NANAY’S Bulad Flakes: Gustatory delight for every Filipino!

Who would have thought that an island getaway with family can turn a simple household dish into a business that’s starting to make a buzz in the city today? A menu that’s done out of cooking habits for the family and friends is now in demand not only in Dumaguete City but also across the country and even abroad.

I have been cooking this menu for a couple of months last year and I just give them away to friends and family. – Dimples

Bulad is a common Filipino dish otherwise known as daing or tuyo in other dialects. It’s made of sun and air-dried salted fish. NANAY’s Bulad Flakes is a sauteed ready-to-eat dried fish in a jar — an innovation to the simple Filipino bulad dish and definitely a gustatory delight for every Filipino!

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Original and Hot and Spicy NANAY’s Bulad Flakes. A ready to eat dried fish in a jar. A gustatory delight for every Filipino! Retail price is at Php160.00 per jar.

The idea of making this bulad flakes into a business venture was coined during a family getaway in Siquijor Island May this year. Kristine Joyce Marcelino-Tionko also known as Dimples and one of the owners of NANAY’s Bulad Flakes brought with her the product she made few days back as part of their provisions on the trip. While brainstorming on their next travel destination and how to come up with their travel funds, the idea of selling the bulad flakes came to mind. That’s how NANAY’s Bulad Flakes came to life.

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mouth-watering sauteed bulad flakes

The product name is in honor of Dimple’s mother-in-law who passed away three years ago whom they all call NANAY. Bulad on the other hand is the Visayan term for this Filipino dried fish thus bringing the mother tongue to their product name; just right for a product name that’s to be known locally in time.

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“Bulad flakes is from the idea of gourmet tuyo. The way I understand it, gourmet tuyo is vinegar based and the fish used is herring. That’s where I got the idea of making a recipe that’s pleasing to my palate” says Dimples who used to make this bulad flakes for personal consumption.

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Dimples cooking with love which transmits through the taste of NANAY’s Bulad Flakes. Get get ready to have an extra rice!

When asked what’s unique about NANAY’s Bulad Flakes, Dimples said that their product is unparalleled because of the cookware they are using called SALADMASTER, which is also the secret to this mouth-watering and delicious dish in a jar.

Good food from fresh ingredients.
Good food from fresh ingredients.

The women behind NANAY’s Bulad Flakes are also aware of the tough market competition, however, they did not falter because they are confident of their products quality and taste. In the future, aside from making the business big, they also want the people to think of NANAY’s Bulad Flakes when they hear about Dumaguete City wherever they are.

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Aside from the Bulad Flakes, they also offer NANAY’s Cheezy Brazo Spread and NANAY’s Choco Brazo Spread. There’s also something new adding to their product line and Dagit Dumaguete Team is honored to be part of the first few people to get a taste of their newest addition NANAY’s Cheezy Pimiento Spread.

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The yummy Cheesy Brazo Spread. Retail price is at P130 per jar.

NANAY's Cheezy Brazo and Choco Brazo Spreads
NANAY’s Cheezy Brazo and Choco Brazo Spreads. Retail price is P130 per jar

Dagit Dumaguete did some rounds in Facebook and Instagram to see what people who have tasted NANAY’s Bulad Flakes have to say:

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Actress Mariel Padilla also loved Nanay’s Bulad Flakes! 

 

THANK you for patronizing our homemade product. If you have not taken a dose of NBF, then you are missing a lot! Get one now! – Dimples

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If you want to bring this as pasalubong especially out of the country, you may request for PET jar packaging. It comes with an induction-sealed liners for spill proofing.

You may visit their Official Facebook Page here or follow them in Instagram @nanaysbuladflakes. You may send them private message or direct message for your orders and inquiries or you can call or text their digits at +639066888638.

FUN FACTS: The business is owned and ran by Kristine Joyce Marcelino-Tionko a.k.a. Dimples, her sister-in-law Goldy Gonzalez-Tionko Ramas Uypitching, and first cousins of Goldy, Vanessa Gonzalez-Chua and Maria Antonia Gonzalez-Villarante.

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The women behind this delicious ready-to-eat dried fish in a jar. L-R: Kristine Joyce Marcelino-Tionko a.k.a. Dimples, Goldy Gonzalez-Tionko Ramas Uypitching, Maria Antonia Gonzalez-Villarante. and Vanessa Gonzalez-Chua

 

HARBOUR CITY DIMSUM HOUSE: Everyday Hong Kong!

Offering the classic delectable dimsum dishes, a new Harbour City Dimsum House opens in Dumaguete City on October 15, 2016. Harbour City Dimsum House is a homegrown restaurant in Cebu which brings with it the famous Hong Kong inspired classic dimsum and teahouses experience. Just like its famous tagline, it’s Everyday Hong Kong in Dumaguete now.

The restaurant is located at Silliman Avenue and with its big signage you’ll never have a hard time finding this dimsum house. Harbour City offers the widest range of dimsum choices, where the food is wheeled in by servers straight to the customer’s table-sides for convenient and fast selection. This unique way of serving the food to customers is practiced across all Harbour City branches in the Philippines. One cart is dedicated for steamed goods while the second cart is for fried goods and lastly the third cart is for the drinks. The servers roam around the restaurant so customers will just point whatever they like on the menu. The carts have burners so food temperature is maintained.

Food wheeled in by servers straight to your tables. One for fried goods, one for steamed goods, and the last one for drinks.
Food wheeled in by servers straight to your table. One for fried goods, one for steamed goods and the last one for drinks.

The servers were also trained for suggestive way of selling. For those who are not familiar with Chinese cuisine but are ‘in’ for the experience, worry less because Harbour City servers are good in suggesting the best food which goes well with the other dimsum dishes they are serving as well as the type of sauce that goes well with your food selection.

L-R: Royalson Rama (Area Manager), Aisha Nuñez (Marketing and Promotions Officer), Mael Carballo (Marketing Assistant)
L-R: Royalson Rama (Area Manager), Aisha Nuñez (Marketing and Promotions Officer), Mael Carballo (Marketing Assistant)

Nowadays, aside from the Filipino cuisine, Chinese cuisine is the second option. Now, they have a very wide selection of dimsum that we are very excited to offer Dumaguete says Aisha Nuñez, Marketing and Promotions Officer of Harbour City Dimsum House Dumaguete

Harbour City’s best sellers are the following:

Their famous Steamed Fried Rice and definitely one of their best sellers
Their famous Steamed Fried Rice and definitely one of their best sellers
  1. Steamed Fried Rice which is a perfect combination of savory pork and shrimp toppings over seasoned fried rice.
  2. Shaomai varieties like Shaomai and Quail Egg Shaomai with each bite full of chunky pork and shrimp pieces.
  3. Spring Rolls and Garlic Pork Spare Ribs
Spring Rolls. Another best seller.
Spring Rolls. Another best seller.
Shaomai.
Shaomai. A bite full of chunky pork and shrimp pieces.

For noodles, don’t miss to taste their Beef Sate Noodles or Lomi.

The training regimen of the restaurant’s cook is rigid explains Marketing and Promotions Officer Nuñez. They made sure that food safety and time-honored service are of great priority when dealing with their customers.

Harbour City aims to provide nice place, good quality food and value for money.
Harbour City aims to provide nice place, good quality food and value for money.
The friendly staff who opted for some photos during the Grand Opening
Photo op with the friendly staff during the Grand Opening.

The restaurant’s ambiance and atmosphere is very relaxing. The place can also accommodate big and small groups. Downstairs, they have a circular chair that can accommodate a group of 6-8 persons. They also have chairs with cushions as well as the regular chairs in the restaurants. Whether you’re going in groups or solo, Harbour City offers cozy, discreet, and unique atmosphere depending on the area you’re seated inside the restaurant.

View of the Ground floor.
View of the Ground floor.

The second floor will have three function rooms in the coming days. The room capacity will be about 25-50 people. The rooms are conjoined to accommodate those groups who opt to have a bigger space for their events or special occasions.

Harbour City is also geared up for the very competitive, wide and diverse market. According to Nuñez what’s unique about Harbour City is their menu, which have authentic, traditional recipes that are homegrown. The restaurant is also known for using all natural ingredients in their menu.

Operation hours is at 10am to 11pm daily. The restaurant is also looking at the angle of providing breakfast meals to customers hopefully in the coming months.

So why go far to experience Hong Kong? Visit Harbour City Dimsum House Dumaguete now where everyday is Hong Kong!

Here are some photos of the mouth-watering dishes Harbour City Dimsum House Dumaguete offers:

Bacon Shaomai
Bacon Shaomai
Mushroom Shaomai
Mushroom Shaomai
Fried Goods...
Fried Goods…

The restaurant also offers desserts of different varieties.

Mango Fruit Cream
Mango Fruit Cream
Creamy Leche Flan
Creamy Leche Flan

For more photos of their menu and the grand opening last Saturday head over to our Facebook Page to see the album or click hereHarbour City Dimsum House DumagueteHarbour City Dimsum House Dumaguete

During the Grand Opening on October 15, 2016 free steamed fried rice were given to the first 100 customers. The restaurant was jam-packed that day.
During the Grand Opening on October 15, 2016 free steamed fried rice were given to the first 100 customers. The restaurant was jam-packed that day.
FUN FACTS: Harbour City Dimsum House is one of the flagship brands of Harbour City Dimsum House Co., Inc. (HCDHCI). HCDHCI also operates Ding Qua Qua Dimsum and Dimsum Break restaurants. Dumaguete branch is the newest baby of Harbour City and they are looking to put up more branches in Visayas and Mindanao.