Chewy Junior – Revisited at Home

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I really wanted to go back and see how Chewy Junior is doing now after its soft opening when we first sample their cream puffs and pizza last year.  It’s a good thing that despite the gloomy weather, we can still have our cream puff fix because Quick Delivery delivers Chewy Junior!

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About the Delivery

We placed our order online a few days before the date when we actually wanted it delivered.  So this is an advance order.  We set the delivery time to 5:30PM but the order arrived even earlier, 5:00PM.  I guess getting your food earlier is always better than later.  ^_^  We received everything we ordered, we just had to change one of the flavors 1 day before the delivery because it wasn’t available.

What We Ordered

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We ordered almost every flavor except for Strawberry Cream Cheese because it wasn’t available.  The best way to go is to get the boxes so you can save around P100 if you were getting purely Deluxe flavors in a box of 12, or save P43 in a box of 6!  If you really want to include some Premium flavors in the box, you just have to add P10 per piece premium flavored cream puff.  We ordered 1 box of 12, 1 box of 6, and 1 box of Deluxe Mini Puffs.

1 BOX of 12 (all Deluxe flavors) / P460.95 The Wandering Boots Rating 4 SMALL

I have to say, opening the box of Chewy Junior was like opening a box of toy.  As soon as we opened it, we were so intrigued by the swirls, colors, and sprinkles.  We tried guessing which one was which in terms of flavor and it was fun!  We ordered 2 of each of the following flavor in the Deluxe choices:

–          Almond Sweetheart

–          Chocolate Almond Crunch

–          Blueberry Cream Cheese

–          Cheese Lover

–          Chewy Original

–          Cookies N’ Cream

The crowd favorites were the 2 flavors with Almond shavings, and the other 2 with cheese.  ^_^  Chewy Junior really lived up to its name.  The dough was really chewy (good for some, and not for others – it depends on your chewing power, I guess).  I love that they were generous with their filling in all the flavors.

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1 BOX of 6 (all Premium flavors) / P303.45 The Wandering Boots Rating 4 SMALL

The flavors we chose were:

–          Dulce de Leche Ensaymada

–          Java Chip Cookie

–          Premium Triple Chocolate

What we liked in this set were the Dulce de Leche Ensaymada and Java Chip Cookie.  One thing I really like about cream puffs is that they aren’t too sweet, but then Mario, the one with the very sweet tooth, thinks that the Premium Triple Chocolate was the best for him and then of course the combination of saltiness and sweetness with the Dulce de Leche Ensaymaa was a hit.  These were Premium flavors alright.

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Deluxe Mini Puffs (8pcs) / P104 The Wandering Boots Rating 5 SMALL

These are the smaller versions of the full-sized puffs.  I prefer these bite-sized goodies over the full-sized puffs because I get to sample more flavors without really getting full.  Just 1 or 1.5 of the big ones and I’m done.  But these little babies, all 8 I can finish all on my own.  But of course, smaller size, smaller flavor portions so you don’t get to really taste the flavor, you can just get a sneak peak of it.  For snacks and if you’re buying for a group, I would recommend getting the mini puffs.

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OVERALL

From the ordering online in advance, to the last bite was a treat!  From the last time I ordered online, the website has improved in terms of simplicity and ease of use, speed, and ability to customize orders even in bundles like the boxes.  I remember before that it would take time to add/remove certain items from the order.

As for Chewy Junior, being biased since I really love cream puffs from the start, I think their twist in flavors and the right amount of sweetness for the fillings and toppings are spot on.  I don’t know if I’m in-love with how really chewy the dough is, but I guess it’s part of the fun.  The big ones are tough to divide between 2 people without ruining the look.  So for me, the small ones are the better option if you decide to bring home treats or take them to your friend’s house.

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CONTACT INFORMATION:

Quick Delivery:  http://www.quickdelivery.ph/

Delivery Hotline: 2121212
Order Online: www.quickdelivery.ph

Chewy Junior Website:  http://www.chewyjunior.net/

Chewy Junior Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/ChewyJrPhilippines

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* GC provided by QD for blogging review purposes but the whole article
is 100% the opinion of the writer and was not influenced by the company.
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Zucchini Fries – Healthier Alternative to Potato Fries

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Here’s a healthier alternative to the carbohydrates loaded Potato Fries that we love so much paired with our oil dripping burgers.

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Ingredients:

Zucchini (incase you’re asking if you can substitute cucumber for zucchini – you can try but the bigger seeds in the cucumber might be a problem)

Flour

Water

Chicken Cubes

STEP 1

Cut the fries into the size you want them to be. I chose to cut them 2 ways, the French Fries style and the Mojo Potatos style. This was my first time doing this so I wanted to experiment.

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STEP 2

For my version of Zucchini Fries, I used a temura-like batter because I just wanted a light coat (didn’t want very thick floury and oily fries) with chicken cubes instead of salt so that it would taste close to Shakey’s Mojo Potatos that I love so much.  For the batter, you can mix flour with water (you can make it as thick as you want by adjusting the water you mix – start with a small amount of water).  Dip (or dump all the slices) into the batter, and pick one piece at a time and drop into the fryer.

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I like mine really thick so the way I test it is if I pick-up one slice, there's almost little or no batter dripping off of it. The yellow bits are the chicken cube I mixed in.

STEP 3
Deep fry in really hot oil.
TIP: To test how hot the oil is, you can drop a couple of drops of the batter into the oil and see if it sizzles.

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Can you see the sizzle? And yes, I love cooking with my chopsticks. Not only is it cleaner because I don't need to touch anything with my finger, less dripping, and there's just better control with the chopsticks (like extensions of your thumb and index finger).
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Here's the color I like and what tells me that they're done just right.

FINAL STEP!
TIP: Best if you let them sit on a cooling rack and let the oil drip so they remain crispy or lay them in plate lined with kitchen towel or paper towel so that the oil will be absorbed from the fries. But the paper towel method is least effective in maintaining the crispiness of the fries.

TIP2:  Eat while they’re hot.  Remember that zucchini, like cucumber, are watery, so they can get soggy if left uneaten for some time.

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Time to eat!

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Chewy Junior – Soft and Chewy Cream Puffs in Different Flavors!

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I’m not a sweets person, although I love ice creams, chocolates, and brownies, I find myself looking for pastry with light creams/filling to balance the sweet sugary taste that most bakeshops or boutiques seem to be doing to compensate for cutting down on the flavor elements.  That’s when I discovered cream puffs.  So just like my sisig obsession where I would order sisig from any restaurant that offers them just so I could compare, I also try out different cream puffs just to see how each one would fare against the others.  This reminds me, I should do a cream puff review… (*jots down a reminder*).  Looking at SM Mall of Asia’s restaurant directory (which is now a board printout placed on top of the touch screen…?), we came across the name “Chewy Junior”, and it immediately sparked our interest.

Store Location

It’s located at the 2nd Floor, of the Entertainment Mall section of Mall of Asia, near the south wing, beside Roti Mum, and near the Science Discovery Center.

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Red circle marks the spot (click to see a larger image).

About the Shop

Before I proceed with the review of the shop, it’s important to note that they’re on their SOFT OPENING so perhaps after a few weeks, some of my review about the store and service may not be applicable.

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There were a couple sets of tables and chairs outside. You can see Mario sitting outside while waiting for some of the customers inside to get out. The shop is really small so it was best to give way to diners who are done and are leaving the shop than crowd the place by forcing our continuously growing bodies (and bellies) to fit in the cramped space. ^_^;

The store had seats or a lounge inside the shop which was cramped and the aircon doesn’t seem to be working effectively or perhaps because there’s constant baking and the heat from the ovens are overpowering the cool air from the air-conditioning system.  Nevertheless, we chose to eat inside (because of the comfy seats) rather than staying outside which would probably have been breezier and cooler because of Typhoon Mina’s lingering effects.

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Here's the view from outside. The glass wall/window shoes a part of the kitchen or work area, and a display of some of the goodies. I think it would have been better if there were cream puff trays were placed near the windows, facing out to the people passing by instead of the pizza that wasn't really their main product.

Their staff, although very knowledgeable about their product, weren’t the friendliest and accommodating bunch.  It wasn’t clear to me if it was a “pay as you order” thing or pay later thing because when we ordered, we got served the puffs, and the pizza was served later, yet nobody asked for our payment or gave us our total bill.  I volunteered to pay in the middle of our meal after I noticed that the other customers who came in after us paid right away.  Another feedback about the shop is that it looked like they were too many people working in such a small space.  Anyway, I bet they’ll learn a lot after 1 week of soft opening…

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Display isn't full... But they were doing their best to cope with the orders and display.
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Here's a look at their working space, the ovens, the dips, blenders, and all. Really small and I can tell it was pretty difficult to move as I watched them yelling "Hot" to the other crew members to avoid getting near the hot trays they were transferring from oven to cooling rack. Although, eventually, I heard a couple of "Aray!" and "Init!"... ^_^ It can't be helped when there's too many in a space that's too little.
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Here's a view of their cushioned seats/bench... It's clean, and the colors are pleasing to the eyes... Yet, the space is very small, again... In fact, we need not stand up when our pizza order was ready to be served. One of the Chewy Junior crew just handed it over their small counter divider/window, to Mario, who obviously had very good reach... ^_^;

The Menu and What We Ordered

I think that everything on the menu was priced fairly.  The puffs, are priced at P45 and P55, depending on flavor.    They also sell boxes of their mini-puffs but their headboard menu didn’t include the price.  If I’m not mistaken, it was 179 for 15 mini-puffs.  I didn’t expect it, but they also served pizza for the same price as the cream puffs, P45 – P55.  We asked which one’s the best seller and they recommended NY Cheesecake which was a premium flavor so it’s P55.  Together with the best seller, we ordered the Chewy Original, a deluxe flavor for P45, Twisted Pepperoni pizza for P45, Meaty of the Minds for P55, Just Lemon Iced Tea for P45, and Wicked Watermelon P55.

Here’s a photo of their menu (click to get a larger version):

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Their cap says "U Gonna Love It". Because it was soft opening, a lot on the menu are, understandably, not available.
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Left: Meaty of the Minds / Center down: NY Cheesecake / Center top: Just Lemon Iced Tea / Right down: Chewy Original / Right up: Twisted Pepperoni

Chewy Original P45/each (a DELUXE flavor)  The Wandering Boots Rating 3 SMALL

When I asked for the best sellers, this one wasn’t recommended and I wondered why because normally the original or basic flavor is what most stores are known for.  If you make the simplest item on the menu good enough for it to be liked by people, then it would be easier to build up on it and sell variations.  Well, in Chewy Junior’s case, I now understand why the Chewy Original wasn’t a favorite.  It was lacking sweetness which I thought the white powder on top would have brought into the cream puff but it didn’t.  So now I’m confused if the white powder was really powdered sugar or not…  Anyway, as for its texture, it was indeed chewy…  Well, I expected it to be chewy on the inside, but their menu board said that their puffs should be “crispy on the outside”…  It wasn’t…  That’s probably from sitting out in the display rack for a long time.  Well, it’s not all bad because I liked the cream which is very important in cream puffs!  The cream was heavier than most creams used in puffs but I liked it because it sort of had a cooled butter icing feel to it everytime I take a bite.  I also like that it’s bigger than the usual cream puffs for its price.

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Probably not enough powdered sugar? If it wasn't sweet enough for me, it's worse for Mario because he likes everything sweeter than how people usually like them.

NY Cheesecake  P55/each (a PREMIUM flavor)  The Wandering Boots Rating 4 SMALL

Out of the 2 cream puffs we ordered that day, we liked this decked up version more than the plain Chewy Original.  It’s because this had more flavor and sweetness (it should, with the extra cream and cheese and whatnots…  So I was very happy with this one, although it also had an issue of the lack of the “crispiness” on the outside that their posters were saying…  If the outside was crispy enough, I could have gotten a nice shot of the puffs sliced open, but it was really chewy through and through so when we tried to “fork” it open (they didn’t have knife), it didn’t look pretty.

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Meaty of the Minds P55/slice  The Wandering Boots Rating 5 SMALL

The pizzas we ordered were surprisingly good!  They’re even better than our chewy cream puff experience.  And, like the cream puffs, the serving size was generous for its price.  Although I think SM sells their rectangular pizza (2 triangular slices) at around P70, but the SM’s pizza  is more bread, and Chewy Junior pizza is generous with the toppings.  Just a little bit of warning, Meaty of the Minds was on the salty side, which wasn’t a problem for me… ^_^

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Twisted Pepperoni P45/slice  The Wandering Boots Rating 5 SMALL

Mario liked this one because it wasn’t as salty as Meaty of the Minds.  We’d order this again if we happen to find ourselves inside Chewy Junior shop.

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Overall

I love the cream in their puffs, I love the serving size which is bigger than the usual cream puff and bigger than the usual pizza slice.  I didn’t like how super chewy the outside was to the point that I was fighting a bit with my food.  It wasn’t a huge struggle to eat them but my expectation was set by the menu board and their poster so I thought they were really going to be crispy on the outside.  I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt though, because it was just soft opening and a lot of things aren’t really upto standard when restaurants are in their soft opening.  I’ll definitely give them a another try especially that their shop, so far, offers the most number of cream puff flavors I’ve ever seen in one shop.

More pictures!

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Regular sized cream puffs
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Hello mini cream puffs!
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I've decided to try this one next time! This one's Nutella!
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They offered Mini Puffs but the prices aren't on the menu. They said it's P179 for a box of 15 minis.

Contact Information:

Website:  http://www.chewyjunior.net/

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/ChewyJrPhilippines

The White Hat – Frozen Yogurt

We’ve had White Hat’s frozen yogurt several times in the past, also in SM Mall of Asia (2nd floor Entertainment Hall near South Parking).  If you’re getting off the parking elevator on the 2nd floor, you’ll see the strategically placed White Hat standee that really makes you want to check the place out even though you had not originally planned to go there.

I remember the first time we had White Hat frozen yogurt was when we just recovered from flu and we desperately needed to go out of the house after being isolated for a week!

Since they just opened, they took pictures of their first customers and we were one of them.  Here's our picture taken from their website (http://www.thewhitehat.com.ph).  We were wearing caps 'coz we needed to hide how awfully sick we looked that day... ^_^ and how sick we felt... We really needed the frozen yogurt...
Since they just opened, they took pictures of their first customers and we were one of them. Here's our picture taken from their website (http://www.thewhitehat.com.ph). We were wearing caps 'coz we needed to hide how awfully sick we looked that day... ^_^ and how sick we felt... We really needed the frozen yogurt...

About the Store

They don’t have seats inside the shop where it’s air-conditioned so you have no choice but to eat outside.  I’m not a fan of eating/drinking outside, whether it’s a cafe, lunch, merienda…  Well, maybe sometimes when the air is cool, that’s ok…  Luckily, the air is cool that day.

Here's the shop from the outside.  That's Mario... ^_^
Here's the shop from the outside. That's Mario... ^_^ Note to self, buy a good camera after the wedding.

About the Prices

You can order a regular sized cup for 85php and a large size for 115php (if my memory serves me right).  We usually just get the regular cup.  For the topping, there are a lot to choose from and my favorites are the hazel nuts and choco drops!  If you decide to just have 1 topping, that’s 20php on top of the basic yogurt price, if 2 toppings that’s 35php and if 4, that’s 45php.

I think if there’s an Amici Gelato nearby for 50php, we wouldn’t be getting frozen yogurt.  ^_^  Of course, Gelato and Frozen Yogurt are 2 different things.  I think for the Frozen Yogurt industry, 85php + 20php for 1 topping is average cost.

Here are our orders.  Mine is on the left, Hazel Nuts and Choco Drops.  Mario's white hat is on the right (he had some already that's why it looks like that) Oreo and Sweet Mango.
Here are our orders. Mine is on the left, Hazel Nuts and Choco Drops. Mario's white hat is on the right (he had some already that's why it looks like that) Oreo and Sweet Mango.
Yep!  98% Fat Free!  That's what it says on the table!
Yep! 98% Fat Free! That's what it says on the table!
Well, you might be wondering why it's called "The White Hat"... Here you go!
Well, you might be wondering why it's called "The White Hat"... Here you go!

And yes, I was there with my boots!

Frozen Yogurt... I like!
Frozen Yogurt... I like!