20 Aug2007

Today is my birthday, so I am taking the whole day off from blogging. I have been cooking something for the past 5-6 hours (Sunday afternoon and evening) and that is only the first few steps in the whole process… After cooling it down and an overnight snuggle to marry all of the flavors nicely, I finish the dish off tomorrow in time for a fabulously simple lunch. It is a dish that I absolutely love when it is done right, but regrettably, I have NEVER had a stellar example of it at a Manila restaurant, so I have decided to make it from scratch, and the first few tastes of the dish bode very well indeed. Oddly, it is a dish you OFTEN see on restaurant menus, but it almost always falls short of expectations. Many of you have tasted this dish, but ahhh, have you eaten a version that is truly memorable, and properly cooked? It is rich, flavorful, salty, sweet, herbaceous, probably unhealthy yet downright satisfying. I have never featured it on Marketmanila.com before. Care to guess what it is? If you guys figure it out I may even share some photos and a recipe…



  1. kulasa says:

    Happy Birthday MM.

    Aug 20, 2007 | 12:03 am


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  3. Marghi says:

    happy birthday…sorry can’t guess what the dish is…maybe have just been around food too much…

    Aug 20, 2007 | 12:05 am

  4. wysgal says:

    Hooray, another birthday, another cookfest. Happy birthday! =)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 12:11 am

  5. kit says:

    happy birthday MM! wish you and your family more blessings and good health

    Aug 20, 2007 | 12:24 am

  6. dhayL says:

    God bless you and your family, enjoy your birthday!!!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 12:43 am

  7. chris says:

    Happy Birthday MM! Hmmm, Callos? Pata Tim? Beef Bourguignon? Anything that needs a lot of prepping, marinating, and stewing, that’s my guess =)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 12:45 am

  8. dahlia says:

    HaPpY bDaY MM!!!!!

    Can’t guess but for sure everything is mouthwatering….. goodiliciousssss =)

    God Bless… and thanks for sharing all your recipies to us.

    Aug 20, 2007 | 1:14 am

  9. dahlia says:

    >>>>>>>HaPpY bDaY MM!!!!!

    Can’t guess but for sure everything is mouthwatering….. goodiliciousssss =)

    God Bless… and thanks for sharing all your recipies to us.

    Aug 20, 2007 | 1:15 am

  10. belle says:

    Sorry MM no fortuneteller here… If it’s unhealthy it’s not fish or chicken.. Definitely not fried because it took you hours to prepare the first steps.. Something we see in restos? Something you needed to boil… Or marinate to be flavorful.. Salty and sweet.. with vegetables? Waaa I am making a backtrack of all the food I’ve seen in buffets that comes close to your vague description but that’s what it is– vague!! Give it up!!! :D Happy Happy _th Birthday MM! :) How old are you now? How old are you now? Happy Birthday happy birthday.. Happy Birthday to you!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 1:38 am

  11. marz says:

    happy birthday MM!
    can’t wait for the next post to know what you’re cookin’, guess we’ll just have to wait :)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 1:43 am

  12. flip4ever says:

    Happy birthday MM ! I’d go for Chris’ suggestion of callos, but maybe it’s because I’m wanting some right now too.

    Aug 20, 2007 | 1:44 am

  13. charmainegb says:

    happy birthday MM!!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 1:50 am

  14. aleth says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MM!!! May God shower you and your family with more love, peace, harmony and tons and tons of kindness and “patience”. Enjoy your special day with extra care…. :)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 1:51 am

  15. Myra P. says:

    Goodness me! We share a birthday! :) I shouldv’e pegged you for a Leo….

    My guess is a truly made-from-scratch French Onion Soup. You probably made the stock separately, then carmelized the onions slowly, added the stock, wine and other flavorings, then let the soup sit in the fridge. You also probably pre-made the croutons or toasted slices of french bread. For lunch, you will simply ladle the soup into bowls, top it with your toast, then sprinkle it with gruyere and bake until ready. It is a “simple” dish that is often on menus, but like you, I’ve never really had a stellar one in a Manila restaurant. It is rich, flavorful, sweet and salty, satisfying but unhealthy. Also, you’ve never featured it….

    So, what do I win? :D

    Aug 20, 2007 | 2:00 am

  16. nina says:

    Happiest of days, MM! :)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 2:13 am

  17. aniohevetsofia says:

    Happy Birthday MM! :)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 4:09 am

  18. sonia says:

    happy, happy birthday, MM. you deserve a very happy one as you make thousands of us happy with your blogs.

    the dish — adobo?

    Aug 20, 2007 | 4:41 am

  19. Jade186 says:

    Could it be something like hamong pilipino (Philippine-style ham)?
    Maligayang Kaarawan, MM :)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 4:44 am

  20. zap says:

    So this is really why they moved the holiday to today… coz it’s ya birthday!!! Heehee. Have a fabulous one MM! I can’t resist venturing a guess… Caldereta?

    Aug 20, 2007 | 4:48 am

  21. RGM says:

    Happy Birthday MM. :D

    Aug 20, 2007 | 4:50 am

  22. ntgerald says:

    Have a good one!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 4:53 am

  23. Apicio says:

    Rich, flavorful, salty, sweet, herbaceous, probably unhealthy yet satisfying describes the bulk of your main course and a few of your rant entries so the only operative qualifyer is it has not been featured on Marketmanila.com and involves 5-6 hours of prep-work. Umm let’s see… cassoulet, beuf en daube, tripe a la mode de Caen, estoufade de trois viands. Anyway, many happy returnsof the day.

    Aug 20, 2007 | 4:57 am

  24. issa says:

    best wishes on your birthday MM!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 5:01 am

  25. Naz says:

    MM, have a happy, happy birthday and may you have more happy, happy birthdays to come!!! Wow….that’s more than 17K blogposts to go (365×50). My guess is Frush Spyds ala MM! …scrambled (rich, flavorful, salty, sweet, herbaceous, probably unhealthy yet downright satisfying)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 5:14 am

  26. smiles4angels says:

    Happy birthday!!!!

    My guess would be barbecue. Rich, flavorful, salty, sweet, herbaceous, probably unhealthy (cause its meat, “probably”, cause its grilled).

    Aug 20, 2007 | 5:21 am

  27. eustressor says:

    Maligayang bati sa araw ng iyong pagsilang MM!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 5:54 am

  28. noemi says:

    happy birthday!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 6:15 am

  29. bluegirl says:

    Happy Birthday MM!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 6:33 am

  30. jenny deoduco - mercado says:

    Happy birthday MM :-)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 6:34 am

  31. tulipfleurs says:

    Happy happy birthday to you MM! May your day be filled with love and happiness, not to mention “good” food! :-) God bless you too on this special day!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 6:43 am

  32. hchie says:

    Have a great one, MM.

    Aug 20, 2007 | 6:57 am

  33. Skunkeye says:

    Happy birthday MM!!!!
    Keep up the amazing work – I hope to see a book from you someday for the kitchen and for non-computer savvy audiences (my mother, for example, would LOVE a collection)- you’ve certainly got more than enough material and wonderful photos to boot!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 6:59 am

  34. leira says:

    Happy Birthday MM!!!!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 7:05 am

  35. tings says:

    Happy Birthday!!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 7:06 am

  36. gemma asis says:


    Aug 20, 2007 | 7:29 am

  37. Meg says:

    Happy Birthday MarketMan! Enjoy your special day! May the Lord bless you with more wonderful years so you can keep your loyal readers happy with your posts! :-)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 7:53 am

  38. ichabod says:

    Happy birthday!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 8:09 am

  39. shirley says:

    Happy Birthday Mr.MM and May God bless you always….

    Aug 20, 2007 | 8:10 am

  40. corrine says:

    Happy birthday, MM and many more posts to come. My guess is callos or lengua estofado. BTW, I did the sinigang sa manggang hilaw (with salmon head and it was perfect. I’m done with Knoor cutes! Even tamarind nowadays does not giveme the same sourness of yesteryears.

    Aug 20, 2007 | 8:17 am

  41. Yuan says:

    Wish you all the best MM. Good health and more blessings to come. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! God bless…

    Aug 20, 2007 | 8:25 am

  42. mardie says:

    happy birthday mm! more of God’s blessings your way.

    Aug 20, 2007 | 8:56 am

  43. buffy says:

    Happy Birthday,MM!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 9:04 am

  44. ECC says:

    Happy Birthday!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 9:08 am

  45. Mark says:

    Happy Birthday MarketMan! Wishing you all the best in Life, Good Health and Long Life.

    For what’s cooking??? My guess would be Kare-Kare :)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 9:09 am

  46. danney league says:

    Happy Birthday MM. You are our shining star

    Aug 20, 2007 | 9:11 am

  47. carmina says:

    Maligayang kaarawan, MM!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 9:15 am

  48. MRJP says:

    Happy birthday, MM!!! May you have many many more birthdays to come!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 9:15 am

  49. Maricel says:

    Happy Birthday Marketman! May the God Lord bless you with your heart’s fondest wishes!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 9:16 am

  50. Catalina says:

    Probably unhealthy but downright satisfying–that’s heaven on earth :-)
    Happy birthday, MM — good health, more blesings, and more stuff to blog about in your new year. Santé!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 9:17 am

  51. titashi says:

    Happy Happy Birthday MM! You truly deserve the best! Have fun on your birthday : )

    Aug 20, 2007 | 9:26 am

  52. Bengski says:

    Happy Birthday MarketMan!
    May you have a lot more birthdays and food blogs to come.
    All the best,

    Aug 20, 2007 | 9:28 am

  53. lojet says:

    Happy birthday, MM !!

    my guess is Pata tim?

    Aug 20, 2007 | 9:29 am

  54. lisa says:

    Happy birthday, MarketMan.

    Aug 20, 2007 | 9:37 am

  55. Marilou See says:

    Happy Birthday MM…your one famous man in the country…see even the President declare a non-working holiday today to give way for you to celebrate your birthday. he he he

    Anyway, my guess to your mysterious dish is pata tim?

    Again, Happy Birthday and happy returns. Enjoy your day.

    Aug 20, 2007 | 9:50 am

  56. Lans says:

    Happy happy birthday MM! :)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 9:51 am

  57. Jennifer says:

    Fabada? Happy Birthday!!!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 10:05 am

  58. chingdl says:

    Happy birthday, MarketMan! Enjoy your day :)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 10:06 am

  59. millet says:

    Happy birthday, MM..more happy blogging years ahead…

    Aug 20, 2007 | 10:11 am

  60. Pecorino says:

    Osso Bucco?

    Happy birthday MM!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 10:12 am

  61. tei says:

    happy birthday! cheers to you!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 10:13 am

  62. bernadette says:

    happy, happy birthday, MM! From me and my hubby :-). Well, as to your mysterious dish—it must be quite porky :-). That’s our only gauge of “unhealthy.” But then, enjoy it and then drink hot tea after na lang!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 10:20 am

  63. mars says:

    crispy pata? lechon? pata tim? morcon?

    happy birthday, MM!! God bless!!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 10:21 am

  64. chingza says:

    happy birthday,MM!
    may you have more gastronomical adventures.

    Aug 20, 2007 | 10:38 am

  65. eej says:

    I’m guessing it’s a heavy meaty dish with thick gravy. Enjoy your special day. On a side note, you share the same b-day with someone once close to me.

    Aug 20, 2007 | 10:42 am

  66. TOPING says:

    Happy birthday, MM! I’ll go for callos; we had a Spanish chef over at the house for a day ages ago and I couldn’t imagine why it took him an eternity to make the blasted stuff. Needless to say, I was totally humbled by the finished dish; it was the most exquisite version of callos I’ve ever had. Still, it’s a pain in the rear to prepare, hehe…

    Aug 20, 2007 | 10:47 am

  67. Lovely P says:

    Happy Birthday, MM!!! Have a blast!!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 10:51 am

  68. Carlo says:

    Happy Birthday MM! My guess would be some sort of braised dish like beef bourguignon or even cassoulet. Anyway, I’m sure it will turn out delicious.

    Aug 20, 2007 | 10:52 am

  69. connie says:

    Happy Happy Birthday, MM! Hope you have a great one!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 10:55 am

  70. ykmd says:

    Happy birthday MM!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 10:57 am

  71. Mitch says:

    Happy Birthday MM ! All the best!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 10:58 am

  72. Tessa says:

    Happy Birthday MM! I’m guessing callos too.

    Aug 20, 2007 | 11:04 am

  73. Cumin says:

    Happy birthday, MM! Enjoy the calorific meal!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 11:05 am

  74. MrsKookie says:

    Happy Birthday Marketman! Enjoy your special day… God bless you :)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 11:09 am

  75. Gia Mayol says:

    Happy birthday, MM. My guess would be either callos or fabada. Happy eating!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 11:10 am

  76. leila antonio says:

    Happy Birthday! All the best for the best!

    Callos, or lengua de champignon would be my guess.

    Aug 20, 2007 | 11:27 am

  77. Doddie from Korea says:

    Happy Bellybutton Day MM!

    May you have many more years of great cooking and delicious food together with Mrs.MM.


    Aug 20, 2007 | 11:30 am

  78. Em Dy says:

    Happy birthday Marketman. Your post is making me hungry even if I don’t have a clue what it is. Have a wonderful feast on your birthday.

    Aug 20, 2007 | 11:37 am

  79. RobKSA says:

    Happy Birthday MarketMan. May your tribe increase!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 11:47 am

  80. Daisy says:

    Happy Birthday MM. hmmmm herbaceous? five to six hours? I must be marinated or baked ever so slowly— hmmmm ok here is a wild guess— you are making pizza from scratch starting with the crust and with herbs and all the toppings cooked separately hehehehhe. But wait it must be more than just a pizza for MM….hehehehee

    Ok what is it??? :)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 11:56 am

  81. linda says:

    A very Happy Birthday to you,MM! Wishing you all the best!

    My guess is some french dish or something mediterrenean?

    Aug 20, 2007 | 11:57 am

  82. aggy says:

    happy birthday! can’t wait to see what you made! i’d love to try it out….

    Aug 20, 2007 | 12:00 pm

  83. mila says:

    Happy Birthday!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 12:01 pm

  84. Dee Bee says:

    Happy Birthday!!! All the very best.


    Aug 20, 2007 | 12:24 pm

  85. Susan says:

    Happy birthday!!! More blessings, good health and happiness! My guess is French Onion Soup or Callos.

    Aug 20, 2007 | 12:29 pm

  86. Grace says:

    Happy Happy Birthday! =)
    My guess would be…. pork/chicken bbq? or adobo?

    Aug 20, 2007 | 12:36 pm

  87. wits and nuts says:

    Happy birthday, MM! Good health for you!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 12:38 pm

  88. Redge says:

    Happy Birthday MM!
    Wish you all the best!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 12:42 pm

  89. Trina says:

    Happy birthday MM! Here’s wishing you good health and more good food the coming year :)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 12:55 pm

  90. MarketFan says:

    No guess here…just a simple wish for MM. May you find joy and love in everything that you do. You make millions of us happy. I hope you never get tired of sharing your experiences with us. Happy Birthday!


    Aug 20, 2007 | 1:34 pm

  91. nicole says:

    happy birthday! may God bless you more and may you share more food blogs here including your mystery birthday dish, he he ..

    Aug 20, 2007 | 1:39 pm

  92. allen says:

    Happy happy Birthday!The world is a happier place because of you :) Wishing you good health so you may cook and eat all the cholesterol-laden, artery-clogging foods and never suffer from the effects!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 2:08 pm

  93. tulip says:

    Happy Birthday! Wish you and family bountiful blessings and good health (to keep you posting , whether healthy or unhealthy). My guess is consomme, that is one dish with a long process. I only make it once a year.

    Aug 20, 2007 | 2:11 pm

  94. Lani says:

    Happy happy birthday, MM. Wishing you the best!!!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 2:12 pm

  95. Ellen says:

    Happy Birthday MM!! My guess would be caldereta =)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 2:22 pm

  96. Marie says:

    Happy Birthday!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 2:32 pm

  97. macpower says:

    Happy Birthday, MarketMan! Cheers!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 2:35 pm

  98. sylvia says:

    Happy birthday Marketman! I need more clues to guess your birthday dish.

    Aug 20, 2007 | 2:38 pm

  99. UmmJakob says:

    Happy birthday, MM! Looking forward to your birthday menu and pictures as well. Do we all get to finally put a face to a name?

    Aug 20, 2007 | 2:45 pm

  100. anna says:

    wishing you a very happy birthday mm! thank you for your blog that keeps us closer to home.
    your dish? let me guess – osso buco?

    Aug 20, 2007 | 2:52 pm

  101. pittipat says:

    Happy bithday MM. I’ve racked my brains but still cant figure out what your cooking. Whatever it is, i’m sure it’ll be great. Hope you can share the photos and the recipe. Enjoy your day!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 3:11 pm

  102. Liza says:

    Happy, happy birthday, MM. May you be showered with blessings galore.

    Aug 20, 2007 | 3:17 pm

  103. linda says:

    is it some sort of boneless crispy pata with some sweet and salty and herb stuffing?

    You’re a naughty birthday boy for keeping us guessing…..hehehe! Again,have a wonderful birthday!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 3:20 pm

  104. DADD-F says:

    I will not venture a guess. While I am a foodie as a foodie can be, still sometimes I just can’t relate to some of your posts. Hahaha…. ‘Ika nga, magkaiba lang talaga tayo ng estado sa buhay. But that won’t stop me from wishing you the best, lalo ngayon. Maligayang kaarawan MM!!!!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 3:28 pm

  105. asunta says:

    Happy Bday! I think its Adobo on the menu today.

    Aug 20, 2007 | 4:04 pm

  106. a a says:

    happy b-day! wow ka bday nyo pla dad ko…hmmm maybe thats why…sometimes you sound like him…I really love your website, i want to go to all the places you mention..probably next vacation.waaaah mis ko na pinas…

    Aug 20, 2007 | 4:16 pm

  107. Digs says:

    Happy birthday MM! All the best…

    Aug 20, 2007 | 4:30 pm

  108. Cumin says:

    Have been wracking my brains trying to guess the dish. Can’t be lengua as you said you dislike it. Perhaps croissant — you once wrote you haven’t found a really good one in the Philippines? Though I have no idea if the preparation time is really 5-6 hours! Any chance of kalamansi jelly to the winning guesser?

    Aug 20, 2007 | 4:44 pm

  109. iya says:

    happy birthday MM!


    Aug 20, 2007 | 4:46 pm

  110. Jane says:

    Happy birthday MM and many happy returns!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 4:48 pm

  111. Mel says:

    happy happy birthday MM! ;)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 4:51 pm

  112. kyang2x says:

    Happy Birthday MM! Magkalapit lang pala bday natin. More power to your blog.

    Aug 20, 2007 | 4:59 pm

  113. md says:

    Happy Birthday MM! More power and God Bless.- from MD and ‘David’

    Aug 20, 2007 | 4:59 pm

  114. edee says:

    Maligayang bati sa iyong kaarawan MM :)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 5:00 pm

  115. elit says:

    Happy birthday to my favorite blogger, MM! Here’s praying for your good health and another year full of God’s blessings! Are you cooking up a fabada dish? wild guess lang… anyway, i’ll know it naman in a day or two :)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 5:01 pm

  116. elaine says:

    Happy Birthday! Your blog is tops on my list of food blogs. Thanks for sharing wonderful food tips (or otherwise) and recipes. Can’t make a wild guess on what’s cooking, but hopefully you’ll be able to share the recipe:)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 5:35 pm

  117. kc says:

    happy birthday! i pray that God would bless you above and beyond what you could hope or expect. have a great year ahead!

    no idea what you might be cooking. whatever it is, i’m sure it will be excellent.

    Aug 20, 2007 | 5:37 pm

  118. cherry says:

    Happy Birthday, MM

    Aug 20, 2007 | 6:01 pm

  119. Amina says:

    Happy Bday MM! Can it be beef caldereta or some kind of stew? Hard to guess without any clues! :)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 6:02 pm

  120. edel says:

    happy birthday mr. MM… is it roast beef?

    Aug 20, 2007 | 6:29 pm

  121. edel says:


    Aug 20, 2007 | 6:34 pm

  122. rebo_k says:

    happy birthday

    Aug 20, 2007 | 6:51 pm

  123. Pilar says:

    May you have the happiest birthday ever! Happy birthday, MM! :-D

    Aug 20, 2007 | 6:54 pm

  124. Zman says:

    Happy Birthday MM! I’m guessing it’s the kare-kare. Rich, salty and sweet at the same time, with lots of vegetables.

    Aug 20, 2007 | 7:01 pm

  125. jingle says:

    magandang kaarawan po! I still wonder what’s in November that makes August a favorite birth month in the Philippines.

    Aug 20, 2007 | 7:23 pm

  126. F1foodie says:

    Happy Happy Birthday! Is it perhaps, Duck Confit?

    Aug 20, 2007 | 7:47 pm

  127. miss muffin says:

    Happy Birthday MM!Is it Kare Kare that you are cooking?I cannot think of any other dish that will satisfy the clues that you gave us.More power to your blog!!!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 7:52 pm

  128. zeph says:

    happy birthday MM! a roasted Peking duck?

    Aug 20, 2007 | 8:15 pm

  129. dang says:

    Happy Birthday MM! I wanna make a guess is it pata tim?embutido or callos? Leo ka rin pala like me…We have many things in common like the love for cooking, flowers,shopping and eating out in different places.More postings to come but you deserve a day off today!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 8:20 pm

  130. Patrick says:

    Happy Birthday MM! If you would be so inclined please post the birthday menu when you have a chance!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 8:39 pm

  131. angeline says:

    Happy birthday, MM! God bless you and your family!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 8:47 pm

  132. glez says:

    I’m always reading your site with eagerness every day after I arrive home from work no matter what time of day. Thank you so much for a wonderful site with interesting topics shared……HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MM!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 8:56 pm

  133. M =) says:

    happy birthday MM! may it be another absolutely amazing one. =)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 8:57 pm

  134. miss muffin says:

    happy birthday MM!How young are you? My guess is the ever famous Kare-kare.

    Aug 20, 2007 | 8:58 pm

  135. Fema says:

    Happy birthday MM! More power to you!

    I remembered your birthday a few days ago when I read your posts on your wife’s birthday. I know it is 20 August based on your post last year and considering it is sometime after my birthday (12 Aug).


    Aug 20, 2007 | 8:59 pm

  136. melody says:

    happy birthgay MM! many more to come

    Aug 20, 2007 | 9:08 pm

  137. rhea says:

    Merry Birthday, sir MM!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 9:54 pm

  138. Denise Weldon says:

    Happy Birthday MM. My guesses are Osso Buco, French Onion Soup or Ratatouille. May this be your best year yet!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 9:59 pm

  139. joey says:

    Happy Happy Birthday MM!!! :) I can’t guess what the dish is but I’m excited to find out :)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 10:03 pm

  140. lurkerfromnippon says:

    Omedetou gozaimasu! Perhaps it’s morcon you’re fixing?

    Aug 20, 2007 | 10:04 pm

  141. suzette says:

    happy birthday mm!!! my guess would be our very own kare-kare :)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 10:05 pm

  142. Mike says:

    Happy Birthday MM! May you be blessed with more years of blogging and nature’s bounties!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 10:18 pm

  143. jam says:

    Happy Birthday my dear Mr. Marketman!:)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 10:22 pm

  144. Candygirl says:

    Happy Birthday MM :-) Were you cooking Kare-kare?

    Aug 20, 2007 | 10:38 pm

  145. Mandy says:

    Happy Birthday MM!! :)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 10:53 pm

  146. MES says:

    Happy Birthday! Please give us a virtual taste of your birthday spread. :-)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 10:58 pm

  147. panache says:

    Happy Birthday MM!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 11:05 pm

  148. buckythetarayslayer says:

    Happy birthday Marketman! Wishing you all the best on your special day!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 11:17 pm

  149. Cookie says:

    Happy Birthday!!! Enjoy!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 11:49 pm

  150. The Steak Lady says:

    happy Birthday MM! i hope you enjoyed your special day. Could it be callos or fabada? =)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 11:52 pm

  151. kaye says:

    Happy Birthday MM!!

    Aug 21, 2007 | 12:06 am

  152. eatit1s says:

    Happy Birthday MM!
    Is it kare-kare?

    Aug 21, 2007 | 12:13 am

  153. SDF says:

    Bon Anniversaire MM! Who knows if you’re having bouillabaise?, after all it’s the rainy season,so soup’s great in a meal .
    Well, whatever is it,it must be very good. Bon Appetit!

    Aug 21, 2007 | 12:16 am

  154. abby says:

    Happy Birthday^^

    Aug 21, 2007 | 12:16 am

  155. Chinachix says:

    Hope you had a good one MM!

    Aug 21, 2007 | 12:30 am

  156. peterb says:

    Happy Birthday MM!

    Aug 21, 2007 | 12:53 am

  157. Raneli says:

    Happy B-day MM and Cheers. Pata Tim seems to come in mind for a celebration. Have a great year!

    Aug 21, 2007 | 1:44 am

  158. Happyman says:

    Huli man daw at magaling, naihahabol din. Maligayang Kaarawan!

    Aug 21, 2007 | 2:16 am

  159. Katrina says:

    Happy birthday, MM! I hope you had a day that was truly special, and that you ate your fill of your favorite food!

    Aug 21, 2007 | 2:16 am

  160. Lisa says:

    Happy Birthday MM

    Roast Lamb?

    Aug 21, 2007 | 2:20 am

  161. Joycelyn says:

    Happy, happy birthday, MM! Hope you had a fantastic bday!

    Hmmm…can’t be kare-kare, osso buco, duck confit, lengua– you’ve featured all these.. Callos? All your clues fit except PROBABLY unhealthy. ‘Coz Callos is really bad..

    But am sure it’s a classic dish perfected ala MM!

    Aug 21, 2007 | 2:41 am

  162. brenda says:

    (to the tune of birthday song..)

    Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday, happy birthday…… H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y to you !

    May you have more to come… God Bless

    Aug 21, 2007 | 3:12 am

  163. ceres says:


    Many happy returns!!!

    Aug 21, 2007 | 3:41 am

  164. Maria Clara says:

    Happy Birthday and I have countless ideas on the glue you gave out. Gave up guessing and will sit tight and just wait when you unravel it.

    Aug 21, 2007 | 4:07 am

  165. Ed says:

    Happy Birthday, MM!

    Selamat Hari Ulang Tahun!
    Bon Anniversaire!
    Saengil chukhahaeyo! 생일 축하해요!
    Tanjoobi omedetoo gozaimasu! 誕生日 おめでとうございます。

    Aug 21, 2007 | 4:39 am

  166. ChristerJ says:

    Happy Birthday MM!!! More blessings to you and your family.

    Aug 21, 2007 | 6:07 am

  167. Dina says:

    Happy Birthday, MM…and many happy returns!
    Wow….must be nice to receive so many greetings from all over the world – 165 and counting! Well, you deserve all the attention today. Am guessing the dish is osso bucco….if am right, do i get sent the leftovers : )

    Aug 21, 2007 | 7:07 am

  168. bedazzle says:

    happy birthday, MM!! i wish you good health and more blogs..my guess is lengua..

    Aug 21, 2007 | 7:29 am

  169. consol says:

    Happy Birthday, dear MM!

    Aug 21, 2007 | 7:33 am

  170. Ruth says:

    Callos! May joy, good health and laughter (and good food) shower your birthday and everyday.

    Aug 21, 2007 | 7:33 am

  171. Teresa says:

    Happy birthday MM! May you have many more years of blogging to come :-) I have 3 guesses on this birthday dish: 1. kare-kare, 2. bulalo, 3. pata tim. Enjoy your special day!

    Aug 21, 2007 | 7:39 am

  172. millet says:

    beef bourgouignonne, or pot a feu?

    Aug 21, 2007 | 7:40 am

  173. joy says:

    Happy Birthday MM,

    Thanks for sharing important milestones such as this with u syour readers. =)

    Good health and happiness.

    My guess? something as prosaic as spaghetti?!!

    Aug 21, 2007 | 7:51 am

  174. Jacob's Mom says:

    Happy birthday, Marketman! Thanks for the wonderful work you share with us. God bless you.

    Aug 21, 2007 | 7:51 am

  175. erleen says:

    Happy Happy Birthday!!!


    Aug 21, 2007 | 8:06 am

  176. CecileJ says:

    Oh-oh! I’m late but the greeting is heartfelt nonetheless: Happy Birthday MM!! May you continuue to live the contented, caring..and sharing… life you have surrounded by your lovely family and blogfriends!

    Is it osso buco?

    Aug 21, 2007 | 8:21 am

  177. Jean says:

    osso bucco or if filipino…kare kare?

    Aug 21, 2007 | 8:24 am

  178. Kongkong622 says:

    OMG, I’m a day late!!

    Anyway, I hope you had a perfect Birthday!! How old?

    BTW, my guess…salty and sweet…hmmm…kiamoy? Adobong kiamoy?

    Aug 21, 2007 | 8:32 am

  179. teny says:

    Happy Bday! may god bless you and your family.

    Aug 21, 2007 | 8:58 am

  180. lee says:

    happy birthday

    Aug 21, 2007 | 9:01 am

  181. noemi says:

    Belated Happy birthday.I can’t wait for the surprise dish.

    Aug 21, 2007 | 9:09 am

  182. Yan-I says:

    Happy Birthday Mr. MM. More birthdays to come and more success :)

    Aug 21, 2007 | 9:14 am

  183. jules winnfield says:

    happy birthday mm!!!


    Aug 21, 2007 | 9:28 am

  184. yang says:


    Aug 21, 2007 | 9:38 am

  185. Crissy says:

    just saw this today.
    belated happy birthday marketman :)

    Aug 21, 2007 | 10:08 am

  186. Queen B says:

    Happy birthday MM! better late than later… :D

    Aug 21, 2007 | 10:36 am

  187. jong says:

    oh wow, a belated happy birthday too, MM!

    Aug 21, 2007 | 12:37 pm

  188. Mel says:

    A common restaurant fare but not done properly (too many cheap cuts) to be served for lunch usually on a Sunday it can only be nothing else but Kare Kare. I also miss the Kare Kare of my grandmother.

    Aug 21, 2007 | 12:40 pm

  189. Cathee says:

    Hello Marketman. Belated Birthday greetings to you! Ooooohhhh…I’m really quite curious as to what’s cooking in your kitchen. I think it’s a toss between Callos and Paella…yum!

    Aug 21, 2007 | 12:53 pm

  190. lee says:

    fried chicken

    Aug 21, 2007 | 1:13 pm

  191. chunky says:

    KARE-KARE yan for sure! if i guessed right, you owe me a meal ha? sarap!!!

    Aug 21, 2007 | 3:46 pm

  192. Didi says:

    Belated MM! Sorry I missed it yesterday.. :(

    Aug 21, 2007 | 3:47 pm

  193. chunky says:

    mali! mali! mali! may kare-kare ka na pala before…okay…forget about my free meal.

    Aug 21, 2007 | 3:51 pm

  194. Pia says:

    Happy (belated) birthday!!!

    Aug 21, 2007 | 4:52 pm

  195. meekerz says:

    Belated happy birthday!!! :)

    Aug 21, 2007 | 5:18 pm

  196. Lei says:

    belated happy bday MM!

    Aug 22, 2007 | 10:45 am

  197. filet minion says:

    super belated happy 30th bday mm!!! 40 is the new 30 !!! we share the same bday!!! i’m so envious of your feast, i spent mine in red-alert cotabato for work, and just arrived today.at least they have giant crabs but it’s a pity no one there seems to know how to cook them properly

    Aug 22, 2007 | 5:53 pm

  198. Jun says:

    Belated Happy Birthday MM! Hope you have many more blessed years.

    Aug 22, 2007 | 6:40 pm

  199. russella23 says:

    happy belated birthday, marketman!!!!

    Aug 26, 2007 | 7:31 pm


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