Mechado Recipe

When I arrived from my Maui trip, literally the next day, my parents were off to Honolulu. The weather was cold, dreary and unwelcoming – especially since we were coming back from 30 degree weather. It made me miss my parents cooking of different broths and stews.

So I decided to take matters into my own hands and I made three different dishes that I was craving for. I followed my dad’s recipes in Filipino Cooking Made Easy (our cookbook – ebook and hard cover is still available, by the way!) and despite some hiccups (ie, me burning the potatoes, sigh!)- I managed to replicate the delicious Filipino flavours I missed while I was gone.

PS, if you want to watch a pro actually cook this, you can watch My Dad cook it on our  Youtube video here.

Ingredients:
3 big tomatoes
1 small can tomato sauce
4 cloves of garlic
2 medium onions, chopped
Water
2 lbs beef steak, cubed
1 ring of sausage, sliced
1 bayleaf
1 Lemon/Calamansi
Soy sauce to taste
Black Pepper to taste
1 
Red Pepper sliced and  fried
4 Small potatoes, cubed and fried

Instructions:
1. Put all meat into a large pot and fill with with a little bit of water.


2. Cut up tomatoes, chop onions, garlic and add into pot. Add bay leaf.


3. Pour in tomato sauce into the pot and mix. Add a little bit of soy sauce and black pepper and salt to taste.
4. Squeeze some lemon into the pot.


5. Simmer for 30-40 minutes.
6. In a pan, heat oil and fry red peppers until just cooked.


7. Remove from pan, fry potatoes until browned.


8. Stir the pot once in a while, as it boils.
9. After 40 minutes, add potatoes and half of the red peppers.


10. Let cook for another 5-10 minutes.
11. Pour into serving dish and garnish the top with left over red peppers.

About Dee

Inspired by her father’s cooking savvy and impeccable taste and her love of trying out new places, Dee decided to pursue her love of food. Although she much prefers eating at a local restaurant, she has also taken up cooking as a novice who has lots to learn and many recipes to try. Join her quest to rise from cooking mediocrity and fine tune her palate at different restaurants!