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!



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  13. feedingthegeek said: This gets added to the “what to make for dinner” list. Mouth is watering just reading the ingredient list; that whack of vinegar with the tomatoes and beef says “brisket!” but the soy, sugar, and lemon take it in elsewhere. Sounds yummy!
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