5 brands that reinvent the idea of comfort food

Your favorite comfort meals and desserts level up

Photos by RG Medestomas and Patrick Segovia (Carousel Creamery)

Angel See-Ley’s crab dishes have always been a hit among family and friends, and when she turned Ley’s Kitchen into a business, the platters became instant potluck party fare, driving her to expand her menu and cater to more customers. The J’s Cajun Seafood is one of her bestsellers—a mix of crabs, shrimp, sausage, and corn akin to a seafood boil. The garlic crab and garlic noodles are also favorites, with the noodles often compared to Thanh Long’s in San Francisco.

(0917) 848-6889/(02) 216-0989



Happy Ongpauco-Tiu’s “cookbooks” let you enjoy food exactly the way she prepares it at home. Her Mom Made line, which comes in convenient and freezer-ready boxes that look like cookbooks, features ready-to-cook fare for everyone’s lifestyle—busy, lazy, or otherwise. Her collection has three chapters: homemade specialties like glazed baby back ribs and cornflake chicken drumsticks, restaurant specialties such as Pamana’s Cebu lechon roll, and Bento Box’s katsudon, and all-time favorites like tapa and longganisa hubad. Perhaps it’s time to turn your freezers into bookshelves.

(0917) 140-1499



With 101 flavors available every day, Carousel Creamery is still forced to come up with more variants. But they’re very much happy to do so. “Our research and development team ensures that our flavors achieve the standards set by premium ice cream brands like Ben & Jerry’s or Häagen-Dazs,” says owner Lincoln Cheong. Their cheese line, in particular, is worth a visit to the shop. There’s the classic Pinoy combo puto and cheese, indulgent blue cheese and walnuts, and the bacon and cheese ice cream.


8 Missouri St., Greenhills, San Juan


Like Robin to Batman, cones play an integral part in enjoying ice cream. That’s why Merry Moo came up with their own line of craft cones proudly made from scratch. “No pre-mixes,” says owner Kelvin Ngo. A batter composed of eggs, sugar, flour, and homemade flavors like ube, green tea, black sesame, coconut, and caramel are cooked in a heated waffle maker then rolled into cones ready to become a worthy vessel for a scoop of ice cream.

Available at SM Aura Food on 4, SM Megamall Bridgeway, and Sundays in SM Podium Mall.


FIC’s Frozen Custard line continues to grow with the launch of new variants: the Earl Grey custard has hints of bergamot citrus oils and black tea, and the Lemon Curd’s base is mixed with a blend of lemon zest, lemon juice, butter, and egg yolks to produce a smooth, sweet yet tangy flavor.


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