I consider myself very lucky that we live in our neck of the Texas woods. The roads are wide. Wildlife: fuzzy squirrels, bunny wabbits, and the occasional possum freely roam the open spaces. The nights quiet. We’ve got amazing Texas BBQ. And we’ve got easy access to a number of Asian supermarkets that make the foundation of our very Filipino pantry. Though there are a couple of ingredients that are not available or are insanely expensive like the $4 bottle of spanish sardines, it is enough to keep us happy…until I actually came face to face with a Filipino supermarket.
Yep, its not an Asian grocery with just a sprinkle of Filipino ingredients, but a Filipino one through and through. How did I know? Well, here’s how…
- The supermarket also housed a Jollibee and Red Ribbon. Two of the most popular quick service restaurants in the Philippines.
You can get your fix of Chicken Joy, burger steak, ube cake and mango cake if you are hankering for a taste of those.
- But since I’m not YET craving these food items, I ran over to Grill City, Seafood City’s ready-to-eat counter, where they had mountains of Filipino pork BBQ on a stick and inihaw na liempo (grilled pork belly).
OMFG INIHAW NA LIEMPO! I can’t even remember the last time I had this melt-in-your-mouth beachside treat. Though their inihaw na liempo was not served with ensalada (roasted eggplant, chopped tomatoes and onions), it was too good a foodie opportunity to pass up. The Husband and I had it with an equally huge portion of white rice. Oh, heaven!
- Filipino ballads and jukebox anthems were blasting over Seafood City’s PA system.
- Palm brand corned beef came in adobo, caldereta and barbeque flavors apart from the usual original, garlic and chili flavors. Huwaaaat!?!?
- There were rows upon rows of my favorite and trusted Spanish sardine brand…for only $1.29 a can! Can you guess how many cans I bought?
- You can find your favorite Filipino personal effects like placenta soap, Katialis (i.e. anti itch cream brand) and even Chin Chun Su whitening cream…if you’re into that.
- Tickets to concerts / live shows of Filipino personalities (i.e. singers, comedians, actors, etc) like Vice Ganda are sold in Seafood City.
Seafood City is CERTIFIED Filipino!
Just for the inihaw na liempo and the almost unlimited supply of spanish sardines, I really wish that a Seafood City would move into our little slice of Texas paradise. Could you please?
Seafood City Rancho Cucamonga, CA
11098 Foothill Blvd
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Open 8AM to 9PM daily
+1 (909) 243-7734