Sweet, Sweet Manila: A Sojourn to Pudding Republiq
Sweet Pudding Republiq
When in Manila, sweet gastromic delights are always on the list when one is up for any exploration. They say that anything sweet caps off every huge meal as it seals the appetite. It’s rather ceremonious, socially speaking. However, discovering the sweet independent of the main course is rather a worthwhile trek, especially when something new is about to be found.
Sweets in Manila would rather be as colorful as the fiestas and as interestingly varied as the culture. For some reason, the culinary prowess is not merely confined within the tradition; there is constant evolution in the sweet delight culture, and Pudding Republiq is no exception.
Born out of a family pudding recipe, a dream to build a shop, and the passion to make sweets in the most creative sense, Pudding Republiq is beginning to hit the market not only to let every Filipino have a taste of the “new,” but to show that, yes, a Filipino can definitely make twists in every possible way.
To Chie Gutierrez, owner and the “dreamer” in the story, it was a concept realized because of an idea that used to just be in the mind. Her love for baking and vigor to start something made her push everything to what is now a reality. She was humble enough to front that it wasn’t so much of a big time plan. It was just her enthusiasm for a single idea that turned out to be great.
Tony Gutierrez, owner and husband to Chie, said that Pudding Republiq is more so the authority for pudding in the country. The name was rather unique in its context, but the meaning behind it is rather edifying. It will be the name that will bring pudding into the market. Dessert shops in Manila have flooded the streets and malls with the most common sell-offs of cupcakes, cookies, cheesecakes, or the most popular red velvet cakes. He said that Pudding Republiq’s stand is simply to offer something new to Filipino tastebuds, while still maintaining that status of being “the one.”
At the moment, there are 12 flavors that have been put into concept. Manila sweets will never the same with the first flavour thought: the Toblerone Pudding. The bestseller is the Yema Pastillas Pudding, though. Both have a distinct taste that is reminiscent of the chocolate and the delicacy, but with the pudding brought into them, they became a blast of smooth flavors.
The Nutella Pudding is a must-try because of the suave spread of chocolate with nutmeg on top. It was a good complement, far beyond any bread pudding could ever taste.
The Ube and Ube Macapuno were really good add-ins to get the Filipino taste going in the shop.
The Red Velvet, Cheesecake with chocolate chips, White Toblerone, and S’mores were sumptuous sweet creations. The shop also caters to the sweet lovers with different needs with their Sugar-free and Fruit Pudding.
Overall, the taste was playful yet endearing – a good reason for me to just hurry back for more.