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UTT 6.0 1st Rockwell UTT 2011

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Yoh-gee’s Frozen Kefir

Rockwell UTT Winner #19:
YOH-GEE’S FROZEN KEFIR
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123 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
121 foodies rated 4- I love it!
102 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
 47 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
 18 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

Yoh-gee is an Ultimate Taste Test 5.0 Top 5 Winner (See: YOH-GEE Premium Froyo) and one of our favorite healthy premium frozen yogurt desserts in Mercato Centrale.

I love their Frozen Kefir, which is more maasim than the frozen yogurt. (Note: See how Kefir looks like in this post: Kefir-licious.) It’s just good to know that what we’re eating is healthier. I like the plain version because it is still creamy but has that strong, fermented kefir taste. It is a good and healthy substitute if you are craving for dessert.

Congratulations to Yoh-gee for doing well in Rockwell’s Ultimate Taste Test!

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Hyphy’s Calamansi Tuyo Spaghetti

Rockwell UTT Winner #20:
HYPHY’S CALAMANSI TUYO SPAGHETTI
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129 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
131 foodies rated 4- I love it!
138 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
65 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
11 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

Hyphy’s, which serves “San Francisco – Philippine Cuisine”, is Chef Bruce Lim’s second restaurant. It actually got mixed reviews when it opened. (Read: Hyphy’s SanFo-Philippine Cuisine by Chef Bruce Lim) For the Rockwell UTT, Hyphy’s presented a simple but delicious pasta that had a combination of salty fish with kalamansi to balance it.

Congratulations to Hyphy’s for making the cut in the Ultimate Taste Test!

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Chef’s Table Buko Pie Martini

Rockwell UTT Winner #22: 
CHEF’S TABLE by Chef Bruce Lim
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  87 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
104 foodies rated 4- I love it!
  86 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
  46 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
  12 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

This special buko pie concoction served in a martini glass is my favorite dessert at Chef Bruce’s Chef’s Table restaurant. This high-end version of the buko pie is velvety and creamy. An interesting take on a Filipino classic.

Congratulations to Chef’s Table for winning in the Rockwell Ultimate Taste Test!

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De Original Jamaican Patties’ Beef Pinatubo

Rockwell UTT Winner #23: 
DE ORIGINAL JAMAICAN PATTIES
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56 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
96 foodies rated 4- I love it!
85 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
29 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
7 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

Jamaican Pattie Shop is an all-time favorite. Even before I started the blog, their beef pattie is our comfort snack whenever we are in the mall. I personally love the Beef Pinatubo because I prefer my pattie extremely hot and spicy. 🙂

Congratulations, Jamaican Patties, for capturing the foodies’ hearts in Rockwell’s Ultimate Taste Test!

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Chef C’s Paella de Andaluz – a New Paella Discovery!

Rockwell UTT Winner #24: 
CHEF C’S PAELLA DE ANDALUZ
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3.59

127 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
162 foodies rated 4- I love it!
125 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
75 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
19 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

Chef C’s Paella de Andaluz is a recent paella discovery, which was introduced in Mercato Centrale by our resident Angus Tapa Lady. It is almost sold out every weekend. Its success can probably be attributed to the great cooking skills that run in Chef Carlos’ family. He was able to successfully learn and apply the Spanish cooking techniques passed down through generations.

At the UTT, I kept hearing people rave about the seafood and meat paella. I wasn’t really surprised. The paella is quite unique and different from the ones already available in the market.

Congratulations to Chef C’s Paella de Andaluz for winning over foodies at the Ultimate Taste Test in Rockwell!

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Baked by Anita Mini Gourmet Cupcakes!

Rockwell Ultimate Taste Test Winner #25: 
BAKED BY ANITA
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84 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
120 foodies rated 4- I love it! 
105 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
50 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
10 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

Baked by Anita is dubbed as the “Queen of the Market” in Mercato Centrale. An interesting tidbit: She was the only vendor mentioned in the movie “No Other Woman” when Cristine Reyes (in the final scene in Mercato Centrale) said, “Hi, Anita” as she passed by her booth.

Anita continuously surprises us with different gourmet combinations of her bite-sized cupcakes. I just love the balsamic vinegar reduction flavor with fresh strawberries. With her unique concoctions, it won’t be long before Anita becomes a legendary cupcake baker in Manila. 🙂

In Rockwell’s UTT, she introduced her mini-cupcake with maple roasted bacon with maple buttercream. A lot of foodies raved about this bacon cupcake. Congratulations to Baked by Anita!

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Muesli Granola Healthy Snacks :)

Rockwell UTT Winner #26: 
MUESLI GRANOLA KITCHEN & BAKESHOP
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3.58 

72 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
75 foodies rated 4- I love it!
85 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
48 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
2 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

The Muesli Granola by Celia is our favorite healthy snack when we go on a road trip. Her granola bars are also among the favorite food finds in Mercato Centrale. They are yummy, guilt-free treats and perfect gifts for health-conscious foodies — even diabetics can enjoy them.

In the UTT in Rockwell, Celia proved that healthy snacks do not need to be boring and bland with her Chocolate-Dipped Bar Muncher. I also liked the crispy and chewy combination of the Monkey Bar with its peanut-y taste. Now, we have something new to bring on our next road food trip! 🙂 The UTT foodies also loved these healthy snack bars. Congratulations to Muesli Granola Kitchen!

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Eat My GF (Garlic Fries)!

Rockwell UTT Winner #27: EAT MY GF Original GF with Toppings, Virgin Chips 3.57

UTT Rating Breakdown: 
134 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
143 foodies rated 4- I love it! 
175 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
67 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
16 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

Eat My GF‘s product is simple — garlic fries done well. It has that good garlicky taste and crispy texture. It is definitely better than the other commercial versions out there. I guess it also helps that its name is very catchy (with a slightly sexual tone). Foodies can’t stop raving about this GF!

Congratulations to Eat My GF for garnering great scores at Rockwell’s Ultimate Taste Test!

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Mang Pedro’s Taho — One of the Best Flavored Taho in Town :)

Rockwell UTT Winner #28: Mang Pedro’s Food Products 3.56

UTT Rating Breakdown: 
73 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
116 foodies rated 4- I love it!
90 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
45 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
13 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.


Mang Pedro’s Taho is not your usual neighborhood taho. They serve flavored taho wherein the flavor is infused in the taho itself. (Other taho vendors offer flavored options via toppings or syrups.) They supply taho to hotels and restaurants, and also joined Mercato Centrale once.

I just love the milkiness of their taho and their almond taho flavor. You can buy their product in bulk, which comes in 4-Liter to 12-Liter special containers that you can bring to potluck parties or family gatherings.

Congratulations to Mang Pedro’s Taho for doing well in Rockwell’s UTT!

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Symphony of Flavors Leche Flan Cheesecake :)

Rockwell UTT Winner #29
SYMPHONY OF FLAVORS Leche Flan Cheesecake
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3.55

74 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
94 foodies rated 4- I love it!
119 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
41 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
7 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.


Related Blog PostSymphony of Flavors Cookie Monster Cheesecake! UTT3.0 Rating 3.7

This team of David and Margie Tan of Symphony of Flavors sure knows how to tickle the taste buds of foodies in the Ultimate Taste Test series. Their Cookie Monster Cheesecake in UTT 3.0 and their Leche Flan Cheesecake in the recently concluded Rockwell UTT were both big hits.

I love how they balanced the sweet taste of the leche flan with the cheesecake. And, as pointed out by some UTT guests, it does resemble a chiffon cake topped with custard. They certainly take the cake when it comes to producing cheesecakes with great quality and taste. 🙂 Congratulations to Symphony of Flavors!

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