Filipino for Beginners

"Jeepney Asian Grill is a good gateway for the Filipino food novice," says pleasurepalate. "It's like an introduction to a new person. After a few times hanging out with them, you might want to get to know that person and may even consider them a friend one day. So you try a few dishes and if you find yourself liking them, you may be curious enough to try more traditionally cooked dishes."

This is a place where attention is paid to presentation, and where some of the flavors are a little toned down from the Filipino standard, says pleasurepalate. Still, it's delicious, and worth visiting, even for the experienced Filipino-eater.

Jeepney Asian Grill takes old-school Filipino adobo and bistek and adds some theater, bringing them out on sizzling plates. Sizzling adobo—pork braised in garlic, vinegar, and soy sauce—is quite good. pleasurepalate's favorite: the bangsilog. Bangus is milkfish, marinated in garlic, vinegar, and spices, and silog is a combination of garlic-fried rice and fried egg. pleasurepalate could eat Jeepney's bangsilog morning, noon, and night.

Jeepney also does an excellent version of kare kare—oxtail and tripe in peanut sauce, with steamed vegetables. It's not as good as pleasurepalate's mom's version, but it's still very good.

For dessert there's Filipino gelato, with flavors like ube (purple yam), mais con queso (cheese and corn), and buco (young coconut). It's worth going to Jeepney's just for a scoop of the mais con queso, says pleasurepalate.

Jeepney Asian Grill [South LA]
11900 South Street Suite 119, Cerritos
562-207-0070

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