Hello Silog!

Hello Silog!

Silog is a traditional Filipino breakfast. Silog means the meal has sinangag (fried rice) and itlog (eggs), hence sinangag + itlog = silog.

A silog meal has always been my favorite type of breakfast and thus I was thrilled to find a restaurant in Harbor City, California specializing in this Filipino breakfast delight. How appropriate that the restaurant’s name is Silog.

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This Harbor City restaurant specializes in different types of silog. They have tapa (ribeye), longanisa (Filipino sausage), tocino (cured pork), sisig (braised pork belly), adobo chicken, adobo pork ribs, pares (beef brisket), spam and salmon.

The main entrees here come with a small side salad.

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The salad actually is a wonderful starter. It’s very refreshing and light spinach salad that is topped off with tomatoes, mango and vinaigrette dressing. I love the addition of mango. It brings a nice, sweet kick to this salad.

In addition to the salad, each entree comes  with garlic rice and soft boiled egg.

The soft boiled egg here is perfection. Silog does soft boiled egg right! The white is firm and the inside has the runny yellow yolk that you will sure to love over the garlic rice.

Yes, garlic rice plus egg plus your choice of meat is sure to give make you smile here at Silog!

My favorite silog is their Tapa.

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Here at Silog, their Tapa comes in the form of thin cut ribeye steak that is marinated in garlic and lime. It’s very flavorful.  This dish will tantalize your taste buds for sure.

Another excellent silog dish is their Adobo Ribs.

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It’s pork ribs braised in garlic, soy, vinegar and spices. I like this silog dish because it’s something different. It’s not your traditional Silog meat and so I find a Filipino fusion dish. It’s unique and tasty.

Aside from silog dishes, they also some amazing appetizer dishes like lumpia, spicy garlic adobo chicken wings and sisig.

The sisig here is a little bit different from your typical sisig.

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The sisig here is braised pork belly and shoulder shredded in fine pieces and topped with chicharon and garlic creme aioli drizzle. Once again not necessarily the traditional Filipino dish but yet very delicious.

Silog is a great Filipino restaurant to find not only silog dishes but other Filipino dishes with a twist. 😉

Hello Pastor Chef Asian & American Grill!

Hello Pastor Chef Asian & American Grill!

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Located in a small strip mall across from El Camino College in Torrance, California is a hidden gem named Pastor Chef Asian and American Grill. The menu for Pastor Chef Asian and American Grill is a smorgasbord of amazing eats of Italian, French, Continental, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Southern, Peruvian and Filipino food. That’s right, you read it right, Filipino food. It’s so hard to come by a place serving great Filipino food and I was quite excited to see this place serving up Filipino fare at it’s finest. The owner of this place is Chef Ron Melchor, a Filipino and a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.

Since it’s been awhile since I’ve found a new place serving Filipino cuisine, I chose to get Filipino food during my visit here.

I tried the Pancit Bihon Guisado. It’s rice noodles with sautéed vegetables, pork and chicken. This dish was delicious and I was quite a fan of the big chicken and pork pieces. The meats were marinated to perfection and seasoned so well that the flavor was simply oozing out. The noodles were silky, soft and long and melted in the mouth.

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The second dish that I got to try here is a favorite of mine. I tried their sisig which they call the “D’Original Sisig.” It is grilled pork belly, jowls and ears with onions, vinegar and citrus juice. It might not be a dish for everyone based off the description but this dish served sizzling is a must try for anyone up for Filipino food. The vinegar and citrus juice along with the crispy pork come together to make a tasty pork dish that is great with white rice. Here at Pastor Chef Asian & American Grill they know how to make a good traditional sisig. They also know how to do a fusion version via another sisig dish with “Sisig” tacos.

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Although, I was super excited about the Filipino food here. I cannot wait to come back and try their other cuisine as well. They have some delicious non-Filipino food that I come quite curious to try, The chicken marsala, the lomo saltaldo, the honey fried chicken are all dishes that I wish to try out in future visits. They also have some tasty desserts (red velvet cake, maize con hielo, halo halo) and delicious drinks (mango smoothie, cookies and cream ice blended) that have me knowing I will be back.

Pastor Chef Asian and American Grill’s tagline is “Creating Heavenly Eats” and I must say their dishes are heavenly and made me smile.

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Pastor Chef Asian and American Grill.

Hello homemade tofu sisig!

Hello homemade tofu sisig!

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Ingredients: firm tofu, red onion, red bell pepper, jalapeño, lemon juice and mayonnaise

One of my favorite Filipino dishes is sisig. It’s a popular entree where various meats are marinated in a sour liquid like vinegar or lemon juice and then seasoned with salt, pepper and other spices. Traditionally this dish is made with pork and various parts of a pig but I honestly I’ve never been a fan of the traditional way. 1.) I don’t like pork. 2.) It seemed very unhealthy. In the past, I’ve really preferred and liked a chicken version of the dish. Now, that it is the Lenten season and I’m on my “no meat for 40 days” journey, I went with trying out a different type of sisig or a vegetarian version made with tofu.

First up for this was to deep fry the small firm tofu cubes until golden brown and crispy.

In a separate pan, the red onion and red bell pepper were sautéed.

The fried tofu and jalapeño were added next and mixed with the sautéed onion and bell peppers.

Lemon juice was added for the seasoning and a little bit of mayonaise was added into the mix.

I like this tofu sisig so much better than the pork version. It eliminates the unhealthy pork and it’s place is the healthier but tasty tofu. I often have a hard time introducing my vegetarian friends to Filipino food, so it’s nice to have options like this that can put a nice, vegetarian twist to a classic Filipino dish.