For sure, you’ve had cravings for one of your favorite restaurant food at least once during the span of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). It may be the fried chicken from your family’s favorite American food joint or pasta from an Italian place you keep on coming back for.
Whatever food it may be, it must have been hard when almost all food establishments were closed due to the quarantine in Luzon. Although some are now open, it’s still difficult to order as people who are craving just as much as you are also flooding the inbox of these restaurants.
Luckily, some people found hacks for your restaurant favorites. Here are three dishes from Conti’s, 8 Cuts Burgers, and Yellow Cab Pizza that they’ve successfully recreated.
Conti’s Baked Salmon
(Recipe from bitesized.PH)
- 500g salmon fillet
- 5 cloves garlic (minced) + 3 cloves garlic (for topping)
- 10 pieces juiced calamansi
- 125g softened cream cheese
- 1 pack mixed vegetables (carrots, green peas, corns)
- Parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper
- Marinate the salmon with garlic (5 cloves), calamansi juice, salt, and pepper and set aside for 30 minutes.
- Combine the softened cream cheese, parmesan cheese, garlic (3 cloves), and mayonnaise.
- Once the salmon has been completely marinated, pat it dry with a paper towel and place it in a glass baking dish.
- Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the salmon fillet until it is coated evenly.
- Bake the salmon at 175˚C for 30-40 minutes or until the cream cheese topping turns golden brown. While waiting, you may already sauté the mixed vegetables in butter.
- Serve it to your family and enjoy!
8 Cuts Burger’s Onion Rings
(Recipe from pepper.ph)
- 2 white onions (sliced into half-inch rounds)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1/2 finely ground cornmeal
- 1 tbsp barbecue powder + 3 tbsp (for garnish)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup chilled club soda
- 1 cup chilled light beer
- 1 cup flour
- Mix the heavy cream and lemon juice and soak the onions for 30 minutes.
- While waiting, mix the baking powder, flour, cornmeal, barbecue powder, and salt. Mix in the club soda and light beer afterwards until it turns into a batter-like consistency.
- Preheat the oil to 190˚C. Prepare a bowl of flour for the onions.
- Drain the onions and remove excess liquid. Place them in the bowl of flour then coat it with the batter.
- Fry it until the batter turns light brown. Drain excess oil using a paper towel.
- Sprinkle more barbecue powder on the cooked onion rings and serve.
Yellow Cab’s Charlie Chan
(Recipe from angsarap.net)
- 500g spaghetti
- 1 whole chicken breast (cubed)
- 6 pieces dried shiitake mushrooms
- 1 onion (finely chopped)
- 4 garlic cloves (minced)
- 1/2 cup peanuts
- 1 cup boiling water
- Spring onions (chopped)
- Peanut oil
For the sauce:
- 1/4 cup oyster sauce
- 1/4 cup chicken stock
- 1 tbsp char siu sauce
- 1 tsp chili garlic sauce
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- Rehydrate the shiitake mushrooms by placing it in boiling water for 30 minutes. Drain them after and leave some of the liquid.
- Cut the mushrooms into thin slices and set aside.
- Combine all the sauce ingredients and mix well.
- In a pan, heat the peanut oil and sauté the onion and garlic.
- Add the chicken and mushroom and stir fry until the chicken is cooked.
- Add the cooked pasta.
- Pour the sauce into the pan and mix well. Add the peanuts and stir fry for another 3-4 minutes. If the sauce is too dry, you may add some of the mushroom liquid you kept.
- Once everything is well-combined, place on a serving dish and garnish with chopped spring onions. Enjoy!