Wednesday, March 1, 2017


It is never too late to learn new things.... this is what I learned from my Ajinomoto Sarsaya experience!!!

Here's the deal.  I don't cook.  In our family, its my dear husband who cooks.  

Why?  I cannot tolerate the heat.  I am so afraid of the "tilamsik ng mantika."  Everytime I stand in front of the stove, I can imagine myself wearing those knight costume in full metal, head gear included.  Para iwas tilamsik!  

So when it comes to cooking, I can chop-mince-peel-clean the fish, pork, chicken- wash the dishes, pick fresh herbs and do practically everything... but not the actual cooking.

And my husband is ok with that.  He started teaching my 16-year old daughter how to cook, and now... she is a better cook than me.  Sometimes, I have to wait for her to get home, so I can request that she fry me some bananas or tikoy.  Soooo pathetic of me....

So when the chance to learn how to cook came up.... I grabbed it!  I was invited to the Ajinomoto Sarsaya Oyster Sauce Event.  

They asked who among the invited bloggers would like to participate in a cook off, I took the plunge.  Kapal ko rin di ba?  hahaha!  One reason I took on the challenge -- hot teleserye star Coco Martin will be the judge.  Will I let that opportunity pass?  Another reason, the Ajinomoto people told me that we will be cooking something very basic.

THE STAGE IS ALL SET!  #SanaHindiMasunog

True to my 2017 new mantra... IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW!  Sige na... I-push na ang pagluluto!

Before the actual cook off, Chef McRhyan did a demo on how to cook the GINISARSAYANG KANGKONG WITH TOKWA.

Ms. Pen Alvina, Ajinomoto's Category Manager for Menu Seasonings said, "Sarsaya Oyster Sauce is a unique brand of oyster sauce that is created to suit the Panlasang Pinoy, making many Fiipino dishes like ginisang kangkong and adobo more flavoful and delicious."


Ok this is it!  We were called to start with the cook off.  But first some photo op with the teleserye and primetime king Mr. Coco Martin, Sarsaya's brand ambassador.  

Nakangiti pa ako dito.
When the cook off began.... Hindi na ako makangiti.  I was so tensed, I thought my Ginisarsayang Kangkong will end up sunog!   I thought, as I stirred, the ingredients will just fly out of the pan.  Coco was so helpful, he even opened the Sarsaya sachet for me.   When it was time to plate... I was too slow to put what I cooked on the plate -- that Coco quipped, "tulungan ko na kayo"!  Hehehe.... naramdaman niya ang matinding struggle ko!

At the end, he said my GInisarsayang Kangkong with Tokwa was... cooked  (thank God) and delicious!  Happy na ako!

I have a long way to go when it comes to cooking but super thanks to AJINOMOTO Sarsaya Oyster Sauce, I can make "baby steps" in the kitchen. But for now... I will let Mr.Wise do the cooking first!  Kasi baka magutom ang mga anak ko pag ako nagluto!

Sarsaya Oyster Sauce is available in 30g pack and 156g stand-up re-sealable pouch.  

Here's the full video of my cooking experience with CocoMartin  :) 

Special thanks to Mommy Lariza for the video coverage  :)
And to Jing of  for the cooking photos

Happy Cooking Ka-Wise mommies   :)

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