Banh Mi recipe

We love banh mi so we decided to make one today at home. Sadly, we do not have authentic Vietnamese Banh Mi bread at home so we just opt for store bought baguette. If you want authentic banh mi, our friend makes some. Check them out.

Anyway, I just want to show you the banh mi we made. All you need are the following:

Ingredients

  • Baguette
  • Liver Pate (click the link for the recipe)
  • Cilantro
  • Some leftover pork we pulled into strands
  • Carrot and Daikon pickles (click the link for the recipe)
  • Sriracha (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat toaster for about 2 minutes. Toast the bread for 2 minutes, open faced, outer part facing up so that the crust becomes a bit crunchy.
  2. Assemble as such.
Liver pate and pulled pork first
Add the pickles
Garnish with cilantro. I realized that it’s better to remove the stem. It’s hard to chew. Add some sriracha if you want.

Enjoy!!

The Bouncing Tigress

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Do Chua (Daikon and Carrot pickles)

My friend makes great banh mi sandwiches and I’d always love to have lots of vegetables in it. For now, I want to have these in my fridge so that I can add them in my banh mi if ever I have one or use as condiments for any Vietnamese food.

I researched online and varying ratios have been suggested but for this recipe I tried using a 2:1:1 (water, sugar, vinegar ratio). I found it a bit too sweet for my taste. I suggest you lessen the sugar next time. I also don’t know how long this will last in the fridge.

Do Chua (Daikon and carrot pickles)

Ingredients:

  • 250 carrots, julienned
  • 250 grams daikon, julienned
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Half cup sugar (I suggest you lessen the sugar because I find this too sweet for my taste)
  • Half cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Instructions:

  1. Sprinkle salt on the julienned vegetables. Set aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Wash the veggies in water to wash excess salt.
  3. Place the drained vegetables into a glass container.
  4. In a separate bowl, dissolve the sugar into the warm water. Add in the vinegar. Mix.
  5. Place solution into the jar with the vegetables.
  6. Leave overnight. Enjoy the next day.

The Bouncing Tigress

PAD THAI OMELETTE X SILKWAY FRYPAN

We had this packet of Pad Thai mix my sister bought from Bangkok. Behind the packet, it showed how to make an omelette style Pad Thai so let’s do it! For this recipe, I’m using the following and also my tool right now: SILKWAY FRYPAN.

PAD THAI

Ingredients:

  • 250 grams shrimp
  • 1 piece tofu, diced
  • 2 eggs, scrambled
  • 100 grams of dried vermicelli
  • 100 grams bean sprouts
  • Spring onions (since I don’t have chives)
  • 1 pack of the pad thai mix
  • Roasted peanut (included in the mix)

Instructions:

Make the omelette first. Cool and set aside. Check out the video below on how I did the omelette using SILKWAY FRYPAN. I loved it because for a delicate item like this, it came out in piece and note that this is just the first try. No repeat takes done on this.

It was not that easy to scrape off the thin edges because I’m using a rubber spatula. I realized, it helps to cool the pan before cleaning and better to clean by wiping with a paper towel.

  1. Soak the dried vermicelli in warm water until soft. Set aside.
  2. In the same pan, heat oil and saute diced tofu until browned on all sides.
  3. Add in the prawns and beansprouts and saute a bit.
  4. Add the Pad Thai mix and softened vermicelli noodles.
  5. Mix everything.
  6. For serving, place a good amount of pad thai onto the omelette, fold into a square, flip and cut open with an X shape opening.
  7. Top the pad thai with some roasted peanuts, spring onions and lime (if you have).
  8. Serve hot.

Enjoy!

The Bouncing Tigress

UKOKKEI JAPAN BY MENZO OPENS AT SM NORTH EDSA 12.06.2018

If there’s one thing I hate about ordering food is being marketed with some fancy, overly unrealistic photo of a meal then get a very disappointing quality in reality. I’m sure a lot of you foodies out there share the same sentiment.

When we tried Ukokkei Japan by Menzo (Menzo is the name of the chef), at first I was a bit skeptic because I felt like the items were “generic” and common only because of the many ramen shops in Manila. I always want to surprise my palate. Also, admittedly, I’m not a ramen fan. I’m more of an udon fan. However, even if I’m not a fan of ramen, I have to say that their broth is really good. It was not overpowering and not too fatty wherein other ramen shops add chopped fat to the broth. They cook their broth for 15 hours to release all the flavor!!

SPECIAL RAMEN – P290- P320

They’re special because they use pork belly with egg noodles. Personally, I don’t like egg noodles and I prefer a different kind of noodles. The pork belly was super tender and marinated wonderfully. Except for the noodles, this ramen range is perfect. 🙂

Special Aka Chasu Ramen- spicy version yet it did not lose the flavor of the broth
Special Shiro Chasu Ramen- this is their basic broth. Even if “plain”, it is very flavorful. Yummm! A crowd favorite!
Special Kuro Chasu Ramen- I like the garlic flavor although I sense a bit of bitterness probably still because of the garlic. I wouldn’t say I don’t like it but I just prefer not to have anything bitter in my soup.

PORK RAMEN (UNIQUE)- P210- P280

Midori Ramen- This is very interesting. At first I though adding basil to the broth would ruin the flavor but no, it was very complimenting to the broth and interesting. I like it!
Tsukumen- dry ramen with dipping sauce. I personally wasn’t amazed by this. The taste is nice. I just dislike the experience of dipping my noodles. I prefer having them in a soup. Also, the noodles feel like pasta to me so I can”t feel the Japanese vibe that much.
Extra Spicy Ramen- I have a high tolerance for spicy things but those who dislike spicy food, this one isn’t for you. The togarashi is a bit too strong for me that the taste of the togarashi kind of masks the taste of the broth.

PORK RAMEN (AFFORDABLE SELECTION)- P190 – P250

The main difference is just the quantity of the toppings while using thin noodles and pork loin instead of belly. I honestly like the thin noodles more. Savory broth is still the same with the special sets. A for affordability and yumminess!

Honestly, what I really look for in Japanese food is really the RICE. Not cooking your rice well is a mortal sin for me in a Japanese restaurant. Good thing that Ukokkei’s rice dishes were really a winner because of the rice and the flavor of their meats.

Tenderness of the meats are a HUGE plus too. Is there anything fancy? None. Simple? Yes. Good? Definitely. Now is there anything wrong with being simple? I don’t bother anymore. I got my rice craving. Good Japanese rice. All their rice dishes satisfied me.

Curry rice
Katsudon
Yakiniku don
Chasu don- I’m amazed at something that looks so simple is very tender and flavorful. Forgive me for judging.
Gyudon- super yummy!!!
Chahan- addicting. Sarap ubusin.

APPETIZERS, DRINKS AND DESSERT

Want appetizers and dessert? Here’s more for you. 🙂 I’m not a fan of salads though but I’ll post them anyway.

Condiments- fried garlic, togarashi and chili oil and pepper
Their Tonkatsu is really crispy. I like how crispy it really was haha.
Green tea or should I say matcha coolers. Walang tamis at all. Not for the sweet tooth. I liked it nonetheless. 🙂
I didn’t get to try this but they said it was nice in terms of sweet and salty balance.
California Maki
Gyoza- taste is very homey 🙂
Chicken karaage- a bit bland for me maybe because the meat is quite big for the batter, or I maybe because I skipped dipping in the mayo haha
Meh- a bunch of salad

The Kani dressing is suprisingly yummy. It tastes like egg mayo for me.
Matcha parfait

For affordable and honest Japanese food, UKOKKEI JAPAN BY MENZO opens at SM North tomorrow, December 6, 2018 as soft opening. December 7, friday is the grand opening. 20% off discounts available for this friday dinner until saturday. They are at the 3RD floor, beside Mesa.

Their place can also hold 45 persons indoors and can extend outside their restaurant. Toilet is also available. (I just needed to include this for those who are more particular about it).

The Bouncing Tigress

How Sun Life helps me organize my finances

If you’re dead serious about your finances, you’ve probably heard of the money jar concept as taught during the Millionaire Mind Intensive seminar. If not, it’s okay. Let’s give you a better alternative.

The main purpose behind the money jars is for you to be able to allocate money per month according to your various goals. Of course your income isn’t only meant to feed you because hey, you’re a human being who has goals and aspirations in life. Before i blog separately about how to properly allocate per month, I just want to show you a tool that helps me do just that. The reason behind me sharing this is because although the money jar theory is great, it’s hard to do it in actual, dividing money among jars down to the peso. Adapting it to modern times, we have to have online “jars” to seamlessly allocate our finances on a monthly basis and as exact as possible. So here, I’m sharing to you what I do and use.

I don’t need to cover up. I’m a financial advisor from Sun Life and although I work for the company, I am also its loyal customer and firm believer of its products.

I just want to give you a quick tour on how our app looks like and how it helps me organize my finances per month.

After you become a Sun Life client, you can register and get an online account and log in through the app. Click account and enter pin.

From here, I get to see all my accounts under life insurance and mutual funds.

For all the products I availed from Sun Life, I renamed a goal attached to them. If you can see, retirement is a priority of mine that’s why 3 of my plans are renamed after “Retirement.”

I erased confidential info but it will reflect the amount as of today so you know how close you are to your goal. If you’re goal is 50M for retirement in 10 years and you have probably 100k now, you still have a lot to save up for.

2 plans for retirement, one is an endowment type, one is VUL.
One is a single pay VUL, good to lock in for my future child’s education
2 mutual funds, renamed after 2 different purposes, you can tweak it according to your goals.

So every month, I see to it that I allot money into my goals via these products. If my cash isn’t enough, I just allocate to the necessary goal first.

Here is an example. It’s very easy to add up to your fund. What I do is I do a BPI online transfer to the bank account of the fund. Here, I show you.

Click on the fund you what to add into. Click the “+” sign.
Click “Add fund”
From here, fill all the details.
Under bank name, select which bank you want to use and deposit there. For me, I use BPI.
For the proof of payment, upload your deposit slip photo or a screenshot of your online bank transfer.

From here, you will submit all details then Sun Life will give you an order ticket. You will also receive a confirmation via email and also an official receipt to your mailing address. 🙂

I hope this helps. If you have any interest in our products, feel free to message me anytime. 🙂

The Bouncing Tigress

Steamed Bangus (Milkfish) in banana leaves

I’m looking forward to cooking healthier and that means less oil, salt and healthier tools for cooking.

We always fry our bangus and I was thinking of a new way to enjoy bangus without the oil. Since the bangus isn’t boneless, I think it’s better to use this recipe.

I got this recipe from Panlasang Pinoy and wanted to try it. I just didn’t follow as is but more or less the same.

Here is how I did the recipe:

STEAMED BANGUS (MILKFISH) IN BANANA LEAVES

Ingredients:

  • 2 big whole bangus, butterfly cut
  • 2 small tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 5 tablespoons Soy sauce
  • Pepper
  • Banana leaves enough for wrapping

Instructions:

1. Mince the garlic and fry in a pan. For this, I used my Silkway frypan to fry my garlic bits using less oil. Set aside.

2. I opened the bangus pieces and placed the tomatoes, onions, and drizzled the soy sauce and pepper.

3. I wrapped the bangus in banana leaves and steamed them for around 15 to 20 minutes. Mine was a bit frozen so I reached 20 minutes.

4. Serve and top with fried garlic bits.

Enjoy!

The Bouncing Tigress

How cluttered is your money?

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As a financial advisor, I’ve seen almost everyone struggle with organizing their finances. It’s almost everyone is kind of dumbfounded on how to prepare for the future and that they all pool their funds in a single bank account, if any. Aside from using financial tools that work under the philosophy of “maximizing gain and lowering risk”, I believe that the most basic tool one can ever use for their finance is really just to select different financial vehicles for their various purposes.

People have been tricked into thinking they’re rich when they reach 6 digits in their bank account yet if you itemize all the goals you need, it may shock many that they’re really not managing their money properly at all and there are a lot of holes left uncovered in the area of financial planning.

I’d like to share a tool which I personally use to organize my finances. Note that there is no formula at all and what matters most is what works for you but for the purpose of understanding on how to allocate your monthly budget into different goals, you need a system. This isn’t fancy at all. It’s just a table made in MS Excel.

First things first, if you’re pooling all your money in your bank account, hear me out first. Your bank is first and foremost for EMERGENCY only. It’s secondary purpose is for your monthly transactions like bills and up to transactions within the year. It’s not meant for saving for your child’s education, retirement and everything else. Here’s a proposed suggestion to clean up your bank account.

emergency fund calculation

Now that you’re cleaned up your bank account, we can now tackle on how to allocate your monthly income to specific goals. Note that for those that you use monthly, I suggest you withdraw them as cash since you don’t need to keep them anyway but it still depends on what works for you. Different time horizons entail different financial products. These are just a few options I’ve shown. This is to assume that you earn on a monthly basis like all of us do. Nevertheless, it’s really easier to budget on a monthly basis in my opinion.

This is based on the assumption that the person is Single, Female and earns around 20,000 pesos and is still living with her parents.

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Although this is not an exhaustive list of options, I hope I help you get an idea on how to manage your basic finances.

My basic rules are basically these:

  1. Lock. Lock. Lock. There is not point in saving for the future if you can easily access it. What I like about getting single-pay VUL’s or even Treasury bills is that they are somehow locked literally and figuratively because somehow, they don’t have an ATM machine to access them.
  2. It’s good to have a very specific goal for every financial product so that every time you’re adding fund into it, you know you are getting closer to a goal.
  3. As the businessmen do, maximize gain and lower risk. It’s not just all about investment but also about protection. That’s where insurance plays a role by protecting your assets.
  4. Include tithing and giving into your non-negotiable monthly budget. You are blessed to be a blessing and you have to force it out on your budget or else you really won’t have allocation for that. God is after your heart when you give Him your first fruits.
  5. Never act on impulse.
  6. Organizing your finances is better than earning a lot. A mismanaged wealth is worse than a meager income.

If you have any comments or inquiries, feel free to message me or drop a comment below!

Thank you.

The Bouncing Tigress