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Friday, November 4, 2011
Filipino Menudo To-Go at the Babas Tsibugan Restaurant, in Las Vegas!
There are several Filipino restaurants in Las Vegas. Babas Tsibugan Restaurant is located in the north end of Las Vegas at 4588 North Rancho, just north of Craig.
Most of the Las Vegas Filipino restaurants are set up the same way, due to the nature of Filipino cuisine. Much of Filipino cuisine is comfortable slow cooked food! All of the entrees are kept warm behind glass in a steam table and the customers select the items for the meal. The attendant places steamed rice and the entree choices on a plate and the meal is served. This Filipino style of serving slow cooked food is great for people on the go! It takes less time to get a good meal at a Filipino restaurant, than it does to stand in line at a fast food restaurant.
I have cooked a few Filipino recipes for this blog and those recipes can take over two hours to cook. The result is slow cooked Filipino comfort food that is very appealing after a long day! The flavors of Filipino slow cooking touch all of the taste sensations. Hot spicy, sweet, sour, bitter, salt and umami sensations can be found in nearly every Filipino entree.
Menudo is a very popular Spanish stew in Mexico. The menudo broth usually has a nice mixture of ground mild red chile peppers. Tripe is usually the key ingredient in menudo. The Filipino version of menudo usually contains no tripe. The Filipino version can be made with pork or chicken.
Yesterday, I completed my last exam, of many final exams, that I have taken at chef school for the last two weeks. It has been a long two weeks of studying and writing! I needed comfort food after getting stressed out while completing the 100 question test yesterday. Comfort food, of all kinds, is easy to find in Las Vegas, especially since there are several good Filipino restaurants in the valley.
I stopped by the Babas Tsibugan Restaurant for Filipino comfort food to-go. The hot food behind the glass was like looking at a mom's slow cooked home style meal. The Filipino food looked very nice and tasty! There were about eight entrees to chose from for lunch and most of the entrees I have either cooked or tried before. I have never tried the Filipino version of menudo, so I asked the attendant for more information about the entree. The Babas Tsibugan Restaurant's menudo was made with all pork and no tripe. That sounded like a good choice for lunch to me!
The Filipino style menudo was very satisfying and tasty! The pork was cooked very tender and the broth gave the pork a very nice flavor. Menudo is not usually hot and spicy, because mild chiles are used. The spice mix had cumin, anatto and coriander and the broth had a very nice comfortable warming effect. The sticky steamed rice was perfect for soaking up the broth. This was a very good tasting Filipino lunch that I ordered to-go!
The price was right too. I got my lunch to-go in less than three minutes and the price was just over $4.00! I seriously doubt that anyone could find a better tasting food or a more nutritious lunch at a fast food restaurant for that price.
I recommend the Babas Tsibugan Restaurant for anyone that craves good slow cooked Filipino food! If time is an issue at lunch, then Filipino food is a good choice. Delicious! ... Shawna