23 Mar2012

Siyempre, KILIG. The crew are beside themselves. :) Manny Pacquiao was in Cebu (Mactan) yesterday to film an episode of “Manny Many Prizes” and we got a day’s notice to please prepare a “pre-filming meal” or what was tantamount to a merienda cena for roughly a dozen people or so, on site. Only twist is, the Champ avoids pork, and requested we send a chicken tinola instead of lechon, and any other dishes we thought he might enjoy. I wasn’t able to get to Cebu quick enough, so I sent recipes over the net and our chefs did a classic chicken tinola in a palayok, the old-fashioned way with plump free-range chickens and rice washings… :) I understand he enjoyed that soup immensely, and nothing was left in the palayoks! We also sent some bangus and monggo without chicharon toppings and that was all wiped out as well. It was a bit of a zoo, and our crew were unable to get a snapshot with Manny, but they are thrilled nonetheless. They thought they were done, but after the merienda, the Pacquiao contingent decided to order more dishes for a late post-show meal as well! So twice in one day Zubufood (though not Zubuchon) was on the Pacquiao menu… :)



  1. joyce says:

    Wow! Gi pakyaw!

    Mar 23, 2012 | 9:10 am


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  3. Mari says:

    Galing naman…your crew is the best. Wish Cebu is only a few hours away, so I can have another taste of Zubuchon!

    Mar 23, 2012 | 9:12 am

  4. Libay says:

    Level-up na talaga ang Zubofood. Congrats MM and the crew!

    Mar 23, 2012 | 9:15 am

  5. betty q. says:

    …no chicken binakol and/or MM’s Kinilaw?

    Mar 23, 2012 | 9:54 am

  6. Marketman says:

    bettyq, would have loved to send binakol, but TINOLA was underlined. :) And if I was there, I would have definitely sent kinilaw, but would have to cut it myself, minutes before it was served… I now store dayap in my freezer all year round, so I can add dayap rind and that distinct flavor to whatever I am cooking when required… :)

    Mar 23, 2012 | 10:03 am

  7. Odit says:

    Knock out!

    Mar 23, 2012 | 10:29 am

  8. millet says:


    Mar 23, 2012 | 11:07 am

  9. rosedmd says:

    i love your kinilaw MM. !!! definitely the best i had

    Mar 23, 2012 | 12:45 pm

  10. Jeff says:

    Nice one Manny!

    By the way, my colleagues are currently attending the Philippine Cable Television Association (PCTA) Convention at Raddison Blu Hotel. I told them to eat at Zubuchon at least one meal as it was highly recommended by yours truly. :)

    They had dinner last Tuesday at your branch in Mango Avenue (?) and they were all thankful that I suggested Zubuchon. Busog na busog daw sila and gusto pa nila bumalik but their schedules doesn’t permit them anymore.

    But……..I am excited sa binilin kong Zubuchon Chicharon! Can’t wait to see them tomorrow!

    Mar 23, 2012 | 1:22 pm

  11. Gigi says:

    Hi MM, you mentioned plump free range chickens. Where do you get them? I bought organic free range chickens from several suppliers, and they are all very very thin! Was wondering where I can get plump ones.

    Mar 23, 2012 | 1:39 pm

  12. Footloose says:

    The feast of champions.

    Mar 23, 2012 | 2:17 pm

  13. Marketman says:

    Gigi, Magnolia has this new line of “free range chickens” — probably not truly organic, just literally allowed to run around outside for some of the day… but they are pretty good and I like to use them for special occasion dishes… They aren’t as flavorful nor as tough as the native chickens…

    Mar 23, 2012 | 4:45 pm

  14. natie says:

    Impressive–where else would the Champ order from?? from the BEST, of course!!

    Mar 23, 2012 | 9:35 pm

  15. MP says:

    Hey MM, saw you on ANC this morning….

    and on Rated K last week…

    all the praises are well deserved I must say….

    Mar 23, 2012 | 10:10 pm

  16. MiMac says:

    Is there a link to the ANC and Rated K appearance? On YouTube, perhaps? :D

    Manny’s group– welcome to the club! Hahaha!

    Mar 24, 2012 | 11:49 pm

  17. Eileen says:

    MM, my family and I are going to Cebu end of April. First on my agenda is to eat at Zubuchon! :) Looking forward to a fantastic meal in your restaurant. :)

    Mar 25, 2012 | 10:33 pm

  18. Akeeno says:

    MM, I want to visit Cebu this year for a one or two night stay. Will surely visit Zubuchon. I hope there will be another eyeball soon.

    Mar 26, 2012 | 12:22 am


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