11 AM Brunch bonanza
Why choose one when you can combine two of your favorite comfort food? The champorado is a childhood favorite of many Filipinos and smearing it over the oldie-but-goodie KK Original Glazed is a stroke of genius. Chef Raki tops it off with kesong puti from Laguna. The fresh and surprisingly light bite of the carabao’s cheese goes incredibly well with the sweetness of the tempered chocolate. This, the softness of the dough and the crunch of the pinipig in the champorado make it a winner in taste and texture.
3 PM for merienda when it’s hot outIt was most challenging for Chef Raki to find flavors that countered the sweet goodness and distinct taste of Krispy Kreme doughnuts but he found that the mild flavor of buko evens this out. He cooked coconut meat in coconut juice and draped slices atop the KK Original Glazed doughnut. He then added a scoop of fresh homemade buko sorbet, similar to the kind the friendly Manong Sorbetero would push around in his colorful ice cream cart. He sprinkled toasted pinipig and latik syrup to further enhance the local taste.
Savory Salad with a Beef and Cheese Pull-apart
Early dinner, 7PM
Besides their ‘sweet-tooth’ selection, Krispy Kreme also offers savory Pull- Aparts that are easy to pair with any meal. Chef Raki chose the Beef and Cheese Pull-apart to go in the salad he creates using the freshest salad greens, feta cheese, walnuts, pears and tomatoes. For his dressing, he opts for a sharp tasting port-raspberry plus fresh strawberry pureé with a little fresh honey to add some kick to the beef.
After dinner dessert, 7PM
Halo-halo is the benchmark for all Filipino desserts. It has everything so why not throw in a KK Original Glazed doughnut for good measure? Chef Raki thoughtfully incorporates the doughnut and adds richness to the dessert. Using a nipped pastry bag, Chef Raki dresses the doughnut with a generous amount of ube jalaya. He then carefully places a slice of leche flan and a ball of fresh macapuno (available in bottles for sale in U Kitchen) on top.
U Kitchen is located at the Laguna Culinary Center Bldg., Veterans Drive corner Torralba Sts., Lahug.
10 PM, Midnight Snack
Revamping the trifecta of Suman, Manga at Tsokolate, Chef Raki wraps ampao in fresh mango slices, the Filipinos’ version of rice crispies. He rests it on the doughnut hole and sprinkles chocolate syrup over the KK Original Glazed doughnut. Every bite is packed with sweet (doughnut), tangy (mango) and nutty (ampao) flavors and is worth investing 200 calories in.
by Katsy Borromeo photography Dan Douglas Ong