Kinilaw, a hangover cure-all

I’m a sucker for birthdays and get extremely excited about mine, except I get very anxious when planning my own celebration. So when my boyfriend asked me how I wanted to celebrate, I told him that I didn’t want to do anything. But we all know that when a girl says NOTHING, it translates to – I really want a huge celebration, please! And guess, what? The boyfriend picked up on that.

Mike gave no information on how we were spending my birthday, which actually made me very anxious. I am, after all, a control freak. But much to my delight, he knew exactly what to do to make it a great night. Needless to say, this has been one wonderful birthday!

The success of my birthday celebration was accompanied by a pair of monster hangovers. We woke up this morning with jackhammers in our heads. It’s 5:30PM and Mike is still moaning about how terrible he feels. So being the good and thankful girlfriend that I am, I made his favorite dish and cure-all – kinilaw. He would eat it everyday if he could. And for some reason, eating it really makes him feel better especially after a night out drinking. My theory is that the ginger in the kinilaw helps get rid of the nausea and helps in settling the stomach’s acidity. I prefer pills to natural remedies but between an Advil and kinilaw, the latter seems to be more effective in zapping the hangover headache.

So today, I am extremely grateful for my family and friends who have made me feel constantly loved and supported. But am also extremely grateful for a wonderful boyfriend who knows how to read between the lines. 🙂


1/2 kilo tanigue steak (king mackarel), diced
3 native tomatoes, sliced
1 red onion, sliced
1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded and sliced
2 tbsp. ginger, minced
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup vinegar
2 tbsp. lemon juice
3 green chilies, chopped 
salt and pepper
Combine all the ingredients and refrigerate for 3o minutes before serving.  Serve cold. 


  1. Ginger said

    Happy birthday, mai…. I love u !

  2. ginger said

    lez make kinilaw when you get here!

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