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Ground Beef with Sayote

There are days in our lives where our fridge is about to become empty and all you have left is some about to be dried vegetables and some frozen meat.

I slightly invented this dish as this is the most decent goods I found on our almost empty fridge. I call it “Ground Beef w/ Sayote”. It’s not the usual “Ginisang Sayote” you can find everywhere. Usually, everyone uses ground pork and a little bit of shrimp in this dish and I see some who adds some carrots with it. Sayote has been one of my most favorite vegetable of all time so whatever type of dish they do with it, I eat. This time, I made my own little invention, I added beef.

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 kilo Ground Beef
  • 1/4 kilo Ground Pork
  • 3pcs Sayote
  • 1 clove of Garlic
  • 2pcs Onion
  • 3pcs Tomatoes
  • Ground Pepper
  • Beef cubes
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup butter

How to cook:

  1. Boil Ground Beef in medium heat for 5 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon of iodized salt.
  2. In a pan, set the heat in a very very low level. Once heated, add the butter.
  3. Once the butter has completely melted, add onion and wait until it becomes translucent. You may want to adjust the heat level into medium;
  4. Add garlic, mix. Then add tomatoes.
  5. Once the tomatoes has become juicy, add ground pork. Mix very well.
  6. Add the boiled ground beef, including the water.
  7. Mix mix mix for 3 minutes.
  8. Add all the flavorings, 2 teaspoon of salt, beef cubes and pepper.
  9. Once everything has been mixed. Add your vegetable, sayote. Mix mix mix.
  10. Wait for five minutes and it’s done! Serve it with your choice of rice.

Verdict:

It tastes really good but, I didn’t even feel that there was some ground pork with it. It all tastes like beef but it was really good, I mean really really good! It was far different from the usual “Ginisang Sayote” that I eat.

Could have done:

I could have added some oyster sauce and little bit of spice to make it more delicious.

I would definitely cook this again!

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Pepper Lunch Review

SImageo  it was a tiring day at Subic and we were about to have our dinner before heading back home. We’ve been looking all over to find a place to eat. There we found a mall, Harbour Point. Not knowing it was a new mall. The mall is really nice, there’s a lot of restaurants to choose on. Not just restaurants, but shops where you can buy goodies so it’s a nice place to visit when you are within Subic.

We were roaming around inside the mall to find a restaurant where we would really love to eat, hoping I could find Sizzling Pepper Steak. But even with our starving tummies, I still push my energy to look for something that’s worth all the hunger. Until finally! My almost disappointed spirit melt down the moment I saw Pepper Lunch. It was a priceless moment! Since there’s no SPS in the vicinity, PL is the nearest alternative I can take.

So we entered and everyone greeted us “irasshaimase”, a Japanese word meaning “Come on, in!”. At first I thought, it would be the same as SPS, like in fine dining, servers would approach you and hand you their menus in your seats, but it turned out the other way around. We had to carry our asses out of the chair and make our selections in the counter just like how a fast food run. So that was the first disappointment. Though the server we had decided to just give us the menus on our seats since I think he figured that we were really tired and hungry. That was nice, I thought. So everyone made their own choices while I chose Curry Rice with sliced beef. I’m really in love with curries. Back at SPS, I always order the Pork Curry Pepper Rice. So our server brought us our bill instead of us paying it on the counter. That was again, nice.

Then the food arrived after around 15-20minutes.

The servings is far different from Sizzling Pepper Steak (forgive me as I always compare them both, as they are the only fancy restaurants who serve sizzling nicely). I had one sizzling pan with sliced beef around the corners and rice in the middle, as usual, and a jar of some sauce while the others didn’t have any sauce at all. They used a small cup to measure the rice so if you’re a fan of rice, you’ll find it as a small serving that’s why I had to order another cup of rice which was again a disappointment, I will explain later. So I had to flip the beef for them to get cooked. I was looking for a curry powder on top of the rice as that’s how SPS served the Pork Curry Pepper Rice, but I found out that the sauce I had, was the curry flavoring. I only knew it when I ordered another cup of rice, when our server told me that it was the curry flavor. So there’s no more refill, I had to buy the sauce for P125, I think and hey that’s too much for a small jar of sauce!!! But then I had no choice as I was really starving, then I just order another cup of rice for P45.

OVERALL VERDICT:

SATISFACTION RATING: 1/5

I give one out of five. It solved everyone’s hunger but not enough for satisfaction. When I eat at Sizzling Pepper Steak, I always get out with a smile on my face and a full satisfaction. The taste of the food isn’t that outstanding for it’s worth.

SERVICE: 3/5

I give it a three out of five. The effort of the staff made a plus on everything. They made it really convenient for us at that very moment. But the way they operate, the fast food set up and the long wait and all, is such a disappointment knowing the price of their food is quite high.

QUALITY OF FOOD: 2/5

Two out of five. Again, you would only rate such if it gives you all the satisfaction you are looking for. Aside from unsatisfactory, the serving of the food is not worth the price at all. They could have made the servings quite big to make all the food experience worth it. The taste of the food is not really outstanding. For someone who has been really starving, it could’ve tasted better. But despite of the hungriness, I still couldn’t say it was delicious.

PRICE: 2/5

Again, as mentioned above, the price of the food does not worth everything.

I would never go back and eat at Pepper Lunch again.