Buro or Pickles

Batangas has not forgotten the art of making buro or pickles, and many markets still sell these in large containers.

Batangas lomi

Batangas lomi, invented in Lipa City, is notable for the absence of vegetables and its thick delicious broth.


Buchi-buchi, a traditional Filipino snack, is still sold in many markets around Batangas.


Those of younger generations will probably say banana cue, but there are those in Batangas who still refer thos favorite as sundot-saging.


Called bilo-bilo or paridusdos elsewhere, Batangas' pinindot is frequently just plain rice balls sometimes with bits of sweet potato or nangka.

Krispy Kreme Opens 65th Store at SM City Lipa in Batangas

Krispy Kreme, the international donut brand founded by Vernon Rudolph in North Carolina in 1937, has arrived in Batangas. Its 65th store in the Philippines opened on 14 August 2015 at the ground floor of the SM Lipa City Annex.

The company, which continues to be based in Winston-Salem in North Carolina, now has a presence in 25 countries worldwide. In Southeast Asia, the company has stores in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

In the Philippines, the rights to Krispy Kreme are owned by the Real American Donut Company, Inc., which is owned by the Max’s Group of companies. The flagship store opened in November 2006 at the Bonifacio High Street in Taguig City.

From there, the company branched out to various locations all around Metro Manila. Krispy Kreme also operates stores in Pampanga, Iloilo, Cebu, Bacolod, Rizal, Cavite, Zambales and Misamis Oriental.

Krispy Kreme PHL CEO Sharon Fuentebella with Batangas Vice-Governor Mark Leviste.

Cutting the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the Lipa store.

The SM Lipa store is the first in Batangas and opened with simple ceremonies graced by Sharon Fuentebella, the CEO of Krispy Kreme in the Philippines, and Vice-Governor Mark Leviste of the Province of Batangas.

Also present were guests from the local and national media, local bloggers and personalities from various sectors and industries in Lipa City and the Province of Batangas.

Among the highlights of the opening ceremonies was the awarding of the Golden Tickets to those in the public who participated in the traditional overnight camp out prior to the opening of a store.

Present were guests from various sectors in the city.  Above, Malou Malaluan and Cathy Perez of DLSL.

Awarding the Golden Tickets to the overnight camp out winners.

The first in line won a Golden Ticket that entitled him to an entire year’s supply of the original glazed donut along with the company’s signature coffee. The second in line won half a year’s supply of the same, while the third in line won three month’s worth.

All others up to the 100th participant were entitled to a month’s supply of the glazed donuts. All these participants needed to do was to line up, show their Krispy Kreme mobile app and purchase a dozen donuts.

Excited customers began lining up at the counter once the opening ceremonies were concluded.

“Krispy Kreme is very excited to share the Joy in a Box experience to the community of Lipa. We invite them to enjoy their Joy in a Box with their friends and loved ones,” said the Marketing Manager for Krispy Kreme in the Philippines.

Those interested to know more may visit the Krispy Kreme (Philippines) web site. The company also has a presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Tornado Peri Peri Chicken Hits Lipa City Palates with New Restaurant

Peri peri is a traditional African spicy marinade recipe for chicken popular not only in the continent but also in neighbouring Europe. It has already been introduced into the country by a few high end restaurants in Metro Manila, but an enterprising young television talent by the name of Arianne Bautista has brought the peri peri chicken to a wider audience by way of a small chain of affordable restaurants specialising in the recipe.

The idea was to devise a method by which the peri peri chicken could quickly be served to the diner despite the four hours needed for marinating, baking and grilling. Hence, the name Tornado Peri Peri Chicken.

While the name peri peri, derived from a Swahili word that means ‘chili pepper,’ suggests that the chicken done the traditional way ought to be hot and spicy, Tornado Peri Peri Chicken has tempered down the recipe to be more suitable to the average Filipino palate.

Now the company has opened its fifth restaurant in Lipa, Batangas, the first outside of Metro Manila courtesy of a group of De La Salle Lipa graduate school students.

Wendy Cueto-Bautista, spokesperson for the group, told Food Batangas that the group was inspired by company visits required of a Production and Operations Management class to go into business.

The Peri-Peri Chicken side by side with the baby back ribs.
How about chicken wings and mashed potato?

The classmates formally incorporated themselves into a company and their first venture was to gain rights to bring Tornado Peri Peri Chicken to Lipa City. The fledgling company also has exclusive rights to open other branches of the restaurant elsewhere in the province of Batangas.

The Lipa restaurant is located at the rear of the Big Ben commercial complex, which is being developed into a community and restaurant hub away from the hustle and bustle of the big malls. The area has a cosy, welcoming and laid back ambience especially in the evening when the lights come on and customers can dine and hang out al fresco.

The restaurant opened to the public in the evening of 31 July 2015. Although the initial marketing was conducted only over social media, the response was standing room only and sales were twice the target set for opening day.

The restaurant's air-conditioned section.

The main attraction, of course, is the peri peri chicken, served with the customer’s choice of sauce and side dishes. By itself, the chicken is already perfectly cooked, tender and tasty from the secret formula of the marinade. The sauce, however, makes the flavours explode in one’s palate even more.

Those with an aversion for spiciness need only ask for the original sauce. Those with more daring, however, can ask for the Tiger’s Fury sauce. For those looking for a slow but steady glow in the palate, the sauce to go for is the Dragon’s Breath, appropriately named as Food Batangas can attest.

For side dishes, the customer can choose from aromatic rice, corn cob with butter, mixed vegetables, grilled pumpkins, mashed potato, French fries, macaroni salad and fruit cocktails.

An order of ¼ chicken with one side dish plus rice can be had for as low as PHP 125. On the other hand, ½ chicken with two side dishes goes for PHP 240. One whole chicken with four side dishes goes for PHP 430.

The back of Big Ben is being developed into a laid back community hub.

Although the restaurant’s menu highlights a recipe of African origin, it also offers a fusion of other more familiar western favourites. A quick look at the menu shows that one can also avail of baby back ribs, T-bone and Porterhouse steaks, burgers, chicken wings, fries and shakes, among others.

The Lipa restaurant is also the only branch of Tornado Peri Peri Chicken which serves alcoholic beverages. Orders of beer and Smirnoff Mule, however, are limited per diner to ensure that other diners are not disturbed by drunken behaviour.