Asian Takeout Secrets For Home Cooking


In Bacolod, if you do not know the secrets of Asian Takeout at home, you are SOL-Sortta Outta Luck! The 2 best Chinese Restaurants…Golden Fortune and Diamond Palace are not all that.Golden Fortune promotes their Live Seafood, although they have a couple of very good Chinese Dishes…Deep Fried Pigeon and Char Siu Pork. Diamond Palace only has Char Siu Pork that is really any good.

Hong Kong Kitchen at Robinsons Place Mall is more of a Cantonese Dim Sum House but it is excellent. Not as good as what you eat in Hong Kong but it is excellent in Bacolod.

Hua Kong Chinese Pharmacy has a small Chinese Grocery on site, which has things that the Major Supermarkets do not stock, such as…Bamboo Shoots and Water Chestnuts. To make Moo Goo Gai Pan, one of the most popular American-Chinese Dishes.


Making Moo Goo Gai Pan is EZ to make, as it is a One Pot Meal. Bamboo Shoots and Water Chestnuts are required.


It is a key to finding a place to buy the Ingredients to make Asian Takeout, which cannot be substituted in a recipe.

Cornstarch and Ginger are both readily available in the Philippines and both are Staples to making Asian Takeout at home. Kikkoman Tamari Soy Sauce is hard to find and if you see a bottle, buy it!

When making Chicken Teriyaki, it is best to use Chicken Thighs, as the Meat is Juicy and Tender. I use Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce rather than making it from scratch, as I cannot find Japanese Mirin or Sweet Rice Wine in Bacolod.


Commercially sold Sweet & Sour Sauce comes in handy rather than making it from scratch, when making Sweet & Sour Chicken, Sweet & Sour Pork or Sweet & Sour Shrimp.

I have a section on a cupboard shelf and in the ref, stocked with ingredients to make Asian Takeout at home.

You can make your favorite Asian Take Out at home and preparing the Asian Takeout is almost as good as eating it,,,almost!

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod!

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Old Gringo Stuffed Cabbage Rolls


I am digging into my Recipe Box to come up with my Meals. I have blown off the dust and found a few Tried & True Gems! I sometimes get bored with the usual things I enjoy eating, in rotation, so I want something to eat for a change of pace.

Other Dishes I have tried or will try this weekend include…Chinese Orange Chicken, Chili Dogs, Slaw Dogs, Baked Pork Steaks, Southern Style Baked Chicken, Eggplant Lasagna and Thai Shredded Chicken with Fresh Egg Noodles.

Old Gringo Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. The Old Gringo Rides Again!

Cabbage is one of the lower priced Vegetables in Bacolod, as less than P50 will buy that nice, large, fresh Head of Cabbage.

Ingredients…

A nice, large. fresh Head of Cabbage.
Finely Chopped Onion
1 Can of Crushed Tomatoes
Tomato Sauce
Brown Sugar
Salt & Pepper
Lean Ground Beef
A Little Uncooked Rice
Butter
Paraley and other Herbs and Spices to Taste
1 Egg

Directions…

Boil the Cabbage about 4-5 minutes
Simmer the Sauce for 12-15 minutes…Onion, Crushed Tomatoes, Tomato Sauce, Brown Sugat and Salt & Pepper
Beat the Egg and mix with Lean Ground Beef
Lay each Cabbage Leaf on a flat surface
Shape the Meat Mixture
Place the Meat Mixture in the center of each Cabbage Leaf and roll it
Pre-heat the Oven at 350 F
Place the Stuffed Cabbage Rolls on a Butter Greased Baking Pan. I Grease Aluminum Foil with Butter, which I place on the Baking Pan.
Bake for 60-90 minutes

Heineken Beer is my Beverage of Choice. It’s a Great Day for Two!


Enjoy!

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod!

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Clam Chowder


The Cover Photo of my article is…New England Clam Chowder

When my dad was Stationed in Rhode Island, with the World’s Greatest Navy, for 4 years, we ate New England Claim Chowder several items every month. I think I enjoyed it most of all. I ate it with Deep Fried Clam Fritters. Similar to Hush Puppies, only filled with Clams, as well as Onions.

Campbell’s introduced me to Manhattan Clam Chowder and while I eat it, I enjoy New England Clam Chowder much better.


While San Francisco has gone to hell in a handbag, their International Airport has great Restaurants and great Locally Brewed Beer…Anchor Beer.

I decided that I like Bay Area Clam Chowder than any other style of Clam Chowder. Bay Area Clam Chowder’s base is Clam Juice, created when boiling the Clams. It is loaded with Clams, fresh Celery, small Potatoes and chopped Onion.


In San Francisco, if Sour Dough Bread is not served, order some! It is great for sopping up the Clam Chowder Broth.


There is one Chowder in San Francisco that is better, much better!

Cioppino. It is loaded with Dungeness Cfab, Clams, Shrimp, Scallops, Squid and Mussels. A Filipino Chef, who had worked in San Francisco, introduced Cioppino to Bacolod, when he was the Chef at Terrassee Bistro at Ayala North Point Mall in Talisay. He had to substitute local Blue Crab for the Dungeness Crab. Still, it was Awesome!


Have a Bowl of Chowder today!

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Best Chili Con Carne


n Bacolod, several Restaurant have Chili Cheese Fries on their Menu. The only ones I tried were at Buffalo’s Wings n’ Things but they are out of business. Their Chili Cheese Fries were good.

Chili is much more than a Bowl of Chili. There are Chili Dogs, Chili Burgers, Chili Hash Browns, Chili Mac, which is mixed with Macaroni and Sonic has their famous Frito Chili Pie. I think most Americans have tried all those dishes at one time or another during their lifetimes.


I sometimes serve Chili over Spaghetti and add a Boiled Egg on top. This will get your Motor Running! Adding the Boiled Egg is something I do but not the common Recipe. Chili over Spaghetti is…Skyline Chili and popular in Cincinnati.

Did I mention Chili Dogs? The Chili Dog is my favorite Hot Dog, beyond compare. The Frankfurter, add Chili, top with Shredded Cheddar Cheese if you like but for sure…top with lots of Raw Onions!

Best Chili Recipe

I know this is what you have been waiting for! Gringo Gary’s Best Chili Colorado…

  • 1 pound Italian sausage links
  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (1 pound)
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 can (29 ounces) tomato puree
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained


Chili Colorado has nothing to do with the State of Colorado. Nada! Chili Colorado is Mexican Style Chili and Colorado means..Red Color.

Enjoy my Chili Colorado! It is Chili today and Hot Tamale!

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Best Sandwiches


My Cover Photo is a Cuban Sandwich and they are awesome. All Ingredients are in Bacolod to make a Cuban Sandwich.

I have always been a fan of Sandwiches and I eat many different Sandwiches in Bacolod every week.

The first Sandwich I remember eating is a Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich, which I still eat from time to time now. I spent my first 4 years in school in Rhode Island, when my dad was still in the World’s Greatest Navy.

In Rhode Island, I developed a love for Sandwiches. Grinders, which is a New England Sub, Cod Fish Sandwiches, Linguica Portuguese Sausage Sandwiches, Lobster Salad Sandwiches and the Western Sandwich, which is an Omelet Sandwich with Ham/Onions/Bell Peppers and of course, the Egg.


In Alabama, one of my favorite Sandwiches was the Stromboli Sandwich, which is an Italian Sandwich. There is a large Italian-American Community to this day in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Stromboli Sandwich is made with Italian Cold Cuts…Salami, Pepperoni, Capocollo and Mozzarella Cheese, often topped with Pizza Sauce but not always.


Birmingham also has a large Greek-American Community. More Sandwiches! I was introduced to the Greek Gyro. A Wrap Sandwich, filled with Lamb, Chicken or Pork, sometimes all 3! Greeks had a monopoly on the Hot Dog Stands and Sandwich Shops in Birmingham.


In South Florida, I ate many Cuban Sandwiches, made on Cuban Bread with Roast Pork, Ham, Swiss or Cheddar Cheese and lots of Mustard. Do not forget the Pickles.

In Bacolod, a favorite is the Flying Saucer Sandwich, with the filling unlimited. The best Flying Saucer Sandwich has Ham and Cheez Whiz on it.


My Favorite Sandwiches

The key to a good Sandwich is…the Bread. There are many options in Bacolod concerning Breads.

Not in any order, these are the Sandwiches that I make and eat in Bacolod…

Louisiana Po Boy, Cuban Sandwich, Strombolli Sandwich, Smoked Sausage Sandwich, Pork Sausage Patty Biscuit. Crab Salad Sandwich, Sloppy Joe, Reuben Sandwich, Ham & Cheese Sandwich, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Tuna Salad Sandwich, Chicken Salad Sandwich, Bacon, Cheese & Egg Sandwich, Tomato Sandwich, BBQ Pork Sandwich, Chicken Sandwich, the Monte Cristo, Waldorf Sandwich, French Dip, Meatball Grinder/Sub/Hoagie, Fried Baloney Sandwich, Club Sandwich, Philly Cheese Steak, Vienna Sausage Sandwich, Salmon Patty Sandwich, other Fish Sandwiches, UK Ploughman’s Sandwich, Chip Butty and Bahn Mi Vietnamese Sandwich.

There is not any Souse Meat in our area that I have found. In America, I enjoyed a Souse Meat Sandwich from time to time.

The above Crab Salad Sandwich looks great, doesn’t it?

Enjoy a Sandwich today! A great day for 2.

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

 

Chicken Sandwiches


If I want a Chicken Sandwich, I most often make one at home.

Concerning Restaurant Chicken Sandwiches in Bacolod, McDonald’s and Max Restaurant-The House that Fried Chicken Built have the best Chicken Sandwiches.

I recently ordered a Chicken Sandwich at Jian’s Restaurant and it turned out to be a…Chicken Salad Sandwich. It was not bad but it was not what I expected or wanted!

Thrillist recently held an American Nationwide Survey concerning the Best Chicken Sandwich in the USA. Popeyes Chicken Sandwich was # 1, with Chick-Fil- A Original Chicken Sandwich #2. Next were…McDonald’s Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich, KFC Crispy Colonel Chicken Sandwich, Arby’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Wendy’s Homestyle Chicken Sandwich and Burger King Crispy Chicken Sandwich.

Home Style Chicken Sandwiches

I enjoy a Pulled Chicken Sandwich and I prepare the Chicken in our slow cooker. I never eat cubed Chicken at all! I shred the Chicken by hand, add BBQ Sauce and eat it on Bread. I keep Mesquite, Memphis and Bullseye BBQ Sauce on hand, bought at SM and Metro.


I make a Mean Chicken Salad Sandwich, made with Horseradish, Mayonnaise, Chopped Onion and Pickle Relish. I sometimes add a ring or 2 of Sweet and Hot Jalapeno. Pepper, which is not too hot for me. Trappey’s Brand. Once again, I shred the Chicken by hand.


Sometimes, I buy Bristol Chopped Canned Chicken to have on hand when going to the Farm. It is not cubed Chicken. I just need to add Horseradish, Mayonnaise, Pickle Relish and Onion. Both SM and Metro sell Bristol Chopped Canned Chicken for around P60 per can, which is the standard size can of Tuna.

Enjoy a Chicken Sandwich today!

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Chicken


The Headline Photo in my article today is the traditional Southern American Dish…Chicken & Dumplings.

I have not become another Wade Boggs, the great baseball player who ate Chicken every single day. However, I am eating more Chicken each week.

I keep 3 whole Chickens in our freezer, as well as cut Chicken Thighs, Wings and Leg Quarters. There are so many different dishes you can create with Chicken.

Teriyaki Chicken is on tap tonight for supper.

A few nights ago, we used the Indian Tandoori Chicken Spice Rub and made Tandoori Chicken. Always good! Served with Yellow Rice and Yogurt Dipping Sauce.


Baked Chicken is one of my favorite dishes. As well as American Style BBQ Chicken and of course, Southern Fried Chicken.

The Chinese can keep their Steamed Chicken. Yuk!

I am totally burned out with the Bacolod Chicken Inasal but I am not burned out with Lechon Chicken/Manok.

Chicken Breasts pounded out, battered and deep fried is our recipe for Chicken Fried Steak.

From time to time, I make Chicken Salad, which is great on Toast.

Whatta bout Chicken Al A King?

I prefer Shredded Chicken instead of Shrimp in our Pad Thai Noodles, made with flat Rice Noodles.


Forget cubed Chicken, as I never cube Chicken. Chicken Tacos in Bacolod have cube Chicken in them at Restaurants. Imake Chicken Tacos and Chicken Enchiladas at home with Shredded Chicken.

Chicken Divan is on our menu this week. I wish we could make Chicken Pot Pies but we cannot.


I use our slow cooker often and it turns out great Pulled Chicken for BBQ Chicken Sandwiches.

Peri Peri Chicken is a wonderful Portuguese Chicken Dish. The Marinade is what makes fabulous Peri Peri Chicken. The Marinade is…

BBQ Sauce
Lea & Perrins Worcestershire
Minced Garlic
Minced Onion
Squeezed Lemon or Lime Juice and Calamansi works
Yellow Mustard
Coarse Salt
Cracked Black Pepper
Sriracha Sauce or other Hot Sauce is optional if you like the heat


Concerning BBQ Sauce, I use Memphis Style and Bulls Eye BBQ Sauce.

All Ingredients are available in Bacolod.

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Rally Round the Flags


During their History, the Philippines had Flags which caused uproar. The first had the Red Cross of Burgundy.

During the Philippines Revolution against Spain, they had a unique Flag. It features a 8 rayed white sun with a Mythical Face on a field of red.


The Flag of Free Territory has a blue background and has a white dove within a red square.


There are many unique Philippines Municipal and City Flags. Also other Historical Flags.


Actor Chris Pratt wearing of Gadsden’s Don’t Tread on Me Flag on his T-Shirt sparked outrage from the American Radical Leftist Mob and by the Liberal Drive By Media. They all say it is…Racist!

Well, everything to that Mob is Racist! A MAGA Hat is Racist, Enforcing Immigration Laws is Racist, the President, his family and his supporters are Racist! Whatta bunch of losers, which is what they will be in 2020.

What is Gadsen’s Don’t Tread on Me Flag?

The Gadsden flag is a historical American flag with a yellow field depicting a rattlesnake coiled and ready to strike. Positioned below the rattlesnake are the words “Dont Tread On Me.”[note 1] The flag is named after American general and politician Christopher Gadsden(1724–1805), who designed it in 1775 during the American Revolution. It was used by the Continental Marines as an early motto flag.

They Hate America!

In Reality, the Don’t Tread on Me Flag represents American Liberty and Freedom. Both are American Values which the Radical Leftist Mob hates, because they are Anti-American! The Don’t Tread on Me Flag was the first American Flag before Betsy Ross made Old Glory, the Stars and Stripes. Oh yeah, Nike says Betsy Ross American Flag is Racist!

Many Democrats are indeed part of the Radical Leftist Mob but they are not the Party Majority. They have the largest Microphone and the Liberal Drive By Media gives them most of their Coverage. Most Americans see them as the Real Face of the Democrat Party because they are not confronted by Party Leaders!

This all shows the current Agenda of the 2020 Democrat Candidates as well.. Who, by, the way, are all running out of Campaign Money, with the exception of 5 Candidates.

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

 

Goat 101 Restaurant


They have been open for 2 years now and Goat 101 Restaurant is the go to place if you like Goat Dishes. They also have Grilled Catfish, Pork and Chicken. Located on Yakal Street in Bacolod Chinatown, AKA Shopping, Goat 101 is owned by a Police Officer.

We dined at Goat 101 Restaurant for our 2nd visit there, on Friday, and we all enjoyed our Food.

Goat dishes include…Kaldereta, Adobo, Paklay and Kandefrita.


If you are not familiar with Filipino Goat Dishes, I will break them down. First, Goat Adobo is prepared just like Pork and Chicken Adobo in the Philippines, only it is made with Goat. Soy Sauce, Vinegar, Ground Black Pepper, Garlic and Bay Leaves. Those who like it Hot, add a few Chili Peppers but I am at the point where my stomach cannot take much Heat, like during my Glory Days.


Goat Kaldereta is Goat Stew, with Potatoes, Carrots and whole Onions. It has a Tomato Sauce Base.


Goat Paklay is another type of Goat Stew. It is made with Vegetables, Goat Meat and Goat Innards, all cooked together. The idea of Goat Innards may turn you off but this is probably the best Dish at Goat 101, concerning Flavor. It is indeed delicious.


Goat Kandefrita is actually like Beef Karne Frita, only with a different spelling and is made with Goat. This is a pure Ilonggo Dish and may not be found commonly outside of the Western Visayas. The Goat is cut up and marinated in Calamansi Juice, Soy Sauce, Garlic and Peppercorns. Marinate for 30 minutes.

First, fry the Goat, browning on both sides. Next, set aside and bring the Marinade to a boil. Add the Goat, turn down the heat and let simmer for around 5 minutes.

There you have it. However, sadly, Goat 101 does not have my favorite…BBQ Goat leg. However, I am sourcing a Goat Leg to BBQ at home, as I can DIM, Do It Myself! I have the Right Stuff for the Rub.


Goat 101 has the favorite San Miguel Beer Products, Heineken from Holland, Tiger Beer from Singapore; with Tiger Crystal Light and their best Beer seller is the 500 ml bottles of Tiger Black. Beware, as Tiger Black is 6.9% Alcohol.

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Watermelon Margarita


Straight from the Heart of Dixie, the land I love so well, no body but no body makes a better Watermelon Margarita than those wild eyed southern boys from Sweet Home Alabama.

To make the Watermelon Margarita authentically, it takes one extra step and that is…making Watermelon Syrup but it is EZ. Simply combine Watermelon Cubes with Sugar in a sauce pan. Mash the Watermelon Cubes and mix with the Sugar. With medium heat, simmer for 5 minutes. Last step for the Syrup is to strain it.

Next on tap, blend Watermelon with Water to make Watermelon Juice.

Add Watermelon Syrup, Watermelon Juice, Tequila and Lime Juice to a shaker. Now, do the hippy, hippy shake, spin around and shake it up one more time. Strain it, pour it up into a glass that is rimmed with Lime and Coarse Salt. Garnish with a Lime Wedge.


There you have it. The Alabama Slamma Watermelon Margarita.

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~