Authentic Mexican food by George Castro, 45, is one of the best things in the menu of Flying House, a new restaurant located at 10 Malingap Street, Teacher’s Village, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The restaurant invited me and other bloggers to try out the recipe of the legendary mixed martial arts and fitness coach on May 29, 2019.
Hailing from Sonora, Arizona, United States, Castro is of Mexican descent. He is currently based in the Philippines where he is training world-class MMA fighters including reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera, 41, and reigning URCC Global Featherweight World Champion Mark “Mugen” Striegl, 30.
“Everybody, please, please, come over to Flying House and try out the recipe that my Mom handed down to me and I promise you’ll love it,” Castro said. “The Flying House staff is very nice. They’re accommodating. They’ll get you the food quick and it’s gonna be delicious. I promise you.”
Castro is planning to start his own Mexican restaurant in the Philippines in the future. For now, he is sharing his ground beef taco, salsa, burrito bowls and nachos to diners at Flying House.
“The flavor just reminds me of being at home,” Castro told me. “It gives me comfort. So many people came and tried it out and we got so much good feedback and one of the reasons why I wanted to do this was I wanna open a Mexican restaurant, authentic Mexican restaurant here in the Philippines.”
Flying House also offers traditional Mexican drink called michelada, which is made with beer, lime juice, spices, tomato juice and chili peppers. But since, I am teetotal, they offered me a kalamansi juice, a delicious partner for the ground beef taco, my personal favorite among the dishes prepared by Castro.
The tortillas of the ground beef taco in Flying House is something that the restaurant created and just added to the recipe of Castro’s mother. He explained, “Actually, there’s a different flavor and I like it but originally, we would use flour or corn tortillas for this type of taco.
“But I can say, it adds a different flavor,” Castro continued. “I like it. We actually make the salsa here from my Mom’s recipe. We make the guacamole here from my Mom’s recipe and all the different flavors with chicken, pork and beef. We also offer burrito bowls, which eliminates the tortilla. You can add beans if you’re vegetarian. You can add meat obviously. Flying House here added my Mom’s recipe on top of their nachos already.”
Nostalgia touches Castro’s taste buds when he eats the ground beef taco, salsa, burrito bowls and nachos he made from his mother’s recipe. Being away from home for years, he shared, “This recipe reminds me of my Mom and me just growing up with my dad, my siblings, you know, having a Sunday dinner.”
Open every 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., Flying House offers Taco Tuesday featuring Castro’s authentic Mexican dishes every Tuesday evening. Watch my full interview with Castro at Flying House here: