Sweet Empanada Crust
I’ve been spending weekly family nights at Power Plant Mall in Rockwell, Makati, since it first opened in 2000. I thought I’ve mastered every nook and cranny of this mall—from the top restaurants to the newest shops and stalls. But last night my sister and I found what we deemed to be the best baked empanada in the mall—and they’ve been selling it there for months!
We were browsing through the food fair of Baker’s Dozen at the basement when we came across Symphony of Flavors Bakeshop. We were running late for a movie, so we purchased two baked chicken empanadas for P50 each. It seemed like a good deal for its size.
While the commercials and movie previews ran in the cinema, I took out my chicken empanada from my bag. The wax paper wrapping had absorbed some of the pastry’s grease—always a good omen when it comes to food trips. I bit into the edge, which overwhelmed my taste buds with its sweet buttery crunch. And because it’s baked, there were no nauseating drips of grease that other deep-fried empanadas have. I could have eaten just the crust on its own with my afternoon tea or coffee.
“It’s so good,” I whispered to my sister Karen, a pastry chef who runs her own home-based business of desserts and pastries.
She took a bite of her empanada. With the movie theater lights dimmed down, I could still see her eyes widen with an impressed look that I only see whenever she comes across good finds.
I forgot I haven’t even gotten into the filling yet. While the crust has already stolen the show, the fine chunks of savory chicken meat, carrots, potatoes, and a few raisins complemented the sweet and buttery baked dough.
When the movie ended, I returned to Symphony of Flavors’ stall to purchase three empanadas to go.
Symphony of Flavors is located at Residencia 8888 Pearl Drive, Ortigas Pasig. It’s also part of Baker’s Dozen (Cake and Pastry Fair) on weekends at Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati, and on weekends at Eastwood Mall, Quezon City.