Filipino Burger at Jeepney in NYC
Food from the Philippines is hot right now, which is just one of the reasons you should head to Jeepney and try their tasty Filipino burger. With this creation, chef Miguel Trinidad combines ground beef and traditional longanisa, a sausage made with spiced pork, which he turns into a juicy patty. Then, he adds a classic Filipino condiment, banana ketchup, as well as Maggi-spiked mayonnaise, and the Filipino sugarcane-vinegar pickles called atchara. Finally, it all gets placed between a challah bun - an homage, they say, to the restaurant’s East Village location.
“This burger comes from the Philippine resort island called ‘Boracay,’ and it’s a mainstay for Filipino vacationers,” said Nicole Ponseca, co-owner of Jeepney and its sister restaurant Maharlika. She added that, on the island, the burger is small, so here they have literally beefed it up and turned it from beach food into a hearty meal. “It’s funny how there are so many American influences on our cuisine, and this is another example. It’s garlicky and sweet, and remarkably tasty.”
For the final touch, the burger comes with kamote fries, made with a white mountain yam that has the starchiness of a potato and the sweetness of a yam.