Thursday, November 23, 2006

Dunkin' Penoy


Dunkin' Penoy is a business that I and my partner, Leo, own. It serves specialty street foods like 'tukneneng' or the fried flour-coated balut/penoy and 'kwek-kwek' or the fried flour-coated quail egg (pugo). Plain steamed balut/penoy and salted egg is also in the menu list. Our salted egg or 'itlog na maalat' is the oily type that most of the people who eat it are looking for because of its better taste. Some beverages are also offered like C2 grean tea and mineral water. It is a fast food located right in front of the tricycle station here in out place in Bicutan, ParaƱaque, Philippines. It is just near the SM Bicutan mall.


You can enjoy eating dunkin' balut/penoy/quail eggs (as what we call it) by dipping it into our special vinegar that I made. It's a little spicy but it's just enough for the common taste. If you would like to have an alternative taste, there is also the sweet sauce that I also made. You can actually sip the vinegar after eating the eggs and the taste will really drive you nuts.


BALUT - nearly-developed embryo of a duck; fertilized duck egg; well-known delicacy in some parts of Asia, especially Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia and China

PENOY - infertile duck egg; stage before a duck egg becomes 'balut'; comes in 3 varieties - SP (Special Penoy), 'Tuyo' (dried), 'Higupin'(soupy)










Saturday, November 11, 2006

Download YouTube Movies

If you have seen a movie that is in YouTube and like to save it in your PC and watch it even offline, I have a simple solution for you. There are lots of options but this is what I use/do and it's very much effective.

First, choose between Keepvid or VideoDL on where would you like to download the file/movie clip from YouTube. You'll just have to copy and paste the link on the space provided.

Downloaded files are downloaded as .flv file or flash video. There is a media player that plays flash videos. One is Replay and you can download it here. Or if you like to have it converted to a certain format that you like, use Total Video Converter (see previous post) or you can also use Replay Converter and you can download it here.

After the conversion, you can now play it offline because it is already saved in your PC and you can now also have it burned on a CD/DVD.

Movies, Movies, and More Movies!

Lately, I've been downloading movies from the net thru utorrent and there has been a difficulty whenever I just finished downloading a certain movie. Sometimes, the file is in a format that you can't just play anywhere. It could be .avi, .mpeg4, divx, etc. There are lots of converters and encoders but what I'll post here are only the things that I just do/use.

First download utorrent here.
Then convert the file to a certain format your media player can play. Total Video Converter is what I use. Download here.

There are also certain files that has the kvcd format. Most of the time, you don't need to worry because there are readme (notepad) files included that will instruct you on what to do.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

How to Make Fishball, Squidball, Kikiam, etc. Sauce

This recipe is just based on the sauce that I've been making at Dunkin' Penoy. ;) And the better title of this blog could've been "How to Make Sweet Sauce," but what I put up is more specific. Got any suggestions? Anyways, it's the recipe that counts. :)


1 cup cornstarch
2 cups water
1/2 clove garlic (minced)
1 whole onion (minced)
6 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
cooking oil


- Mix cornstarch with water in a bowl until it thickens
- Saute garlic and onion in a pan with cooking oil until garlic turns golden brown
- Pour the cornstarch and water mixture into the sauted garlic and onion
- Add soy sauce and vinegar.
- Do not stir until soy sauce and vinegar is cooked on a medium heat
- Add brown sugar (quantity may depend on desired sweetness)
- Stir occassionally

You can also add sliced chili peppers if you prefer spicy.

You can also use this sauce in Lumpiang Sariwa. I use it as an alternative sauce for vinegar for my tindang kwek-kwek*. I'll write more about Dunkin' Penoy on the next blogs.

* I'll also write more about this one in my next blogs.