MANILA -- Check out some of the latest news in the local food scene.
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DON PAPA RUM'S SAMPINIT SOUR
Don Papa Rum recently celebrated 10 years in the market with a new cocktail.
Created by the brand's Manila-based cocktail maestro Aaron Goodall, Sampinit Sour uses the Philippine wild raspberry sampinit, lemon juice, syrup, and mint.
- 50ml Don Papa 7
- 25ml lemon juice
- 10ml simple syrup
- 10ml crème de framboise or homemade sampinit syrup
- 3 sprigs fresh mint
- 3 fresh raspberries or sampinit berries
- Add lemon juice, simple syrup, crème de framboise or sampinit syrup, 2 sprigs of mint, and 2 raspberries or sampinit berries in a cocktail shaker. Gently muddle to combine flavors.
- Add Don Papa 7 and 3-4 ice cubes.
- Gently shake for 10-15 seconds. Pour into banana leaf-wrapped rocks glass, and top with crushed ice.
- Garnish with an orchid, mint sprig, fresh raspberry, and paper straw.
Don Papa Rum is available in S&R, Kultura, Ralph's Wines & Spirits, Boozy.ph, and other partner retailers.
GREEN REBEL'S PLANT-BASED PRODUCTS
Southeast Asian startup Green Rebel is offering plant-based meat alternatives to consumers in search of healthier diets.
Some of its products include Beefless Rendang, Chick'n Katsu, and Beefless Steak. To cater to Filipinos, Green Rebel has partnered with Vegore & Mayani, a local e-commerce platform.
Its product will also be available in supermarkets and food service companies starting in February.
KENNY ROGERS'S TRUFFLE DISHES
Kenny Rogers Roasters' has infused its classic offerings with the luxurious flavor of truffle.
The Truffle Collection includes menu items such as roasted chicken, macaroni and cheese, and sirloin steak, with options for both single and group servings.
The limited edition offering is available in Kenny Rogers Roasters branches nationwide for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.
KRISPY KREME'S MILK CHOCO CREATIONS
Krispy Kreme has partnered with the chocolate brand KitKat for its new Milk Choco Creations lineup.
The new offering includes three donut flavors and a sweet beverage.
The Milk Choco Crisp is a ring donut hand-dipped in KitKat chocolate spread. The Choco Swirl Cake, on the other hand, is a cake donut dipped in white chocolate, drizzled with milk choco swirl, and topped with a KitKat chocolate bar.
Also available is White Chocolate Kreme Filled, a shell donut filled with kreme and a KitKat chocolate bar, dipped in white chocolate and topped with dark chocolate and caramel.
Meanwhile, the Milk Choco Chiller is an ice-blended drink made with kreme base, KitKat spread, and hazelnut syrup, and topped with whipped cream and KitKat chocolate bits.
The Milk Choco Creations start at P59 per piece and P550 for a dozen, while the Milk Choco Chiller is priced at P150 for 12 oz. These are available at Krispy Kreme stores nationwide.
MGA KUWENTONG PAGKAIN'S JUDGING PANEL
Mga Kuwentong Pagkain (MKP), an annual storytelling contest focused on Filipino food heritage, has received more than 350 entries on its December 31 deadline last year.
The entries came from different countries such as the United States, Sweden, Austria, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Malaysia, among others. The task of choosing the best stories in the essay, photo essay, and video categories now falls on a panel of judges representing various academic and culinary disciplines.
The panel is composed of culinary historian Felice Prudente Sta. Maria, educator and former Miriam College president Rosario Lapus, food writer Michaela Fenix, book designer and visual artist Ige Ramos, home cook and author Nina Daza-Puyat, and historian and teacher Paolo Ven Paculan.
MKP is an initiative of the Mama Sita Foundation. Winners in the latest edition of the competition will be announced in March.
NEW SALADS FROM CONTI'S
Conti's Bakeshop and Restaurant is offering new salads for a fresh start this 2023.
The Signature Salad includes fresh strawberry slices, candied walnuts, and crispy mixed greens tossed in Conti's signature raspberry vinaigrette. The dish is topped with lacey parmesan crisps for added taste and texture.
Another offering is the Homemade Caesar Salad, which has fresh greens with Southern-style chicken fillet, croutons, and Conti's zesty homemade Caesar dressing. The bowl is topped with soft-boiled egg and anchovy to taste.
Both are available for dine-in in all Conti's branches nationwide, as well as via Grab and Foodpanda.
VEGETABLE RECIPES WITH AJI-GINISA
Ajinomoto Philippines Corp. has come up with affordable recipes using vegetables and its Aji-Ginisa flavor seasoning mix.
The powdered seasoning promises to make vegetable dishes more flavorful without the need to use garlic and onion.
Some of its featured dishes include Meatless Chop Suey, Dinengdeng, Ginataang Sigarilyas at Tinapa, and Lumpiang Kalabasa.
The recipes are available on the Ajinomoto Cookmunity website.