I took a trip to a public market somewhere down east to find this stall that sold Batangas beef. Foodies literally run the extra mile just to bring home what’s deemed the best, you know. Ha! So, there I was, finding myself all prepped up for the palengke tour.
Scouring the market, I was gawking at the produce lavishly displayed at every stall, corner and bilaos. My, they were totally inexpensive, very fresh and looked picturesque. My eyes were panning from left to right, up and down!
Okay, back to my mission, I looked for a store that had a signage that read “Senya’s Batangas beef”. Upon trekking the aisles and alleys of this market, lo and behold, I found it and what goldmine I saw. Yeah baby, two kilos of sirloin went straight to my basket.
Yesterday had me do two dishes: Garlic Tapa and Japchae.
So, what’s the big fuss about Batangas beef? Well for one, this southwestern province of Batangas is well known for its cattle industry. It is home of the best species of cattle. Grass fed, robust in size, they are so special that meat dealers have made it a ‘claim to fame’ label that the meat is from Batangas. A big smile was plastered on my face as I left with my beef on one hand.
The second dish was japchae. I have been bugging my good friend, Marielle, to take me back to Ye Dang for my Korean food fix but being swamped with household chores would not allow us. So, I decided to just make my own.
So here goes the recipe:
500 grams glass noodles (soak in water for 20 minutes before cooking)
1/2 cup chopped spinach leaves
3/4 cup hoisin sauce
3 tbsps brown sugar
1/4 kilo sirloin, cut in thin strips
1 medium-sized carrot, cut into strips
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 white onion, minced
2 tsps chili flakes
salt and pepper to taste
Season beef with salt and pepper. In a skillet, saute onion and garlic. Add beef, spinach and carrots. Stir in hoisin sauce ang sugar. Pour about 4 cups of water and bring to a boil.
Add glass noodles and reduce heat to a medium simmer.
Cook until noodles are tender and soupiness is gone. Add chili flakes. Serve hot.