FOOD| Noche Buena Recipe: Tinapa and Salted Egg Pasta

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Tinapa a
Christmas is fast approaching. Soon, most of us will be busy preparing for Noche Buena. TIP: Start buying ingredients and other items this early because grocery prices usually shoot up by December.
Pasta is a staple dish in our Noche Buena menu. While I love spaghetti, I don’t know why I can’t perfect the red sauce. I’m more of the carbonara (white sauce) and pesto guy- it’s a usual request from my family and friends.
Just recently, I experimented doing a Tinapa and Salted Egg pasta. I prepared it for the whole family and their reactions were priceless! It was a big hit! I have posted a picture of it on my Facebook account and received comments asking for recipe so here it is.
It is so easy to prepare and the ingredients are super affordable. It’s super ‘Pinoy’ too!
Tinapa is fish cooked or preserved through the process of smoking. Usually its is made using galunggong (blackfin scad) or bangus (milkfish). It is a native delicacy in the Philippines. In a trip I had in Camarines Norte, I had the chance to see how the process takes place. Share lang. Hihihi.
Salted eggs are made of duck eggs brined in a salt solution. The eggs can also be packed in damp salted clay. It’s sold mostly in markets, groceries or even in sari-sari stores.
  • Spaghetti pasta (cooked al dente); I used 450 grams
  • 4 pieces tinapa (galunggong), flaked; or you can also use medium-sized tinapang bangus
  • 3 salted eggs, chopped
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic, crushed
  • Onion, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • Celery, chopped
  • Pepper
  • Parmesan cheese (but a regular cheddar cheese, tastes good too)
  1. Saute garlic, onion and tomatoes in olive oil.
  2. Add the tinapa flakes. Cook around 5 minutes.
  3. Add the salted eggs.
  4. Mix the pasta.
  5. Add celery.
  6. Season with pepper. I did not add salt anymore because the main ingredients are already salty. But depending on your liking, feel free to add salt. 🙂
  7. Top with grated cheese.

Even someone who isn’t kitchen savvy can prepare this super yummy dish. Impress your family, friends or jowa with this Tinapa and salted egg pasta.
If you tried preparing this after you’ve read from here or would want to try this soon, I would love to read your comments below.


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