Not content with being known as one of the best places to get some of the best classic Cheese Steaks in town, the Cheese Steak Shop has whipped up some new items to their menu that'll keep your mouth watering!
But what could they have done to provide something new to the straight forward melted cheese steak sandwich?
I zoomed to Cheese Steak Shop's Amorosolo Branch in Makati to find out!
As much as I enjoy a good old fashioned Cheesesteak, I recommend giving The Deep Fried Cheese Steak (7inch P320/10inch P520/15inch P 850) a try as well. Your classic cheese steak dipped into a light batter, and dropped into the deep fryer, until it is cooked to golden perfection.
Perhaps the most surprising fact about this sandwich, was how it wasn't the oily mess I was expecting it to be. Anyone who has ever tasted Mini Stop's "Kariman" knows that deep fried piece of bread can be of high blood inducing cholesterol proportions, with the oil soaking into the bread.
But this was different. The batter seemed to serve as a coating, to the sandwich and its contents, ensuring that the components of the sandwich stay in its separate layers, with the cheese meat filling still the star of this show.
The Cheese Steak Shop must have realized that their Deep Fried Cheese Steak may get some health buffs' panties into a ruffle, so they balanced their nutritional offerings out by adding a Chicken Cheese Steak (7 inch,P280) to the menu. Truthfully, if I was not told that this was chicken, I would have assumed it was beef at first bite. Despite using lean chicken meat, the sandwich still had the meaty savoriness of its beefier older brother. It's a delicious alternative if you feel that the beef version would leave you feeling guilty, calorie-wise.
The Cheese Steak Shop gladly obliged.
The first rice meal offered to us was the Cheesesteak Rice (P170) with Cheese Sauce. Tender slices of Beef chopped up and sauteed perfectly, and piled on top of a cup of steaming rice with an added garlic kick. The thick cheese sauce drizzled on the beef is the proverbial cherry on top.
If you're looking for a milder cheese to go with your beef, then the "American" Cheese might be what you're looking for. Still a good compliment to the meat, but the natural flavor of the beef definitely shines through.
Though the flavors were delicious, I suggested to the people at Cheese Steak shop to do a little something with the rice as well... Perhaps stir fry a little meat into the rice, just to make it a more cohesive dish.
Our incredible morning would not have been complete without the efforts of our gracious host, Ms. Mai Uy, who was accompanied by the lovely Jorel, whose work ethic in spite of her hearing disability is an inspiration, and their operations head, James.
It's awesome to see Cheese Steak Shop continuing to innovate their menu, and their willingness to adapt to the Filipino Market. I'm looking forward to seeing what other aces they have up their sleeves!
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