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!
~ Gary ~