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The best (crunchy) oatmeal cookies in Manila

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oatmeal cookies

I’d known that Kitchen a la Ching was famous for their liqueur cakes, so I was surprised when I received a text message from the owner, part of which read: ”…I’m pleased to say that we have the best oatmeal cookies in Manila…”.

That’s one tall statement, I thought to myself. Let’s see.

After a volley of texts, I got another surprise when I found out that “Ching” was really Francis Tempongko. “I bought the business from my sister in law when she migrated abroad,” he explained. Together with his fiancée, Myra Bernardo, he handles the creative processes while Myra takes care of the numbers.

Now, about those cookies. I will be the first to tell you that I like my cookies – all cookies – to be chewy. I’m a texture person, very driven by the mouth feel of food.

But Kitchen a la Ching’s oatmeal cookies (P140 / jar of 22) were a revelation to me. First of all, they’re crunchy, and I shocked myself by finding that I liked that very much. Unlike other crispy oatmeal cookies whose crunch relies on its thinness, these cookies were as Francis puts it, “Thick, but crisp and not hard.” I’ll say.

There’s a hard crrrunch! as I bite into one, and as I munch away, the cookie shatters in my mouth, its crispness reverberating in my ears. Hoo-ah, what a taste trip! This cookie offers nothing but the purest essence of oatmeal and the nuttiness of chopped walnuts. Outstanding.

The oatmeal cookies are also available sugar-free, the recipe of which took Francis a year to formulate. “Most people nowadays are looking for sugar-free products,” he says. His hard work has paid off, resulting in a cookie that keeps true to the goodness of its “sugar-full” sister, although the sugar-free cookie is crunchier, if you can believe that.

rum butter cake

Kitchen a la Ching has an entire spectrum of liqueur cakes (all P220) from almond amaretto to banana au rhum, lemon vodka, orange Cointreau, and the classic rhum butter cake. The cake itself is not too “rum-my,” but it boasts of a delightfully dense crumb, and that gorgeous “rip” down its middle, a trademark of almost all loaf cakes. If you add P50, all liqueur cakes come in a beautiful wooden crate that I’m now using as a business card holder. It’s always helpful when gifts come in packages that can be re-used.

sliced rum butter cake

Most revel bars that I’ve tried are quite hard and dry. It’s a pity, since they’re really quite whimsical looking cookies with their pockmarked tops and brown and beige riding and running over one another. Kitchen a la Ching’s revel bars (P110 / box of 8) are the first I’ve tried that are moist and quite substantial, one portion is too much for me. My only comment however is that these bars have just a tad bit too much chocolate in proportion to the oatmeal.

revel bars

date bars

Of all the food for the gods (P125 / box of 8) that I’ve tried this season, these ones strike a happy balance between wetness and structure. Some date bars are so moist that they cannot bear the weight of the dates and nuts. These are just right, with an almost intoxicating fragrance of brown sugar and vanilla.

Kitchen a la Ching
Francis Tempongko – (0918) 926-4675
Myra Bernardo – 822-2556 / (0927) 925-7590

Stalls at the Greenhills Tiangge & at Tiendesitas.

Catch Kitchen a la Ching at the following bazaars:
Dec. 8-16 — World Trade Center
Dec. 14-16 — Tektite Bldg.

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7 Responses to “The best (crunchy) oatmeal cookies in Manila”

  • I love your site. Dessert makes complete sense to me!

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  • Wowwww. I am always amazed by your blog. I love your pictures. The food looks like you can just grab it from the computer screen and eat it!! I truly admire your work. :-)

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  • pretty pictures! what camera do you use?

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  • hi lori, what a perfect picture of absolutely perfect looking cookies…i totally agree about chewy ;)

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  • wow! im an oatmeal cookie lover.. i’ve tasted several cookies before but there’s this oatmeal raisin cookie in Gloria Jeans Coffees that im so crazy about!.. you gotta try this! -bev

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  • Those oatmeal cookies look and sound sooo yummy. I wish I was a little closer so I could try the sugar free version of the oatmeal cookie. Love the idea of these cookies being crunchy. I’ve had some Swedish oat cookies that sound similar, but they are relatively thin and look a lot lighter in color.

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  • Im making oatmeal cookies for my feasibility studies in my major subject in La Salle University..Hope I can get many information about it in your site that would really help me in my paper works..thank u

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