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Anton Diaz is the founder of Our Awesome Planet, the #1 Food and Travel Blog in the Philippines and co-founder of Mercato Centrale, successful weekend night food market in Manila. Read more
My Favorite Blog Post Series:
- AWESOME DUMAGUETE: A Weekend Getaway Itinerary to the Best of Dumaguete!
- BAGUIO: Top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Baguio (2016 Edition)!
- BEST OF BOHOL 2016: 7 New Awesome Experiences You Should not Miss!
- CALAGUAS: The Waling-Waling Eco Resort Experience...
- SAGADA Itinerary: Definitive Food & Travel DIY Guide to Sagada (2017)!
- PAMPANGA: Top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Pampanga! (2016)
- ROMBLON: 8 Awesome Places You Should Visit in Romblon!
- CEBU Like Never Before! (10 Most Awesome Experiences)
- 11 BIGGEST BUSINESS TRENDS in the Philippines 2014! (*Must Read for Every Filipino Entrepreneur)
- FESTIVAL GUIDE to the 10 Most Awesome Fiestas of the Philippines!
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Congratulations, Ultimate Taste Test 4.0 Winner
Binagoongan and Garlic, Potato & Herb Lechon
OVERALL RATING: 3.7
Total Number of Foodies who rated: 391
"The binagoongan lechon with rice was delicious!"
Pepita's Lechon debuted in the Ultimate Taste Test 4.0, and foodies raved about Pepita's Filipino Binagoongan Lechon. The concept was simple -- Lechon de Leche with Binagoongan Rice inside. It was awesome! But there were a few comments about the liver sauce being too "hardcore-liver" in taste.
Dedet loves lechon, and we were privy to her taste test sessions at home when she was experimenting on different flavors since last Christmas. Aside from the Binagoongan, our personal favorites were the lechon with pineapple (which tasted like ham) and the lechon with chorizo and cashew. Innovative and masarap!
The secret of Pepita's Lechon is that they use native Lechon de leche. Plus, they are pugon-baked, which makes it really yummy because the meat is juicy and absorbs the flavor well. The crispness of the skin needs to be consistent, though, and she needs to work on the right sauces for the lechon.
Congratulations, Pepita's Lechon! Try ordering her lechon for your next special event. :)
OVERALL RATING: 3.7
Total Number of Foodies who rated: 194
"Interesting flavor combos! and they work!"
weet but with a kick at the end-
- Jams are unique and very good"- Ultimate Taste Test 4.0 Foodie
The Fruit Garden debuted in UTT3, and most of the foodies there raved about it (Read: The Fruit Garden as the Best Fruit Jams in Manila). We received Fruit Garden Jam as gifts last Christmas, and we loved it.
In UTT4, they introduced an innovative line of Jam flavors. Most foodies raved about the Strawberry Ginger, Mango Coriander, and their premium jam -- Orange Whisky, made with the Scottish Glenlivet whisky, which is 12 years old!
To make jams, fruits and sugar are cooked together, so adding an exotic ingredient like ginger, coriander or whisky is quite tricky. But when balanced perfectly, it enhances the overall taste so that you won't get tired of it and, as the UTT 4.0 foodie commented, it does give the jam a nice kick in the end.
Congratulations to The Fruit Garden for their consistent product innovation -- proudly made in the Philippines!
OVERALL RATING: 3.8
Total Number of Foodies who rated: 274
"Subtle, delicate...flavor, just right saltiness"
"Love the smoked mackerel. May konting spice." - Ultimate Taste Test 4.0 Foodie
This is one of the surprising discoveries in Ultimate Taste Test 4.0 because it is quite rare for foodies to rave about this kind of food. During the event, you could see a lot of the foodies were delighted with the homemade bangus sardines and the smoked mackerel.
I find the branding strategy counter-intuitive, using a type of fabric as branding for food. They do have very unique packaging, though -- a 750g microwaveable tub placed in a pine crate.
The taste is way better than the bottled ones you can buy commercially. It has the right amount of flavor and salt that goes very well with rice (although some foodies did find it a bit too salty). The love and dedication the owners put in their product are quite evident in every bite.
Homemade-Tasting Food + Awesome Packaging = Winning Foodie Product!
Congratulations, Denim Kitchen!
OVERALL RATING: 3.8
Total Number of Foodies who rated: 400
"I love the milk & milk chocolate, so fresh, unlike those commercially produced milk"
"Fresh, pure, high quality, fantastic dairy" - Ultimate Taste Test 4.0 Foodie
We are fans of fresh milk, and my favorites include: Rizal Dairy Farms and Holly's Milk! In UTT4, the foodies were raving about the fresh milk and fresh kesong puti by Paco Magsaysay's Real Fresh Dairy Farms. Paco is known in the foodie circle because he founded the "Tuesday Group", which is a foodie club that tries out the latest restaurants in the metro.
From their delicious offerings, our personal pick is Holly's Choco Milk -- it is not too sweet and has the right amount of chocolate. The chocolate is smooth and does not overpower the milk. Aidan, Joshua and I can finish one bottle in one sitting during one of our bonding sessions together.
Congratulations to Holly's Milk! :)