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LovePhilly
8/7/2019 17:08 EST

The beef I have experienced in RP is all fat. While this may seem stupid, I would pay three times more for a decent steak or even hamburger. Can it be found?

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darkfader24
8/7/2019 18:14 EST

LovePhilly - Sounds like you need a Good Philly Cheesesteak! I guarantee you will Love Philly! :-)

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Goslig
8/7/2019 20:38 EST

LovePhilly Some restaurants have hamburger specials. My favourite is served by a Japanese restaurant. In Davao, the Red Corner chain serves a good burger. Jolleburger and McDonalds serve a minimalist version of the North American’s. It’s mostly bun. You get one version with a small shred of lettuce though the picture includes a slice of tomato which costs more. Being cheap is the norm.

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TimL
8/7/2019 21:59 EST

Good luck on that one Philly. You don’t mention where you are so it would be hard to point you in any direction. Having said that, I’m in Cebu and S&R and Landers both have imported beef from the US as well as NZ and Aus. More often then not, I find that it doesn’t taste good and goes bad very fast. A lot of times it’s bad in the store even though it looks okay. I live 5-10 minutes from both and use cold bags and the beef is garbage when I get it home and open the wrapper. I’m not a fan or NZ or Aussie beef, they just don’t taste the same to me. All kinds of restaurants claim to have US beef but I find the taste to be greatly lacking for some reason.
Even dousing with A1 doesn’t get it done for me.
It might have something to do with beef having to take a he long journey from the US. Who knows how many times it’s been partially defrosted between the US and store shelves. Add to that, how long does it actually sit in store coolers as it’s highly unlikely that locals buy it. The costs are too high for most of them.
Acacia Steakhouse in Cebu is pretty good but quite expensive.
Some of the other steak houses in Cebu are as you mentioned, a lot of fat ie. Fat Jim’s.
Guess I know where they got the name. Hahaha.
Real Philly cheesesteaks, I haven’t seen and probably won’t.
The odds of anyone importing US Ribeye and Amaoroso rolls here is most likely a pipe dream.
At least I haven’t seen it. There’s a sports bar in Angeles City called Phillies but, I was unable to check it out when I was there.
US tasting dairy products are another issue here sadly. Anchor lightly salted butter is somewhat doable though. I’ve heard that there is a dairy in Cebu and in Angeles where you can get fresh milk etc. And no, I don’t mean the carton of what they call the boxes of fresh milk here but, I haven’t been to or tried either.
I would live to hear if anyone out there found something that I am unaware of.

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LovePhilly
8/7/2019 22:42 EST

Dark,

I've had the REAL Philly several times! lol Can't be beat.

I like it "wid".

Anyway, the hardest part of the Philippines for me is the beef. I can suck it up and do without but I can't even cook there. The food tastes like shlt.

Good thing I love seafood. Our plan is to live there every six months and the other here in the U.S.. I love it there but when I get back I want a steak!

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darkfader24
8/8/2019 01:00 EST

Philly - Wow! At least you can feed the need while back in the States! I am a huge Rib Eye and Prime Rib Lover. But when I move to the RP I won't be able to afford to go back to the USA much - so I will have to suck it up. Is Lamb from NZ any better? Probably not. Sad. How about Sushi? Sea food is probably fairly fresh in the RP. I am HUGE on Sushi, but it's expensive in the USA. How are prices for good sushi in the RP? That might be my saving grace.....

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surfingcebu
8/8/2019 01:39 EST

Dark there are a few back street sushi places in Duma - Becong area . About 4-5 dollars for a large meal. Great food ...even better 10 tooth grins and smiles from the gals serving it . HA!!

It makes me laugh, and I miss my community very much, In one of the local sushi places , there were a few girls that knew me by name, as I like sushi too. Stunning cute women in there Japanese uniforms. I used to ask a couple of the girls to stir my green tea with their finger as they were sweeter than sugar. What a line!!!! They would giggle and run away and come back and giggle. Fun times. Very sweet And Genuinely great women. A few of them I became friends with and got to know their family family.. One of the brothers, became a good workout buddy of mine. All of her sushi. :-)

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Goslig
8/8/2019 05:04 EST

darkfader24 High quality lean shaved raw beef is available at Davao ‘s SM mall grocery store. Frozen Angus beef patties there too.

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Goslig
8/8/2019 05:06 EST

Surf - yes the eye candy everywhere here. Also acting shy about it, but they like it when you notice them

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IDAHO1
8/8/2019 09:47 EST

This works for me, may work for others.

Find a restaurant that is suitable for you and fits your security needs.
Have a meal or 2/3/4, get to be known there, to the point where they recognize you and are happy to see you.
Then speak with someone in charge.
Tell them that you appreciate the care they take with your meals. but could they cut back on the fat content a lot?
Most Filipinos are convinced that the best part of the meat is the fat, and many places will try to please foreign customers by serving that kind of meal. You can explain that you prefer lots less fat in your meals.
They'll probably be happy to do as you ask, since the bulk of their customers will just love the meat with a higher fat content.

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mootpoint20
8/8/2019 13:38 EST

Nathan's Hot Dogs on Broadway and 42 St. is very good.

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Tsmslf
8/8/2019 15:32 EST

Years ago, as a new IBM salesman, Boars Head Provisions was one of my customers in IBM's Brooklyn office. Watching their high quality products made was enough to turn one into a vegan. I didn't go that far but, to this day, I'm skittish about franks and wursts. Franks and beans was my favorite C rations can though that was some years prior to my IBM days. Good hot, warm or cold too. Pineapple was my 2nd choice btw.

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darkfader24
8/8/2019 20:07 EST

Surf - Awesome news! Wow - $5.00 for a full Sushi Meal??? That's worth moving to the RP!!

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darkfader24
8/8/2019 20:08 EST

I won't be in the Davao area but I would guess it would also be available in other SM Malls.

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darkfader24
8/8/2019 20:09 EST

Idaho - That is an excellent suggestion.

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darkfader24
8/8/2019 20:11 EST

Moot - I have eaten at that very Nathan's. I used to record in a Studio about 2 blocks up from there. We would get out at 3 in the morning and go down there - wait in line for 20 minutes for a Corned Beef on Rye sandwich. So good. New York City is Wide Awake at 3 in the morning!!

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bang4dabuck
8/9/2019 08:25 EST

Go Iggles

Food pointers

I chose to cook most of the time.
BEEF, I find the problem is its too lean here, not enough fat. The ground beef is watery, I was wringing it out but it was still steaming the burger while cooking on my gas grill. IMO the best is a lean hunk of top round which I cut into 1/4” slices ( Calabrian style Pizzaiola ) or get almost frozen and with my Wusthof chefs knife sharpened with my Accu-sharp I can slice almost Philly steak thin. A good baguette from Robinsons with cheese I get from RESTAURANT DEPOT and bring over every year. I even got some HOTS. If you are coming here once a year at 100 lbs a person you can bring a $hitload of cheese ( join Restaurant Depot !!! ). Italian easy too cook here except again cheese is a ripoff. Good iITALIAN pasta, canned tomatoes, fresh sweet basil and can get EVOO a couple times a year at a decent price when S&R or Landers have their big sales. The Espada peppers work nicely with most cooking, the filipino bell pepper not so much ... unless you roast and peel. Though the beef here is deficient the pork and chicken IMO much better here ... but the butchering sux LOL

Favorite Filipino foods pork sinigang using pata, mungus, fried little fish and various deserts.

Best restaurant - Spiral Buffet ( FOIE, French oysters on the half, CHEESE ROOM !!! ). Distant second Vikings Buffet ( Shrimp Tempura and sashimi ) have not been to Vikings ROI.

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ACEPoolPlayer
8/9/2019 09:04 EST

You can get Rib eye and Prime rib at high end restaurants or hotel restaurants. Sushi is inexpensive (compared to the U.S.) and available many places today in almost every town or city Just make sure you use the Wasaby. Believe me, as far as beef goes things are a lot better today than they were years ago. If you are an American it's hard to get a good burger anywhere in the Philippines if you grew up eating grilled juicy burgers (80/20). It used to be really hard to get good cheese also. The only thing that use to be available was quick melt cheese, they even used that on pizza.

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LovePhilly
8/9/2019 11:14 EST

Ace...I'm glad things have "improved" since the old days! lol. Anyway, thanks to all for the input.

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acol
8/9/2019 12:40 EST

I asked NCCC "butchery" to cut a piece of rib eye (no tenderloin ever) and grind it. Answer was "machine is broken". Then I asked how they could grind the normal beef..... Smiles...

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bang4dabuck
8/10/2019 03:07 EST

They sell grinders here and cheap although I brought one over that I was given. Best to cut meat into chunks not too small but just big enough to fit in the grinder port. Also put your grinder in there even if you have to break it down. Some food processors have an attachement to grind. You dont want the meat frozen but just getting stiff.

One of the first things I eat when I get back to the US is a nice top round london broil then thinly sliced and then chop chop chop. Throw it on some jewish rye, smear with anchovy paste and coarsely ground black pepper and EVOO ... cannibal burger.

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tlallen59
8/10/2019 03:47 EST

I think the beef there has a funny taste and is very tough because the cows it comes from are used for beast's of burden until they can't work anymore then they are killed and eaten. IMHO

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