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Must-have homemade chili garlic condiments from Cabanatuan

Here are must-try condiments from Azenith Soriano Antonio-Umipig, who is trying to “level up the ordinary chili garlic oil” via Zen’s Chili Garlic.

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When she was working as an OFW in France, Azenith Soriano Antonio-Umipig used to make chili oil for her husband. She returned in the Philippines for a holiday… and then Covid-19 happened. Unemployed, she came up with this idea to improve her recipe and decide to start a business with chili garlic oil as the primary product.

Welcome Zen’s Chili Garlic.

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

“I take pride in my homemade recipes. We tried our best to level-up the ordinary chili garlic oil, making sure that it is not just the usual product that we see in the market because I am well aware about the competition in the current market,” Zen said.

They also made the packaging aesthetically pleasing since “we are promoting mainly in social media platforms and we are eco-friendly. We try as much as possible to reduce plastic waste. We are using glass jars for our packaging,” Zen said.

There are two variants of the chili garlic oil – the original and honey blend.

“But consumers seem to be more fond of our honey variant maybe because it’s new and not the usually spicy garlic sauce that we see in the market,” Zen said.

Each cost PhP120 per 200 ml bottle.

These are not only condiments; but good food on their own.

To try Zen’s Chili Garlic, contact 09167457418, email zhen_antonio@yahoo.com, or visit Instagram: @chiligarlicbyzen.

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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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