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A Steak on the Cheap

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There’s a reason why most Filipinos rarely ever eat beef.  For one thing, they aren’t at all that fond of the taste; indeed, they find it gamey compared to the sweetness of pork.  For another, it’s still more expensive compared to other meats so most people tend to shy away from it.

But for those of us who love the hearty meatiness of beef, even the cheapest stake shacks or mall stalls offer reasonably-priced bovine fixes – and they actually aren’t half bad.

Say it with me: BEEEEEEEEEEEEF!

Steak Escape, a fixture in many department store and mall food courts, offers a porterhouse steak plate for a reasonable P 120.00 (US$ 2.83 at today’s rate).  It comes sizzling on a cast-iron hot plate, smothered with gravy and paired with buttered veg and garlic rice.

Interestingly, one expects food court steaks to be tougher than leather.  This one was unusually tender (I could cut it with the edge of my spoon!), almost meltingly so.  It was, still, tough in the spots closest to the bone.  The gravy was a touch salty and the buttered peas, corn, and carrots bland, but this was quite a tasty, belly-warming meal.



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.

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