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Old 21st January 2017, 09:49 AM
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I used to be able to buy wienerlies from a gentleman here in La Union,but I guess he has quit selling them.

Like everyone else,I have attempted to eat the abomination that they call a Hotdog here,but I just can't get by the strong chemical taste,not to mention the heavy dose of dye they use.

I read an article that was posted in 2007,that there is a business that sells Hotdogs in many of the malls (but not here in LU of course) called Hotdog on Sticks.Supposedly,they are (or were) also selling Nathans Hot Dogs.Anyone been to a mall in the Manila area that might be able to confirm?

I was able to have the wife buy some Hotdogs at the S&R in Pampanga that were actually pretty decent.Sad to say,that on both of her subsequent trips there,she was quite concerned about the quality,as the Hotdogs had some very odd coloration,so she declined to purchase any.I read today,that S&R sometimes struggles with keeping the meat they sell from going rancid.That doesn't seem to deter them from attempting to sell it anyway evidently.Man.You have to be SO careful here when you buy anything,as the stores don't want to take the loss,and they don't much concern about selling a tainted product.

I'd ask about Bologna too,but if I can't find a decent Hotdog,then the likelihood of finding Bologna is going to be fairly remote.

If anyone has a source for H-dogs...don't be shy.

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I have toured the Mekeni factory near San Fernando Pampanga. They import the pork used in their hotdogs from Canada, don't use local pork as it's not clean enough, the Philippines still has foot and mouth disease. A world class plant, the 1st in Asia to be accredited with world quality standards, second in the world the first being in Ireland. I can vouch for the quality but I'm sure they will be to the Philippine taste.

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Pinks Hotdogs from Los Angeles opened here in BGC 3-4 months ago, they import the same Hoffy-dog used at the LA location here in Manila.

That doesn't help you out for a BBQ at your house but if you happen to be in the Taguig area, Pinks is near the Shangri-La and a few blocks from the S&R in BGC. The S&R here turns product over quickly, I've yet to get anything bad or past it's 'best by' date in their deli section but I'm careful and pay attention to that type of stuff...

Pinks is great but bring money! A couple of dogs and a beer will set you back P1000+... Just like being at Dodger Stadium!

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I only buy Purefood hotdogs with Angus !! they are solid and no juice !
and I only buy three kinds of burgers the best are a pack of 5 catering burgers from waltermart
also a box of 4 burgers from CDO highland brand either from Robinson or savemore, both of these sell out very fast ! Also south Supermarket sell American Cornfed burgers which are good also

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BTW, for take-out deli-dogs you can cook at home, try either Rustans Market or Santini's Deli. Both have multiple locations around Manila and the country, I go to the locations (for both) at Central Square in BGC... Not just for good hotdogs but for other import items an expat might crave...

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I use S&R for sausages, hot dogs and cheeses. I like their deli hot dogs, good taste and snappy casing. Never had a problem with the quality with there deli products. They also have frozen sausages and hot dogs. Jimmy Dean, Hormel, etc, for sausages, hot dogs are both US and Filipino brands and US branded hamburger patties. Haven't tried the hamburger patties since I buy bulk hamburger and make my own. They also have frozen beef patties from the US. Have used both Rustan's and Santis for specialty items not carried by S&R, but their prices seem higher on the same items that S&R carries.

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I use S&R for sausages, hot dogs and cheeses. I like their deli hot dogs, good taste and snappy casing. Never had a problem with the quality with there deli products. They also have frozen sausages and hot dogs. Jimmy Dean, Hormel, etc, for sausages, hot dogs are both US and Filipino brands and US branded hamburger patties. Haven't tried the hamburger patties since I buy bulk hamburger and make my own. They also have frozen beef patties from the US. Have used both Rustan's and Santis for specialty items not carried by S&R, but their prices seem higher on the same items that S&R carries.

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Yes Chuck, good selections in Manila, Rustans is a great store (one of my favourites) but expensive by local standards. SMM, Not being a hot dog connoisseur myself I cannot suggest any thing but Bengie said to try Manna Mall in San Fernando City,,,,,, which I am sure you already have.

I do find it interesting with the family, when they cook spaghetti and meat sauce,,,,, the meat is the local hot dogs chopped up finely, still very edible though. In saying this SMM I have to admit that I have never tried an American hot dog even though I have visited there twice, very remiss of me,,,,,, maybe one day.
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Gary:

If I were to go to Pampanga,I would probably just go to S&R to see what their dogs looked like.I would rather do that,as it would probably be far less hassle.

BGCExpat:

I saw a page on the web that was talking about Pinks.It's just that I couldn't bring myself to go to Manila for one.I avoid the city as much as possible,only visiting when we fly in or out.Now that there are flights from Clark,I might never have to go there again.

I also looked at the websites for Rustans and Santis.I was really impressed with Santis website.That is probably one of the best Filipino websites that I have ever seen.Lots of product pictures and they have a really fine selection of all kinds of things.I'll bet they are spendy,but where else could you find such an array of products?I didn't see a Hotdog for sale at Santis,but maybe they don't have it pictured.


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Thanks for the info on the Purefoods Angus.I may try the local Manna Mall and see if they have that one.Being so far from a good selection of shopping centers really limits my choices.All we have here localy is CSI..Manna Mall and a Savemore.The wife says that Savemore doesn't have much,so she very rarely even goes there.

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I may have to give S&R another try like I said upthread.We had pretty poor luck with the S&R in Pampanga.It really is upsetting to go there twice only to find that the meat looked spoiled.The wife knows what she is looking for,as she worked for Safeway for years.

We also bought hamburger there that looked great,but when we opened it to portion it out,is was coated with a light oil.At least it felt like an oil of some type.It washed off easily enough...but it freaked us out to the point that we would'nt risk eating it.That was the weirdest thing we have ever seen,and it REALLY put us off from S&R.We still do not know what that was coating the hamburger.

bigpearl:

I'm not a big Hotdog fancier by any means.But sometimes,I just get "Hongry" for one.Years ago,I really enjoyed Jollybee hotdogs.We would also buy the local hotdogs once in a while,but we always selected the Hotdogs with the least amount of red food coloring.But,it seemed like all of a sudden the Hotdogs took on a decidedly foul taste.It wasn't just one brand that changed either,it was ALL of them.I guess I will have the wife look at Manna Mall for the Angus Hotdog and try that one.

I had actually given up trying to find any local brands,and had turned to searching out imported only.

Thanks to all who responded.Much appreciated!

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"Abomination" - such an apt description and exactly how I feel about the local hotdogs. I also prefer the Purefoods Angus dogs to most any others I have tried here. Haven't really had a chance to see what the new S&R store here has yet.

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Quick stop chains might have the hotdog that I can stomach if they haven't been sitting to long, but I've have tried them all and it's depressing including that supposed Angus hot dog also some other local sausages taste terrible. I have found an okay breakfast sausage made by Monterey Meats, it's called Premium Sausage and it has the real casing on it and no strings.
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