Midnight Bakers’ Egg Yolk Cakes:
Alternative to Mooncakes

Midnight Bakers’ Egg Yolk Cakes, clockwise from front: White Monggo, Ube, and Black Monggo variants

ABSOLUTELY not! Stand in line to buy mooncakes at the local Chinese deli store, that is. So, why not opt for Egg Yolk Cakes instead?

Midnight Bakers’ Egg Yolk Cakes are the cutest little round cakes with a flaky crust and a salted egg yolk filling. What’s more: They can also come with pork floss filling. Egg yolk and pork floss together… Why not?

White Monggo

Black Monggo


These Egg Yolk Cakes come in three flavors: White Monggo, Black Monggo, and Ube. Each is P70 with plain egg yolk filling, and P80 with egg yolk and floss filling.

To order for delivery, call or send a text message to 0918-9628158. Payment options are online transactions through BDO and Cash on Delivery (COD).

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Celebrate Mooncake Season
with Hong Kong MX Mooncakes

MX Lava Custard Mooncake

IT’S Mooncake season once again, as Asian countries and Chinese communities all over the world celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. Held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar, which falls on October 1 this year, it is also known as the Mooncake Festival in the Philippines because the mooncake is at the center of the celebration.

During this time, mooncakes abound. Some are a little bit expensive; others more affordable. Some are bigger; others are bite sized. Some are imported brands; others are locally made. They come in different variants so people can choose according to their own preferences.

One of the more premium brands, Hong Kong MX Mooncakes, made and directly imported from Hong Kong (where the brand has earned many awards and distinctions), is now available in Manila for the second year in a row. It returns to Manila this mooncake season with its classic lineup and brand new variants via a pop-up store in SM Mall of Asia (Level 1, G/F, Main Mall, in front of Watsons) and through official online channels (e-commerce giants Lazada and Shopee as well as trusted food delivery apps FoodPanda and GrabMart) until October 4, 2020.

Lava Custard Mooncakes are one of Hong Kong MX Mooncakes’ bestsellers

Beloved favorites, including White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with 2 Egg Yolks and the Lava Mooncake Series, are back, while making their debut are exciting new flavors, such as the Lava Duet (combining custard and chocolate variants) and the Delightful Moon repack with premium variations and the new Lava Chocolate filling. The Lava Custard Mooncake makes use of the unique ‘double-bake’ technique to produce the one-of-a-kind texture and flavor of the aromatic and smooth silky filling seeping out from its core. Check out the new Lava Duet Mooncake set, which includes two flavors—the signature Lava Custard and the delectable Lava Chocolate—coming in a box of eight. The Custard Twins Mooncake is also back, with both the classic and the lava variants, in a new packaging inspired by the auspicious rabbit.

Hong Kong MX Mooncakes’ exquisite Lava Duet set combines Lava Custard Mooncakes and Lava Chocolate Mooncakes in a gift box

Lava Duet

Also making a Philippine comeback are Hong Kong MX Mooncakes’ flagship products—White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with 2 Egg Yolks and Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with 2 Egg Yolks—in a new gift box packaging that adds a layer of sophistication and magnificence for these classics.

Hong Kong MX Mooncakes will be offering the specially created Low Sugar Mooncake Series so that even individuals with low sugar food requirement can enjoy a good bite. The Low Sugar White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with Egg Yolk comes in boxes of six.

The legacy continues in curated flavors continues with the return of the Delightful Moon Assorted Mooncake in a graceful and elegant gift box, which carries three classic and lava mooncake variants. So is the Mooncake Exclusive Selection, which is filled with eight iconic flavors that make use of Xianglian lotus seeds for the lotus seed paste varieties and the golden-hued and translucent lotus seed paste.

Individually wrapped to pack in freshness

Other flavors include Low Sugar Mooncake and red bean paste varieties, as well as the Classic Mixed Nuts Mooncake (with almonds, pecans, pine nuts, sesame and watermelon seeds).

Hong Kong MX Mooncakes are brought to Manila by official Philippine distributor Double Down Import and Export.

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XO46 Now Serves…
Signature Pinoy Panwiches

Delicious panwiches from XO46, from top: Beer Batter Fish, Chori Cheese Cramble, and Smoked Bagnet Crunch

WHO says you cannot make a sandwich or burger without the usual burger bun, Kaiser bun or loaf bread slices?

When in the Philippines, you can turn to the good ol’, reliable, all-time favorite pandesal for your sandwich. This is exactly what the husband-and-wife team behind XO46 Heritage Bistro, Andrew and Sandee Masigan, did with their executive chef Tanya Dizon. After a few kitchen experiments, they came up with three variants of Pinoy sandwiches which they called panwiches, perfected the formula for each, and launched them in the market.

The panwiches—Smoked Bagnet Crunch, Chori Cheese Scramble, and Beer Batter Fish—turned out to be a big success.

Smoked Bagnet Crunch Panwich served with camote chips and spiced vinegar on the side

Smoked Bagnet Crunch. The first concept that saw fruition in a panwich, Smoked Bagnet Crunch is chopped bagnet (pork crackling) sandwiched with layers of lettuce, XO46’s secret sauce, tomato, atsara and caramelized onion in a specially formulated XO46 signature pandesal.

Chori Cheese Scramble Panwich

Chori Cheese Scramble. It is a hefty, filling sandwich that has double Vigan longganisa patties with scrambled egg in between, layered with lettuce, XO46’s secret sauce, tomato and sliced cheese in the same XO46 signature pandesal. It is served with flavored vinegar on the side.

Beer Batter Fish

Beer Batter Fish. This is the guilt-free fish option to the two meat-based panwiches. A beer-battered whole tilapia fillet with sliced cheese and dill sauce sits on layers of lettuce and tomato, and sandwiched between halves of XO46’s signature pandesal.

More panwich variants are in the offing.

Meanwhile, all three panwiches are available for delivery all over Metro Manila through Grab, Lalamove and the XO46 in-house delivery team. For orders, call 8553-6566 or 0945-6158255.

The packaging, the individually wrapped panwiches, and the delicious panwiches within the packaging

(XO46 has branches located at Estancia Mall-Capitol Commons, S’Maison-Conrad Hotel, and Century Mall-Makati.)

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Baked Sushi, Ube Pandesal and More
Available at Diamond Hotel Philippines

Ube Cheese Pandesal and Ube Langka with Macapuno Pandesal available at Diamond Hotel Philippines

IF there is some semblance of normalcy that existed during the quarantine, it is that food trends continued to take shape, and two of the top food trends that emerged were Baked Sushi and Ube Cheese Pandesal.

Now, Diamond Hotel Philippines puts together these two top food trends and makes them available in one place—or one online shopping site—so you can order either or both at the same time.

Yurakuen’s Baked Sushi

Diamond Hotel’s award-winning Japanese restaurant, Yurakuen, dishes out two Baked Sushi specials. One is Baked Premium Seafood Sushi, which promises to send your taste buds on a deep-sea dive of flavor. The other one is Baked California Sushi, which gives the popular maki a special treatment with crisp, toasted rice and sweet mangoes. Both are matched with authentic Japanese sides, condiments and nori to make awesome platters that will delight the entire family.

Crafted with premium ingredients to achieve the most satisfying tastes and textures, Diamond Hotel’s version of the Ube Cheese Pandesal takes on two flavors combinations—Ube Cheese Pandesal and Ube Langka with Macapuno Pandesal. The former follows the classic recipe that took the metro (and beyond!) by storm. Diamond Hotel’s version is best enjoyed lightly toasted and paired with a cup of freshly brewed coffee. The latter is a creation with the sweet tooth in mind, as it brings together three Filipino staples—ube, langka and macapuno.

Premium Dimsum from Corniche

Also new products to enjoy are Corniche’s seven Premium Dimsum specials in ready-to-order and ready-to-cook frozen packs. The seven Dimsum specials are Pork & Shrimp Siomai, Beef Siomai, Hakaw, Bola-bola Mini Siopao, Asado Mini Siopao, Chicken Feet, and Mantou Buns (which can be fried or steamed).

To order, visit onlineshopping.diamondhotel.com, send an email to restaurant_rsvn@diamondhotel.com, or call (63) 926-1569866 daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. A minimum amount of Php300 is required for an order, and it must be placed at least two days before the scheduled pick-up. Payment can be via credit card, PayPal, or online bank transfer (for Bank of Commerce and Metrobank only). Orders may be picked up at the Main Entrance of Diamond Hotel daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(Diamond Hotel Philippines is located at Roxas Blvd. corner Dr. J. Quintos St., Manila. For inquiries, call 8528-3000.)

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Celebrate at Home
with Welch’s Sparkling Rose

IN this time of Covid-19 pandemic, even family celebrations have to be played down. But that does not mean you have to forego of the celebration. You can still mark special occasions, such as birthdays, anniversaries and baby showers, and toast to a good life and a bright future with the new Welch’s Sparkling Rosè.

It is an invigorating 100% non-alcoholic drink that allows everyone to join in the celebration—including pregnant women, breastfeeding moms, and minors. It is everything you love about rose wine but without the alcohol. So, everyone can actually raise a glass of Welch’s Sparkling Rosè to toast a happy occasion.

With just the right amount of bubbly fizz, Welch’s Sparkling Rosè has a light, refreshing taste, as it banks on the sweetness and tartness of a ripe summer fruit. Pretty in pink in an equally sweet pinkish bottle!

“What’s more: It’s a health-conscious way to celebrate, since Welch’s Sparkling Rosè has only 70 calories per serving. There are no added sugars, too!” says Erika Rodriguez, VP for marketing of GEMCo, the Philippine marketing agent of Welch’s International.

Welch’s Sparkling Rosè is now available at Waltermart, Robinsons Supermarket and Landers. It can also be delivered straight to your doorstep in view of the community quarantine. Visit https://acefoodservice.com. Orders may also be placed via the following online groceries: metromart.com, Lazmart, and watermartdelivery.com.ph.

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