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A Not-so-Sizzling Steak

Looks intriguing, doesn’t it? If you look at it very closely, you’ll see that this menu item’s name is “Salad Hamburg”. It’s essentially a hamburger patty cooked on a griddle and topped with tomatoes, shredded cabbage, and Japanese mayonnaise. I was at Sizzling Pepper Steak at the TriNoMa when I saw this particular dish and, while I was intrigued by it, I opted for something simpler.
This is the Demiglace Hamburg, a beef patty that the diner cooks on a griddle. A gravy boat of beefy demiglace comes along for the ride, together with sesame-infused moyashi (mung bean sprouts), buttered carrots, and green beans.

It’s a passable dish: the beef is properly minced and is a balanced mix of fat and lean. However, I will reserve judgement till I try out the competition; in which case, a trip to Pepper Lunch will soon be necessary.



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

2 thoughts on “A Not-so-Sizzling Steak

  1. I like the idea of shredded cabbage because lord knows it’ll be the vegetable of vegetables during winters here. Typically, cabbage is always cooked in some sort of braised dish, but shredded like that over a burger? I’d go for it.

  2. my family and i love pepper lunch! i’m so bias with PL that we’ve tried their yummies in shangri la and power plant malls before, and so excited to dine there again.

    we’re always in triNoma too, but we haven’t dared to try that sizzling pepper steak.

    check out my initial post on PL
    where i received a comment from cecile van straten’s husband, jeroen, the owner himself 😀

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