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ongpin of ssf

ed | Aug 6, 2004 02:15 PM

years ago, i used to go here with some frequency after my weekly badminton match at nearby ssf high's gym. i recently started playing there again, and naturally felt something about the evening was lacking...it was tapsilog.
kind of like a filipino ham and egg breakfast, served up at 930 pm to a hungry, sweaty youth. only it's thinly sliced grilled flank steak, with garlic and vinegar dipping sauce, nestled against a mound of garlic rice and topped with a fried egg. yeah.
so with great anticipation, i go back to the well for what turns out to be one time too many.
the steak came out cold, dry, and a little stiff. it had clearly been sitting for hours. the rice also came out less than steaming hot, with the grains kind of split open from sitting too long. the highlight of the meal was the simple fried egg, sunny side up.
sad. so i actually mention it to the waiter, who rapidly insists that the meat was just cooked, as if he knew i would have that complaint. i didn't make a big deal of it, but asked if i could have my order changed to a simple adobo rice plate. he was nice enough to comply. the adobo came out very quickly, and piping hot from what must be a pot kept on simmer. it was tender and moist, but lacking some of the vinegar bite i like in my adobo. finally, the white rice, while steaming hot, was also suffering from split grains and a washed out flavor from sitting too long in the steamer. very sad.
well, i guess i have myself to blame for ordering rice plates at a place called 'ongpin noodle house'

it's located just west of el camino and westborough on a side street. i'm sure i'll go back someday for noodles, lechon, or a *freshly* prepared tapsilog.

any better recommendations for local filipino eats?

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