(SPOT.ph) We all have childhood memories of staying over at a friend’s house, whether it’s for schoolwork or a fun sleepover—and if you’re lucky, your friend’s mom could be an excellent cook who whips up tasty snacks for all of you to enjoy. It’s this same memory that drove celebrity stylist Liz Uy to create her own perfect cookie recipe, which she now offers at her cookie shop Mood Bake.
“I want to be the best at something for my son, Xavi.” Uy shares. “My dream is kami 'yong maging house na laging pinupuntahan kasi kami 'yong may masarap na food and desserts.”
While Uy has never had a food business before Mood Bake, this is not her first foray into baking—she took up Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Manila, and also took courses at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies. “I really do bake,” she says. “And the most requested [from me] were the cookies. It just started for the house, and I enjoyed [baking]. And then whenever my friends would come over for dinner, they would ask for [cookies]. Hindi ko naman alam na that would turn into this.”
And "this" of course, is Mood Bake, which started as an online shop and is now a pop-up at Greenbelt 5 until September—though Uy shares that there are plans to extend their stay to until December. “I started with delivery and online orders. I tested the waters,” she shares. “And ang laki ng demand. So I was like ‘I can’t do this.’ I need a pick-up point where I can sell and people will just drop by and pick up [the cookies].”
The uber-chunky chocolate chip cookies started as a home recipe, but Uy shares that she has since tweaked it to the best it can be. “I feel I’ve changed this recipe a hundred times since my first recipe,” says Uy. “Kasi at home, kami-kami lang naman kakain. But now, it’s mass produced. So I perfected my recipe to my own liking. This is what’s perfect for me. ”
What’s perfect for Uy is “crunchy on the outside then gooey on the inside, and di tipid sa chocolate,” and any cookie enthusiast will be glad to note that Mood Bake’s Chocolate Chip Cookies (P99/cookie, P495/box of five, P990/box of 10) are exactly that. The cookies are notably chunkier than usual, getting you a cookie that has a charming, imperfectly homebaked look. Crisp on the outside, the cookie gives way to an underbaked center, with lots of melting chocolate chunks. Warm it up in the oven for a bit to get the full, gooey experience.
Uy shares that she has more cookie flavors in the works, though she’d rather keep what they are a secret—though if they are as good as her current batch, then they’re well worth the wait. Not everyone gets invited to dinner at Liz Uy’s home, but her homebaked chocolate chip cookies are a more than welcome substitute.
Mood Bake is at G/F Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City.
Photos by Marikit Singson