MANILA -- Ever tried a hotdog that tastes like bistek? Or what about a hotdog topped with adobo flakes? Or an inasal hotdog with atchara?
These unusual Filipino hotdogs are from the grill of Frank’s, the sports bar at the Resorts World Manila casino. The menu basically consists of diner food and bar chow that goes best with beer.
Chef-de-partie Jean Richard Ching’s team at Frank's seemed to have had a lot of fun developing these hotdogs.
“Recently, there has been a resurgence in Filipino cuisine. It’s being recognized internationally. We upgraded the toppings of the three Filipino favorites to elevate the flavors. Before, we only used ketchup, mayo, and mustard. If you taste it, it tastes the same with those condiments,” explained Ching.
For the Bistek Tagalog Hotdog, Frank’s dresses the sandwich with bistek mayonnaise then tops it with spring onions and “bistek onions” or red onions braised in soy sauce and calamansi.
For the Adobo Hotdog, the dog itself is a chicken-beef hotdog with adobo flavors. It is dressed with garlic aioli and topped with deep-fried chicken-pork adobo flakes and garlic.
Atchara may seem out of place on the Chicken Inasal Hotdog sandwich, but this is just a tastier replacement to pickle relish. The hotdog in this sandwich is marinated in an inasal mixture mostly made of lemongrass, ginger, garlic, and achuete. This is topped with blackened garlic and inasal oil.
Continuing the Pinoy twist on diner food, Frank’s features soft-serve ice cream topped with Filipino ingredients. Try the Mango Graham and the Ube Halaya Cheese Salt Graham soft-serve sundaes, which are a nice sweet ending after finishing off the hotdogs.
The flavors and ingredients Frank’s uses in the Pinoy hotdogs may seem unusual, but they do work well. Who would have thought that soy sauce, calamansi, ginger, atchara, adobo flakes would make surprisingly tasty toppings on a hotdog sandwich? It’s worth a detour into the Resort World Casino to check them out.
Frank’s is located inside the ground floor Garden Wing Gaming Area of Resorts World Manila in Newport City and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. everyday.