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12 Jan 2017

The Indy Endorsement: The Pork Adobo Silog Platter at Meng's Filipino Cuisine

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This pic was hastily taken before the author mixed all of this food together and devoured it with glee. This pic was hastily taken before the author mixed all of this food together and devoured it with glee. CVI Crapcam

What: The Pork Adobo Silog Platter (Adobosilog)

Where: Meng’s Filipino Cuisine, 34091 Date Palm Drive, Suite B, Cathedral City

How much: $6.99

Contact: 760-321-2277

Why: It’s a delicious Filipino favorite.

Confession: I have a checkered history when it comes to Filipino restaurants.

A couple of decades ago, I visited a Filipino restaurant in Reno, Nev., for lunch. Various tasty-looking items sat on a steam table; all were unmarked, so I asked the woman behind the counter about some of them. She was fairly friendly until I pointed to a cooked fish of some sort and asked what it was.

She began waving her arms. “No, no! You white boy! That’s not for you!” she proclaimed.

Flash forward to a couple of weeks ago, when I was standing in a hole-in-the-wall Cathedral City Filipino restaurant much like that one in Reno. I admit I was skittish asking about the various items at the steam table—so instead, I ordered one of the “silog platters” depicted on the picture menu on the wall above the counter. (“Silog” is a classic Filipino combination of a meat, garlic rice and eggs.) My choice: The pork adobo.

Thankfully, the people at Meng’s Filipino Cuisine were much nicer than that frantic woman at the place in Reno way back when—and I was excited to dive in when the plate arrived.

The stewed pork was tender, both meaty and fatty (in a good way), and savory with just a hint of sweetness. It was great on its own, but it reached a whole different level when I mixed everything together on the plate. I finished every bit of it, and both my stomach and palate were satisfied. That’s pretty darned fantastic for just $6.99.

A word of warning: The place can be hard to find. Even though Meng’s (also called The Filipino Cuisine on the menu board) has now been around for two-plus years, there’s no sign up for the place yet (!); look for the corner restaurant next to Winchell’s with the Filipino flag in the window.

Trust me: Meng’s is worth finding. It’s the exact opposite of fancy (including plastic utensils and disposable plates)—but the food is delicious.

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