Hot Pandesal and Hot Chocolate for Breakfast

I was watching how the boy operates the oven while having hot chocolate and hot pandesal. He placed several bread trays with bare hands. Closed the oven door, pulled a lever and pressed some switches. I can never do that with my ordinary baking oven at home. I need to pre-heat it for about 30 minutes and carefully bring in the trays with a long wooden ladle.  It is sure warm in this place but not as hot as in mine. Maybe it is now time to switch to convection type.

pan de manila hot chocolate and paper bag

The place is Pan De Manila. We decided to have our breakfast here before reaching our destination. It is often not crowded, which I think is good. During breakfast hours we usually spent 30 minutes to one hour waiting in-line in major fast food restaurants. Quick eat in place like this saves us time.

I find the bakery unique due to its classic motif. Date way back 70’s I guessed.

We initially bought cheese bread and hot chocolate. Then a couple of hot pandesal. The establishment name is suggestive of pandesal as flagship product so we should have asked immediately. We brought the cheese bread home as pasalubong to our kids.

The hot chocolate taste fine but the pandesal was a bit sloppy. It was too big for its weight. About 40% of volume was air space. It was not surprising though. Most bread nowadays are made this way.

Taste flat. The place where I grew up should be blamed for this. Bread in rural areas are baked to stand by itself or just with hot coffee. Bakery experts explained it years ago. Rural people usually never buy spread. So they recommend making pandesal and other bread more flavorful by adding sugar, cheese and the likes. The reverse is observed in urban places.

There were several spreads to choose from. We’re going to include it the next time.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

The Mang Inasal Yellow Sauce

What is this yellow thing, golden yellow to be more accurate. Some kind of liquid spice, maybe. I have been in this restaurant many times already, but it was the only time someone told me it supposed to go with rice.

mang-inasal-chicken-oil

All this time I thought it was fish sauce. I am not a fan whatever grade it maybe. They are all bad smelling to my nose. I often grab the soy sauce and ignores it.

I tried mixing it with plain rice and put it inside my mouth. It was kind of oily and nothing more. I was wondering what kind of phenomenon make people like it. The color may have contributing favor. Remember, color yellow and red tend to made people hungry. The very reason why many food chains use these colors as motif. Examples: Jollibee, McDonalds, Goldilocks, Karate Kid, KFC, Shakeys and Chowking.

A little try was enough. Our order was fried chicken. An oily meal. Adding the yellow sauce would make it oilier and unhealthier.

Speaking of oily sauce. The best for me is the oil after frying salted fish. The darker the oil the better the taste. During the time when few homes can afford refrigerator, freshly bought fish was sprinkled with rock salt to extend its keeping life. Then, fried without shaking off the salt. The result was a salty and fishy flavored cooking oil that go well with plain rice.

Now, we are aware cooking oil degrades, producing free radicals, through several uses. We never let it go dark and eat as viand either.

I think the correct term is Chicken Oil.


update as of March 2018:

According to Passerby, it is Annato Oil or Mantikang Atsuete with chicken fat or skin. How it is made is sure a company secret!

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

Standing Tables with Built-in Trash Bin

At first, the idea seems yuck! Who the hell will integrade trash bin in eating table. Food and trash just don’t add up. Place it somewhere farther. A meter or two would be nice.

table with built-in trash bin

Well, the idea is not new and it is not mine either. Remember the food kiosk lined in front of SM Supermarket entrance. There is a line of standing tables with built-in trash bins.

Sound “ew”? I say it is,if not properly maintained. The bins are lined with polypropelyne bags and are collected frequently. Otherwise, lefover foods will start spoiling, emitting bad odors and possible harmful microorganism. In the end, driving customers away.

I think standing tables, with built-in trash bins, have several advantages.

– Space saving. No chairs around that consume valuable area. Reason buildings today are built skyscrapers. That is maximization of per square meter land.
– Crowd control. Imagine chairs and tables along the hallway. People will hang around even if they are not customers or stay for long after meal. Because eating while standing is a bit uncomfortable. People tend to eat fast and leave sooner.
– Easy maintenance. There is a hole on middle which leads directly to bin. After eating, customers can simply push paper plates and cups in middle and voila! Admit it we are too lazy. We will never carry the leftovers to bins even if it is just a meter away. Others won’t even bother pushing their’s in middle hole.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

Rice in a Box | Part 2

I can’t remember when was the last time I ate in this food kiosk. Several years ago? Not sure! I got too busy building up my chocolate business lately that my world almost rotates around it. I am visiting the place occossionaly but frequently with my family. You know what I meant. The place is not suited for a family get together.

rice in a box with drink

When I am alone and want affordable quick fix, this place is one of my favorite choice. Light meal that is also light on budget. Average seventy pesos mixed fried rice with drink.

This was a late post and I can’t remember what my order was. What I was sure of, it was mixed fried rice with drink worth 71 pesos.

rice in a box

Doesn’t show exactly what was illustrated on menu. I was hungry when I was looking on board but felt otherwise when it was served. It might be affordable but not an excuse not to make it more pleasant.

My tummy was satified after the meal but my taste buds wanted something lesser. We are using minimal amount of salt at home and I am accustomed to bland foods. I found the mixed fried rice a bit salty.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

Milka Krem Blueberry Yogurt

I thought Philippine Carabao Center was in our itinerary. Too bad, it was not. Hmm…! It was not as bad as I thought. We dropped via their front yogurt store.

The main attraction was of course, lots and lots of yogurt. The cafeteria also serves brewed coffee. What’s the point in ordering it? We were here for the carabao’s milk. The coffee is no way will be a product of carabao. The thing we should get were either yogurt, fresh milk, or ice cream. A coffee with carabao’s milk may do however.  Sir Jay was fast enough to buy a yogurt bottle enough for four of us. We never bought other things and became contented with the delicious dairy product. Hmm… delicious!

milka krem blueberry yogurtmilka krem blueberry yogurt in cupI asked if I could see some carabaos. It was only natural for me to asked that thing. We were in the vicinity of Philippine Carabao Center. Sir replied, the rearing area was too far from our position. Instead, we toured at the dairy equipment displays. No pictures gathered however, the viewing glass was too blurred for taking images.

We planned on taking home some yogurt. It didn’t worked out well. The day was too hot on our way home. It will surely get spoiled on the way.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.