Don Caloy’s Chili Sauce – Cebu’s Newest Contribution To Its Culinary Culture
Whenever we travel to different places, whether it be locally to different towns, to different cities to different countries, I always ask this question to my friends. How do you understand and learn the culture of the place you’re travelling to? Asides from the sites and historical structures, it’s the food. Whenever we hear our friends and family’s stories after a vacation, almost all the time, they will firstly and lastly talk about how good their food is. Some of my friends even travel outside the country just to experience the culinary culture of a country.
Cebu on the other hand is known for a lot of gastronomic specialties. When tourists, both foreign and fellow Filipinos, talk about Cebu food, the Cebu Lechon always ends up on the top of their list of must try foods. Other famous Cebuano delicacies include the Danggit, Carcar Chicharon, Ngo Hiong and Cebu Chorizo just to name a few.
Don Caloy’s Chili Garlic Sauce takes its inspiration from these Cebuano delicacies. Aldie Canizares, who makes his sauce from scratch uses only fresh ingredients. These ingredients are actually sourced from Cebu. “The recipe for the Chili Garlic Sauce has been a work in progress since 2005. Ever since the boom in the popularity of siomai, I wanted to create my own Chili Garlic Sauce.” He experimented with different ingredients at the start but finally settled with the final recipe early this year when he decided to sell his sauce. “I just made the sauce for personal consumption at the start so I didn’t really care about the brand and measurements of the ingredients.” Aldie adds that different brands have different tastes. A local soy sauce has its own distinct taste as compared to an imported soy sauce. Even how the garlic is prepared and fried can have different effects in the taste of the final product.
So, what made Aldie decide to start a business with his sauce? “I started out making the sauce for myself and my brother loved it”. He loved it so much that he used the sauce on a slice bread. I then shared it with my friends whenever they come to the house for dinner and have drinking sessions. They loved it and kept asking to take some home. That’s when I said to myself that maybe I could turn this into a business. So back to the kitchen I went and sort of finalized the recipe. I then decided to use ingredients that are all from Cebu to give it a unique and a truly Cebuano product.”
Don Caloy’s is now enjoyed by Filipinos, mostly Cebuanos, from all over the world. “We have family and friends outside the country who ask their friends to bring them Don Caloy’s and they absolutely love it. People have brought our sauce as pasalubongs that they brought them back to the US, Canada, UK, Singapore and even in Namibia in Africa.” Aldie adds that seeing how the people enjoy Don Caloy’s in practically any food they eat puts a smile on his face. “Some even use our sauce as a viand to their rice and nothing else.”
Don Caloy’s Chili Garlic Sauce is a perfect condiment not just for siomai, as many people often think. It goes well with practically any dish from pork, chicken, beef, fish, vegetables, sauté dishes, stews, soups and even fruits.
Follow them on Facebook (Facebook.com/DonCaloys) and Instagram (@DonCaloys) for updates on where you can get your Don Caloy’s Chili Garlic Sauce. You can even make Don Caloy’s as a giveaway for any occasions. They can also customize the label according to your needs. For inquiries and orders, you may also email them at DonCaloys@gmail.com.
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