Summer Pairings: Asian Chicken and Cabbage Salad with a Berry Purple Basil Mojito

It’s getting hotter every day not only here in the Philippines but probably also in the western hemisphere, given that the term and intensity of the heat may vary, hey let’s just be happy that it’s not rainy season anymore (for us) or winter (for the rest of you).

When I think summer; I’m reminded of days spent in a dazed like state lingering fool heatedly and with absolutely no purpose around a lake, or splashing around in the open sea tasting the sea crystals form on my lips or even shouting as loud as my lungs can carry into a wild array of nothingness at the top of a mountain with a breath-taking view of an society empty valley.

On the other side of the spectrum copious amounts of freshly and expertly prepared cocktails and light fresh food come to mind. Since a lot of you have asked me about more chicken recipes (which proves that this is possibly the most researched ingredient since it’s so relatable), here is another great quick salad that draws inspiration from our friendly Korean neighbours and mixes in a whole lot of Asian fraternal love. What screams Korea (insert taekwondo shout here) for me is the use of sesame oil and black pepper, don’t ask me why but it just does, probably because of the sauce they usually serve with their grilled meats, so I try to focus on this flavour profile here.

To wash it down, I show you how quickly a great cocktail can be made, even while your dish is cooking. All this to prove that being lazy and making good food/entertaining this summer will not be hard if you follow simple steps.

This is the type of dish you can make for a bunch of friends and place the food in fun takeway containers (even if you are at home) with some packaged chopsticks; and place the cocktails in a large pitcher with a big block of ice, trust me, they will be really impressed with the attention to detail and the will to please.

On the next posts I will make a fish dish since we are from the islands after all. I guess people don’t eat as much fish because it can be quite (a smelly) hassle to cook at home and to clean up after. But I simply adore fish and will go through the trouble anyways; to make my tummy happy, as well as my readers.

Summer is of course never complete without great music, and since i’m so incredibly excited to see THE Morrissey live on May 6 here in the Philippines, so random!!!! but i love it!!! i decided to use only Morrissey songs (and some The Smiths songs), in this video.

Asian Chicken Barbecue Cabbage Salad

  1. Marinate your 2 pieces of chicken breast filet with 1 tbsp of soy sauce, 1 tbsp of oyster sauce, 1 tbsp, of rice vinegar, ½ tbsp. of brown sugar and a little water. Let sit for an hour.
  2. Shred 1 ½ handful of white cabbage, slice ½ of a white onion and toss together.
  3. Fry the cubed chicken breast in 1 tbsp of peanut oil until caramelized and tender. Season.
  4. Fry 1 handful (1 cup) of Japanese brown beech mushrooms (Buna Shimeji) in the same pan as the chicken until tender and colored. Season.
  5. Toss the cabage with 1 tbsp of sirracha, 1 tbsp of sesame oil, lots of black pepper (2 tsps), salt and 1 tbsp of rice vinegar. Plate up. (you can add some fresh watermelon cubes to the salad, it’ll take it over the top, I was supposed to, but forgot, and then got lazy to reshoot it)
  6. Garnish with some Kimchi, Cucumbers with a little Agave Syrup and some Mustard Leave Sprouts.

Berry Mojito with Purple Basil

  1. Prepare your simple syrup. ½ cup of sugar with ½ cup of water. Simple. Boil until thicker, like maple syrup, but still transparent. Let cool.
  2. Take a glass, place in 1/3cup of frozen blueberries, ½ cup of frozen strawberries, muddle with 2 shots of aged amber rum and a couple of basil leaves (purple here) or some mint leaves.
  3. Add in 2 tbsp of simple syrup and 200ml of tonic water.


    1. Trexcy Anne Cahilog (@trixlelis) March 2, 2012 at 3:42 am

      i’m planning to have berry mojito on my birthday!!
      its about time to have alcohols..:)

    1. Arra Medina March 2, 2012 at 4:02 am

      i love salads chef!! a must try!

    1. Trish March 2, 2012 at 8:04 am

      Actually, it’s officially autumn here in Melbourne, Australia. Looking forward to our vacation in the Philippines in late March!! =)

    1. Aaron March 2, 2012 at 11:28 am

      love it, kuya!! ♥

    1. Princess Joy March 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      What’s the title of the song?.

    1. Paul March 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Homey! keep up the good work, i like what your trying to do getting ppl to eat healthy while still having fun and enjoying food.

    1. Kevin Sato March 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Going to try the Berry Mojito with Purple Basil [or a variation] during my clique’s summer escapade. Can’t wait!!

      1. Erwan March 12, 2012 at 3:54 am

        let me know how it goes!

    1. nofy March 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      Wow..0_0! Im salivating. i hope there’s any good alternative for berry mojito?

      1. Erwan March 12, 2012 at 3:54 am

        why would you want an alternative haha?

    1. Paulo Claud Lorrian March 3, 2012 at 3:10 am

      What’s the title of the song used in your intro? :D

      1. Erwan March 12, 2012 at 3:54 am

        its from grouplove

    1. Medz Medina March 3, 2012 at 3:20 am

      I hope you can make some seafood pasta or pasta vongole. i would love to see how you’ll put your own twist to it. I love how you make food. You make it look easy and fun. (It’s how it should be.) Hope you can check some of my recipes. I hope you have like an office address or any address where we can send some food. MY wish: To let you taste some of my specialties :) Seriously :))

      Keep on inspiring “trying-hard” chefs like me :) Haha. You’re such an inspiration. I’ll let you know when I’m no longer the fat kid. I’m still on my journey to healthy living/food :)

      1. Erwan March 12, 2012 at 3:56 am

        im not a big pasta eater! but if i were i’d make it very traditionally, just like the italians do it. I’m a big believe of not modifying something if its already good :) what are your specialties?

        1. Medz Medina March 12, 2012 at 5:28 am

          Pasta Vongole, Lasagna, and Paella. Jenni Epperson once posted about my food in her blog. I love cooking. I like creating my own dressings for salads as well.

          1. Erwan March 23, 2012 at 2:11 am

            thats good, keep at it!

    1. Paulo Lorrian March 3, 2012 at 8:22 am

      Hey erwan, what song is that in your intro?

    1. jaaaacklyn March 3, 2012 at 10:38 am

      erwaaan what song was that after Naked Kids grouplove? pleaaaase reply. blaaah. you really have good taste in music :P lalalaLOVE the salad!

    1. Jerry March 3, 2012 at 10:52 pm

      well, that’s an interesting way to describe summer!! love it!!! :)

      1. Erwan March 12, 2012 at 3:56 am

        why thank you sir

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      1. Erwan March 12, 2012 at 4:00 am

        love it!

    1. Jett March 19, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      I’m thinking of doing this as one of the dishes for a dinner, but I’m thinking of substituting the chicken with Beef.. Do you think it will turn out okay? :)

      1. Erwan March 23, 2012 at 2:24 am

        yup of course, as long as you cook it properly

    1. ellen March 31, 2012 at 6:37 am

      I’ll definitely try this!. Simple ingredient makes yummy food. And I like the way how you cook your food. Im an aspiring chef in the making and I love to experiment stuff in cooking. :) keep up the good work Sir

      1. Erwan April 18, 2012 at 2:34 am


    1. Don April 1, 2012 at 11:50 am

      love this recipe!!! the rooster had me by its talons.. and now i’m a sriracha sauce addict!!! =)

      1. Erwan April 18, 2012 at 2:35 am

        it is quite addicting yes

    1. Don April 1, 2012 at 11:53 am

      love this recipe! the rooster had me by its talons and now i’m a sriracha sauce addict!!! =)

    1. Enzo June 8, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      This is really good. I’ve been looking for salads and my friends have been nagging me to go your site! I could see why. The music’s great too.

      1. Erwan June 14, 2012 at 2:58 am

        thanks Enzo!




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