My laptop hard disk got broken. I went to nearest computer components store to buy a replacement. I used the car so my better half, my son and sister came along. The nearest store is about 15 minutes away but usually take one hour due to traffic.
As expected It took one hour drive. We were hungry and had a lunch. We entered to one of my favorite resto, its the Tokyo Tokyo.
Our order. The Pork Tonkatsu and…
… the Beef Teriyaki (if I was not mistaken).
We were four but ordered only two sets because the rice is unlimited. Order any menu set and eat rice as much as you can. We shared the viand among us and got several rice servings.
One rice was not enough for me so I got two extras.
There are two things I like about Tokyo Tokyo. The first is the unlimited rice. The best things in the world are the freebies. Who never like freebies? The second, most of their food have mild taste. Indication that they might be using less artificial flavorings.
This little guy did the usual act. He started munching when most people around him were almost finished. Added the fact that he is a slow eater.
I noticed this ginisang corned beef is bright red. Beef color is indeed red but not as red as this one. Corned beef color should also be red but it was my first time seeing a product with a very bright red color.
What is wrong about the bright red color?
Tocino is usually made of pork. Pork is a white meat but tocino is color red. The red color is imparted by curing ingredient called sodium nitrate or sodium nitrite. The process of curing with sodium will result to red color.
Bright red colored meat products might be dangerous for two reasons:
1) The manufacturer might have added to much curing salt. Yes, too much curing ingredient can make the product bright red. Too much intake of curing salt is harmful to health. Jump to this article to know the hazards of this salt.
2) The manufacturer might be using dye to make it attractive red. Most meat ingredients for making corned beef are not real beef, they are using the cheaper carabeef. Producers need to do something to make it similar to beef. It might be safe or it might be not especially when they are using petroleum based dyes. Read this articles to know the harmful effects of petroleum based dyes.
Animals must be raised in sanitary condition. Only healthy animals should be slaughtered in clean slaughter houses. All part of the process from raising animals – to processing and to delivery to consumers should be hygienic.
Sometimes the man resposible for the operation fail to do the job. During transport, Meat should be keep frozen in clean containers to prevent spoilage and contamination.
Staff of Quezon City Veterinary Office did a surprise inpection in Balintawak Market.The visit aimed to caught botcha meat sellers. They seized possible contaminated meat instead.
About 60 kilograms of frozen beef and pork was compiscated. The meat might be contaminated. They are placed besides waste water canal. Some of the meat are already thawed. Veterinary office staff also emphasized that it should be in cold storage to keep maintain their frozen state. [ABS-CBN:TV-Patrol]