Frankfurters in Cebu-A A +A
Saturday, May 26, 2012
IF YOU ever been confused by the differences among the frankfurter, wiener and hotdog—well then, you are not alone! Looking more or less the same, the three are all sausages and they essentially vary in terms of taste, preparation, size and history.
The “frankfurter” was named after its place of origin, the city of Frankfurt in Germany. It is also said to be the sausage from which the hotdog was derived, as frankfurters were traditionally served in buns. In any case, one thing is for certain—sausages, no matter what kind, are a favorite, sumptuous treat for many people everywhere.
For Harold O. Yongco, frankfurters particularly have always been a favorite of his since he was a child. His dad used to buy different kinds of sausages, like Hungarian, Bratswurst and Schublig, and then Harold always had those because they were “easy to cook.”
It is no surprise then that when the time came for him to go on his own venture, Harold decided on having a business making something he loves. As a result, in September 2008, Monster Franks was born.
It started out as a stall, with Harold himself doing the cooking in its first few weeks of operation. Serving gourmet sausages at an affordable price suited food buffs, who soon found their way there.
In a little over three years, Monster Franks already has several branches, two of which are sit-down dining shops. There are two outlets in Ayala Center Cebu, another two in SM City Cebu, then also in JCentre Mall, Parkmall and St. James Amusement Park.
“I traveled all the way to Canada and underwent three-month training with a German chef who was based there,” Harold shared. Together they formulated sausage recipes that are unique, delectable and appealing to the Filipino taste buds.
Harold takes pride in the “all-natural” sausages they serve, made using only high-quality meat and herbs. The sausages are all prepared in Cebu City, so diners can also be assured of their freshness and lack of preservatives.
When dining in Monster Franks, one can choose to either have the sausage with rice or in a bun. The sausages in the menu are Bratswurst, Italian Garlic, Frankfurter, Cheezy Hungarian, Cheese Krainer, Hotlink, Andaway and Beef Franks.
The bestsellers are the Hungarian and Weisswurst. The Hungarian is pepper-based, sprinkled with chili and spices, while the Weisswurst is a traditional Bavarian-style sausage that is made from lean pork and flavored with parsley.
If one is craving for a satiating snack without the heaviness of rice, or simply looking for a convenient treat to munch while malling—Monster Franks offers the Monster Dawg series. It is a selection of eight-inch-long sausages stuffed in buns then topped with condiments. Among the Monster Dawg sausages are the Jalapeño Sausage, Jalapeño N’ Cheese, Debreziner, Kielbasa and the English Banger.
Some branches also sell frozen sausages in packs for those who want to cook the sausages themselves at home.
Appetizing, delicious and fresh—the sausages of Monster Franks will definitely make diners return for more. With a variety of flavors to choose from, one can also become a sausage aficionado in no time!
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 26, 2012.