Choco Chip Cookies!!!

Triple exclamation because why not?! It’s cookies, yerno?

I have tried a ton of chocolate chip cookies before and none of them works for me until I tried this recipe. Before, I always end up having those burnt under cookies with soft top while sometimes I end up having overcooked ones which just end up being not eaten and thrown away and I did not experience those in this recipe.

This cookie recipe is very flexible. It can be done eggless or with egg and if you want it chewy or a little crunchy.

Source: This is a combination of two recipes I found online and use those as basis then I came up with my own (measurements and way of prepping) depending on what I have in the pantry.

Baking Time: 1hr and 30 minutes (can be less)

Servings: 27 or more


  • 1 1/2 all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 butter, melted
  • 1/2 loosely pack brown sugar
  • 1/2 granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup or more chocolate chip


  • In a bowl mix flour, baking soda and cornstarch
  • In a separate and larger bowl, mix butter and both sugars together until creamy for 2 minutes (your choice if with whisk, hand held mixer or stand mixer).
  • Mix the dry and wet ingredients.
  • Add vanilla essence
  • YOU MUST Choose one from the following steps:

– If you want your cookie with egg: add egg
– If you want your cookie without egg: add oil and water

– If you want your cookie with both (what I like): add egg, oil, and water

  • Add the chocolate chips

– Total recommended measurement is a cup of chocolate chips but if you want to add more it is totally fine 🙂

– If you want to use white and chocolate chips it is also fine. Use half and half for both, or more 🙂

  • Mix everything together
  • Prepare your baking pans:

– Grease your pans with butter

– Cover the buttered pans with parchment paper

– Grease the parchment paper with butter

  • Scoop the cookie dough using an ice cream scooper and place with two inches apart each dough to the pan.

– I recommend using the 1 inch size scooper.
– It is advisable to use a scooper so that the cookies are uniform or else some will be under cooked while some will be overly cooked.

  • Bake this in a preheated oven 350 degrees for 8 – 10 minutes for soft and chewy cookies / 10 – 12 minutes for a little crunch. REMEMBER: Not all ovens are the same so if you think your cookies are under bake give them some more minutes to cook.

And there you have it! Say hello to your cookies!

That’s it for now,



Bicol Express

Ok. Disclaimer first! This is NOT the authentic way of cooking this dish but this recipe is a combination of all the ‘how to cook Bicol Express’ I have seen online. So I came up with my own version that worked with me well without omitting any of its essential ingredients or atleast from what I know are essential.

For those of you who are not familiar with this dish, this can get very spicy so if you are not into spicy foods this one is not for you!

Prep and Cook time: about 30 minutes.

Servings: 4 – 5


  • 1/2 Pork Lomo or Pork Liempo
  • 2 – 3 (depending on size and desire spicy taste) Serrano Pepper
  • 1/2 Onion
  • a half a thumb Ginger
  • 2- 3 tbsp (depending on desire salty taste) Shrimp Paste (Alamang)
  • 1 can Coconut Milk
  • Oil (if using Pork Lomo)
  • Salt and Ground pepper 


  • Cut pork into cubes.
  • Cut onion, pepper and ginger into cubes like in the picture.

  • Put fire in medium heat and in your pan,

– if using pork liempo (or any with fats in) DO NOT put oil as the pork will release oil from the fats.

if using pork lomo (or any pork without fats) DO  put oil to help in sautéing.

  • Just leave pork in pan while it cooks, stir occasionally to prevent from burning.
  • After about 7 – 10 minutes, add the onion and ginger without removing the pork in the pan. Stir occasionally.
  • After 10 minutes, add the serrano peppers. Then add the shrimp paste. Stir occasionally.

TIP: the longer you saute (sangkutsya) the better. Trust me 🙂

  • Stir in the coconut milk.
  • Turn knob into low fire and let the food boil/simmer while waiting for the pork to be tender.

– if using Pork Liempo: this needs time, check the pork if tender while food is in simmer.

– if using Pork Lomo: this is already tender so, when the food is boiling already, proceed to next step.

  • Taste the food first so you’ll know how much salt and pepper you’ll be needing to add.

TIP: Salt and Pepper must be done only before turning off the stove.

And there you have it. Bicol Express finish product!

Enjoy eating! Better with newly cooked rice 🙂

That’s it for now.


New York Food trip!

Aside from enjoying the tourist spots and sceneries in the city last month, we also took the chance to eat some of the city’s mouthwatering foods.

I’ve heard good reviews regarding the Halal Guys’ food truck so I sort of made sure that we are going to have a taste of it. This guys have two food trucks located around Times Square. One is at the 6th Avenue while the other one is at the 7th and both are parked in the corners of the street. We ordered Gyro and Chicken over rice. This two meal costs 6-7 dollars each and can be shared by two to four person. I am giving them a 9/10 score as their food is really filling and awesomely delicious! By the way, their meal doesn’t come with a drink but it comes with lots of white sauce (don’t say no to this!) and hot sauce (a little goes a long way!) in separate pouches. Also, if you see them with a big line up especially during lunch hour, don’t be dismayed because the guys serve really fast.


Gyro and Chicken combo over rice

The City Kitchen which is connected to Row NYC is a mini food court outside the mall. As I said in my New York Part 1 blog, we tried and I recommend trying Dough and Whitman’s for breakfast. The doughnuts from Dough were massive in size and tastes good plus they have several flavors to choose from. We tried Whitman’s for breakfast before we left the city. It was a bit pricey (or at least for me) for breakfast but since their food serving is huge and appetizing, the price will make sense. They have several choices for breakfast such as omelettes and pancakes but their meal doesn’t come with a drink.

Sweet Churros which is located at the Food Gallery in 32nd Street. This handcrafted churros is something dessert enthusiast should not miss. Their churros is served depending on your choice of flavor. It is about 10 inch long, looped and can be serve with an ice cream. The churros is really soft and scrumptious and suits good with the soft ice cream. Price wise? Affordable!


Sweet Matcha Churros and Ice cream

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza, oh this is the bomb! Among all the branches in New York we tried the one located in Greenwich Village. The branch has only limited seats and we were lucky enough that when we get there, there was no costumer yet. We ordered Seafood Pizza, Margarita Pizza and of course Artichoke Pizza. The pizzas were enormous that it is served with two paper plates. Among the three pizzas, my favorite was the Artichoke. It was so cheesy and so deliciously perfect! No wonder that locals lines up for this!


Front: Artichoke Pizza, Farther back: Seafood Pizza, Right: Margarita Pizza

We also tried Bibble and Sip cafe down in 51st W. The place was so packed when we got there, luckily we did not wait that long for a table. We ordered Matcha latte, some cold teas, a cake and a couple of creampuffs – Earl Grey and Matcha flavor. The foods were very instagrammable. The creampuffs were ok for me as I am not a big fan of matcha but if you are you’ll love them.


Bibble and Sip

Jeepney Gastropub. As soon as we came in, the crew greeted us warmly asking where we want to be seated because they also have tables outside surrounded with bamboos that will make you somehow feel the Philippines’ vibe. The menu was very simple and somehow confusing as they offer bottomless brunch then listed bottomless drinks underneath. We spoke to the lady serving us for explanation and as we all understood her, they are offering bottomless food and drinks for 30$ for a limited time. After finishing our first “light” meal which only cost around 20$, we decided to go for our next order. The lady then told us that it is not part of the “bottomless brunch” anymore which made us feel furious. The lady did apologized to us but did not bother to come back to our table anymore and had somebody to take care of us. Food wise, there is nothing fancy with it. Not even mouthwatering. We paid way bigger than we ate and left the restaurant with tummy still not full. This supposedly enjoyable experience turned to be a disappointing one.


Jeepney Food Entree

Jollibee, the highlight of our New York food trip I guess. Haha. This was actually an impulsive decision we all agreed on. It was already past 9pm when we left to go to Woodside where it is located. The place was packed with mostly Filipinos having a taste of home land. We ordered Chicken joys, Palabok, Spaghetti and of course Peach Mango Pie. It is already given that Jollibee tastes delicious but what surprised me is their portions. They have twice the serving comparing to Philippines and Las Vegas branch! It was such an enjoyable experience.

That’s it for now!