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!
Today’s entry showcases the diverse cuisines found in Chinese food! From homemade family traditions to original takes on longtime classics, these small food shops are guaranteed to satiate your Chinese cravings!
Food businesses start from being simple family delicacies. The Machang House’s authentic Cantonese Machang recipe is no exemption. The homemade recipe of Hanna Isabel Ng’s grandmother was a family favorite. The knowledge and techniques were passed on to them so they could also serve fresh and delicious Machang for the family. Demand increased from friends outside the family, hence they started Machang House to serve the public. With no preservatives included and slow-cooked for eight hours, their authentic Cantonese-style Machang is a delicious dish perfect for your family dinners.
WHAT TO TRY: Their Pork Machang is generously filled with glutinous rice, pork belly, Chinese sausages, chestnuts, dried shrimps, and whole salted egg, all wrapped in bamboo leaves. The Chicken Machang is also prepped with the finest ingredients, with chicken thigh, mushroom, and lotus seeds added with the usual Machang ingredients.
With the spare time they had during quarantine, sisters Abigail and Alexis Sze thought of providing some positivity and warmth to people through their grandmother’s meals. “Since we grew up eating her home-made dishes, we want to share the same love through living out her legacy through the dishes she has been serving,” they said. This led to them starting Ama’s Recipe two months ago, and since then, they were overwhelmed with love and support from satisfied customers who crave their Ama’s delicious Chinese homemade recipes.
WHAT TO TRY: Their Signature Kiampong is packed with a burst of flavors to complete your meal, including a twist of fresh and healthy ingredients that even kids can’t resist. They also recommend their bestselling Shanghai Rolls, as well as their Braised Pork Belly in Special Sauce, which is mouthwatering with every bite!
Mary Grace Khu prides in the dishes of her ahya Glen, because he would always ask her what she wanted to eat, and he would come up with great dishes that are very restaurant or hotel-like in taste. As a professional chef, Glen previously worked in hotels and cruise ships. When he came back to Philippines for good last year, the siblings had plans to have a restaurant business – he would handle operations while she is in charge of the marketing. When the pandemic happened, Glen and Mary Grace decided to come up with their online food venture. Named “Ahya’s Khusina” as a play on their surname, the two aim to share their food creations, starting with their tasty take on fried chicken!
WHAT TO TRY: Their Chinese Style Fried Chicken relies on the right marinade and perfect cooking technique. Instead of having gravy or any other liquid sauce, they opted for Powder and Kalamansi to give their chicken a unique taste!
Quarantine made Marcella Lim’s vacation a lot longer, so she decided to make the most out of her spare time by selling desserts through her shop, Choose M. Later on, she asked her parents if they would allow her to also sell their home-cooked Chinese food. Thankfully they agreed, so Lim started Tasty Snacks, where she shares her family’s Chinese homemade specialties, particularly their beef maki and kiampeng.
WHAT TO TRY: Lim recommends their Beef Maki and Pork Maki, which are family favorites and bestsellers. Best paired with the maki is their scrumptious Kiampeng. Tasty Snacks’ newest product is Peanut Balls, which quickly become popular and sold out every day!
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