With Japanese restaurants sprouting in all corners of the metro, one cannot deny that Japanese food has truly captured the taste buds of Filipino foodies. Japanese dishes are undeniably good, but often, they come at expensive prices. Well, not anymore. We just learned about this food delivery service called SWS Pagong Corp. and they prove that hotel-quality, authentic Japanese food can be made more affordable.
Based in Taft Avenue, Manila, SWS Pagong Corp. (the name is so Filipino, but believe us, their foods are undebatably Japanese!) is a company that started out as a fresh ramen noodle supplier then decided to open their doors to deliver various Japanese foods that specializes in bentos, yakisobas, and makis.
The company is headed by Master Chef Junichi Sekiyama, formerly the Executive Japanese Chef of Diamond Hotel Philippines. Master Chef Sekiyama decided to put up his own business after he retired from his hotel employment.
SWS Pagong Corp. is mainly a food delivery service, but if you insist on having your Japanese fix right there, Pagong is located at the 2nd floor of Kanumayan Tourist Inn along Leon Guinto Street in Taft Avenue (between Estrada and San Andres streets). When you get to the Inn, just ask the receptionist where Pagong is.
Don’t be surprised to see a kitchen instead of a row of dining table sets when you reach Pagong. In that kitchen is where Master Chef Sekiyama’s magic happens. In case you want to dine there, you can request the staff to set up a table under a gazeebo by the Inn’s garden at the ground floor. From there, you can enjoy your freshly-made Japanese dinner under the moonlight and a few lighted candles. Romantic? Yes! Affordable? Double yes! 🙂
What’s interesting too is that aside from the food delivery service, Master Chef Sekiyama also holds cooking classes and one on one tutorials on how to make authentic Japanese dishes.
Below are photos of their best sellers: the Bentos. Each Bento contains a hefty serving of fragrant Japanese rice, yakisoba, slices of fruit, fish cake, picked vegetables, sweet and spicy dilis (This is very good! We can swear by this!), and your choice of meat – fish, chicken, or pork, among others. All that for only Php 300.00. If you go eat this same set in hotels or restaurants, this could probably cost you over Php 1,000. An absolute steal, if you ask us.
If you don’t think you can finish those huge Bentos, they also offer smaller ones with prices ranging from P 145.00-P 165.00.
In case you’re into Gyozas and Makis, they deliver in bulks of 25 / 50 / 75 / 100 / 125 / 150 pieces. Makis range from the usual California maki to the tasteful ebi tempura maki. Aside from the bulk, they also serve these in single orders. One 8-piece order of their California maki will set you back by P 78.00.
And of course, what’s Japanese dining without ramen? Master Chef Sekiyama can also whip up a good bowl of hot and filling ramen for you for only Php 115.00.
With the range of the prices we’ve mentioned above, you now have an idea how affordable the foods from Pagong are. And amazingly, with Master Chef Sekiyama, the quality of the food is not compromised for the affordability.
SWS Pagong Corp. just proved that hotel-quality and authentic Japanese cuisine, or any other delicious and satisfying food for that matter, need not be expensive.
SWS Pagong Food Services Corp.
2317 Kanumayan Hotel, Leon Guinto St. Malate, Manila, Philippines
Facebook: SWS Pagong Corp.
Mobile No. 0915-487-2658
- SWS Pagong delivers to Taft Avenue for free. Charges apply for other locations.
- All photos are from the SWS Pagong Corp. Facebook page.