Inasal

Tirador ka din ba ng unli rice sa Mang Inasal?

Piping hot unli rice smeared with toyo mansi with chicken oil. Rapsa!

Naka-kamay ka din ba?

Mas dama ang lasa ng manok.

Iba ang gana kumain. Napaparami ka ng kanin.

Naguunahan din ba kayo ng mga kaibigan mo sa unli rice?

Paramihan?

Pero hinay-hinay lang.

Ayaw ni Sen. Villar sa masyadong dupang sa kanin, tapos hindi uubusin.

Nagkakaubusan na nga ng NFA rice, magsasayang ka pa?

Mang Inasal

Mang Inasal is one of the nation’s biggest and most popular food chains, thanks to their take on the Negrense specialty that took the country by storm. Photo credits to the Mang Inasal official facebook page.

Where Did Mang Inasal start?

Establishing its first branch in a 3-year-old unoccupied space in Robinsons Mall Carpark, Iloilo on December 12, 2003, Mang Inasal quickly became a hit for the Ilonggos.

Of course, it would not be done without the efforts of its owner, Mr. Edgar Sia II. After conducting a research on what could be the common “taste” of the 16 regions in the Philippines, Sia figured out that “barbecue” (or simply, Inasal in Ilonggo) is the mass appeal—a feat that has been capturing the hearts and empty stomachs of the Filipino people.

Before enterprising his business to Luzon, specifically in Manila, Mang Inasal opened its second outlet in Roxas City, Sia’s hometown. With this, his business bloomed in the provinces to 26 branches; a proof that his Inasal has really caught the Filipino tastebuds.

In 2006, he finally opened his outlet in Manila, a venture that he referred to as the “make-or-break” city. It was during this year when the city was in the middle of rice shortage (and as we all know, rice is a primary food for the Filipinos). This was where he opened the “Unli Rice” promo, which was only supposed to run for two months. Seeing that it has attracted more customers, the promo became permanent and is now being simulated by other fast food chains.

Famous for its native-style and “nuot-sarap” Chicken Inasal with its pioneering “unlimited rice”, Mang Inasal quickly won the hearts of its customers with its distinctively Pinoy stamp-grilling and special marinade made out of local secret spices.

The primary reason for Mang Inasal’s success is its wide array of Filipino comfort food, especially Chicken Inasal – with its distinct taste that Pinoys have grown and continue to love.

Today, Mang Inasal is the leading Pinoy branded outlet in the country, with its strong portfolio of Chicken Inasal, Pork BBQ, Halo Halo, and Palabok. Variations in the menu are constantly being developed to meet the discriminating demands of its growing customer base.

Mang Inasal has steadily grown ever since its acquisition, making it one of the fastest growing quick service restaurants in the country. To date, Mang Inasal has over 450 stores nationwide and counting.

Trivia:

1) Did you know that Mang Inasal means “Mr. Barbecue?”

2) Mang Inasal is not only known for its delicious food, but with its affordable, permanent, rice-all-you-can promo, equipped with quick service.

3) Edgar Sia II is actually an architecture drop-out, but he was still able to establish a successful fast-food chain! How cool is that?

4) Also, Edgar Sia II gained 3Billion after selling Mang Inasal to Jollibee, a feat that proves how much of a successful businessman he is, and how high he has propelled Mang Inasal to success.

5) Mang Inasal’s success follows this formula: good business concept + quality of food + exceptional marketing strategy + affordable pricing and even expansion + the X Factor (blessing of God), which should be dealt with the right asal (behavior).

Source:
MoneyGizmo.net
MangInasal.com

Ghalaba

I miss the food in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)! I was craving for a piping hot tamis (unleavened bread) dipped in ghalaba mushakel (mashed assorted beans topped with chopped tomato & onion, grated hardboiled egg & feta cheese) for breakfast.

If you are an adventurous foodie like me, Riyadh has a lot to offer. There are many awesome local delicacies to try. It is a must that you visit hole in the wall food stops in the city and go where the locals go.

Ghalaba

The Arabian people have consumed the same type of food for thousands of years. Some of the common food items in Saudi Arabian cuisine include wheat, rice, lamb, chicken, yogurt, potatoes and dates. In photo, hubad or naked shawarma (top left), ghalaba mushakel (left), loads of shawarma (top right) & kabsa (lower right). Photo credits to the owner.

The Arabic menu has a distinct appeal to indulge people’s taste buds.

Arabic cuisine is influenced by diversified food from India, Mediterranean and Middle East countries. Kabsa and Shawarma are the two most popular and affordable Arabic foods that will surely pacify the hunger of people from all walks of life.

Here are some of the famous Arabic cuisine that I miss so dearly:

If you are a “rice eater” just like most Pinoys (Filipinos), then you should not miss eating Kabsa. It is a traditional Arabian dish made with rice, chicken and mixture of spices like pepper, cardamom, saffron, cinnamon, lime, bay leaves and nutmeg that give it a unique delightful taste. This national dish is served in a big portion that 2-3 persons can share. To make eating kabsa more pleasurable, it is commonly eaten with the hands and prepared directly on a table covered with disposable food plastic instead of a plate.

I personally consider shawarma as an instant healthy meal. The grilled strips of seasoned meat commonly served as a wrap in Middle Eastern flat bread is very convenient to eat everywhere. Accompanied with other fillings like tomato, cucumber, onion, lettuce, French fries and garlic mayonnaise dressing, this may be considered a complete meal.

These are just a few that triggers my hunger pangs today. Who knows maybe tomorrow, I’ll add more!

Donuts

Batang 90s?

Do you like Choc Nut, Flat Tops o Haw Haw? Or all?

Want something new yet something old (you really love)? Well, here it is, favorite chocolates at candy mo noon pa, nasa donuts na ngayon!

Visit your favorite Mister Donut shops and grab your #MDThrowbackDonuts!

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Throwback Donut filled at topped ng inyong paboritong childhood candies.

#milky creamy hawhaw donut
#classic choco flat tops donut
#choco nutty chocnut donut

Sarap sulit ulitin!

Looking to franchise Mister Donut in the Philippines?

Here are the information you need to begin your own Mister Donut franchise, including franchise fee, application details, and contact information from PinoyMoneyTalk.com:

About Mister Donut

In 1955, American Harry Winokur began selling doughnuts in Boston, Massachusetts. The Mister Donut business became popular that others began to crave for a piece of the business.

As a result, Mister Donut went into franchising — selling franchises to entrepreneurs. Mister Donut eventually began rapid expansion resulting in the opening of several hundred stores across the USA and Canada.

In 1983, Duskin Co. Ltd. of Japan acquired the sales and trademark rights for Asia from Mister Donut America. This paved the way for the introduction of Mister Donut, not only in Japan, but even in other countries including the Philippines. Mister Donut started its first store in the Philippines in 1982 and is now one of the biggest donut brands in the country.

Franchise Fee and Total Investment

The Mister Donut franchise fee is P50,000.

Apart from this fee, franchisees also have to pay the following cost depending on the store type:

Cart — P200,000 to P300,000
Take-out Booth — starts at P400,000
Dine-In — starts at P650,000
The franchise cost already includes the cart, equipment, small wares, POS tablet, and two (2) sets of crew uniform.

Franchise Term and Payback Period

The franchise investment is valid for 2 years, non-refundable and non-transferable, but renewable depending on the performance of the franchise.

According to the company, the expected payback period of the franchise investment is:

For Carts: 8 months
For Dine-In: 12 to 24 months

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a suitable location for a Mister Donut outlet?

Heavy pedestrian foot traffic locations are valid choices for a Mister Donut outlet. Examples of which are: jeepney, tricycle & bus terminals, public markets, shopping malls, groceries, school canteens, churches, lobbies of office buildings, etc.

Is the Franchise Term renewable?

Yes, franchisees of good standing may renew their Mister Donut franchise license for P50,000 for another two (2)-year term. If the franchisee decides to terminate the franchise agreement, the investment is non-refundable, except for the security deposit.

Does Mister Donut grant territorial or area exclusivity?

No, Mister Donut Philippines does not grant territorial exclusivity. New shops may be placed where customers are not yet served.

Application Requirements
Franchise applicants should submit a duly signed Letter of Intent addressed to the Franchise Management Department (fms@misterdonut.ph) containing the following information:

  • Applicant’s interest to be a franchisee of Mister Donut
  • Applicant’s address, contact numbers and e-mail
  • Proposed location address and vicinity map
  • Site pictures

Contact Details
For questions or concerns, contact:

Cherryl B. Carino

Franchise Management and Systems Manager

Address: Ramcar Center, 80-82 Roces Ave., Quezon City

Telephone / Cellphone Numbers: +632-3701236 ; +639178896016

E-mail: fms@misterdonut.ph

Alupihang Dagat

My brother cooked a mouthwatering Alupihang Dagat or Mantis Shrimp in Coconut Sauce (Ginataan na may Kalabasa) a few days ago.

Mantis Shrimp

Mantis shrimps are highly aggressive crustaceans that capture prey using large, raptorial claws much like that of a praying mantis. They’re very perishable out of the water – only the big ones are worth eating because there’s not much meat on them, just a thin strip.

It was given by his friend from a fresh market in Tanza, Cavite.

I posted the dish online and an amiga from Riyadh called it Tatampal or Hipong Dapa.

It’s a cross between a shrimp and a crab but much tastier.

It was not easy to eat but the meat was sweet like a lobster.

Some startling facts about Tatampal:

Despite their namesake and relatively puny stature, mantis shrimp aren’t shrimp at all. (Neither, of course, are they mantises.) They’re stomatopods, distant relatives to crabs, shrimp, and lobsters.

Mantis shrimps are highly aggressive crustaceans that capture prey using large, raptorial claws much like that of a praying mantis.

The life of a mantis shrimp isn’t all cold-blooded killing. Some species of stomatopods are known to engage in the rare practice of social monogamy, a behavior that’s especially remarkable among crustaceans.

This means mantis shrimp will choose one partner to share food, shelter, and raise offspring with over the course of a lifetime. What may sound romantic to humans serves a practical purpose for mantis shrimp.

Research has shown that certain mantis shrimp tend to cluster outside reefs instead of living in the heart of the action. Without the need to go looking for someone new to mate with on a regular basis, mantis shrimp couples are able to enjoy a relatively safe, sedentary lifestyle secluded from predators.

Some mantis shrimp species mate for life — they meet the shrimp of their dreams and they share the same burrow, protect their eggs and help each other with hunting for their entire lives — up to 20 years.

Stomatopods began evolving independently from other crustaceans nearly 400 million years ago, about 170 million years before the first dinosaurs appeared on the scene. Since then they’ve followed an isolated, evolutionary lineage that’s resulted in some of their more unique characteristics. Their biology is so bizarre that scientists have assigned them the nickname “shrimp from Mars.”