51st Savory opens at SM

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

ANOTHER branch of the original Classic Savory holds grand opening at the ground floor of SM Cagayan de Oro Wednesday.

Kristoferson Ting, Classic Savory’s operations head, said the opening was in time for the celebration of the 50th year of the restaurant’s continuous service to the public nationwide.

Ting expressed confidence that local residents would patronize the 51st even as he noted that he was amazed on the influx of the people who kept coming in and out of the restaurant since the diner’s soft opening on January 21.

CAGAYAN DE ORO. Kristoferson Ting, Classic Savory Chicken operations head, leads the cutting of ribbon during the grand opening of the restaurant’s 51st branch at the first floor of SM Cagayan de Oro Wednesday. (Joey P. Nacalaban)


He said another branch would be opening soon as Ayala’s latest mall, Centrio, opens anytime in November.

Classic Savory serves delectable choice of menus such as Patatim, Wanton, soups, beef selections and buttered chicken, much cheaper compared to other casual dining bistros.

Chicken, the restaurant’s bestseller of all time, is coated with herbs and spices and is cooked to perfection.


The years following the end of World War II proved significant not just for the Philippines but for the four Ting brothers as they moved to start a fresh life and establish their livelihood.

By 1950, the brothers put up a "panciteria" in the busy district of Quiapo serving mainly lomi.

Over time, as their little panciteria grew in popularity and as the brothers began to discover other dishes they could serve their customers, they were able to create a “special” recipe for fried chicken and gravy that became so popular. It later invited Filipino families to try the recipe from the usual Chinese customers.

Thus the popular Savory Chicken House was born and its first branch opened in Escolta. The menu soon expanded to include other Filipino and Chinese dishes.

Now, after over 50 years of existence, the third generation of the Ting family who started Savory is re-launching the Classic Savory Chicken.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 16, 2012.


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