Grill like a Pro with Chef Luis Chikiamco’s Yakiniku Ikouze DIY Yakiniku in a box!

Yakiniku Ikouze

Chef Luis Chikiamco of Discovery Primea Makati has bravely launched a business amidst the pandemic. He allows us to play Chef with his beautifully-packaged DIY Yakiniku curated boxes filled with premium beef and special homemade sauces through his Yakiniku Ikouze brand.

The DIY Yakiniku Box

Each box contains:

300g USDA Short ribs 

300g SRF (Snake River Farm) Wagyu Tender 

260 mL Yakiniku Sauce, 260 mL Spicy Yakiniku Sauce, Sesame seeds, Shichimi Togarashi (Japanese 7 spice), Wooden Chopsticks, and a visual instruction leaflet.

Yakiniku Ikouze’s DIY box is good for about 2-3 people and not only looks good but tastes even better! Well-marbled USDA short ribs and richly-colored wagyu tenders are complemented with flavourful home-made sauces that are all well-proportioned. Each box is good for 2-3 people and is reasonably priced at Php980 given the quality of the content.

Yakiniku Ikouze literally translates to “grilled meat let’s go” is an experience everyone in the family can enjoy. No need for fancy equipments, any K-grill or regular kitchen pan will do just fine. The DIY box stays true to its Japanese roots with the inclusion of a carefully drawn manga-inspired instruction leaflet featuring Toshi the Yakiniku Master with recommended cook times from rare to well done meat. 

The Verdict

I love the whole experience and would recommend everyone to try this one out! I felt like a pro as I generously rubbed the Shichimi Togarashi with a little sprinkle of salt and rosemary about 10 minutes prior to cooking in butter.

I used a regular nonstick skillet over an induction cooker at 800 temperature and grilled the meat to my preference at about 30 secs for each side. The centre of the wagyu tenders retained just the right amount of pink I like.  While the home-made sauces are just the right amount of sweet and spicy. I equally love them both and dip into each alternately. A warm cup of white Japanese rice would be perfect to complete the menu, but I opted to pair the meat with cheese, biscuits, and a cold serving of Rosé wine. 

Where to Get?

If you are looking to upgrade your at-home dining experience, I urge you to try Yakiniku Ikouze! This is a delicious and great way to recreate date nights with your loved ones or try something new with the whole family at the comfort of your home. You may order from their IG page, FB page, or by placing an inquiry via 0917 536 2528.  I’d like to thank my good friend Aleah for sending me a Yakiniku Ikouze DIY box for my version of (fur)Mom’s day. 

Meet the Chef

It’s optimistic to see the ingenuity of the people in local food scene as the industry copes to embrace the new norm such as Chef Luis Chikiamco. They continue find creative ways to deliver these experiences at home not only to keep the business afloat but also to allow Pinoys to enjoy food they love and bring bite-sized comfort.

Chef Luis was a former Executive Chef of Discovery Suites and is currently the head of Discovery Primea Makati’s restaurant outlets. According to the Discovery Primea website, Hh has an extensive culinary experience spanning more than a decade in France, Mexico and the Philippines. He has a degree in Culinary Arts and Hotel Management from L’Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France and apprenticed at at the three-star Michelin Auberge et Clos de Cimes in Lyon, France. From then brought home is rich experience with engagements at the Intercontinental Hotel, Soleil Moderne Café, Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila, Illustrado Restaurant as well as being Chef Instructor at the Henry Sison and CCA Manila Culinary Schools. 

Credits:

Photos featured in the article are a combination of personal files or are from the official Yakiniku Ikouze FB Page, IG Page and Chef Luis Chikiamco’s FB page.

Song Kang is the exclusive endorser of Deoproce Philippines

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Pinoys are falling further in love with anything K! K-pop, K-drama, K-skincare – you name it, we stan it! Even more so when any of these K-worlds collide for a collab. The latest of which is the launch of Deoproce Philippines’ ambassador for its newest K-Skincare line.  Heartthrob Song Kang of  Netflix’s Love Alarm fame is exclusively endorsing Deoproce Philippines’ Natural Green Caviar line. 

“Though beauty endorsements are still dominated by women, it is quite refreshing and inspiring to see a male celebrity give marketing a makeover and democratize beauty for men. With Song Kang as its latest muse, Deoproce remains at the forefront of the skincare industry, blending the gender lines while still delivering innovative and effective products”, according to Deoproce in its press release.

Song Kang is the exclusive Deoproce PH ambassador

What is Green Caviar?

Green caviar or sea grapes is locally referred to as Lato – commonly served fresh as a salad with tomato, onions, and green mango to complement all-time pinoy favorites grilled fish or pork.

As a key skin-care ingredient, Green Caviar helps fight signs of ageing by boosting collagen production and keeps skin hydrated by retaining moisture. It is rich in vitamins, minerals to help brighten and strengthen the skin.

The Deoproce Green Caviar Line has 6 products to complete your 6-step K-skincare  Routine. As a rule of thumb, you should use start from the product with the thinnest to the thickest formulation.

The Green Caviar 6-step routine

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Step One (1)

Deoproce Green Caviar Cleansing Water

Green Caviar Cleansing Water (Php690) to remove makeup, dirt, and excess oils. A soaked cotton sheet was able to get rid off my liquid eyeliner in 2-3 strokes. 

Step Two (2) 

Deoproce Green Caviar Cleansing Foam

Green Caviar Cleansing Foam (Php590) to completely remove dirt and provide gentle exfoliation. The tightly packed matte foam has super fine microbeads that turns into a rich creamy lather. Most cleansers make my skin feel tight after a good wash but this one made my skin feel softer.

Step Three (3)

Deoprice Green Caviar Toner

Green Caviar Toner (Php 790) to hydrate and prepare the skin for the serum and moisturizer phases, as well as get rid of stubborn traces of makeup or dirt. Listen to the pop of frizz when you remove the seal of freshness on your first use. 

Step Four (4)

Deoproce Green Caviar Vitamin C Ampoule

Green Caviar Vitamin C Ampoule (Php1,490) to brighten, moisturize, and protect the skin with its highly concentrated active ingredients. The formula  has the right viscosity for a serum – it’s not runny, nor thick. Also, it has the faintest scent among all the products despite its yellowish color, which I like. 

Step Five (5)

Deoproce Green Caviar Moisturizer

Green Caviar Cream Moisturizer (Php1,490) to hydrate the skin without the sticky heavy residue. The whipped light cream gives an immediate boost of hydration to the skin. I use this at night and wake up to plump hydrated skin in the morning. 

Step Six (6)

Deoproce Green Caviar Skin Perfecting Tint

Green Caviar Skin Perfecting Tint with SPF 30 PA++ (Php790) to even out your complexion and give extra protection against the sun’s harmful rays. This is a great base to add to your makeup routine but can we worn alone if you want go for a lighter feel or more natural effect. I’m an NC30/35 and it is perfect for my skin tone. Important: this is meant for your morning routine. 

The verdict

I enjoyed using all the products from the Deoproce Green Caviar line and  especially love that the scent is kept very mild – reminiscent of fresh watermelon juice. Most importantly, it stayed true to its promise of skin hydration. I highly recommend the Deoproce Green Caviar line to those with dry to normal skin. Those with oily skin may benefit from the toner and cleansing products.

Where to get?

Deoproce products including the complete Green Caviar Line is available in Watsons, SM Department stores, Amorfia PH, and Lazada. Deoproce is an established Korean skin care and cosmetics manufacturer. Apart from its own brand, Deoproce manufactures products for well-known Korean beauty brands and specializes in exotic natural ingredients such as snail mucus, spider web essence, pig collagen, and more.

Credits:

All photos in this article are from the official Deoproce PH FB Page