Did you know that the Karaoke machine did not originate from Japan? It was actually created by the Filipino inventor Roberto Del Rosario. Why am I mentioning this in my blog you may ask yourself? Well, I’ll tell you why! As I was trying to research what part of the Phillipines one of my favorite dishes came from, that random factoid popped up in an article which had a great recipe for Mechado, but not quite the one my mom used to make.
Growing up, Mechado, was always the usual suspect at a large family gathering. No doubt would it be a different version of my mother’s, however, I was never disappointed. I just simply love the mix of tomatos, onions and garlic in any sauce.
Here’s the version I’m familiar with.
- 3 lbs. Beef roast or Boneless short ribs
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 can (8oz.) tomato sauce
- 1 can (6oz.) tomato paste
- 2 tbs. of white vinegar
- 1/2 tsp. of course or regular black pepper
- 5 cloves of garlic
- 1 bay leaf
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 9 slider buns
- I usually add potatoes but not this time, since the buns would be enough carbs for us that night.
Combine all ingredients into a 4-5 quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on the high setting, of 4-6 hours. Just keep checking on it after 4 hours, you’ll know when it’s ready.
Take out the bay leaf, shred the beef and place in the mini buns.
So simple and so good!