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7 Ulam Recipes You Can Do With 5 Ingredients or Less
PHOTO BY Patrick Martires/Yummy.ph; Aldwin Aspillera/Yummy.ph
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    We know the dejected feeling of standing in front of an open fridge and finding you barely have anything in it to make dinner for the kids. For nights like this, turn to this list of dishes you can cook with just five ingredients (salt, pepper and cooking oil were not counted as ingredients here):

    1. Pork Steak a la Pobre

    PHOTO BY Dan Rivera/Yummy.ph

    Who can deny pork chops with crunchy garlic bits on top? The whole family will love this recipe especially because it’s got gravy. Make sure to have more of it waiting on the side lines because the kids will surely ask for more.

    Makes 2 servings

    • 4 pieces pork steaks
    • 16 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
    • 1 cup pork broth

    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.

    2. Prawns in Orange Sauce

    PHOTO BY Aldwin Aspillera/Yummy.ph
    This quick and easy seafood recipe makes a great go-to dish. If you already have oranges, the most difficult part is over! Serve with lots of rice that will soak up all that wonderful zesty orange sauce.

    Makes 4 servings

    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 2 cloves garlic
    • 1 kilo prawns, back slit and deveined
    • grated zest and juice from 2 navel oranges
    • chopped parsley, for garnish

    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.

    3. Roast Tamarind Chicken

    PHOTO BY Patrick Martires/Yummy.ph
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    This is perfect for those nights that you have quite a bit of time before dinner but don’t want to spend it cooking. You will need a turbo broiler though, so if you already have that and the 5 ingredients in this recipe you’re good to go.

    Makes 4 servings

    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 3 stalks lemongrass (tanglad)
    • 5 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 kilo chicken leg quarters
    • 1 22-gram pack original sinigang sa sampalok mix, Yummy.ph used Knorr
    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.
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    4. Teriyaki Chicken

    PHOTO BY Dan Eric Rivera/Yummy.ph
    The perfect blend of sweet and salty, this chicken recipe is a crowd-pleaser for kids and adults alike. Lucky it’s easy to whip up too. Garnish with sprigs of spring onion if desired.

    Makes 4 servings

    • 1/4 cup soy sauce
    • 1/4 cup mirin
    • 4 tablespoons sugar
    • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
    • 1 kilo chicken breast, cut into fillets

    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.

    5. Beef Tapa

    Why buy when you can make yourself! If you haven’t tried whipping up this Filipino favorite from scratch, have a go with this recipe. This is good ol’ tapa in its simplest form. Pair with fried eggs, rice and vinegar on the side.

    • 1/2 kilogram beef sirloin, thinly sliced
    • 1/2 cup soy sauce
    • 3 tablespoons vinegar
    • 5-6 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 2 tablespoons sugar

    Recipe instructions can also be found at Yummy.ph.

    6. Tortang Talong

    Budget-friendly and fuss-free, this Pinoy eggplant omelete recipe is perfect for weeknights. And, if the kids don’t like eggplant, you might even get to them to like it with this. Just don’t forget to serve with ketchup and tomatoes.
    • 2 pieces Chinese eggplant
    • 1/2 kilo ground pork
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 large red onion, chopped
    • 2 eggs

    Recipe instructions can also be found at Yummy.ph.

    7. Pan-seared Pork Chops

    PHOTO BY Patrick Martires/Yummy.ph
    What’s the secret ingredient to this delicious pork recipe? It’s orange marmalade! Including prep and cooking time, you could have this dish on the table in under 30 minutes. Garnish with chopped green onions if desired.

    Makes 4 servings

    • 5 tablespoons orange marmalade
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 4 bone-in pork chops, around 500 to 600 grams total
    • green onions, chopped for garnish
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.
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