Halabos na Hipon

We are seafood worshippers.  Tops on our list are crabs (alimasag and alimango), shrimps (suahe and sugpo), oysters and of course, fish (lapu-lapu, tilapia, hito, to  name just three).  The preferred method of cooking is steaming, and pretty much on equal footing would be grilling and boiling (as in soup dishes like sinigang and paksiw).  Least preferred, of course, is frying.

I’m glad my 3-year old daughter has acquired the same appreciation, if not love, for seafood.  Her hands down favorite would be shrimp: steamed, tempura, camaron rebosado, etc.  It’s safe to say that as long as it’s shrimp, she really doesn’t care about how it is cooked. :neutral:

halabos na hipon

Halabos na hipon regularly makes an appearance at our dinner table.  To some, this may just be considered as an appetizer.  But to us, this is one great ulam (viand) already.  It’s very easy to make, too…so easy even a 2nd grader can do it!

Just dump the shrimps in a shallow pot or pan and then pour enough Sprite or 7-Up to cover all of it.  Leave the shrimps to soak for at least 30 minutes.  Over medium heat, cook the shrimps in the soda.  Once the shrimps have turned to a nice orange color, drain them right away.  Overcooking the shrimps will make them tough and hard to peel.  That’s it!  Any simpler than that and one will have to eat shrimps raw. Hahaha!

shrimp with steaming hot rice

It’s the choice of dipping sauce where we all differ.  I love eating shrimps with either sliced fresh tomatoes or vinegar.  Hubby, on the other hand, runs to the other direction at the slightest aroma of vinegar.  He either has a side of tomatoes as well, or soy sauce with lemon or lime.  Ketchup and sweet chili sauce are very good dipping alternatives as well.

But do eat seafood in moderation, ok?!  Too much of even the good things is harmful to your health.  Any medical resource will tell you that!  At any rate, it’s so great not to be allergic to the treasures of the sea! Haha! ;)


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9 Responses to “Halabos na Hipon”

  1. thess says:

    ha ha ha! pareho pala mga mister natin, kung si dracula takot sa bawang, mga fafahs naman natin, sa suka! :lol:

    oo nga, wala ng mas sisimple pa yata sa preparasyon ng halabos natin.

    Hi Thess! Ang suka lang na gusto ng asawa ko e yung partner ng Lapid’s Freshly Popped Chicharon! Alam mo ba yun? Haay, bakit ko ba nabanggit ang sitsaron. :???:

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  2. Meeya says:

    cata taught me a simple hipon dish that’s also a staple sa aming table – yung shrimps na sauteed in butter and garlic. meron palang mas madali hahaha! sige try ko to next time. thanks! :)

    Hi Meeya! Susubukan ko rin yan! Pero ibabad ko pa rin sa Sprite or 7-Up para manamis-namis ang hipon. ;) Thanks for the tip! Ayan, dalawa na ang utang ko sayo…yung banana bread at itong shrimps sauted in butter and garlic! :D

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  3. abby says:

    naku yung pamilya namin kung umubos ng suka, sandamakmak! :D

    anyway, weng singit din ako sa suggestion ni meeya. ginagawa ko naman saute in butter and garlic, tapos nilalagyan ko ng konting hot sauce, saka cheese. siguro with abby, you can do without the hot sauce. nakupo napakasarap, pati balat talagang numinipis pag yun ang ulam ko. :D

    Hi Abby! Napakaversatile na sawsawan kasi ng suka! Yan ang sawsawan ko ng tocino, longganisa at kung anu-ano pa! :mrgreen:

    Uuuy, ang sinful pa lalo ng version mo ng shrimp in garlic at butter ha! Type ko rin yang may hot sauce kasi mahilig kami ng aking asawa sa maanghang. :mrgreen: Tama, ihihiwalay ko na lang yung kay Abby bago ko lagyan ng hot sauce! :neutral:

    Makabili na nga ng hipon! :razz:

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  4. abby says:

    ay teka ano ba yan, kakaiba yung emoticon ko!

    Ok lang, Abs! :D Love mo naman ako, diba? Nyahaha! :arrow: Nagulat din ako dati nung nakita ko kung ano ang emoticon equivalent ng colon + D! :lol:

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  5. Pinky says:

    Ano ba yan, Cousin Weng, ginutom mo na naman ako! :razz:

    Parang gusto ko tuloy bumili ng hipon at 7Up para masubukan ang recipe mo… kaya lang, 12 am na dito e – waah!!! :cry:

    Anyway, good news! I was finally able to get hold of a steamer…balitaan kita how the leche flan goes (soon sana!)…that is, if “flans” don’t miscarry…hehehe :lol:

    Hi Pinks! Bumili ka na lang sa next marketing day mo. :neutral: Wow! May steamer na! Puwede ka na rin gumawa ng siopao! :lol: I look forward to hearing about your leche flan project. Alam kong favorite mo rin yun! Good luck! :neutral:

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  6. Leap of Faith! says:

    I love shrimps! Except the really small ones na ang hirap kainin.

    Sana ma-inspire si Pinky ulit nag-luto ng hipon. Too bad she posted her comment already :(

    Hi Keith! Who doesn’t love shrimps?! :razz: Kawawa naman yung mga may allergies sa seafood ano? :( This is a very simple recipe. Why don’t you surprise Pinky instead? ;)

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  7. Meeya says:

    uy weng, pahabol. as is, masarap na yung garlic butter shrimps pero ang ginagawa ko naman minsan (pag sinisipag ako), babad sa lemon, toyo, at crushed bawang, or minsan naman lemonade(yung minute maid, natutunan ko sa isang amiga), hindi sprite haha! e kasi gusto ni allan yung medyo maasim. tapos pagkaluto, naghihiwalay na ako ng konti for ninna tapos yung naiwan sa kawali nilalagyan ko ng dried red chilies instead na hot sauce tulad ng kay abby (dahil mahilig din si asawa sa maanghang). next time, try ko yung cheese suggestion ni abby. ika nga ni rachael ray, you can never have enough cheese. :D

    Mukhang marami-rami akong bibilhing shrimp next time! Shrimp festival! :lol: Gusto ko i-try lahat. :razz: Thank you so much for all the tips! :D

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  8. shrimp lovers din kami! at favorite ko din ang halabos at yung with garlic and butter. kung medyo gourmet ang type mo, puwede rin dagdagan ng basil :neutral:

    i actually used to be allergic to seafood (as in lahat ng seafood in addition to chicken and a lot of other things) but thank god i miraculously grew out of it. minagic yata ng doctor ko. i was allergic from birth til about high-school. i could only eat a tiny piece of chicken on my birthday tapos they will drown me in meds na. i’m still allergic to a few things like dust and dog slobber but salamat naman hindi na chicken and seafood. kaya yan ang mga favorite ko ngayon! hehe! mabuti nalang hindi minana ni mika!

    I’m glad you got over your seafood and chicken allergy! Gosh, that would have been so sad! :) Who doesn’t love chicken, diba? Lalo na ang mga bata! Mukhang ang daming votes ng shrimp with garlic and butter ah! I will definitely try that next time! :)

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