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11.21.2014

Foodie Goodie | Pepper Lunch.

33 days to go 'til Christmas, and I've crossed out almost all of the items on my Christmas shopping list. Thanks to our Binondo/Divisoria shopping trip last week, I was able to accomplish almost 80% of this Herculean task within the span of ten hours. Crazy, I know!

My friends and I arrived at Lucky Chinatown Mall a few minutes after its doors opened, and from there we spent an entire day walking, haggling, and shopping along the streets of Binondo and at the 168 and 999 Mall. The only time we took a break from all that walking and shopping was when we had lunch at Pepper Lunch Express, located at the 4th floor of Lucky Chinatown Mall. I fell in love with their Beef Pepper Rice the first time I tried it (that was around four years ago, if my memory serves me right), and I've been a fan of their food ever since.

Founded in 1994 with its first establishment in Tokyo, Japan, Pepper Lunch now has over 200 restaurants all over Asia, including South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Macau, Hong Kong, and the Philippines. Its founder, Chef Kunio Ichinose had this business model in mind when he was conceptualizing the restaurant - provide tasty steak in fast food style at a reasonable price. And from there, the idea of 'sizzling it your way' (aka cooking your own food) was born.

At Pepper Lunch, meals are served on sizzling plates, which are actually electromagnetic cookers. They heat up to 260 degrees Celsius, which allows you to cook your raw meat within minutes.
Beef Pepper Rice, Php 198.
No worries about the meat being undercooked as they're sliced very thin, like bacon. When the meat is ready, mix it with amakuchi (honey brown sauce) or karakuchi (garlic soy sauce), or a combination of both.
Teriyaki Beef Pepper Rice with Egg, Php 235.
Some dishes are served with an egg, like the Teriyaki Beef Pepper Rice which my friend ordered. You mix the egg and the beef together, but before you do, make sure both of them are cooked all the way through. Then you mix in the teriyaki sauce.

Aside from beef, Pepper Lunch also serves fish and chicken. These dishes are served with vegetables on the hot plate, with the rice in a separate bowl. You can put the rice into the plate after you've cooked the meat, or you can just take spoonfuls from the bowl as you eat.
Teriyaki Double Salmon, Php 325.
Teriyaki Pepper Chicken, Php 325. 
Also on the menu are salads, soups, and desserts. My friend ordered a Kani Salad, which was served in a cup. Apparently, they're called 'Shake Shake Salad', which you have to shake (to mix the dressing and veggies together) before you eat it.
Kani Salad, Php 99.
If you're dining at Pepper Lunch for the first time, here are some tips:
1) Keep your hands off the electromagnetic cooker. They're extremely hot.
2) Cook your raw meat at once to maximize the heat of the electromagnetic plate. If you must take a photo of your raw food, do it within seconds. Or you can save the picture-taking for later, once the meat is cooked. :)
3) Season your meat with sauce. You can season them while turning the meat over, or after the meat is cooked. 
Pepper Lunch is love!
There are about ten Pepper Lunch restaurants in the Philippines, and six Pepper Lunch Express branches. They do takeaways and deliveries, and they accept group bookings and party reservations, too.

Pepper Lunch Express
4F Lucky Chinatown Mall
Binondo, Manila


15 replies:

Lame Shrill Owl said...

That Teriyaki Beef Pepper lunch looks amazing. I would love to have some for my lunch today!
_Jessica

Masshole Mommy said...

That food looks SO good. The sizzling plate idea is smart, too! I have never been to a place that served food on one before.

Kung Phoo said...

Sounds like a really fun lunch! the food looks amazing

Michelle Feliciano said...

Everything looks so good. Would love to try that salad.

April said...

Oh that food looks sooooo good!! It has made me hungry!

Christy Garrett said...

Wow this food looks amazing. You were smart and got an early start. I did that one year and found clearance items throughout the year. It helped a ton bc I wasn't rushing around getting stuff last minute.

Erika Awakening said...

Oh boy! I am vegan so I cannot eat this stuff. I love Chinese food though and every other kind of ethnic food. I hope they will listen that the vegan population is growing and start offering vegan options for us :)

Stephanie Pass said...

Yum! Those look like delicious meals! I'd love one right about now.

valmg said...

I've never seen that before, how neat! The dishes sound tasty!

Sharon Ruggieri said...

I love, LOVE lunch and dinner served with eggs and everyone here thinks I'm weird

Rebecca Swenor said...

This food sounds and looks amazing. I would love to try the Teriyaki Beef Pepper Rice with Egg. It looks so good. Thanks for sharing.

Rebecca Swenor said...

This food sounds and looks amazing. I would love to try the Teriyaki Beef Pepper Rice with Egg. It looks so good. Thanks for sharing.

michymichymoo said...

I really like Pepper Lunch, but I usually stick with the classics. :)

thisisLOVELEE said...

I tried Pepper Lunch once and that was last year. I think it's high time to give them another visit before the year ends. =)

Sumi Go said...

I love Pepper Lunch! Was already a big fan the first time I got to try it years ago. :D Been back again and again and have tried most of their selection already, but I'm still craving for more! Just last week, I had Pepper Lunch for a weekday dinner. Hihi~ :D

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