THE BEST MEAL ON THE TRIP WAS IN HONG KONG AND I DON'T KNOW FOR SURE WHAT I HAD EATEN (the meat was dark and chewy -- not beef, pork or chicken.)
I’ve been an ExPat since 2003. I’ve lived in many places in Central America and now the Philippines. I seldom return to the USA. I miss certain foods; specifically good beef. Steaks, Roast Beef, and hamburgers. Being an ex-rancher it’s difficult to please me with inferior cuts of meat. So, knowing that I seldom order beef off the menu and avoid fast food joints in 3rd world countries.
I violated my resolve on my trip to Hong Kong last week. I visited two franchise hamburger joints at the Manila airport. Burger King and Wendy’s. I wasted my money — both times. I couldn’t take more than one bite before tossing in the trash. Why? MAYONNAISE! Both sandwiches were slathered in mayonnaise.
What’s with Filipinos and Mayo? My housekeeper fixes her kid a sandwich by layering on mayo between 2 pieces of bread. They put it on everything. God how cruel it is to an old western guy — mayo on a burger. I was taught by a grandmother how to cook. First rule! White with white — red with red. (only exception — biscuits and gravy)
Okay.. Here’s he example — when we made tomato based chili we didn’t use chicken — we used beef. Red meat = red sauce. We used mayo on turkey, chicken and eggs or salads. Red meat got A-1, ketchup or mustard. When you make spaghetti, you use red Marena sauce with beef. With a chicken or shrimp you use a Carbonara white sauce.
My grandmother would have sent those fry cooks at Burger King and Wendy’s to perdition if she would have seen how they ruined those meals.