It has been months, if not over a year, since I last ate at Pepper Lunch. A constant visit to the place sometime last year has left me sated for a long time, enough not to warrant a hankering for pepper rice until recently.
I've posted about Pepper Lunch before so for those few who still haven't tried it, you can first read the post on how to enjoy your choice of pepper rice. In a nutshell, you just mix the whole thing while the meat is cooking on the hot plate. Throw in some sauce into the amalgamated elements and you're good to go.
My husband went for the classic Beef Pepper Rice (P215) but added some extra beef (P48) and egg (P20) -- sunny side up, though it doesn't matter anyway once you toss it all into a jumbled edible mess. The runny yolk provided a sticky property to the mixed rice, bathing it in moisture against the dryness caused by the hot plate. Cooking the beef doesn't take too much time but be sure you've flipped the meat and browned both sides before the hot plate cools down. It's nice to know that the flavor profile is still pretty much the same. Albeit loaded with pepper, the dish maintains its standard spiciness; now just put in some honey brown sauce for good measure.
Wanting to veer away from the traditional order, I opted for the Chicken and Angus Beef Combo (P395), one of their best sellers I'm told. I still get an extra order of mixed pepper rice (P40) to fill me up sans the pepper so I can better relish the flavor of both meat. Delicious smoke wafted in front of my face and I wait a while till it partially disappeared before turning over the meats. The grilled chicken was admirably tender and its juices preserved quite well. The Angus beef had the slightest of nuances in taste with that of the beef in the previous dish. If you don't pay much attention, you'd say it was the same meat. I was also expecting larger servings than the ones laid out in front of me. I could've sworn it was proportionately heftier in its menu picture. And unfortunately, I didn't get to touch the greens since the hot plate left the shredded cabbage limp and wilted, and the string beans looking a bit dry.
Why do kids love chicken? They have this weird proclivity to this popular poultry and would usually consume them fried and dried. I even have cousins who didn't seem to outgrow this propensity and missed out on lots of great tasting food just so they can fill their plates with chicken, and only chicken. Anyway, it wasn't surprising that my daughter chose the Chicken Pepper Rice (P215) and requested that they hold the pepper. I appreciated the cut of each piece as it went against the direction of the meat's fiber, allowing for easier chew and swallow. There's a lack of extraordinary taste, nonetheless, the chicken was soft and tender, and that's good enough for my daughter.
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