Judy Ann Santos knows that most Pinoys have their own way of enjoying adobo.
Thanks to her restaurant venture Angrydobo, the Starla actress is now able to introduce her own take on the dish.
"Kasi ako all this time, adobo, ang partner ko talaga laing," she reveals in an interview with PEP.ph at the launch of her newest endorsement Coco Mama on October 23 in Taguig City. "Kasi mahilig ako mag-pair ng creamy sa maalat.
"Gusto ko iyong profile ng kinakain kong pagkain, it should be salty. It should be sweet and creamy.
"Ang biased ko na nga sa creamy kasi kung pupuwede na lang, lahat ng gulay ko sa Angrydobo, may gata. But, of course, not everyone likes gata with their adobo...
"We appreciate the fact that people acknowledge you can actually eat your adobo like this. Iyong iba nga, hindi naiisip na puwede ka pala mag-partner ng adobo sa laing na may gata.
"So, iyong iba, parang nakaka-experience sila ng something new na nagugulat din ako na, 'Talaga ba? Bago sa pandinig ninyo?'
"I just love the fact that I was able to introduce to some a different flavor profile. Nakaka-happy siya."
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Angrydobo is Judy Ann's family business venture with husband Ryan Agoncillo, his brother Dondee, and Dondee's wife Maloo.
The adobo restaurant's name is inspired by an anecdote Ryan shared on his Instagram feed in February 2019.
How is the restaurant doing so far?
Judy Ann tells PEP.ph, "It's doing good. It's doing very good... Nakaka-overwhelm ang magandang reactions ng mga tao, their experience.
"But you know, we also get negative feedback from people, but we take it as a learning process. We learn from it every day."
The hands-on chef acknowledges that not everyone will like her take on the dish, but she takes into consideration their taste.
"Kasi nga iba-iba naman ang lasa ng adobo natin sa bahay. May nasa mas maalat na side, may mas maasim na side. Iyong adobo ko, talagang nasa mas maasim na side lang siya.
"Iba naman may matamis na adobo, so we take our cue from suggestions of other people, but without [sacrificing] the flavor. Kumbaga iyon iyong flavor ng adobo ko."
Still, business is going strong for Angrydobo, which opened in May 2019 along Taft Avenue in Manila.
Judy Ann also reveals that they will be opening a second branch in the south before the year ends.