Thai Basil Beef (Pad Gra Prow)


Recipe found on The Woks of Life
My Rating: 4/5

My Review: I was impressed with the different flavors in this dish. Usually, when we make a stir fry dish at home, it either tastes simply like oyster, soy, or fish sauce – this was a healthy mix of all three. Boyfriend added in quite a few Thai chili peppers that definitely turned this dish up 10 notches [in taste and in spice level!]. Next time, if I were to make this again, I’d add more basil leaves… 1 cup just wasn’t herby enough. For our side: brown rice.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 12 oz. beef, sliced thinly against the grain and mixed with 1 teaspoon oil and 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Β½ of a red bell pepper, sliced thinly
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce (we didn’t have this so we just skipped it and added a little extra regular soy sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • Β½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup thai basil leaves, packed
  • cilantro, to garnish

Chicken Adobo


Recipe found on Rasa Malaysia
My Rating: 3.5/5

My Review: I’ve not tried too many Phillippino dishes in the past so when I was talking with Kat about this new Phillippino restaurant that opened up near me, she suggested that I order the Adobo Chicken if I went. I thought, ‘heck, that sounds good – maybe I’ll just make that at home right now!’ so I looked up the recipe and found this simple one. It might have been a bit too simple, though? It was different than anything I’ve ever tasted [in the best way] yet… I couldn’t help but feel there was something missing in the flavor, it was a little over-vinergary. I also thought the chicken skin became too saggy and soft. For our side: brown rice.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1/4 cup (65 ml) soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) white Filipino cane vinegar, or distilled white vinegar
  • 6–8 cloves garlic, smashed with the side of a knife and peeled
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs

Piri Piri Chicken w/ Potatoes & Tomato Salad


Recipe found on Smitten Kitchen
My Rating: 3/5

My Review: I saw that Cordelia made Piri Piri Chicken and looking at the photos she posted on her blog made me drool. I’ve never tried it before so I immediately looked up how I could make it at home. Unfortunately, the grocery store I buy my groceries at doesn’t carry the Piri Piri chili pepper so what we made is actually ‘a different small red chili pepper‘ chicken. πŸ˜‰

The directions on how to cook the chicken were so awesome – look at that char! It was almost a rotisserie chicken skin type. Other than the skin though, I thought the sauce was a bit bland and the chicken, tasteless but, if you took a bite of the tomato salad right after, it fixed that right up. The salad was just so refreshing and tasty. I also enjoyed the simple potato chips.

Ingredients You’ll Need:


  • 1 1/2 lbs Yukon gold potaotes
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt

Tomato Salad:

  • 2-3 lg tomatoes
  • White onion, sliced
  • Olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Salt & pepper
  • Parsley


  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 a large or 1 small shallot, peeled, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, seeded, roughly chopped
  • 1 piri piri, bird’s eye or other small red chili pepper, chopped, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley or cilantro leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Most of the finely grated zest and all of the juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 1/4 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken parts

*BONUS* Tahini & Honey Cookies


Recipe found on Every Last Bite
My Rating: 5/5

My Review: I had a feeling these cookies would be 100x better with a little PB but, I also wanted to taste what they were originally supposed to taste like so I added some crunchy PB only to the last bit of dough. They all really turned out wonderfully. They were crisp on the outside but, nice, soft, and chewy in the middle. It was just the right amount of sweet. They were really easy to make, too!!

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda (I didn’t have any baking soda so I used 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour (I used regular unbleached all-purpose flour and only 1 1/4 cup of it)
  • 1/2 cup white sesame seeds


32 thoughts on “Recipe Reviews #41

  1. Everything looks so delicious! Chicken Adobo is definitely a staple in Filipino culture. I love Filipino foodβ€”it tastes like a mix between (Black American) soul food and Vietnamese/Thai food. I hope the restaurant down the street does it justice! πŸ’• Those lil cookies are so cute! They’d make for a great coffee-n-cookies flatlay, haha!

    Dom |

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    1. I def need to try more Filipino foods, starting with that restaurant down the street. ❀ I looooove soul food & both Viet & Thai!!
      The taste of the cookies were just perfect for coffee or tea, too. ❀ πŸ˜‰

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