10 Basic Recipes You Need to Master This 2019

Learning these basic recipes will sustain you the entire year.

Kickstart this year's adventures with one right at home, in the kitchen. We're sure new cooks will have an easy time making these easy, classic recipes. Since these are the basic recipes, each is easy to master. Once you do, you'll be making them for the rest of your life, or even better: they'll make you want to learn even more exciting recipes.

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1 Adobo Recipe

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Your cultural heritage hinges on your knowledge of adobo! If your mom didn't teach you this simple dish, it's time to learn it now. After all, adobo became a Filipino classic, not because it's delicious, but also because of practicality. Adobo has a long shelf life and is made with basic ingredients that almost any Filipino kitchen would have. So, take a peek. You just might have all you need in your pantry to make this recipe right now.

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2 Sinigang Recipe

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Every family has their own version of the sinigang. So, go ahead and ask your mom her recipe, but also, why not try to give it your own twist? It's also a good idea to stray from the norm and explore what you want your sinigang to taste like. Take a look at these sinigang recipes for some inspiration. 

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3 Nilaga Recipe

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Beef may seem intimidating to cook, but with a pressure cooker and some guidance, we're sure even first-time cooks can do it. The nilaga is the most basic of Filipino soups because there are no complicated flavors, like spices and herbs, disturbing the pure beefiness of the classic beef version. Keep it simple and unadulterated at first before venturing out and trying out other ingredients to make it even more delicious. 

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4 Giniling Recipe

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Giniling is more than just ground meat. It's the simplest of stews and yet, one of the most flavorful and versatile. It is served at any time of the day, including breakfast! Once you master the basic recipe, it's easy to turn it into a sandwich filling, pasta sauce, chili con carne and so much more! Become confident in cooking this one recipe will open up other delicious doors.

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5 Tinola Recipe

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It's one of the simplest, homiest, and coziest chicken recipes you'll ever make. Just like any good, classic chicken recipe, a piping hot bowl of a delicious chicken soup, just like mom used to make, can keep you company throughout your life. 

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6 Lugaw Recipe

Everybody needs lugaw. There is no excuse not to learn this extremely easy but absolutely essential recipe. It's your introduction to our version of the porridge, so the next time you feel a little under the weather or need a hearty yet hot bowl of food, make this.  

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7 A No-Fail Leche Flan Recipe

Simple ingredients make up this ultra creamy, favorite classic Filipino dessert. At its most basic, all you really need are eggs, evaporated milk, and condensed milk to make it. We're pretty sure these are staples of any sari sari store so should you need dessert, you know you can make this in preparation of these emergencies. Also, there's no need for an oven!

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8 Golden Fried Chicken Recipe

Good fried chicken is one of those dishes that's always good. Master the basic recipe, and you can easily play around with your sauces, spices, and other add-ins to complement its delicious crunch.

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9 Filipino-Style Sweet Spaghetti Recipe

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Can you remember the first time you had spaghetti? Was it love at first bite? The time has come for you to try your hand in making this classic Pinoy version of the Italian pasta. Don't forget the hotdogs! 

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10 Fluffy Pancake Recipe

Fluffy pancakes for breakfast is always a good sign that the day is going to be awesome. Learn to make this breakfast staple for awesome mornings ahead.

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Don't be scared to try any of these recipes out! You'll enjoy the process of learning how to make your favorite recipes. We promise you, there's not an activity more deliciously rewarding than cooking. 

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