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! :)
OVERALL RATING: 3.8
Total Number of Foodies who rated: 281
"Be it the savory pies or the frozen ones, Tina Raines really knows how to rock it!!"
"Frozen lemon meringue was really refreshing" - Ultimate Taste Test 4.0 Foodie
Winner of Ultimate Taste Test 2.0- Callos Aussie Pies by Tina Raines
Winner of Ultimate Taste Test 3.0- Homemade Savoury Pies by Tina Raines
Winner of Ultimate Taste Test 4.0- Tina Raines' Frozen Lemon and Herb Pie!
Ever since UTT2.0, Tina Raines continues to surprise foodies -- first, with her savoury Aussie pies and, now, her frozen pie creations. You'll know a food supplier is great if they can create innovative food products that foodies would love. She's been a consistent favorite in past Ultimate Taste Test events.
Personally, I love the Frozen Lemon and Herb pie because the lemon neutralizes the sweetness and gives a refreshing aftertaste. It reminds me of the Frozen Brazo treats because it has the same texture and feel when eating it. But it is different because it uses Meringue with Graham crackers as the base.
You have to be careful when eating one slice because it could soon lead to another one. You won't get tired of the taste, and this is a quality that you should look for when offering/seeking great desserts. It comes in a frozen pie shape that is very tempting to throw in someone's face (think Eat Bulaga). :)
Only thing is, it is messy to cut the pie into nice triangular slices because it won't hold up.
OVERALL RATING: 3.9
Total Number of Foodies who rated: 353
"Better than the popular froyo brands"
Frozen Kefir is a great innovation, and you can think of it as an evolved form of Frozen Yogurt -- but instead of powdered yogurt, a very healthy and probiotic Kefir is used. It tastes like White Hat Yogurt in terms of creaminess and sweetness, but you can be assured that what you are eating is very, very healthy.
I first heard of Kefir from Jeren's Kefir Culture, and she turned it into Kefir Salad Dressing and Ice Cream sold in Arama. Kefir Power Probiotics could be credited as the first supplier to offer Kefir products in the local market, and they are selling them at Salcedo Market. Kefir became popular in the Chinese and health-conscious circles because of its seemingly miraculous healing properties.
Now, kefir comes in a frozen form, and it is the perfect dessert if you want to maintain your toned beach body while in Boracay. :) I wish they would already set up an outlet in Manila!
OVERALL RATING: 4.0
Total Number of Foodies who rated: 420
"Nice Layers! Perfect! Ice cream cake and Pistachio - my favorite :)"
This is my personal favorite and a genius concoction from Nowie and the FIC Summer Cafe team. There are plain sansrivals without ice cream, and sansrival-flavored ice cream, but there's nothing like real ice cream sandwiched between meringue layers formed into a cake. It is very hard to make because each layer has to be done one step at a time.
This is like Jill Sandique's Pistachio Sansrival; however, instead of layers of butter in between, Fruits in Ice Cream is used.
It is actually a diet-busting combination, but it's worth every bite. Unfortunately, it is only available at FIC Summer Cafes in Alabang and Boracay. :( It would be a great dessert to bring to a party or to just enjoy at home to celebrate a special occasion.
Great stuff, Nowie. :) Looking forward to your future innovations!