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Tuesday, 21 April 2020

CEEeats: Simple Onion Rings Recipe

Being stuck in quarantine has made me very creative and pushed myself in creating a yummy way to make onion rings using regular ingredients one can find in the kitchen.

Let us start immediately with the ingredients:

♡ 1 bulb of white onion
♡ 1 cup of all-purpose flour
♡ Salt and pepper
♡ 2 packs of plain crackers
♡ 1 egg
♡ 2 cups of cooking oil
♡ 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise 

Preparing the ingredients:

☆ Cut the onion about half an inch length or to any size you desire.
☆ In one bowl, beat the egg together with the mayonnaise and mix well.
☆ Crush the two packs of crackers and pour contents in a different bowl.
☆ Mix the flour with salt and pepper to taste.

Coating the onions:

◇ Firstly, take a piece of onion ring and cover it with the flour mixture

◇ Secondly, dip the flour-covered ring in the mayo-egg mix

◇ Thirdly, dip the flour and egg covered ring and completely  over every part with the crushed crackers.

◇ Do this with every piece of ring available

Cooking the coated rings:

♧ In a pan or pot, pour in the cooking oil and wait for it to get hot.
♧ Cook the rings unti golden brown.
♧ Let it cool in a plate with paper towels, letting the excess oil drain out.
♧ Serve hot with ketchup and mayo dip.

What do you think of my onion rings recipe? Tell me how yours turned out by commenting down below!

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Thursday, 23 May 2019

A thought to ponder: Will Zamboanga City’s Power Supply Last?

In connection with my previous posts, one should think about what will happen to our beloved city when it comes to the shortage of energy supply. Cee will be featuring another writer's idea on the predicament:

Life isn’t normal without electricity.  Whether for home, school, hospital, commercial, or industrial purposes, electricity is their common lifeblood. Cut it and there will be widespread darkness. Remove it and you will lose refrigeration to keep our food fresh and our drinks cool. Deprive vital establishments like medical centers and they wouldn’t be able to give the life-giving care our ailing citizens need. 

The presence of electricity in a community signifies progress. Ironically, power outages have become common in Zamboanga City. The absence of electricity causes disruption in our daily activities and affects the city’s economy.  Without electric lights, it would be difficult for us to read anything, especially at night. While power generators augment for the lack of electricity, especially in business and tourist establishments, they can only do so much. By the way, not everyone can afford a power generator. 

With the intense summer heat scorching our beloved hometown, how can you expect us to keep our heads cool when our electric fans are useless? Take note also that Zamboanga is one of the key cities in the Philippines closest to the equator – one of the hottest places on Earth. 

The power outages stem from the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative’s (ZAMCELCO) outstanding debts with Western Mindanao Power Corporation (WMPC).
Following an investment management contract bidding, ZAMCELCO was recently brought into management under CROWN-DESCO Investment Holdings, Inc. After weeks of negotiations, CROWN-DESCO finally agreed to pay around half of ZAMCELCO’s Php467 million-debt to WMPC (around Php220 million). This restored power to the city for the next 60 days beginning last April 29. 

 “We are glad to restore power and normalcy to Zamboanga City,” WMPC and Alsons Power Group vice president for business development Joseph Nocos previously said.
Now that power has been restored in the city, we all are hoping that this would truly last. We, therefore, ask CROWN-DESCO to make good of its commitment to provide uninterrupted power by paying WMPC the remainder of its dues.  This way, the power crisis in the city would truly come to an end and normalcy would be restored to the city’s electricity supply.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

CEEeats: Pungko-Pungko na Zamboanga - a culinary experience~

My mom tagged along during our first visit of the local pungko-pungko.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. No monetary compensation was given to the author in exchange for this write-up.

A different experience...

Hey guys! A new food place in our city peaked my interest due to its unique outward for and simple menu. I was able to read about them thru a Facebook friend's post. Additionally, I am a big fan of street food with rice so I asked my mom to accompany me in checking the place out.

'Pungko-pungko' is a Visayan term referring to the low eating set-up provided by the vendors to their patrons along the street in Cebu, Philippines. Such stalls sell different kinds of fried food such as chicken and hotdogs with rice cooked in a weaved banana wrapping called 'puso'. 

The food that you order is served with a tiny plate of onions. You are given the freedom to create your own sauce with soy sauce, calamansi or ketchup as dipping.

The food

The following are the food served this new restaurant with its corresponding prices as of today (all in Philippine Pesos):

Chicken neck  - 10
Chicken thigh  - 10
Chicken Wings - 20
Chicken legs - 12
Rice (puso) - 12
Barbecue - 25
Proven - 10
Hotdogs - 3 pieces for 10
Empanada - 20

Pretty affordable, right?

During my visit, I ordered a piece of thigh, a wrapping of rice, proven and a single empanada.

First impressions

Everything tasted good and it felt like I was cheating the owners of this place. The chicken was well-cooked and its coating was excellently seasoned, the empanada had an abundance of filling and its sauce was scrumptious.

My mom commented liked the rice in particular because it was soft and tasty. She asked for another serving after her first puso!

For those who are craving for finger food without hurting your wallets, I highly recommend this new restaurant. The place is well ventilated and cozy and the staff is very friendly and welcoming. Furthermore, the place is clean so you do not have to worry about any health issues while eating there, unlike when you buy from questionable food carts riddled along the center of town. 

Some recommendations

Despite my favourable opinions, I would like to suggest some changes for the improvement of the diner.

 Firstly, since they do not have any utensils for the customer's use, it would be great if a sink is available for hand washing so that the patrons would have the chance use their hands while eating thus reducing the number of the use of plastic gloves. People do it while eating at major restaurants so why not here, right?

Secondly, it would be nice to use more reusable plates for each serving of the food. This leads to less expenses and less wastes that harms the environment.

How to get there

Pungko-Pungko na Zamboanga is open from 11am to 8pm although sometimes they would change the closing hours due to the limited availability of their dishes (the supply sometimes cannot cope with the demands thus leading them to close up earlier than expected.)

LB Supermarket is the landmark that you should look for when going to the place.

Locating the pungko-pungko is so easy. Its exact address is Bel-Air Subdivision, Atilano Loop, Veterans Avenue Extension Tumaga, Zamboanga City and it is situated on the corner of the subdivision's entrance facing LB Supermarket. 

The bamboo-made structure can be easily spotted once you step in the correct subdivision entrance.

One can take a jeepney going to Tumaga and ask the driver to drop you on LB supermarket. For those who want to go by car, just go along Veterans Avenue until you reach the main Tumaga road and turn to the driveway leading to Bel-Air Subdivision the moment you reach LB supermarket. The place has a spot for relatively small cars for parking.

For more information, do visit their official page at Pungko-Pungko na Zamboanga.

What do you think of this new eating place? If you already visited it, what was your favourite aspect of the overall restaurant? Let me know what you think by commenting down below.

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