Category Archives: Food

Philippine Government Cracks Down On Fake Rice

IMG_2360QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – Filipino consumers have been very worried about rumors of fake rice being sold in the market. The fake rice reportedly consists of plastic and other synthetic materials.

The National Food Authority (NFA) has sent investigative teams to public markets across the country to make sure that rice retailers are not selling fake rice.

Today, the NFA issued a public service announcement — in partnership with The Adobo Chronicles — that would help consumers in detecting fake rice being sold in the market.

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BREAKING: Mang Inasal Food Chain Files For Bankruptcy!

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MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Mang Inasal, the popular food chain that serves Filipino cuisine, including grilled chicken, pork and milkfish usually served with unlimited (UNLI) number of rice servings free of charge, is going bankrupt!

The restaurant chain which was acquired by Jollibee Foods Corporation for Three Billion pesos in 2010, is shutting down all its stores and franchises nationwide, thanks to Senator Cynthia Villar.

Villar recently proposed to ban the serving of UNLI rice at restaurants in the country as a way to attain rice self-sufficiency. She also proposed that Filipinos shift to brown, instead of white rice.

Being the socially-conscious and politically-correct company that it is, Mang Inasal started to serve unlimited kangkong (local spinach) in place of UNLI rice.

Alas, its customers dwindled and its sales dropped significantly, forcing the company to file for bankruptcy and to shut its doors for good.

Sometimes, our lawmakers think of the most stupid ideas to the detriment of our citizens and businesses.

Philippines To Ban Sale Of White Rice?

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MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Rice and pork, two items in the Filipino diet that are never, ever enough.  Not on the plate.  Not in the nation’s supply.

Despite being an agricultural country, the Philippines still imports rice and pork because local production can’t keep up with demand.

One senator just has the perfect solution towards rice self-sufficiency: ban white rice.  She unveiled her proposal as she chowed down a plateful of macaroni and breaded fried fish (see photo).

Cynthia Villar believes that Filipinos should eat less, and shift to brown rice.  So she wants to ban white rice altogether.

In the interim, she wants Filipino restaurants to stop offering “extra” or “unlimited” rice on their menu.

“Hindi na uso ang mestiza,” villar says, referring to the Filipino aversion to fair skin, as opposed to brown complexion, known in the local dialect as “kayumanggi.”

The reality is, brown rice is more nutritious so Villar might have a point there, but it is also more expensive.

When asked by The Adobo Chronicles what she plans to do about the country’s short supply of pork, she said that senators and representatives should be able to continue receiving DAP funds (Disbursement Acceleration Program) so that they can help their respective constitutents cope with the high cost of pork, and of brown rice for that matter.

DAP is more popularly known as pork barrel, previously ruled by the country’s Supreme Court as unconstitutional.