MCDonald’s Secret Menu Revealed!

Good news especially to the McDonald’s fans out there! In this blog, I’ll be sharing with you the secret menu that you can order at McDonald’s.


What’s this secret menu all about? Simple, these are sets of menu that McDonald’s can offer to their customers which are not listed or showing from their overhead menu at their restaurants/food chains. How to? Just directly order at their cashiers and mention the secret menu that you would like to try. THAT’S IT!


So, here’s where you can choose from:


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#Recipe of the Day: Boeuf Bourguignon


Last Saturday, I had the privilege to watch (LIVE!) the cooking demo of Chef Xavier Btesh, at the Maya Kitchen Culinary Arts Center in Makati.


Chef Xavier was born and raised in Paris and spent the earlier part of his career training under renowned chefs before he went on to become a consultant chef for various businesses and eventually published his own cookbook Les Petits Diners de Xavier which sold more than 40,000 copies across Europe.


When you’re a French chef, people come to you and they tell you about 3-star, 4-star Michelin chefs, truffles, and foie gras. But I keep telling people, this is not the food we eat daily,” he says. “I know that Filipinos love their family-style and we’re the same in France, we have family-style as well. I want to show the way we eat at home.”


Now, I’m sharing with you one of the recipes he taught us during the cooking demo. It’s called:


Boeuf Bourguignon


According to Chef Xavier, this is similar to our “adobo” but a French version. Just switch the vinegar with wine and there you’ll have a French stew.


What you’ll need:

2 mugs beef chunks

1 pc onion

1 pc garlic clove, peeled

1 tsp tomato paste

4 pcs button mushrooms or 2 pcs Portobello mushrooms

2 pcs carrots, peeled and sliced

1 espresso cup bacon chunks

1 ½ mugs beef broth

2 tsps white flour

1 tsp dried/fresh thyme

1 pinch clove powder

2 mugs GOOD red wine

salt and pepper to taste

½ espresso cup butter, melted




Set a frying pan on med-high heat. Place in half your butter, and saute your onions and bacon. When onions turn translucent, transfer onion and bacon to a cast iron pan on high heat along with the rest of the butter. Add the chunks of the meat and toss well. Sprinkle flour, and stir, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Add the beef broth, wine, and all the other ingredients except the mushrooms. Mix well. Reduce to a very low heat and cook for 3 hours, stirring every once in a while so that your ingredients won’t stick to the bottom of the pan. After 2 ½ hours, add your mushrooms. If the sauce reduces too much, add a bit of wine or broth. After 3 hours, your iconic French stew will be ready!



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#Recipe of the Day: Pansit Habhab

Pansit habhab is the ALL-TIME favorite merienda of people living in Quezon province particularly in Lucban and Lucena City. Yes, I am a certified Lucenahin!

Pansit habhab is basically made of dried flour noodles. It’s our own type of miki. It is thin and brown in color. This is popularly served in Buddy’s Restaurant (Sponsor please, haha!) and in Lucban or Lucena, pansit habhab are being sold in streets or peddled around the area.

This is usually eaten without any utensils. It is served in a banana leaf and then you eat it directly from that. When you say habhab that means to eat suctioning the food like pigs. Yes, you read it right. Hahaha!

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#Recipe: Embutido

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Embutido is a Pinoy-style meatloaf. It is one of the popular Filipino dishes served during holidays, fiestas and parties (like birthdays).

Last month, we served this dish during my youngest son’s 4th birthday party. It was a hit! Let me share with you the recipe for a special embutido.



1 kilo ground pork

1 ½ bread crumbs

1 cup carrots, ground

1 cup ham, chopped

1 cup onion, grated/minced

1 clove onion, grated/minced

1 cup red bell pepper, chopped

½ cup pickles, relish

¼ cup raisins

4 eggs

1 tbsp cornstarch

hard boiled eggs, sliced

chicken hotdogs, sliced

salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the steamer and set aside.
  2. In a big bowl or small basin, mix all the ingredients.
  3. Scoop the mixture with a small cup and flatten it in a foil.
  4. Put some slices of hard boiled egg and chicken hotdog at the center of the flattened mixture.
  5. Roll the until the stuffing covers the egg and hotdog. Then roll the aluminum foil tightly and seal both ends.
  6. Repeat the procedure with the rest of the mixture.
  7. Place the prepared embutido in the steamer carefully.
  8. Steam it for 1 hour.
  9. Let it cool and then refrigerate it for some time.
  10. Slice them and serve with ketchup. (You have an option to fry it after slicing or serve as it is.)

Now, you’re ready to impress your friends! 🙂