Comfort Food A la Celeb: Carbonara, Ukoy, and Banana Bread Recipes To Try
Turn your chef mode on with these three simple recipes by local celebrities.
Can you believe it’s been almost a year since the implementation of the lockdown? With nothing much to do anymore at home (after decluttering or starting your own homebased business), many people are have gone on “chef mode” by trying to recreate or even make their own recipes at home – even celebrities.
Shedding the glitz and glam of showbiz, some celebrities and influencers took to their kitchen and showcased their culinary talents with their own versions of delicious recipes that are easy to make. If you’re running out of meal ideas to make at home, you might want to give these a try!
Erich Gonzales’ Creamy Carbonara
Pasta is a comfort food that can be made in a variety of ways. The Filipino-style Carbonara is a heavenly dish of creamy pasta drenched in white sauce with crispy bacon. Watch and learn from Kapamilya actress Erich Gonzales as she makes her ‘Creamy Carbonara Ala Erich G’. It costs Php 450 to make, and serves 4-5 persons.
What you’ll need:
- 400 grams spaghetti noodles
- 1 can of mushroom
- 154 ml evaporated milk
- 1 can of all-purpose cream
- 90 grams of cheese
- 200 grams chopped bacon
- minced onion
- minced garlic
- chopped mushroom
- a pinch of salt and pepper
- olive oil
Cook spaghetti noodles according to package directions and set aside. Erich suggests adding some olive oil and salt into the water to prevent the pasta from sticking together. In a hot pan, put olive oil and fry your chopped bacon until brown and crispy, then transfer to a plate with a paper towel to drain the excess oil.
To make the sauce, sauté garlic and onion until brown, then add the chopped mushrooms. Pour in the cream of mushroom, evaporated milk, all-purpose cream, and grated cheese, and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste and stir thoroughly. Pour the creamy white sauce over the spaghetti noodles and serve.
Check out Erich Gonzales’ video for the step-by-step instructions.
Erwan Heussaff’s Crispy Ukoy
Ukoy or okoy is a Pinoy version of shrimp fritters and makes for a yummy appetizer. Check out how French-Filipino restaurateur Erwan Heussaff makes his version of this easy, crispy, deep-fried dish with a side of spiced vinegar.
What you’ll need:
- 1 medium-sized sweet potato or kamote
- 1 cup of squash
- 1 carrot
- 1 red onion
- ¾ cup ice-cold water
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 16 pieces shelled and deveined shrimp
For the spiced vinegar, you’ll need:
- 1 thinly sliced chili
- 2 chopped cloves of garlic
- 3 tablespoons chopped red onion
- ? cup coconut vinegar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
Begin by slicing your vegetables into thin strips. Add salt and pepper, then let rest for 30 minutes. Erwan recommends draining the moisture from the vegetables by putting them on a clean towel and gently pressing each vegetable to eliminate excess water. Put them back into the bowl.
Combine cornstarch with cold water, then pour the mixture into the bowl of dried vegetables. Mix all the other ingredients in. Scoop an amount of the okoy mixture in a pan of hot oil at 160 °C. Once the bottom turns into a brown hue, flip it over and continue to fry the uncooked part for at least 5 minutes.
To make the spiced vinegar, simply combine the minced garlic, chopped onions, and chilli in a saucer and mix it in with soy sauce and coconut vinegar.
Watch the full video of Erwan Heusaff’s Best Okoy recipe and try it at home!
Bianca King’s Banana Bread
Moist, buttery soft, and packed with nutrients are the best features of a good old banana bread. It’s a perfect breakfast food or even an afternoon snack with its rich and flavorful taste. If you are down for this sweet yet healthy treat, try Bianca King’s Banana Bread recipe. Trivia: Bianca’s recipe spelled victory for TV host Solenn Heussaff against her brother Erwann in their ‘Sibling Cook Off'' series on YouTube.
What you’ll need:
- 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- ½ stick melted browned butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 ¼ cup mashed bananas
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Melt the butter on a hot pan for 20 to 30 minutes, or until it turns golden brown. Set aside and let cool. Preheat your oven to 180°C.
Mash four ripe bananas in a separate bowl by using a spoon. In another bowl, crack two eggs and whisk well. After whisking the eggs, add in the mashed bananas, sour cream, and vanilla. Mix well and set aside. After the melted brown butter has cooled, add it to the wet mixture and whisk well.
For the dry ingredients, simply combine and mix the all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and coconut sugar, then gradually add this to the wet mixture. Gently fold in the dry ingredients into the wet mixture. Grease a baking pan with butter, then pour in the batter. Bake for 35 minutes.
Check out the full video tutorial by Bianca King below.