10 New Food Hybrids to Obsess Over
There is more to mutant food than croissants.
(SPOT.ph) Cronuts are so last year. We still love them, of course, but the trend has passed and given way to new ones. There was the ramen burger, Brookies, Brouffles of yesteryear, but the dust from the croissant-donut sensation hasn't settled and it's still developing an entire industry of cross-breeding cookery. We give you our latest on hybrid fare.
We just hope these marriages last.
Taco Vengo’s Chwaffle (P130)
Mutation: Churros and waffles
This fried waffle is generously sprinkled with cinnamon, topped with premium vanilla ice cream, and rewarded with a scoop of dulce de leche. You’d think it goes overboard on the sweetness, but this dessert comes through just right and the Chwaffle itself is lighter than air.
Taco Vengo is at 16 United Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City. Read more about Taco Vengo.
Nori’s Sushi Burritos (P139 to P189)
Mutation: Sushi and burritos
Japan smashes into Mexico in this carbo-loaded marriage. The owners of Nori wanted to emulate the likes of Sushirrito in San Francisco, but they made a few tweaks of their own. Instead of using nori for their burrito-sized sushi, they use a slighter sweeter bean curd wrap to hug their rice and Asian-inspired stuffings. Flavors include Wasabi Tuna, Miso-Glazed Salmon, Chashu Pork, and more.
Nori is at 1 Unit A, 1st Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City. Read more about Nori.
Ooma’s Taco-Maki (P135 to P220)
Mutation: Tacos and temaki
How his customers eat is a primary concern for how Chef Bruce Ricketts designs the dishes at Japanese fusion restaurant Ooma. He understands that eating temakis—a large type of sushi inside a nori cone—could be a difficult ordeal and so turns them into the most convenient hand-sized open tacos, using nori instead of tortilla. Our favorite is the Soft Shell Crab.
Ooma is at 3/F SM Mega Fashion Hall, Mandaluyong City. Read more about Ooma.
Crupcakes (P95) from Cupcakes by Sonja
Mutation: Croissants and cupcakes
We thought we’ve seen it all when Cupcakes by Sonja came out with "cupparons" (tiny cupcakes crowned with macarons). The cupcake emporium, however, has only outdone itself with these cupcake hybrids. It’s a dessert croissant, a delicate rolled-up cake. It’s just so darn good.
Click here for a list of Cupcakes by Sonja branches.
Oyasumi's La Paz Ramen (P370)
Mutation: Batchoy and ramen
That careful and patient way the Japanese coax out flavors in their ramen? Well, imagine that in our very own La Paz Batchoy. At Oyasumi, they use their deeply flavored, eight-hour-simmered tonkotsu-shoyu broth as a stepping stone to create a one-of-a-kind ramen. Apart from the usual Japanese suspects of ajitama egg and charsiu pork, theirs is also loaded with bricks of congealed pork blood and chicharon! Now that is a hearty relationship.
Oyasumi is at 308 P. Guevara Street corner Sea View Street, Little Baguio, San Juan City. Read more about Oyasumi.
Pizzacles (P50 to P65) from Pizzacle
Mutation: Pizza and popsicles
We kid you not. The latest way to enjoy your pizza is by eating it on a stick. A pizzacle is like a stuffed pan de sal: a round potato-sized pizza “crust” encases toppings-turned-fillings like chicken, sausage, and cheese. This is for those who don’t like touching their food.
Pizzacle is at SM Megamall Food Court, Mandaluyong City. Read more about Pizzacle.
Spice & Cleaver’s Puffiza (P380 to P450)
Mutation: Puff pastry and pizza
Those who love their pizzas extra thin and crispy would love Spice & Cleaver’s take on this revered dinner favorite. Instead of using just plain bread for a crust, theirs is of a light and flaky variety that truly offers a new feeling to every bite. The Miss Piggy, named after Kermit’s former lady love, is a favorite—it’s lathered with pesto and lots of deli pork!
Spice & Cleaver is at LG/F Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Pasig City. Read more about Spice & Cleaver.
FAT’s Chicken and Waffles Ice Cream (P385)
Mutation: Fried chicken and waffles and an ice cream sandwich
This rather unusual combination is the runway brilliance of FAT’s Chef Mikel Zaguirre and ice cream maven Ian Carandang. Sebastian’s Funky Chicken Ice Cream is tucked between chewy stroopwafels and decked in cherry, crème anglaise, maple balsamic gastrique, and crispy bacon. It’s a very haute interpretation of a rustic love.
FAT is at Forbes Town Center, 29th Street corner Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City. Read more about FAT.
Cronaps (P45 to P50) from Kouign Amann “KA” by Cicou
Mutation: Croissant and napoleones
This was a match waiting to be made. They’re two types of viennoiserie fused into one amazing treat. We love how French chef, Cyrille Soenen (Brasserie Cicou and Resorts World), merges two traditions together—the French croissant and the Negrense napoleones. The custard-filled papery layers are emblazoned with delicious sauces.
Kouign Amann “KA” by Cicou is at SM Mega Fashion Hall, Mandaluyong City. Read more about Cronaps.
Yamato Bakery’s Cruffin (P100)
Mutation: Croissant and muffin
This crossbreed is the argument against those that aren’t, as the Slytherins would say, pure blood. It’s essentially a croissant morphed into the shape of a muffin (or is it a really flaky muffin?) and christened with the most sinful toppings. We actually love the change of texture. It gives every serving a nice crunch that lightens this usually decadent treat.
Yamato has branches at 22 Jupiter Street, Makati City; Blue Bay Walk, Pasay City. Read more about Cruffins.