5.218 Pork Tocino

Cycle 5 – Item 218

11 (Mon) August 2014

Pork Tocino


at Steak Escape

(Robinsons Place)

-Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines-


Try Every Restaurant in Robinsons Place (69) (see also TERRP)

Steak Escape is a yada yada fucking yada.

The only thing that matters is that it’s the last stall in the food court.  Done.  Escape indeed.

Pork Tocino is a Filipino dish.  Consists of thinly sliced pork, marinated in soy sauce, MSG, loads of sugar, and radioactive red food coloring, grilled to a carcinogenic char.  Tastes like burnt bacon candy.  Served with steamed rice and a fried egg, primarily at breakfast.

One regret from the food court part of TERRP – other than the entire food court part of TERRP – is my failure to take full advantage of the opportunities to explore and feature a wider range of Filipino dishes.  Everything was cheap and came in small quantities, so I had little to lose.  However, I played it safe, either with something that I know or something that looked easy.  The problem was four-fold: 1) I don’t like Filipino food very much, even at its best; 2) the food court stalls use low quality ingredients; 3) the foods are sloppily prepared; 4) everything is sitting out in the open all day.  Anyway, I’m done with it, forever.



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