Archive | June, 2009

6.28.09: Getting Lucky @Makansutra

28 Jun

Yesterday after a really big comfort food happy lunch in Rufo’s in Makati and dessert in Fluke in A.Venue Mall. I found myself enroute to the south for work, then lo and behold! there was an invitation to go to a singaporean food thing with Kassy, Kwe, by her friend JR… and possibly Tamille and Chi (both of which I have not seen in ages btw)

I was really tired having only slept about 2 hours the night before, but Kassy said.. “I’ll pay for your food” Haha, as much as it pains me to say this, I cannot say no to Free Food and Singapore in the same sentence, so off we went.

So we went to Manila Ocean Park and we found ourselves in a really picturesque (think Traditional Asian interspersed with Modern elements) restaurant named Makansutra.

Makansutra is a south east asian restaurant that wants to give us foodies in Manila their unique take on hawker food ala Singapore. (You know the place in sing, where it’s like an open air thingie wherein you point at what you want and they cook it for you? Think Ihaw-ihaw but Satay instead of Adidas..har har!)

They gave us a tasting of 13 of their 14 dishes (haha, we’re due for another course next time we’re there). We were a table of 6 hungry people gorging on stuff we couldn’t pronounce, haha! that’s the long and short of it.

How did the food fare? Some were notable hits including that yummy omellete thing with the really tender fish, suprisingly loved the simple inihaw na bangus, and that egg noodle dish reminiscent of pad thai without the tamarind and much sweetness.

Drinks were on the guests, and we got different drinks each. I was lucky enough to have ordered a Lemon Barley Drink, which I loved and seriously will duplicate soon. How did my drink taste? Think rice “am” with floating bits of barley with lemon. I know it sounds weird, but the Barley was yummy I tell you! The rest had this rose drink (colored pink, tastes like something with rose water with a slight raspberry like tinge at the end, yes, think cough syrup but it was suprisingly a hit with the people who ordered it) and a michael jackson drink. (MJ = soymilk + gulaman, needed Syrup, but what the hey! healthy fiber and milk).

Dessert was a foreign version of halo-halo (to tell you the truth, I kinda like Razon’s way better) and a barley based dessert. Between the two, we liked the latter. It was barley water again with barley of course (duh!) syrup, longgans and a jelly-ish/gulaman thing with a unique texture.

Another highlight of the night besides the food was the raffle of which every member of our table won something including the grand prize worth 6,000 bucks. Har har! We were called the Lucky Table of the night for obvious reasons. har har!

Considering that I was invited last minute, I didn’t pay for anything (thanks Kas and JR!) , immensely enjoyed our table banter, and tried new eats that although I can’t pronounce do remember the taste of, last night was indeed lucky–it’s one of those–thank God I said yes nights which I am blessed to have ever so often.

Now if I only knew the names of the food and we could have taken pictures, this entry would have been better. πŸ™‚ (Note to Makansutra: when giving a tasting, give the guests a copy ofΒ  the menu. It would help us way much! πŸ™‚ )

Makansutra’s formally opens on July 4Β  in the Manila Ocean Park. If you want a unique experience with a wonderful view of Manila bay (date place anyone?) go do give them a visit!

And no, you don’t have to pay the Manila Ocean Park entrance fee to get in. Btw, I was suprised there’s a mall inside MOP already! πŸ™‚

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6.26.09: naysayers and I say…

26 Jun

Last night, I got my first big naysayer, and the naysayer was quite close to me. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m making decisions on my own and going at something on my own, or maybe it’s something else entirely.

It’s being called stupid when you know you’ve got a plan. It started to drive me up the wall, then I just said, what the hey! Bring it on!

Haha, I still get these weird temper things and then I’m good and back at happy. People might think I’m going crazy, eherm, nah, I just got quick decision skills.

Cart department? I trained today with our worker and it seems good. But there’s still a lot of things to think about and plan, but I’ll really know when I finally get the thing set-up.

Tomorrow is going to the location day to finalize things. I’m going with Kwe and Kassy.

And universe, Sander is going home to help me. And we will get awesome.

Olrayt!

6.22.09: Meeting up with a Mentor

22 Jun

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I saw my mentor last Saturday, Chef JunJun De Guzman.

A few years ago, I took up Culinary Arts and Pastry in the Center for Asian Culinary Studies. I initially didn’t think I would show any kind of talent in Pastry and I really did think of myself as a Culinary Arts/Cuisine type of person.

But then I was proved wrong by Chef Junjun, not only did I massively enjoy pastry classes, come graduation, I had gotten a higher level award in Pastry than in Cuisine.

Thanks to Chef Junjun, I had tremendously hamazing experiences like prepping in the USDA kitchen for a cooking demo, attending USDA cooking demos, prepping for various cooking demos in Manila, Malls, or outside of manila, learning about purchasing, magazine shoots, and having the opportunity to assist him in classes, most memorable of which were the classes with Juday (yes, that Juday) and company.

I was kind of shy that I could only just tell him little things about what I’ve been up to. I’d have loved to tell him that I’ve done this and that, and that I’m the pastry chef of this hotel/company/something. I would have loved to tell him that his training of me has not been in vain.Well, I’d like to believe that it has not been in vain. (although I did suck in the culinary department last year! such a wasted year. *sigh*)

So we’ve got to step up the ante in the food/culinary department.The food cart’s going to be up by July 6, and then we’ll see how it goes after that.

I really, really, really, really, really, really want a cake shop.

PS. He also told me I gained weight.Β  I have been thinnest when I’ve been involved in food. hmm.Damn. Gotta shape up!

6.22.09: Here’s hoping!

22 Jun

Here’s hoping that I get a camera when my mom comes back from Dubai.

That’ll mean finally having the capacity to have pictures, and to dabble in food photography.

And to finally read that book on Digital Photography that I bought so long ago.

This week has been quiet culinary wise, although we’re sorting out the new business that will be up and going hopefully by July 6, and yes, this is a food business.

An experiment if you ask me.

6.10.09: What’s up in my world of undercoverchefdom?

10 Jun

I’m finally living up to my name.
I am an undercover chef.

Haha, I’m a businesswoman by day and night, chef at heart.

Does that even make sense?

So here’s what’s been up.

1) Manila Toffee Co. – sells truffles, and toffees to our very loyale clientele in Makati and is newly starting out distribution in Alabang. And I love it. πŸ™‚ My new obsession is to finally get to print boxes with the MTC logo, they will hopefully be black, gold and red. πŸ™‚ aha! πŸ™‚ visit our site: manilatoffee.multiply.com

2) Cake 33 is doing well, we’re also getting orders for brownies, but I stopped distributing in my home town, because I had no time, and we’re only selling premium brownies now. I really should start making my fondant but I’m a little caught up in #3.

3) FOOD CART! We’re opening up a food cart soon that we franchised in Las Pinas and I’m very sure, it’ll do great. I’m so trying to focus on that and still do the other two, and it’s working out great.

Not to mention, the catering jobs in http://www.baniokreekfarms.com are still pouring in. πŸ™‚ Thank you.

I thank my Mom for telling me to apply myself this year. So far, it’s looking good! πŸ™‚

Hey, take a gander at MTC’s fliers. πŸ™‚

Haha! sinful truffles copyEnglish Toffee fyer