10 Aug2012

We didn’t have much advance notice, but were more than happy to welcome several “doyennes” of the local culinary landscape… In the midst of the Ironman craziness in Cebu, these ladies and one gentleman dropped in at Zubuchon Mango for a late lunch. Glenda Rosales-Barretto, Jessie Sincioco, Penk Tan Ching, Myrna Segismundo, Gina Gracia Navarro, Sandy Daza accompanied by Maricris Encarnacion. They had eaten our lechon the previous day at a catered event or another lunch, and they were at the restaurant to try our other dishes. Luckily, I had access to very fresh tangigue so I made them two platters of kinilaw to start their lunch…

They also had saguyon, adobo, squid stuffed with sisig, pickles, lapu-lapu fried rice, lechon sinigang, kang kong, biko, turon, budbud kabog, santol, duhat and kamias shakes and other dishes. It’s kinda scary to have such esteemed members of the culinary heirarchy in for lunch. They taste your food and instantly try to pull apart ingredients and guess the likely manner in which it was cooked… :) Thankfully, we do our food as old-fashioned as it gets, without MSG or flavor enhancers… so it was nice to see them enjoy the food. Any group of folks that SERIOUSLY RELISHES the FAT in the adobo is right by me. :) Many thanks to all the ladies and gentleman for the visit. I hope you all enjoyed your meal!



  1. Ed says:

    oh, you mean the REAL foodies/ food aficionados… xxx part of comment deleted at the writer’s request, as it could and was misunderstood by other readers xxx (evil laugh)

    Aug 10, 2012 | 9:29 am

  2. Marketman says:

    Ed, HAHAHA… EVIL laugh indeed. :)

    Aug 10, 2012 | 9:39 am

  3. Dogbone says:

    That is quite an impressive table of foodies.
    They obviously came to the right place.

    @Ed, hahaha! Eeeeevilll!

    Aug 10, 2012 | 10:14 am

  4. jay p says:

    bravo Marketman. :)

    now that’s a trial by fire right there. good to see you pass with flying colors.

    not that there was any doubt about that.

    Aug 10, 2012 | 10:33 am

  5. nessa says:

    mm, you look so tall in the second picture. what’s your height?

    by the way, i tried your guava jelly. it’s good! it has just the right amount of sweetness. not overpowering at all.

    Aug 10, 2012 | 11:08 am

  6. http://runningenthusiast.net says:

    I miss the kamias shake.

    Aug 10, 2012 | 11:50 am

  7. crabbychef says:

    MM, one word: HEAVYWEIGHTS! Grabe, na-starstruck ako.

    Aug 10, 2012 | 11:51 am

  8. Lyn says:

    sandy daza! one of my fave local tv chefs. for some reason, he reminds me of kuya bodjie of batibot…

    Aug 10, 2012 | 12:03 pm

  9. ykmd says:

    Can I pretend to be an important foodie so you can meet me for lunch? Kahit sisig-stuffed squid lang, happy na ako :) I’m sure they were all impressed!

    Aug 10, 2012 | 12:18 pm

  10. Marketman says:

    nessa, I am six feet tall in the morning, a quarter inch shorter in the evening… hahaha. It’s true.

    Aug 10, 2012 | 1:00 pm

  11. risa says:

    All I can say is, wow.

    Aug 10, 2012 | 1:34 pm

  12. myra_p says:

    Yup, those are the real foodies! I doubt any of them have pretentious blogs :p

    Aug 10, 2012 | 1:44 pm

  13. myra_p says:

    @Ed… The foodies I follow were cooking adobo, rice, veggies, monggo and lugaw for distribution. My other favorite foodies (Hello Margarita and JJ!) were busy organizing relief efforts :) They are the foodies I admire.

    Aug 10, 2012 | 2:34 pm

  14. Pam says:

    Wow. Kulang na lang si Jill and Claude and the roster’s complete! Makes me think…will we have such talented and committed food passionistas in the next generation? Hope so.

    Off topic, in case Myrna gets to read this- Uuuuy blooming!

    @myra_p Couldn’t agree with you more.

    Aug 10, 2012 | 3:28 pm

  15. Marketman says:

    Ed, wait a minute… did I miss something? What were the foodie blogs you are referring to… private email please… completely missed that…

    Aug 10, 2012 | 3:31 pm

  16. myra_p says:

    MM, in case anyone wants to help cook 7k hot meals, let me know. Makati location. Gulay donations very welcome!

    Aug 10, 2012 | 3:38 pm

  17. dhanggit says:

    that sounds one scumptious meal! Im glad to see Mr. Daza I used to watch his cooking show when I was a teenager :-)

    ps, MM I think I know what Ed is referring too :-)

    Aug 10, 2012 | 3:49 pm

  18. millet says:

    ed, mismo!

    Aug 10, 2012 | 4:01 pm

  19. Joan says:

    @Millet: PM me in FB! who them??? hahaha

    Aug 10, 2012 | 4:33 pm

  20. manny says:

    MM, it should be a complement to know this group of Foodies patronized your resto. There’s no way a group like this would even bother risk going to a questionable place. You should pop a bottle right now and cherish the thought. Cheers!

    Aug 10, 2012 | 4:38 pm

  21. joey says:

    Chef Jessie!! I’m a fan :) All of them are definitely superstars in my book!

    Ok, if Ed PM’s you please share! Now I am curious too!!

    Aug 10, 2012 | 4:46 pm

  22. aji says:

    Na curious ako kung sino yung mga foodies na yun while the rest of us folks in Marikina were flooded.

    Share naman!

    Aug 10, 2012 | 7:52 pm

  23. dianne says:

    awww… my stomach grumbled just as i saw the zubuchon logo.. counting the days til i’ll be back in cebu so i can have the best lechon again and taste the other zubuchon dishes, especially the flakes :) btw MM, my boyfriend, who has proclaimed that there’s nothing better than good-old-run-of-the-mill cebu lechon is now a convert. I think he loves me more after i gave him zubuchon as pasalubong a few weeks ago. – fangirl. haha!

    Aug 10, 2012 | 9:04 pm

  24. melanie says:

    Wow! Super WOW. Then again, why should anyone be surprised? It was just a matter of time the heavy weights of the food industry would have their pictures with MM! At Zubuchon, Cebu. Now when, oh, when is Zubuchon coming to Manila???? Please????

    Aug 10, 2012 | 11:33 pm

  25. psychomom says:

    ed’s comments piqued my interest. now i want to know what food blogs he was referring to….. now to surf the internet….

    Aug 10, 2012 | 11:56 pm

  26. chreylle says:

    MM, is dat penk ching of pastry bin? wow!! my ultimate idol, hands down :)

    Aug 11, 2012 | 1:42 am

  27. PITS, MANILA says:

    oooooh! sandy daza and myrna segismundo with the rest of your visitors … so fun! it’s like a game when people taste your food and try to distinguish the ingredients … some can even tell if you braised the meat or not … what a thrill it would have been if your readers had access to the exchange during the meal!

    Aug 11, 2012 | 7:36 am

  28. Hiddendragon says:

    Well and good that these prominent foodies gather together in an equally deservedly prominent food place. But must we drop insults at others who blog (rather unsuccessfully by some standards) about food?

    If it’s that reprehensible that others come out with these blogs while the metro floods, what about the writers and the people featured in today’s MM posting. What have you/they done lately for the flood victims? An otherwise pleasant-to-read posting turns sour and bitter by these side comments.

    Aug 11, 2012 | 8:34 am

  29. Ed says:

    Hello MM and the other commenting peeps…

    Just to clear things up, what I said was “pictures of them…. plastered in FACEBOOK”. xxxxxxxxx Hey, I didn’t know Singaporean chef Tony Khoo was in town! Oh and have you guys tasted Wildflour in the Fort area, heard it was good! Oh well, at least they were well fed and well imbibed.

    Aug 11, 2012 | 8:53 am

  30. Ayuna says:

    Hi there. I read about the soft shell crab recipe. My question is, who in Phillipine can i contact to order these soft shell crab. Appreciate if you can intro one or two supplier/s pls.

    Thanks and regards,

    Aug 11, 2012 | 9:15 am

  31. florisa says:

    @Ed. hahaha… they have to ignore the rest of the flood/calamity stricken majority kasi their blogs are their source of incomes e. nakita mo ba mga blogs nila? puro banners at kung anuanong ads.

    MM, i recognized agad yung iba sa pics mo. I grew up watching Sandy Daza’s cooking show nun e. It must have been awesome hearing them deconstruct the food they are eating. In my mind parang nasa game show ka and one gets the right ingredients a bell rang! hahaha…

    Aug 11, 2012 | 12:09 pm

  32. Marketman says:

    Ayuna, see this post, here, for contact details for softshell crabs.

    Aug 11, 2012 | 1:50 pm

  33. jinggay pido-ditan says:

    sandy daza’s looking great!

    Aug 11, 2012 | 4:49 pm

  34. Ed says:

    thanks MM… as an aside, Sandy Daza’s sister and her co-host back in the day Nina was my secret TV crush.

    Aug 11, 2012 | 7:54 pm

  35. maricel yum! says:

    I am soooo green with envy! But to have MM as a guest in The Bayleaf Intramuros will also be a dream come true…This serves as an invitation and I hope MM does not turn me down :)

    Aug 11, 2012 | 10:18 pm

  36. tink says:

    MM, that’s a powerhouse of guests there! So kewl..

    Aug 11, 2012 | 10:30 pm

  37. jheng says:

    sorry po, pero crush ko po talaga si sandy daza nung 6 yrs old ako. hihi. i used to watch his show at ch. 2 every saturday morning.

    Aug 12, 2012 | 12:36 am

  38. aleeh co says:

    Been to your Islands Hotel branch yesterday. We had a taste of recently brought in Zubuchon. We also ordered Kalabasa soup. No MSG indeed! Then took home some for my family as well. Perfect!

    Aug 12, 2012 | 10:31 am

  39. mary chen says:

    i may have pee my pants serving my food to such powerhouse culinary guests! LOL.

    Aug 12, 2012 | 5:48 pm

  40. Dragon says:

    Now to watch out for Sandy’s comments on his blog. He’s a good soul, that Sandy…and down to earth too!

    Aug 14, 2012 | 8:34 am

  41. Maricris Encarnacion says:

    Hi Joel,
    You’ll be happy to know that everyone is still talking about your food. All good food memories. Thank you again for hosting us. Heavyweights notwithstanding, simple pleasures done well are always a hit. Tita Glenda still raving about the kinilaw. Till we share the next table…

    Aug 30, 2012 | 12:22 pm

  42. Penk Ching says:

    Hi Joel,
    Thanks for the great food you served. It was THE BEST! I have been following your blog for quite some time now, and I was thrilled to finally meet you. Hope to see Zubuchon in Manila soon!

    Sep 1, 2012 | 11:39 pm


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