Friday, October 4, 2013

Coffee Break Vigan, A classic Taste in a Historic Place

Coffee Break Vigan. This post is overdue because of my limited time and busy workload I have been setting the post aside until I almost lost the photos. When you’re in Vigan and trying to find a cafe along Calle Crisologo for break and sit down for a hot coffee or cold refreshing drink then the best place is Coffee Break Vigan. It is conveniently located just halfway along Calle Crisologo at Salcedo Street intersection on the right side if you are coming from St Pauls Cathedral.

Coffee Break Vigan has a wide range of hot beverages to choose from, from my personal favorite, cappuccino to Hazel Nut Flavored coffee, another favorite. Now if you are in to cold drinks and refreshments they do have also a large selection which most likely include you own personal favorite.

If you are looking for a light meal or meryenda they also offer a selection of snacks including some local delicacies.

You will definitely fall in love with the place atmosphere and enjoy your coffee, they also have a mezzanine floor where one can quietly chill out with friends or just want to be left alone and enjoy your coffee surfing the net. Now if are a smoker and want to enjoy your coffee while on your cigarette fix they do also have an outdoor section.

Coffee Break Vigan is located at:

3 Salcedo St, 2700 Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

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I just want to mention that this is not a paid advertisement, Overseas Pinoy Cooking do not do paid post. Once in a while OPC do similar post if we like the food and place, and want to share it to our readers. For the record Coffee Break Vigan is owned by my “Pamangkins” never the less the place is great and it is highly recommended if you are in Vigan and looking for a place to chill out while enjoying your Calle Crisologo Tour.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Pork Chop and Tofu with Mushroom and Oyster Sauce

Pork Chop and Tofu with Mushroom and Oyster Sauce. This is just a twist of my Pork Chop with Mushroom and Oyster Sauce, I was originally planning to cook a vegetarian version of the dish by substituting pork chop with tofu but I finally realised that the regular oyster sauce is not a vegetarian ingredient. I know there is a vegetarian version of oyster sauce out there, I have to do another post of the vegetarian version of the dish when I find one.

For now tofu is used as meat extender for the dish, never the less the pork chop fried tofu combination was great, not only that the cost of the dish is reduced it has also become healthier. I used a skinless cut of pork chop for the dish, that means the skin and most of the fat of the pork chop was removed.

Cooking is basically similar to my previous post of Pork Chop with Mushroom and Oyster Sauce, except for the extra cooking step of frying the tofu. Here is the recipe of my Pork Chop and Tofu with Mushroom and Oyster Sauce.


4-6 pcs. skinless pork chops

2 large block tofu, sliced into thin rectangles, fried

200 grams, fresh button mushroom, sliced

1/2 cup oyster sauce

1 small size onion chopped

3-4 cloves garlic, chopped

2 tbsp. dried parsley flakes

1/4 cup cornstarch

1 tsp. sugar

1 tbsp. coarsely ground peppercorns


cooking oil

Cooking procedure:

Dash the pork chops with salt and keep aside. Heat 2 to 3 tbsp. of cooking oil in a medium size frying pan. Fry the pork chops for about 3 to 5 minutes each side do not over fry, keep aside. To make the sauce, heat the same frying pan with all the pork chops residue, add in the garlic and stir fry for about a minute now add in the onion and parsley, stir cook for another minute. Add in the oyster sauce and 1 to 1/2 cup of water and sugar bring to a quick boil and let simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, correct saltiness if required. Add more water if salty. Add in the fried tofu and l let simmer for 2 to 3 minute to absorb some of the flavors. Then add in the mushroom and continue to stir cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Thicken sauce with cornstarch diluted in 1/4 cup of water, cook for another minute or until sauce has thicken. Now add in the fried pork chops a let cook for about 1 to 2 minutes to let the sauce infused to the meat. Serve immediately with mashed potato or rice.