Seafood…And Eat It!


There are a number of good Seafood Restaurants in Bacolod. However, even eating at the best, I have experiences Mild to Moderate GI Disturbances after eating there. Therefore, the best and safest Seafood is at Gary’s House!

My wife and I both know how to safely handle Fresh Seafood and we know how to prepare it.

The Seafood Dish I eat most often at home is the Fish Po Boy. I use Vietnamese Catfish Fillets, AKA Cream Dory, to make the Po Boy, Deep Frying the Fish.


The key to any Fried Fish is…the Batter. I like Beer Battered Fish. Other Ingredients include…Cornmeal, Flour, a variety of Spices of Choices but I use All in One Creole Seasoning that is all in. Everything is in it already.

I dip the Fish Fillets in Beer and then dredge it in the Seasoned Cornmeal-Flour Mix. If you do not like dipping Fish in Beer, dip it in a beaten Egg first.


On the Po Boy, I slather both the bread and the Fish with Mayonnaise and Horseradish, accented with Pickle Relish. I then top with Cole Slaw. The Fish Po Boy is down home New Orleans. Laissez Les Bons Temps Roulez! Let the Good Times Roll!

I make a Shrimp Po Boy from time to time, using the same Technique as making the Fish Po Boy. If I see the large Oysters, an Oyster Po Boy is awesome!

When eating Boiled Shrimp, I make Shrimp Cocktail as the Sauce. I leave off the Pickle Relish and I use Ketchup instead of Mayonnaise, never forgetting the Horseradish. Required!

Scallops and Oysters are at the top of my favorite Seafood. I learned my lesson well and I will never, never, never again eat Raw Oysters in the Philippines.


I also like Clams, especially Razor Clams, Mussels, Crabs and Sea Snails.

The Fish I eat, I am very picky about. Head and Tail on does not bother me but them Bones do bother me!

Vietnamese Catfish, Lison, Lapu Lapu and Bangus are the Fish I enjoy. Forget Tilapia!


There is a Marine Bounty and a Treasure Trove of Seafood…all around Bacolod. I hope to see you here…one day!

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Vaya Con Dios!

 

Sisig-King of Filipino Food


Sisig is a dish that is made from Pig’s Mask and is loaded with spices such as Onion, Garlic, and Chili Peppers, as well as seasoned with Calamansi. It is typically served with a cracked egg on top. Many Filipinos in the Bacolod Area also top their Sisig with Mayonnaise.

A kilo of sliced Pig’s Mask is available at the Burgos Public Market in Bacolod for only P100.

This famous dish that can be served for lunch or dinner or even used as a pulutan in gatherings originally came from Pampanga in Luzon.\In the Bacolod Area, there has been a Sisig Evolution, as Pork is not the only Sisig on the Block! There is Chicken Innard Sisig (the best to me), Tuna Sisig and Squid Sisig. Also, it is not only Pig Mask used to make Pork Sisig, as there is Pig Ear Sisig and Pork Belly Sisig.

In the Bacolod Area, there has been a Sisig Evolution, as Pork is not the only Sisig on the Block! There is Chicken Innard Sisig (the best to me), Tuna Sisig and Squid Sisig. Also, it is not only Pig Mask used to make Pork Sisig, as there is Pig Ear Sisig and Pork Belly Sisig.


Sisig, which means “to snack on something sour” or “salad” was first mentioned in the 17th century and has become a culinary tradition around the Philippines. This prompted the City Government of Angeles to pass an Ordinance declaring Angeles City as the Sisig Capital of the Philippines.

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Kewpie Mayonnaise


In Japan, many Japanese use Kewpie Mayonnaise in both Food Preparation and as a Food Condiment. Both with Traditional Japanese Food and with Non-Traditional Japanese Food.

Here are several examples for Kewpie Mayonnaise. On or in…

Meat & Vegetable Pancakes
Sushi
Octopus Balls and other Seafood Balls
Stir Fried Noodles
Tuna and other Fish
Japanese Potato Salad
Japanese Cole Slaw
Sandwiches
Fruit Salad
Rice Balls
Pork Cutlets

Japanese Islands is a Dipping Sauce and Dressing, made with Kewpie Mayonnaise and Ketchup. It has a wide variety of uses. Including in some recipes for Japanese Cole Slaw.

In the Philippines, some Filipinos use Kewpie Mayonnaise on Sisig.

Japanese Cole Slaw rocks the house! Of course, add Kewpie Mayonnaise!


Japanese Potato Salad is really…Kicked up Mashed Potatoes.


I really enjoy Japanese Food much better than Chinese Food and certain better than Filipino Food. With a couple of exceptions.

Last night for supper, I had Teriyaki Chicken Thighs with Japanese Potato Salad, which was not kicked up.

To make Japanese Potato Salad…

It is all about your choice. Boil the Potatoes with Skin On or Peeled.

Boil the Potatoes until a Skewer or Fork easily goes through the Potato. Mash the Potatoes but not 100%. Be sure to leave parts of the Potatoes still in shape.

Kewpie Mayonnaise and Milk are mixed together and then added to the Kicked Up Ingredients. Or just those 2 Ingredients, without the Veggies.

Kicked Up Ingredients and Options for Japanese Mashed Potatoes…

Onion
Carrot
Apple
Cucumber
Ham

I like just using Chopped Onion, Kewpie Mayonnaise and Milk when I make Japanese Potato Salad. I leave out the Veggies.

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

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 ~

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 ~

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 ~

National Food Days


Somewhere out there, it seems that at least one day each week is a National Food Day. I think it is great!

Tuesday was National Hamburger Day in America. Many Burger Joints had Promos, Giveaways and Discounts.

It has not been that long ago when it was National Pizza Day in America. Same things…Promos, Giveaways and Discounts.


In Bacolod, there was a recent Chicken Inasal Day and 3,000 BBQ Skewers were given to Senior Citizens for Free.


Manokan Country in Bacolod has an Annual Festival. The BBQ Chicken Complex is located near SM Mall on Father M Ferrero Street. There are many BBQ Chicken Restaurants at Manokan Country. Nenas Rose is the most famous but I like Rositas best.


Most of the Restaurants at Manokan Country also have Talaba on their Menus. It is Grilled Oysters, still in the Shell.

One of my favorites is Lechon Baka Day. Slicing Medium Rare Beef from the Lechon Prime Rib Roast or from Leg of Beef brings pure happiness!


I often have the same American National Food Day at our home in Bacolod. I remember National Hot Dog Day and I went to work! I made Slaw Dogs, Kraut Dogs, Chili Dogs and Chicago Hot Dogs. I enjoyed making the Dogs about as much as eating them!

In 7 States in the USA, there was recently, May 13-26, Filipino Restaurant Week.

When I lived in Orange Park, Florida, there were 2 nice Filipino Restaurants. Pearl of the Orient and Little Cavite.


Today in Greater Jacksonville, Florida, there are many more Filipino Restaurants. Most notably are…The Jeepney Stop, Nino’s Pinoy Express, Lola’s Filipino Cuisine, L&L Filipino-Hawaiian Grill and Maharlika Grill.


In Ft Walton Beach, Florida, one of interest is a Lumpia Wagon. Nellie’s Lumpia on Wheels.

Happy National Food Days and Happy Food Festivals.

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Power Breakfasts


My first meal of the day is sometimes a challenge, but only sometimes. I have been known to eat non-traditional Morning Meals, such as Fried Chicken, Tuna Salad on Toast or a Bowl of Chili. Pizza as well.

Yesterday, I had Enchiladas for Brunch, as appears in the feature photo in this article about Power Breakfasts.

I am not the Original Bacolod Food Hunter but I am a Food Hunter. I am always looking for something new, something different to eat but nothing really exotic. No Hummingbird Wings for me!

A new list, I now have for the First Meal of the Day. With a Little Help from my Friends!

Check These Out…

Cheesey Eggwich. Very simple. Split an English Muffin, pop it in the toaster. Top with a sliced Hard or Soft Boiled Egg and your favorite Cheese. I prefer Soft Boiled Eggs.

Eggsadilla. A Scrambled or Poached Egg, garnished with Salsa, topped with Monterey Jack Cheese, on a Corn or a Flour Tortilla.

Cinnamon French Toast. You know it already.


Loaded Omelet. Add your favorites. I enjoy an Omelet with Onions, Tomato, Mushrooms, Bell Pepper and Cheddar Cheese. No Meat required but I also like adding Ham from time to time.


Mediterranean Scramble. Scrambled Eggs, Olives and Ricotta Cheese. Add sliced Tomato and/or Fresh Cut Fruit.

Rolled Oats or Steel Cut Oats with Fresh Cut Fruit or Raisins.

Some Recipe Suggestions here are by Amiga Chef Alexandria 33 Nguyen. 33 is really her middle name. She is only the 2nd person I ever saw with a number for a middle name. Chinese-American Writer and Journalist Jennifer 8 Lee is the first.

Other Recipe Suggestions by Gary Amigo, yours truly! Start your Day with a Power Breakfast, to get your motor running.

Good Morning Philippines!

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~