You’d be forgiven if you thought we had gone on a surgical strike to France to acquire some pungent cheeses over the weekend… But these wonderful cheeses were just a few of the 8 or so varieties that a friend brought back from Davao. Yes, DAVAO! I read about the efforts of a cheesemonger in Davao a year or so ago in a Cebu magazine, and was intrigued, but have never come across their products until this abundance of cheese was delivered to our doorstep courtesy of a very generous friend and fellow food fanatic. Produced by Malagos Farmhouse, I was stunned to see the cheeses up close for the first time. Stunned.
Some friends dropped by after dinner so we put some of the cheeses out to taste. From left to right on the top photo, or nearest to furthest in the photo above, are “Pepato” a pepper cheese. A goat blue cheese. A Manchego blue cheese and finally, something they call “Blush”.
Isn’t this just amazing? All made in Davao? Wow! We also got some fresh goat’s cheese, some ricotta, and other goodies. While our friend liked the “Pepato” flavored cheese, it was personally my least favorite of the four on the platter photographed here. My absolute favorite was the Manchego blue cheese which was a little harder than the others, tasted like a younger Manchego yet with the blue twist. I also liked the goat blue cheese, which was drier and a bit crumbly. The “blush” was the creamiest and softest of the selection, but would have ranked 3rd out of the 4 on offer.
We didn’t have any saltines or plainer crackers in the house, so we served these with sweeter wheatmeal crackers, not an ideal pairing. Some chopped dried fruit was also placed on the platter. Overall, everyone who tasted the cheeses this evening were very impressed, and so surprised that these were locally made. The Malagos Farmhouse website (link up top) lists some of the places in Manila where you can buy these cheeses, and I strongly recommend you go out and try a few of their products. The more we encourage artisanal producers like Malagos, the better for the local food scene overall. Thank you M for sending all of the goodies for us to taste and savor!