03 Nov2009


Here is Anniversary Game # 1: The prize(s) : A couple of dozen siling labuyo seeds from Marketman’s gardens. Can be mailed to a winner anywhere in the world, but I will not put a return address on the envelope just in case customs in your country of residence aren’t keen on imported seeds in the mail… Depending on the number of participants in this game, I might pick two or three winners from local and foreign entries… This contest will run approximately 24 hours so that readers from around the globe have a chance to participate.


There are dozens and dozens of recipes in the marketmanila.com archives that include siling labuyo or bird’s eye chillies as one of the ingredients. Please leave a comment and list three different recipes (full title of the relevant post) that you would personally like to try which include siling labuyo as an ingredient and which were published on marketmanila.com before 2009. The winner will be randomly selected from the answers that include the most interesting list of three appropriate recipes, in my subjective opinion. :) Please do not just copy the answers of the commenters that have already answered before you, as a lack of effort will be obvious and frankly, unsportsman or womanlike. :) And read through the posts to make sure the recipe or dish includes siling labuyo. All answers must be posted by 6 p.m., Manila time, on Wednesday, 4 November 2009. Good luck.




  1. Rene Hilario says:

    Congratulations on your 5th! I personally would like to try the following recipes: the Fried Tanguingue with “Thai” Inspired Sauce(10 Dec 2008), the Thai Green Papaya Salad ( 25 May 2008), and the Tom Yam Gung, Hot and Sour Prawn Soup (21 Jan 2008).

    Nov 3, 2009 | 6:24 pm


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  3. Rona Y says:

    All of the recipes I chose remind me of home and my childhood in some way or another.

    January 27, 2008 Chile Con Carne a la Marketman

    August 7, 2007 Fried Salted Peanuts (variation with siling labuyo added to the fat)

    May 25, 2008 Thai Green Papaya Salad

    The fried salted peanuts one probably doesn’t count, but I’m OK with that. :-) I just have such special memories of eating peanuts and drinking root beer with my mother when I was young, that I had to include it!

    Nov 3, 2009 | 6:32 pm

  4. Berry says:

    My top picks (although some of the good ones came in 09 too) are:

    1. Spicy Eggplant, Revisited from 9 May 2007
    2. Kinilaw na Malasugui, Cagayan de Oro style, 8 Jan 2008
    3. Gourmet’s Spicy Crab Spaghetti with Preserved Lemons, 11 May 2008

    These dishes I can probably eat everyday, with heaping bowls of warm rice to match the kinilaw and the talong!

    Nov 3, 2009 | 6:46 pm

  5. Enteng says:

    I’ll start with

    1. Thai Pomelo Salad (May 27, 2008)


    2. Tom Yam Gung, Hot and Sour Prawn Soup (Jan. 21, 2008)

    and finish of with

    3. Fried Tanuigue with “Thai” inspired sauce (Dec 10, 2008)

    with lots of rice!


    Nov 3, 2009 | 7:05 pm

  6. cherie says:

    Hi Mr Marketman! My sister from the US loves siling labuyo and if she were to go home I’d serve her these from your recipes:

    1. Kinilaw ala Victor/Marketman Nov 18 2008

    2. Laing two variations Mar 11 2005

    3. And Lechon Sisig ala Marketman May 21 2008


    Nov 3, 2009 | 7:32 pm

  7. Emily says:

    I chose the following recipes for a simple question of logistics: the availability of ingredients!

    Chile Con Carne à la Marketman, because chile con carne is a favorite comfort dish in our home. I usually just follow the basic recipe from the Joy of Cooking, adding an extra dash of spice from time to time, but would like to try your version because it uses herbs that aren’t in my usual “spice reflex”.

    Tanguigue isn’t readily available here, and I do have qualms about Europe’s overfished waters, so fish isn’t often on the menu. There are days, however, that I have a hankering for fish (as good little Filipinos will), and this recipe for fried tanguigue with Thai-inspired sauce is a likely candidate for my next attempt in my very own fish pan (I am the proud owner of one, and I find it’s great for making omelettes as well – folding is so much easier!) While another fish will have to substitute for tanguigue, and African mangoes – very similar in taste and texture to what we call Carabao mangoes over there – will have to stand in for the Indian mangoes, all the other ingredients are easy to get here. The dish is visually stunning; I’m guessing it’s equally stunning to the taste buds.

    Finally, “local availability” is a misnomer for my final choice, an offshoot of the Best. Pig. Ever, the Lechon Sisig à la Marketman (Pampanga version). But it’s been ages since I’ve had some really, really good sisig. My homemade version is a rather poor substitute, but it’s enough to assuage my worst sisig cravings: pig ears and some offal available at the supermarket, boiled, chopped, and fried on a stove-top grill, and mixed with onions, garlic, some liquid seasoning and various other ingredients depending on my mood at the time.

    I hope you pick this entry, MM, because siling labuyo is THE ingredient that’s missing around here. Jalapenos are poor substitutes, as are the chili pastes. I’ve heard Scotch bonnets will do the trick, but that also requires a trek to a major city with the right sort of African or Asian food stores.

    Nov 3, 2009 | 8:00 pm

  8. Grace says:

    I would love to try the following

    My husband’s fave – Kinilaw ala Victor/Marketman
    My husbands super duper fave – Laing – Two Variations
    My fave – Lechon Sisig ala Marketman

    Nov 3, 2009 | 8:20 pm

  9. GayeN says:

    I had these recipes entered in my notes of favorite Market Manila recipes. In fact, these are always a hit home everytime we cook them.

    Lechon Sisig a la Marketman (21 May, 2008)
    Prawns in “Alavar” Sauce (29 Mar, 2008)
    Mussels with Black Beans a la Ming Tsai (01 Aug, 2006)

    Nov 3, 2009 | 8:20 pm

  10. chinachix says:

    Indeed, the seeds will be perfect for spring planting:

    The hubby’s picks:
    1. Thai Pomelo Salad (05 27 2008) – Because we always, always order this we go for Thai food, and because pomelos are happily available at the local ethnic supermarket
    2. Chili con Carne ala Marketman (01 27 08) – Perfect for the cold season ahead
    3. Fresh Sambal/Chili Dipping Sauce ( 09 12 2006) – Because he is a big fan of chili dipping sauces. Period.

    Nov 3, 2009 | 8:24 pm

  11. shasha says:

    my number 1 ultimate favorite is the kinilaw a la Victor/ Marketman – kinilaw is really a comfort food
    2nd choice of my must try recipe is the mustasa salad with bagoong & calamansi dressing.. i hate mustasa for its bitter taste but with the bagoong and chili… must be a good match!
    3rd want to try recipe is the Thai Green Papaya Salad
    i cant help but add one more… guinamos sinabado.. no recipe but with a little chili yummy! perfect with puso or boiled camote/saba/cassava!

    ah… chili is one the things that give life to a dish!

    Nov 3, 2009 | 8:58 pm

  12. Doddie from Korea says:


    I’m game. Here are the recipes that I would like to try should I get to win this contest.

    1. Bicol Express
    2. Kinilaw na Dilis
    3. Laing (the two variations)

    Good luck to all us chili-heads!

    Nov 3, 2009 | 9:57 pm


    congratulations. i hope i win coz my garden is under renovation and i am leaving a space for the sili plant.
    1. pochero 2. crab fried rice 3. talakitok. and all the dishes mm puts chillis on whenever he felels like.

    Nov 3, 2009 | 10:23 pm


    congratulations. i hope i win coz my garden is under renovation and i am leaving a space for the sili plants.
    1. pochero 2. crab fried rice 3. talakitok feels like.

    Nov 3, 2009 | 10:26 pm

  15. Lesley says:

    I would love to try:
    1. Laing – 2 variations
    2. Lechon Sisig ala Marketman
    3. Chili con Carne ala Marketman

    I am a big fan of chilies and love anything spicy. My family learned to love spicy foods because of me and we’re always in search for something that will test our spice levels!

    Nov 3, 2009 | 11:12 pm

  16. RobKSA says:

    They are not something that I would like to try but something that I have tried but would like to try again and again and again. My number 1 choice is the “Fried Tanguigue With Thai Inspired Sauce” because Tanguigue is very common in Saudi Arabia. I was tired of just frying them so when I saw MMs recipe and tried it, it has become a regular dish for us. I use whatever nuts is available in our house. My only problem is the mango which is not common here so sometimes I use anything for bedding including pipino, etc.

    The wifey loves eggplant so another staple food that is a hit with us is the “Spicy Eggplant a la Marketman”, easy to make and is a good company to anything fried which we usually do; fried tanguigue, fried tilapia, fried this and that.

    I also tried and loved the “Chile Con Carne a la Marketman”. I think this is popular here because of Pinoy’s penchant of being “ututin” hahaha. I had a few bottles of homemade wines (red and white), of course I used the red recommended by MM. I also was able to make use of a paprika bottle that I seem not able to use much. My first try was good bit the leftover was very fatty because I used a cheap beef giniling which I think has tons of fat but my subsequent tries are a hit using lean beef.

    Nov 4, 2009 | 12:06 am

  17. RobKSA says:

    Yippeyyyyyyyyyyy, no I did not win yet :) I’m just happy that I’m finally in Saudi Arabia. It looks like that when I’m using the office internet I’m in Europe and when I use the home internet I’m in Saudi Arabia where I am. Per MMs response to my post on this issue means that my company’s server is in Europe which is possible. Our company has operations all over the world so they can obviously have servers around for security or whatever reasons.

    Nov 4, 2009 | 12:11 am

  18. atbnorge says:

    Sali ako dito…Heto ang aking naalalang mga recipe na may sili:

    1. Sili dip (this is the only thing I can whip up, pronto!) with the Boiled Saba

    2. Hot and Sour Prawn Sauce…yummo!

    3. Stuffed Green Chillies—I did this one.

    I am not so keen on winning the seeds, although it would be lovely if I did. Kasi baka hindi mabuhay dito ‘yung mga sili. I already tried cultivating a different chili variety that my friend took home with her from Venezuela. But I failed although I pride myself with a green thumb.Congratulations MM sa iyong anniversary. More Power!

    Nov 4, 2009 | 12:13 am

  19. Joyce says:

    spice is always nice, i believe. siling labuyo even nicer. so i would choose the ff recipes:
    1)Spicy Eggplant a la Marketman (july, 2005) – because i love sichuan food and this sichuan inspired dish is easy and affordable to make
    2)Chilli Crabs ala Marketman- because i miss eating good seafood and shanghai hairy crabs are no substitute
    3) Kinilaw na Dilis ala Seaman- this reminds me of my trips to cebu and ive always been meaning to try to do a kinilaw dish

    Nov 4, 2009 | 12:35 am

  20. zoi says:

    because im bicolano, it is quite obvious that siling labuyo is a regular staple in our meals. here are my favorites that i have tried, served and will continue to serve to my family and friends who visit my house:
    1. chili crabs – i use dungeness crabs as these are in abundance here in vancouver. i actually separate the dish into two – one that is really spicy and the other one that is mild. even my daughter eat this.
    2. thai green papaya salad – because it resembles my inay’s green papaya salad from bicol (labo, cams. norte). it is good to eat with any fried meats, fish or anything fried!
    3. sawsawan (coconut vinegar with mashed siling labuyo) – plain and simple recipe!! imagine, just two items and yet makes any dish wonderful! (just because i dip everything, or i spoon it to put on every bite!)

    Nov 4, 2009 | 1:21 am

  21. marcial bonifacio says:

    1.Laing 2 variations- i love it both with bicol express.(pls. pass the water..)
    2.beef bulalo a la Marketman- bone marrow plus sili = heaven(or hell hot..)
    3. Lechon Sisig- no explanations necessary..

    Nov 4, 2009 | 1:53 am

  22. Vicky Go says:

    Off topic – Staub Cookware: in Sur La Table November 2009 catalogue: special offer – Staub 6 Qt Black French Oven $400 value for special price of &199.95 + Bonus 2 Black Mini Cocottes (looks like 1 & 1/2 cups size)

    Nov 4, 2009 | 2:24 am

  23. botchok says:

    Here are my choices:
    1. Chili crabs- one of my favorite dish although i haven’t tried the marketman version yet. I will surely try this sometime.
    2. Kinilaw- i really like any kind of kinilaw
    3. Spicy eggplant- i cooked this after reading in your post and instantly became one of our favorites as my dad really likes veggies.

    Nov 4, 2009 | 2:27 am

  24. psychomom says:

    Hello MM, happy anniversary. here are my entries:

    chilli crabs a la marketman-love, love, love crabs. had this when i went back home in 2006
    sisig-since now i found a place to get the pig head (same place i got the duck fat/skin), i miss sisig so much. last time i had it was at the place near heart center for asia on east avenue.
    last entry is sambal since my husband loves to eat spicy food
    if i win i can plant the seeds and also harvest the leaves for tinolang manok.
    more power to you MM. you are providing a great service to a lot of people.

    BTW made the semi dried tomatoes last night, my son ate some of the tomatoes even before they went into the oven. ate more when they came out. told him to hold off or i won’t have enough to make betty q’s red pesto.

    Nov 4, 2009 | 2:41 am

  25. farida says:

    MM, I have the 3 recipes I would like to try:
    1) Acar Timun/Javanese Pickles- Sep 8,2008
    I’d like to try this recipe as I can make an achara also, as what bettq said in her comment.

    2) Mustasa Salad With Bagoong & Kalamansi Juice – Sep 22, 2005
    I would like to try this as I have fried halibut in the fridge and you said it is good with fried fish.

    3) Thai Pomelo Salad – May 27,2008
    I would like to try this as it is pomelo season here now and I do have one pomelo given by my son’s girlfriend as a bring home from a weekend of eating for the celebration of my bday this past weekend. Won’t tell you how many years old. And as suggested in that post, I will add shrimps.

    Honestly, cross my heart, I have not yet read the others’ answers.

    Nov 4, 2009 | 2:48 am

  26. Lou says:

    1. Fried Tanguigue with “Thain” Insipired Sauce . . . Dec. 10, 2008. This is my first choice – I love Thai food and Tanguigue (or King fish) is sold at a reasonable price in the Mexican Store.

    2. Kinilaw a la Victor/Marketman, Nov. 18, 2008. I am an Ilocana and we love kinilaw.

    3. Lechon Sisig a la Marketman, May 21, 2008. Who does not like a good sisig. I definitely want to try making this.

    Thank you for all the great ideas.

    Nov 4, 2009 | 4:28 am

  27. Shirley Vee says:

    Pickme! Pickme!

    The following three are recipes that I would personally like to try that includes siling labuyo as an ingredient:
    1. Boiled Saba with a Bagoong/Suka/Sili Dip; posted on 31 Jan 2008
    2. Sawsawan for Beef Bulalo/Bone Marrow Soup a la MarketMan; posted on 12 Aug 2007
    3. Fried Salted Peanuts; posted on 7 Aug 2007

    Nov 4, 2009 | 5:02 am

  28. cumin says:

    Read everyone else’s comments before writing myself — no, I’m not breaking the rules, I’m not competing. :-) But I’m really enjoying reading the comments which prompt me to look up recipes in the archive. Oo nga, it’s pomelo season and perfect time to try the Thai pomelo salad. And how could I possibly have overlooked the eggplant dish! Thanks, MM. Even if you stop blogging now (please don’t!) I have five years of recipes to fall back on.

    Nov 4, 2009 | 9:00 am

  29. Cynthia says:

    Hello, MM – – How about some alliteration? These are my choices:

    1. Tahong (Mussels with Black Beans a la Ming Tsai)

    2. Talong (Spicy Eggplant)

    3. Tanguige (Fried Tanguige with “Thai” Inspired Sauce)

    I love your sili photos above!

    Nov 4, 2009 | 9:12 am

  30. Bubut says:

    here’s my 3 picks:

    1. Kinilaw a la Victor / Marketman (Nov 8,2008)
    2. Thai Pomelo Salad (May 27, 2008)
    3. Chile Con Carne ala Marketman (Jan 27, 2008)

    I hope i will win!!!

    Nov 4, 2009 | 9:29 am

  31. xkwzt says:

    So many recipes to choose from, but personal favorites are–

    POMELO & CHILLI SALAD (11 Sep 2005) because the significant bother loves pomelo but hates peeling, so this is perfection for him;

    FRESH SAMBAL (12 Sep 2006) because I always loved the sambal squid of Rasa Singapura in the Scout area, but could never duplicate the flavor of their sauce; and lastly

    TOM YAM GUNG (21 Jan 2008) because nothing beats a good spicy-sour soup on a rainy day!

    (Darn, I’m drooling now..)

    Nov 4, 2009 | 9:31 am

  32. fatcat says:

    Here’s my chance…

    I believe these dishes are “chili specials”…..

    1. Chili Crab a la Marketman (4/07/2005)
    2. Kinilaw na Malasugi / Swordfish Seviche (4/23/2006)
    3. Laing – Two Variations (3/11/2005)

    Exciting game ! good luck everyone !!!

    Nov 4, 2009 | 11:21 am

  33. Johnny says:

    maiba naman ako….actually im planning to bring home arabong sili after my six mos. and trying to collect all the top ten chilies in the world. Sarap nun sa basi and ferment it for one year. Magandang panregalo, lalo na nilagay sa mga imported bottle of wine.

    Nov 4, 2009 | 11:59 am

  34. Hannie says:

    Hi Marketmanila,

    My fav Recipe from Market Manila, simple but yet YUMMY!!!!

    1. Apr 28, 2008 Guinamos sinabado – YUM!!! paired with boiled Okra
    2. Jan 31,2008 Boiled Saba w/ Bagoong / Suka / Sili Dip YUM!! for Mirienda
    3. Sep 25,2005 Santol / Sugpo sa gata – My Hubby loved this so much i share MM recipe with my Mother in Law :)

    Congrats for the five years! looking forward for more food adventure and recipe!

    Hope to win!! looking forward for a gift from Mr. MM Yiheey!!!

    Nov 4, 2009 | 12:13 pm

  35. iamj says:

    I’m always looking forward to recipes to be posted on MM blog.
    When I get a chance to find some fresh ingredients here (in Korea) I would definitely love to try :
    *Chile Con Carne a la Marketman

    *Laing – Two Variations (I’m so longing for laing but can’t find any taro leaves, I would love to try cooking it with prawns like your 2nd one)

    *Mustasa Salad with Bagoong & Kalamansi Dressing

    Actually I also wanna try the Chilli Crab Rice a la Marketman(June,2009 ã…œ_ã…œ) and I once tried to make your ‘The BEST Pork Adobo a la Marketman’ and added chili oil as I love spicy adobo. I suspect adding some siling labuyo would be great.

    Nov 4, 2009 | 12:42 pm

  36. pegi says:

    Hi, MM! Can I join? My 3 favorites are:
    Chili crabs a la Marketman, Spicy eggplant and of course, my real favorite is the Laing.

    Nov 4, 2009 | 1:26 pm

  37. diday says:

    These are my favourites:
    lechon sisig ala Marketman
    kinilaw ala Victor
    chilli crabs ala Marketman

    Nov 4, 2009 | 3:18 pm

  38. fatcat says:

    2.5 hours to go…

    Nov 4, 2009 | 3:32 pm

  39. boy kuripot says:

    Cool, or should I say hot contest! Mind if I share this on my blog?

    Nov 4, 2009 | 3:45 pm

  40. Marketman says:

    boy, sure, except the deadline is just about up. To all the folks who have sent in a comment, MANY, MANY thanks, they are brilliant… :)

    Nov 4, 2009 | 4:58 pm

  41. Marketman says:

    Okay, all entries to this contest are in. No more entries will be allowed. Thanks and stay tuned for the selected winners. :)

    Nov 4, 2009 | 6:13 pm


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