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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Picadillo Soup

English: Traditional Burmese curry set with so...
English: Traditional Burmese curry set with soup, rice, vegetables, fish sauce (condiments) and the curries. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

The Philippines typically has only hot and rainy seasons. When a relative came here from California, he said that little did he know that it has actually only hot and very hot seasons. Indeed, there's is a great climate change and we are vastly affected by it. The fierceness of the day's sun nowadays is incomparable, the fiery heat would burn your skin that's why we need here extra protection for our body and life.

On the other hand, when the rain comes, even a tiny continuous dropping of it can cause flooding already especially in the most congested cities such as Metro Manila. When I was just younger, I really welcome the rain with a gleeful jump knowing that I would have a chance to run together with my friends and we'll go playing and dancing in the rain. There's a big difference now though, when it drizzles, children are being kept already for fear of a surprise flood that may devastate anytime. It has a tremendous effect though for the family because everytime it rains, it means being around with the family. So, limitless indoor recreations and activity ideas are being recreated so that we would not become bored staying at home and waiting for the rain to go away.

Here is one soup recipe that we sometimes enjoy sipping while listening to the sound of rain dropping one by one. This is great that even after the rain silence, we still appreciate a big bowl of this.

You will need:

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

4 cloves garlic, crushed, peeled, and chopped

1 small white onion, peeled and chopped

1/2 kilo ground beef

1 teaspoon table salt

dash of ground pepper

6 cups water

3 small potatoes, peeled and diced

4 bunches pechay or native bok choy, rinsed and roughly chopped

1 to 2 tablespoons patis or fish sauce

Here's how:

1.) In a soup pot, heat the oil and saute' the garlic until lightly browned. Add the onions and saute' until transparent. Add the ground beef and saute' until browned. Make sure to break the meat so it cooks into small bits.

2.) Season the ground beef mixture and cover the soup pot. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes or until the meat is cooked through and the extra liquid is reduced. Add water and let the soup simmer for 10 minutes.

3.) Add the potatoes and let it boil for 5 minutes. Drop in the pechay and turn off the heat. Add 1 tablespoon of fish sauce
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