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Homemade goodness from ‘Cooking Momcy’

Aurora S. Angkiko turned her passion into a business. And with capital of only P3,000, her Cooking Momcy is making waves delivering homemade goodies.

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Cooking Momcy was opened only this May, with a startup capital of only PhP3,000.00.

“I’ve had a passion for cooking ever since I can remember,” said Aurora S. Angkiko.

But as a housewife, and even is she wanted to make an honest living on the side, she was limited.

There was a point when “I thought of entering the BPO industry,” Aurora said, but then “my children pushed me to do what they knew I enjoyed doing and that is cooking. So with that said, Cooking Momcy came into fruition.”

Her kids pushed her to “open up our own business… They told me that my cooking deserved to be shared with others. They are my inspiration everyday.”

The name Cooking Momcy was an idea that came from the game “Cooking Mama”. But “since everyone calls me Momcy, we incorporated the two together and we thought it was quite a catchy name.”

“Learn to listen to feedback or criticism, whether they may be positive or negative, because it will help you greatly with your growth as an entrepreneur, and will also help the business and your products.”

Now, consider this: “Much to our surprise, after only a month into the business, we have reached our ROI. I can say that this type of business is indeed a profitable venture. In fact, just recently, I was able to pay my children’s tuition from our earnings.”

But what makes her offerings different from those already offered in the market? That is: What makes this business special compared to others?

“Here in Cooking Momcy, our products are made fresh and cooked on the same day of their order to assure the quality and freshness. We try our best to cater to our customers’ feedback and requests because they all have different preferences – e.g. some like their kimchi very fermented and some do not, and some like their fishcakes spicy and some prefer them just sweet. So we give the customers options to customize their order according to how they want them so they can enjoy our homemade goodness just the way they like it.”

What is the bestseller?

Try the Eomuk Bokkeum/Bokum Odeng, which is a sweet stir-fried fish cake topped with carrots, that buyers can enjoy in original or sweet n’ spicy. It is worth PhP100.00.

“In our first month, we sold over 400 tubs of the Eomuk Bokkeum alone,” Aurora said.

Looking back, “I was actually a Foreign Language student and reached third year of college-level education; my course was not in any way related to my current business,” Aurora said. But “it has been my dream opening a restaurant. My husband and I have opened carinderias before.”

There are still challenges.

For instance, “since we are currently under a pandemic, getting supplies/ingredients is harder due to some stores being closed, or closing early. At times, supplies/ingredients are also limited to none which becomes a problem for us. Our best way to counter these is to buy in bulk and buy early, while still making sure that our ingredients are fresh and up to par.”

But Cooking Momcy is here to stay, thanks to the goodness of what it’s offering.

And for people who may want to also open their business, what tips can Aurora give?

“Learn to listen to feedback or criticism, whether they may be positive or negative, because it will help you greatly with your growth as an entrepreneur, and will also help the business and your products,” she said.

Also: “When opening a business, especially when you have people with you, make sure to maintain a healthy environment and relationship among everyone. I have learned that when there is harmony at work, the job gets done way faster and more proficiently, there is less stress which is a big factor in how everyone works.”

For more information or to order, visit Cooking Momcy at IG or Cooking Momcy’s FB page. You may also call/text through 09494543850.

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Discovering a ‘community pizza company’ with Hunter’s Pizza

Aside from “We make it fresh,” the tagline of this pizza company is accompanied with “Ang pinakasulit na pizza.” Checking the prices – and comparing these to the likes of pizza giants Shakey’s and Pizza Hut – both claims have merit. But is Hunter’s Pizza worth checking out?

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Aside from “We make it fresh,” the tagline of this pizza company is accompanied with “Ang pinakasulit na pizza.” Checking the prices – and comparing these to the likes of pizza giants Shakey’s and Pizza Hut – both claims have merit. But curiosity on the veracity of these claims were actually what drove us to check out Hunter’s Pizza.

To contextualize, this a franchise company, with over five branches already. For the taste test, the branch called was the one in Solchuaga St. corner Pasong Tirad, Barangay Tejeros, Makati City.

The pizza company doesn’t advertise in mainstream media; instead, it is active in online GCs (group chats) of various communities. There, the viewers are given photo info of the available goods for the day. These often include pizzas with: Triple Cheese (P129); Chicken & Mushroom (P109); Cream Cheese (P129); Cheese (P100); White (P105); Ham & Cheese (P105); Pepperoni (P109); Bacon (P109); New York (P129); and Sausage (P109).

We tried Triple White (another version of 3-cheese pizza, sans the company’s pizza sauce, selling for P129); Hawaiian (P109); and Supreme (P129).

To start, PM’ing the company was easy. At least the branch tapped emailed immediately, providing the needed additional information – e.g. Are the pizzas freshly baked? Yes, we were told. The dough used is freshly-made? Yes, we were told, too. Do they have delivery fee? For nearby places, no; but for somewhat distant places, add P20.

As soon as ordering was made, the goods were immediately prepped. At least that’s what we were told.

And this may be true since the pizzas arrived less than 40 after ordering. A driver who claimed to be related to the owner delivered the pizza; he was courteous… typical delivery.

Now, to the taste test…

Taste-wise, the pizza wasn’t bad at all.

Triple White was, indeed, cheesy. For the photoshoot, when pulling out slices, the cheese melted, leaving that… mouth-watering elongated cheesy trail.

Hawaiian was, generally, so-so; you can immediately tell when you’d notice there were just a few slices of pineapple chunks.

The Supreme was the tastiest; it had enough meat and veggie toppings to make it, truly, supreme-y (similar to those offered by pizza giants).

Here’s the one BIG issue I have, though: the pizza dough used in all the company’s offerings didn’t taste pizza-like. They’re more like… bread-like. So that if you’re extremely picky, these pizzas may actually taste more like bread with toppings. I know that this is a definite no-no for many; so this should be stressed. If it’s any consolation, this isn’t one of those frozen-then-heated-when-ordered type of pizza; meaning, it can justify its taglines…

The pizzas do not sell for much, so supporting this community pizza company doesn’t break the bank. Just temper your expectations and you’d get something that should, at least, satisfy your pizza craving…

Get more info or order from Hunter’s Pizza via the Makati Branch’s FB account.

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Mouth-watering offerings of By Chef Kin

By Chef Kin was only opened as an online bakery in May 2020, with a startup capital of approximately P100,000. But after less than a year of operating, Rankin Cailles said that they already reached ROI. To better understand the success, trying out the offerings of By Chef Kin is a must.

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By Chef Kin was only opened as an online bakery in May 2020, with a startup capital of approximately P100,000. But after less than a year of operating, Rankin Cailles said that they already reached ROI; and in fact, they’re already investing to buy more equipment to grow the biz.

To better understand the success, trying out the offerings of By Chef Kin is a must.

Now what makes its offerings different from those already offered in the market?

“It is personally special for me in terms that I am able to express my ideas and bring them to my client’s table. I often have these ideas in my head that I would like to try and see if it works but I can’t do because I’m busy with work,” Cailles said.

But these ideas are now… eatable.

What are the bestsellers?

Try the Mascarpone Tiramisù (P350 for petite, P700 for regular and P1,300 for party size); Limoncello Tiramisù (P500 for petite, P1,000 for regular and P2,000 for party size); and the Butternut Crinkles (P300 for 10 pieces).

These explain the success of By Chef Kin; and should be tried indeed.

Interested to try the offerings of By Chef Kin? Head to FB: https://www.facebook.com/bychefkin or IG: https://www.instagram.com/bychefkin/.

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Answer your cookie craving with Mad Pastry PH

Mad Pastry PH may have been opened only this December as a small and local food brand located at Santa Rosa City, Laguna; but Lloyd Jeremy Matias is optimistic it is going to go places. And why not, when – at this point – the biggest challenge for him is dealing with the amount of orders coming in. This is, definitely, a “problem” that all businesses dream of.

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Mad Pastry PH may have been opened only this December as a small and local food brand located at Santa Rosa City, Laguna; but Lloyd Jeremy Matias is optimistic it is going to go places.

And why not, when – at this point – the biggest challenge for him is dealing with the amount of orders coming in. This is, definitely, a “problem” that all businesses dream of.

“It took us two months in the making before going into actual production and selling, which is longer than expected for just a simple cookie. This is because our cookie is not that simple and common,” Lloyd said. 

Mad Pastry PH utilized his engineering experience coupled with some scientific knowledge and lots of trials and experimentation “for us to reach the right mix and formulation,” he said, with pride. 

The brand’s packaging is also very well thought, and Lloyd is just-as-proud to say that “we really invested money on it.”

In the end, though, the proof is in the cookie… so to speak.

And Lloyd agreed. “One must try our cookie, for them to really see what we are offering.”

Must-try include the classic chocolate chip cookie (PhP160 per half dozen box) and the fusion cookie, which is a combination of classic chocolate chip and black choco (PhP170 per box of half a dozen).

So don’t wait; just order and chow.

For more information or to order from Mad Pastry PH, head to Facebook or Instagram @madpastryph; call/text 09338649797; or email madpastry.ph@gmail.com.

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