Mendokoro, Gallery by Chele, Manam, And More: Cook Like A Pro At Home With These Do-It-Yourself Meal Kits
The “new normal” has forced everyone to temporarily refrain from dining out, which resulted in restaurants thinking of innovative ways to stay afloat in the business. This gave birth to myriad new options ranging from deliveries to take outs, picnic trays and small-scale private catering. On top of these, a trend that’s been taking over the F&B scene is the availability of do-it-yourself and ready-to-cook kits crafted by some of the popular names in the industry. Usually comes with instructional videos or guides, these sets are designed to encourage diners to prepare dishes they miss from their well-loved restaurants and enjoy them at home, as opposed to just ordering ready-to-eat food. Tatler Dining Philippines shares a round-up of where to order these kits if and when you decide to play “chef” for a day.
Now that you have all the luxury of time in the world at home, you can enjoy those languid nights over pintxos and cava, and what better way to complete the experience but to prepare your own version of pintxos! Good for two to three people per serving, En Casa con Bar Pintxos’ selections span from the bestselling gambas to salpicao and pulpo à la Gallega. Also on offer are lengua, pollo al ajillo, tortilla patatas and entrecote, as well as jamon allioli, bacalao allioli and chorizo spreads.
To order, you may reach Bar Pintxos Makati at +63956 473 5135 / +63917 555 5435 and Alabang at +63915 321 0013 / +63930 798 4719.
Gallery by Chele
The award-winning Basque chef, Chele Gonzalez, returns to his kitchen with the Gallery by Chele At Home, which features Fire It Up ready-to-cook meals—a fantastic way to experience his iconic heritage dishes and his mother’s homecooking, within your own dining room. Play like a master chef, guided by chef Chele’s videos, and serve up a range of modern and traditional Spanish favourites like the mejillones tigre and pulpo à la Gallega, as well as scrumptious mains such as the slow-cooked cuarto de cochinillo and txuleton. Everything is safely packed in biodegradable, organic and sustainable packaging.
For details, please visit Gallery by Chele's website or call +63917.546.1673. Gallery by Chele At Home is available starting May 23, 2020.
High Street Café
Can’t travel to Southeast Asia to satisfy your craving for that rich coconut milk-based broth over seafood and noodles? You can now get Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila’s revered laksa in a do-it-yourself kit. This fuss-free set comes complete with fresh noodles, vegetables and generous toppings of poached prawns, squid rings, fish balls, hard-boiled egg, as well as that popular mouthwatering broth. Also watch out for other exciting dishes coming out in the next few days such as beef cheeks, Nenya chicken satay, hearty double boiled soup and Wang’s wonton soup.
To order, visit High Street Cafe's Facebook or Instagram.
Mendokoro Ramenba and Ramen Yushoken
Defying its no-takeout policy—at least for the time being, in light of the pandemic—these two ramen houses offer take home kits that contain four components: a broth pouch, the noodle, toppings and an oil packet. Meant to be assembled at home and best consumed right after it is prepared for optimum quality, there’s no need to endure those long lines in getting to dine in these two dining spots pre-lockdown. Try all four variants available: Shio, Shoyu, TanTanMen, and Super Chashu.
Available for pickup at Mendokoro Ramenba Makati and Yushoken Alabang. To order, visit here.
Now you can experience authentic, freshly made signature ramen bowls at home with Ramen Nagi’s create-your-own Limited King take-out boxes. Each box contains all fresh frozen ingredients including two servings of the award-winning tonkotsu pork broth prepared using traditional methods, special handcrafted noodles and classic Nagi pork chashu. Everything in the box is the same high quality handcrafted umami-laden ramen you’ve come to love and experience in Ramen Nagi shops. On the side, you can order your favourite sides such as chicken karaage, gyoza and chashu rice, too.
To order, visit Ramen Nagi's website.
The Test Kitchen
Chef Josh Boutwood and his team are back to make your dining dreams at home come true with a line that lets you whip a feast, à la “The Test Kitchen”. The line includes truffle roast chicken, parmesan mashed potatoes, caraway roasted carrot; smoked pork neck steak, roasted marble potatoes, tomato salad; sous vide rib-eye, creamed spinach, creamy mashed potatoes; and poached salmon, lemon saffron risotto, green pea and smoked pork shoulder sauce. Plus, you’ll get access to chef Josh’s video to walk you through the cooking process.
To order, you may reach The Test Kitchen at +63977 288 5751.
One of the most coveted burgers in the metro, 8Cuts House Burger now comes in a “cook to eat” set that contains four quarter pounder house blend patties with soft sesame buns and chilled signature 8Cuts sauce no. 3, allowing you to whip up an easy, satisfying carnivore fix. Each set includes all the components of the dish paired with an easy-to-follow recipe to execute in the comforts of your own kitchen.
Din Tai Fung
Dimsum favourites are no exemption. Serve your own version of Din Tai Fung’s pork and shrimp shao mai complete with the signature brewed soy sauce , vinegar, and shredded ginger (which makes a whole lot of difference, by the way) on your next Netflix session with the family.
Missing the iconic pork dish from this modern Filipino restaurant? You can now indulge in that flavourful House Crispy Sisig the way you used to enjoy it, except that this time, try to sizzle it at home and pair it over a steaming hot bowl of rice. A frozen provision of the well-loved housemade tapa is also available, which will make you wish you’ve stocked more rice in the pantry.
8Cuts, Din Tai Fung and Manam belong under one umbrella—The Moment Group. Grab these treats from their cook-at-home line, Moment the Grocer, at momentfood.com and have it delivered by its in-house fleet of Mo’Go riders, or arrange pick-up at your convenience.
This French pâtisserie and bistro allows you to bring to your own dining table it's signature dish, the melt-in-your-mouth 10-Hour roast beef. Every bite of this tender, juicy roast safely packed in a meal kit is complemented by the delightful mushroom espagnole sauce and horseradish cream to elevate the lockdown dining experience further. The good thing? It can last up to two months when stored frozen.
To order, visit Bizu's website or FrozenMNL.
Raging Bull Burgers
While you can still order a nice, succulent burger from this popular restaurant in Shangri-La at the Fort, what makes it more interesting is that you can cook and create your own using the "How to Kickass at Home" burger kits that you can purchase from them. It comes with all the ingredients you need to satiate your carnivore dreams: melt-in-your-mouth frozen patties, made of the highest quality if beef, of course, vegetables, the popular soft buns, and Raging Bull's signature barbecue sauce. Make sure to pair it with a refreshing below zero beer.
To order, visit Raging Bull Burgers' Facebook or Instagram.
Be one of the self-proclaimed ECQ-ooks and have fun assembling your own irresistible burger with ShackBurger DIY kits. Reasonably priced, these homemade burger kits include eight servings of patties made with the custom blend of 100 per cent hormone- and antibiotics-free Angus beef, Martin’s potato rolls, American cheese and the secret Shack Sauce. The kits can be directly ordered and picked up from their branches in Central Square in BGC and SM Megamall. Advance notice is required.
To purchase, visit this link. By ordering the DIY ShackBurger kits, you will also be helping feed the frontliners who have been helping us fight out COVID-19. For more info, visit Shake Shack's Instagram and Facebook.
La Cabrera Manila
Say "¡Hola!" to this award-winning Argentinian restaurant's new offers that you can prepare and savour at home. The grill-ready steaks are seasoned to perfection and only requires two things from your kitchen: your reliable pre-heated pan and a drizzle of oil (sunflower, canola, vegetable, peanut, or olive oil are all fine, but refrain from using extra virgin olive oil). Indulge in any of the old-time favourites such as the cuadril (coulotte), entraña (skirt), ojo de bife (rib-eye) and bife de chorizo (striploin) coupled with delightful sides like Criolla salsa, caramelised garlic, chimichurri sauce and tomato chutney.
For merienda cena or pica-pica, order the authentic Argentinian empanadas (savoury minced beef pastries) served with house-made chimichurri and Criolla purée. These flavourful pillows can be stored in the chiller or freezer, and then deep-fried or baked to enjoy.
To order, call +63905.290.0703, +63967.236.7940, or +632.8833.8946.
In case you haven’t heard, this popular Spanish tapas bar and restaurant recently launched its e-commerce site, where you can shop your old-time favourite Barcino dishes. Case in point: the paella making kits and their signature sangria. Indulge in forkfuls of the luscious paella mixta (seafood, meat, vegetables), paella chorizo y pollo (chorizo and chicken) and paella negra (rice cooked in squid ink topped with squid rings and aioli), which you can easily prepare at home by following the instructional videos on their website.
A slew of delightful ready-made meals such as the albondigas de la abuela, callos à la Madrilena, croquetas de chorizo or pollo y jamon, fabada Asturiana, mejillones tigres rellenos, and pollo al ajillo are also available, best paired with the refreshing sangria tinto or blanco, of course. Add to that, a nice selection of Spanish deli and exclusive deals on wine!
Check out their e-commerce site.