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Dining Out…At Home? Make It Happen With These 5 Home Cooks

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 is for those who miss the days where you could choose anything from a restaurant’s menu! These homemade meals-to-go are perfect for those who want a taste of everything.


Founder Christopher Yu started Just Jar by selling cheesecakes in a jar last year during the “Ber” months to cater to friends who were looking for Christmas giveaways. After a few months, however, he stopped because he became occupied with work. He decided to resume operations in April to have a source of income during the pandemic. Yu expanded the menu to provide more than just desserts. “We offer you a complete meal. Shrimp salad for starter, Baked beef kimchi rice for the main course, creampuffs for dessert, and freshly brewed fruit tea for drinks!” he described. He also wanted to help his colleagues during this difficult time to have an extra income, so they became Just Jar’s delivery riders and resellers.

Just Jar prides itself on its full-course meal: the Baked Beef Kimchi Rice (UL), Brewed Fruit Tea (UR), Shrimp Salad (LL), and Cream Puffs (LR).

WHAT TO TRY: Just Jar’s full-course meal starts with their Shrimp Salad, with lightly battered shrimp and tropical fruits tossed in a sweet and creamy dressing. Next up is the Baked Beef Kimchi Rice, which satisfies all your samgyup cravings with layers of kimchi rice, beef bulgogi, cheese, and special sauce baked till golden, then topped with sesame seeds and nori strips. For dessert, Yu recommends the Cream Puffs – pillowy choux pastries that are generously filled with cream custard then drizzled with dark chocolate. Alongside the meal, they also have freshly Brewed Fruit Tea that is refreshing and comes with crystal jelly and popping boba.

To check out more of their products and price lists, check out their Facebook page here and their Instagram page here!


Owners Charles and Jefferson have always found joy in hosting intimate dinners at home with close family and friends and sharing memories over the dining table. Wanting to share the dishes loved by their friends and family, the two decided to revive their five-year dormant kitchen project with Charlie’s Favorites. “Each dish is cooked with the utmost care and all premium quality ingredients bringing you comfort and joy,” they shared. “Let’s make every family meal a meaningful celebration.”

Some of “Charlie’s Favorites” includes their Beef Gyudon (L), the Herbed Chicken with Aligue Rice (C), and the Crab Maritess (R).

WHAT TO TRY: Some of the titular favorites are their Herbed Chicken with Aligue Rice, Crab Maritess, and the Beef Gyudon dishes.

To check out more of their products and price lists, check out their Facebook page here and their Instagram page here!


Cucina Josefina was the realization of the owner’s lifelong dream to establish her restaurant. As the matriarch of her family, she loved to cook for family and friends. Established just earlier this year, Cucina Josefina is her way of sharing her loving creations.

Cucina Josefina’s delicious Baked Spaghetti (L) and rich Butter Garlic Crab (R) are loving creations cooked by the owner.

WHAT TO TRY: Cucina Josefina’s owner personally recommends the Butter Garlic Crab, which is lovingly cooked in olive oil, butter, and lots and lots of garlic. They also have Premium Beef Lasagna, Baked Spaghetti, and more to be added soon.

To check out more of their products and price lists, check out their Facebook page here and their Instagram page here!


Co-owner Xergg shares that he always enjoyed his mom’s signature dishes and the happiness that it brings. He and his siblings thought, “Why not let other people share the experience with us at the comforts of their own homes?” This led to Aunty Norz’ Home Cooking, where they showcase their home-cooked favorites by bringing it from their kitchen to yours.

Aunty Norz’s diverse selection of food includes their Spicy Kani Aburi (UL), Truffle Cheese Sticks (LL), Ox Tail / Gu Be (C), Burger (UR), and Pork Longganisa (LR).

WHAT TO TRY: Their take on the classic Pork Longganisa has a perfect blend of sweet, garlicky, and saltiness in one roll of joy. They plan to elevate your cheese stick experience with their unique Truffle Cheese Sticks. Aunty Norz’ personal Burger Patties recipe is tried and tested; they’re juicy and tender with a surprising kick of flavor from mushrooms. The Spicy Kani Aburi is their take on the Baked Sushi craze. Keeping it in the family, their late grandfather’s rendition of the classic adobo is their Ox Tail / Gu Be dish, with a bit of spice and is best eaten with rice.

To check out more of their products and price lists, check out their Facebook page here and their Instagram page here!


“From when I was in preschool up until now as a working professional, my mom would make sure that everyone in the family had a ton of baon to eat and share!!,” co-owner Stephanie Sayson shares affectionately about her mother, Patty, whose love language is food. With the pandemic putting them in uncertain times and keeping them at home, the mother-daughter duo started Patty’s Party “as a reminder that each day deserves to be cherished and celebrated! What better way to celebrate the day other than with food?”

With selections such as their Four Cheese Beef Lasagna (UL), Mashed Kamote (LL), Kiampung (C), Tangy Kamote Cheese Sticks (UR), and their Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Brownies (LR), Patty’s Party Trays and Treats hopes their foods can brighten up every family dinner!

WHAT TO TRY: Stephanie recommends their Four Cheese Beef Lasagna, with layers of quality cheese, lean beef, and herbs for a rich delicacy! Their Tangy Kamote Cheese Sticks are Mommy Patty’s special mashed kamote with gooey cheese and tangy jalapeño wrapped together for a healthy and unique bite.

To check out more of their products and price lists, check out their Facebook page here and their Instagram page here!

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