the oven. It’s perfect with a cup of coffee and often served with grated cheese on top in the Philippines.

Portuguese Caldo Verde Soup

The popular Portuguese Caldo Verde soup is loaded with potatoes, collard greens or kale and ham hock or chorizo. It’s a hearty favorite perfect for the coldest days of winter.

Chinese Soy Sauce Chicken

This easy poached Chinese soy sauce chicken recipe is so flavorful, juicy and tender. It’s the perfect recipe to switch up your usual chicken routine.

A Traditional Filipino Dish – Sinigang

Sinigang is a Filipino sour soup dish prepared with tamarind then with meats like pork, beef, chicken, fish and prawns, they also prepared with different vegetables like kangkong, taro, radish, string beans, okra, green chillies, tomatoes and eggplant.

Fried Beef Hor Fun with Gravy

Fried Beef Hor Fun with Gravy is a type of noodle dish made with wide rice noodles drenched on an Asian style gravy served with tender slices of beef and Asian greens. I tried this dish when I lived in Malaysia and was a fan of it together with other noodle dishes drenched in gravy, it’s just so satisfying munching on something with a thick savory gravy and this is not an exception, it’s delicious and it’s so comforting.

Lettuce Scalded in Garlic Oil

Most of us are so used to having lettuce on salads and eaten raw, but in Asia there are dishes where it is cooked like this dish – a simple scalded lettuce in garlic oil.

Taiwanese Pork Noodles

A take on the traditional Tainan-style noodles have your fill of this delicious Taiwanese dish loaded with pork, shrimp, and prawns.

Robust Shoyu Ramen

Like any good ramen, this is a time consuming dish in order to develop flavor. It results in a really amazing noodle soup bowl with beautiful robustness.