With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting livelihoods of all walks of life, CHiNOY TV kickstarted the #CHiNOYTVSupportsLocal series to give an avenue for local businesses to be featured!
This week’s entry showcases delicious pastries! Whether it’s sweet or savory, these scrumptious bites are guaranteed to satisfy your afternoon snack or after-dinner cravings!
THE MIXING PROJECT
The Mixing Project was born after the hotel where its owners were working was affected by the quarantine. Stuck in lockdown, they decided to begin baking pastries such as eclairs and cheesecake cups. They decided it would become a new business venture!
The Mixing Project’s selection of pastries includes Eclairs (L) and Cheesecake Cups (R) that will surely satiate your cravings.
WHAT TO TRY: Their best-sellers are their Eclairs, which are elongated pastries made with puff pastry dough and filled with different kinds of flavors topped with chocolate!
Founder Daryll Hu was in a J1 program in the United States for culinary lessons but was forced to go back home because of COVID-19. While waiting for the pandemic to subside, he started Beurre Patisserie to keep his skills honed and to share what French pastries are about.
Beurre Patisserie provides founder Daryll Hu’s own take on scrumptious French pastries, such as the Canele (L) and the Choux (R)
WHAT TO TRY: Hu’s bestseller is the Choux, or a variation of Cream Puff, where his version has a sugar dough on top, filled with either vanilla or chocolate pastry cream. Another recommended item is the Canele, which is crispy on the outside and has soft rum vanilla custard on the inside.
CREAMYBAKES BY MELODY
Owner Melody Grace Ngo is a full-time homemaker after retiring early from her corporate job just before the pandemic. In June, she began selling home-baked special egg tarts that were initially meant to be for the consumption of her children. With the love and support of her customers, she began legitimizing her business as Creamybakes by Melody to better address orders and inquiries and to meet demand. “I have not stopped baking daily since then,” she admits.
Creamybakes by Melody prides itself in their Portuguese Egg Tarts, which come in Classic and Premium Ube flavors.
WHAT TO TRY: Ngo offers two variants to her Portuguese Egg Tarts. The Classic remains to be the bestseller as it takes one back to Macau with its authentic taste and texture. Ngo believes it will “will capture your heart in a single bite but also will eventually lead you to eat the whole box by yourself!” The Premium Ube, meanwhile, is a “hit for ube lovers” in Ngo’s words. The smooth, creamy custard blends well together with Good Shepherd Ube from Baguio – her childhood favorite.
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