13 Dec2014


What’s in Marketman’s box??

It’s the season to be jolly! So Marketmanila is raffling off six prizes over the next two weeks, from the least “desired” prize on the current survey to the most “requested” which is running neck and neck between a market basket or two bottles of Sister’s marmalades (they can be bitter, I warn you)…

So here’s how it works. First you have to take a good guess at what’s in the box Marketman is carrying in the photo up above. It was our last day in London, and a few hours before our flight we took the tube to the Borough market to pick up some ____________________ which we checked into our flight as luggage. What do you think is in the box??

Second, if you type in the word “lard” into the marketmanila search function, some 20-30+ posts on dishes or uses for pure lard will appear. You can also google “lard marketmanila” for a similar but less comprehensive rundown. Please go through some of those posts so you get an idea of what you can (or might want to) do with the lard that you could win in this mini-raffle. Then simply leave a comment below telling me what’s in the box above AND why you want the lard, and I will randomly generate a number and pick a winner from the best answers…

Winners must have a Manila or Cebu address and be willing to pick up the lard from either a Megamall or Makati meeting point, or in Cebu, from any of the Zubuchon branches. If you are abroad, you can join to, as long as you designate a recipient who lives in Manila or Cebu City. Simple, right?

If you want to take a guess anyway, but are mortified at the thought of winning some lard, go ahead and play for fun, and I will use the lard in a holiday pastry or other dish… :)



  1. Benette says:

    i am guessing you got some ham/ meat from Brinisa or cheese.

    Dec 13, 2014 | 1:19 pm


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  3. ying says:

    Sparkling wine, champagne for Christmas or New Year’s eve dinner?

    Dec 13, 2014 | 2:40 pm

  4. wanda says:

    Marmite or some stilton :).

    Dec 13, 2014 | 4:07 pm

  5. EbbaBlue says:

    Christmas decorations

    Dec 13, 2014 | 4:29 pm

  6. SpaceDog says:

    Well, my first answers are taken, and it’s way too big a box but I’m guessing Haggis and/or Black Pudding (or other blood sausage/internal organs in a tube thing) which are all delicious and almost impossible to get here. Although if it is haggis I think it’s technically illegal to import so maybe best not to post that publicly. ;)

    Dec 13, 2014 | 5:13 pm

  7. tisay says:

    candies, chocolates and christmas decorations..

    Dec 13, 2014 | 6:05 pm

  8. Leticia says:

    I have been toying with the idea of cooking with lard for a long time. But don’t include me in the raffle – I am in Brazil and have no friends in Manilla.

    Gotta love the idea of making a giveaway of such as misunderstood ingredient. Kudos.

    Dec 13, 2014 | 7:26 pm

  9. Rona Y says:

    I think it’s game! Or I wish it were some kind of game, so I could see what you would do with it. Like a few pheasants or some venison.

    I would love leaf lard to make curry puffs or empanada like the ones from Silay (the filling of which is way too sweet, which is why I would want to make my own!). And if there were any left over, I’d use it to make pate de campagne or some sort of terrine!

    But if I were to win, could I pick it up in February? Or I’d have to give it away, which would be a nice gift for someone (probably my aunt in Makati who used to be a caterer), but I would be jealous!

    Dec 13, 2014 | 9:18 pm

  10. gezel says:

    Cheese and sausages and hams

    Dec 13, 2014 | 9:32 pm

  11. joch g says:

    Christmas balls.
    My mind drools over the sizzling chicken liver.

    Dec 13, 2014 | 10:31 pm

  12. Betchay says:

    No lard for me now or else I will spend new year in the hospital! :) but I’d like to make a guess….ham and christmas pudding.

    Dec 13, 2014 | 10:32 pm

  13. Ayen says:

    Cheese from one of the numerous cheese stalls there! Did you try the famous raclette and grilled cheese at the market? I found them to be rather overpowering :(

    Dec 13, 2014 | 10:53 pm

  14. chubbs says:

    Jam, Coffee, Chutney, Cheese….

    Dec 13, 2014 | 11:57 pm

  15. Khew says:

    Either Spanish products like Iberico ham and chorizos or Italian parma ham or prosciutto.

    Dec 14, 2014 | 12:21 am

  16. michelle h. says:

    I’m guessing you bought ham and cheese.

    I would bake lardy cakes, just to keep with the English/ London theme. Some of Sister’s marmalade would be perfect with the lardy cakes, so greedy me would love some lard AND some marmalade ;)

    Dec 14, 2014 | 12:28 am

  17. vic says:

    Lechon belly

    Dec 14, 2014 | 12:37 am

  18. kristin says:

    hams and cheeses… would make empanadas and buko pie if i could get the lard :)

    Dec 14, 2014 | 1:00 am

  19. Guits says:


    Dec 14, 2014 | 2:03 am

  20. xocolat says:

    BOROUGH MARKET is famous for their CURED MEATS and CHEESES , no less! ..so that’s my 99% guess!Well, it’ll be most appreciated if I can be the recipient of that sought-after lard:-)I’d like to try using it when I bake a real good APPLE PIE!. your sister’s marmalade , that also I won’t resist :-)

    Dec 14, 2014 | 4:48 am

  21. Gillian says:

    I’d love to try making the roast chicken and fried chickpeas with lard.

    Dec 14, 2014 | 7:20 am

  22. Nina says:

    Most probably you will get something that will be hard to source in Manila like duck confit and Iberico ham + various kinds of cheese. Would love to use lard to make empanada and pies; actually, I would love to use/sub lard instead of cooking oil!

    Dec 14, 2014 | 9:56 am

  23. Edel says:


    Dec 14, 2014 | 11:02 am

  24. ykmd says:

    Various cured meats and cheeses? If I win, I’ll gladly donate the lard to my friend’s family to make tortas (de Argao) :)

    Dec 14, 2014 | 1:26 pm

  25. Guia says:

    Iberico ham, Italian prosciutto & cheeses.
    Lard for baking pastries!

    Dec 14, 2014 | 2:05 pm

  26. calorie-shmalorie says:

    charcuterie in the box? the leaf lard would go to making that pie crust that also uses vodka in place of water.. and bake make an awesome fruit pie for my mom.

    Dec 14, 2014 | 2:27 pm

  27. Mandy says:

    “It was our last day in London, and a few hours before our flight we took the tube to the Borough market to pick up some (__raw cheese__) which we checked into our flight as luggage.” — I’d love some lard to bake apple pie for Christmas. :)

    Dec 14, 2014 | 9:40 pm

  28. Anna Banana says:

    jamon! I’d use the lard to make pie crusts and as condiment for my mother’s pinakbet!

    Dec 14, 2014 | 10:48 pm

  29. juandesigns says:

    Cured meats and cheese selections are my guess. I’d like to use the lard for my eggpie crust I plan to make for our Christmas family dinner. Thanks!

    Dec 14, 2014 | 11:03 pm

  30. peasmom says:

    The box contains different kinds of cheese and sausages. I would love to get the bottle of leaf lard coz I am into the LCHF diet! :-)

    Dec 15, 2014 | 1:13 am

  31. Anne :-) says:

    My guess would be: herbs, cheeses and sausages. I will use the lard to make a “divine empanada”. :-)

    Dec 15, 2014 | 7:05 am

  32. aj says:

    Cheese :D Gift to wifey, avid fan of yours Mr. Bond :D

    Dec 15, 2014 | 7:30 am

  33. Kasseopeia says:

    I think the box contains a mix of fine cheeses and some sausages/deli meat for a cheese/deli platter for cocktail hour.

    What to do with the lard? Oh, praise the lard… let me count the ways! But my first projct would definitely be an ensaymada done with lard. And QDB. Yes, please.

    Dec 15, 2014 | 2:40 pm

  34. lynn says:


    Dec 15, 2014 | 3:16 pm

  35. marznery says:

    My guess of the mystery box is different types of cured meats and cheese.
    I’ll use the lard for roasted chicken and veggies, and for some empanadas.

    Dec 15, 2014 | 4:07 pm

  36. saney says:

    I guess your box contains an assortment of butter, cheeses and cured meats/pates? I would like to make pie crusts using lard . thanks.

    Dec 15, 2014 | 4:20 pm

  37. Gee Ann says:

    Hi Mr. MM,

    My guess would be: Different type of olives, spices and cheeze

    I would like to try and make the lard basted roasted chicken for the holiday. :)

    Dec 15, 2014 | 7:09 pm

  38. Mart says:

    Oooh! I want to play too!

    The strings are thin and it can’t be too heavy otherwise the strings will bite into your flesh if you carry it for too long so a ham is out of the question.
    My guess is a fancy hat box with a hat just like the ones being worn by the dapper actors in Downton Abbey!

    I would use the lard everywhere. +1 to peasmom @29, LCHF is the way to go.
    Maybe try it out as a substitute for coconut oil/butter in my bullet-proof coffee/black tea.

    Dec 16, 2014 | 2:48 am

  39. Raneli Piczon says:

    Hi MM: I think its got to be delicate Christmas Decorations. Oh with good lard im going to split it with my sister- in-law and we’ll bake the family heirloom recipe of Torta for the holidays. Cheers!

    Dec 17, 2014 | 11:55 am

  40. Sleepless in Seattle says:

    Christmas decor.

    Dec 17, 2014 | 2:17 pm

  41. Marketman says:

    Sorry folks, entries for this mini-raffle are over since the answer was posted yesterday… :)

    Dec 17, 2014 | 2:24 pm


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