If only Agnes Walewinder of the infamous I Would Rather Go Hungry Than Eat Filipino Street Food Again! – a blog article which made a lot of Filipinos furious about the content of her ‘food experience‘, would have gone to the ‘right‘ nook and tasted the ‘real and authentic‘ Filipino food, she might have saved herself from getting hungry while in this country where good food makes Filipino, and Filipino makes good food!
Undeniably though, there are several joints and food kiosks that would not be suitable to weak stomachs. There are also unsanitized food, found in the heart of any city in the Philippines. The trick is, you must have keen sense of guts not to taste even one bite if you feel the food has been compromised.
Burnt food? Like Inihaw na Bangus? Isaw? etc. Well, some Pinoys would love their food cooked very very well done – while others won’t. To each his own, as they say.
Thanks to countless Filipinos who came to the rescue our food culture, and especially to the foreigner who wrote a “letter to the Philippines” who has an unbiased story. His name is Nathan Allen of I Dreamed Of This blog. He also came to defend us from Agnes. Way to cool!
Now going back to our header. Have you imagined a Western brand serving Filipino breakfast meal? Well, truth is, we have seen some but this time, we know, IHOP comes too close in delivering those goodies.
Was Agnes looking for authentic longganisa and was pointed to a 7-Eleven store? Pity. If only IHOP was already serving the All-day Filipino Breakfast Meal when Agnes came, she might have found love with our longganisa!
For Php 375, IHOP serves Savory Pork Longganisa – two big chunks of juicy longganisa served with garlic rice and two eggs! This is my favorite. I told Global Restaurant Concepts, Inc., Vice- Chairman Manuel Zubiri, that their pork longganisa smells and taste like the flavorful Vigan longganisa that I’ve eaten. He was happy that I find their All-day Filipino Breakfast Meal just as perfect for our taste buds.
And if Agnes would still prefer sausage, IHOP have the Lean Chicken Sausage – four pieces of lean chicken sausage served with garlic rice and eggs. How much? Php 295.
Breakfast wont be breakfast without ‘tapsilog‘, right? That is why IHOP also introduces Breakfast Beef Tapa – the classic Filipino-style marinated beef tapa served with garlic rice and eggs that is available for Php 375.
And of course, if there is tapa there should be tocino! And the classic Pampanga flavored tocino is now available at IHOP. For Php 295, customers will be served of Classic Pork Tocino – caramelized pork tocino served with garlic rice and eggs, and for Php 345, you’ll have a serving of Classic Chicken Tocino – caramelized chicken tocino with garlic rice and eggs.
Eggs. Do you know that each serving includes two eggs?
Affordable? On the $25 budget? Well of course! If Agnes and her companion would dine-in at IHOP and order for these meals, they will save an order for two because each plate servings are big enough for one person, thus perfect for sharing!
These new line of Filipino breakfast meal are available since March 17 and will soon be included in the expanded menu “just as we are expanding locations,” says Archie Rodriguez, President and CEO of Global Restaurant Concepts, Inc.
GRCI is the Philippine partner of IHOP Restaurants.
By the way, these breakfast dishes can also be ordered with a choice of IHOP Restaurant’s world famous Buttermilk Pancakes, Stuffed French Toast or Brioche French Toast.
There are currently 3 IHOP Restaurants in serving delicious dishes and they are located at W Global Center, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig; UP Center, Katipunan Avenue, QC; and at the Entertainment Hall of SM Mall of Asia. The popular chain will open two more branches this summer in Century Mall and Filinvest, Alabang and is looking to open six more locations across Metro Manila before the year is done.
So Agnes, if you have the time to come back in the Philippines, you now know where to go, okay?
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