Alor's: Resto made out of passion

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Monday, December 16, 2013

RUNNING a business is no joke, let alone the mind-numbing daily operations and a whole lot of concerns that get in the way anytime of the day.

Stressful as it needs a great tenacity on the part of the Jack in order to learn the trade -- its perils and opportunities; its ups and downs.

Diana Despabiladeras-Chua Chui Hian, owner of the "Alor's: A Home Kitchen," said she is is not new in food business as her parents are already into it since 1980's when they first opened fastfood Yummy in Davao City.

Three years ago, she opened her own restaurant named after her mom "Alor's" but only recently that its catering and cocktail sevices picked up among the different occasions such as weddings, baptismal, birthday parties, and corporate events around the metro.

Diana is known for her impressive skills in making delectable cakes and pastries, some of them a reinvention of the desserts she got to taste in her travels.

"I continue to develop my own. I get inspired when travelling. Ang mga nagugustuhan ko na dessert, I try to add a twist and make it my own," she said.

Having learned pastry art at the International School of Culinary Arts and Hotel Management (Iscahm), she has mastered anything about baking.
In fact, she is a concessionaire of some coffeeshops with big names in Mindanao, supplying them with her homebaked cakes and pastries.

Among her famous creations are the Chocopology, a three-layered chocolate cake made of milk chocolate, white chocolate and a dark chocolate with a base made of chocolate fudge. Still among the famous cakes of Alor's are fruity fluff and strawberry shortcake.

Some of these cakes are specially made upon orders only.

"We don't do mass production. I have a cake that I only bake by orders, the ones na may fruits. I don't like to bake too many, they will only get stale when they stay too long in the chiller," she said.

Diana is very much involved in the operations of the business and very much careful in her dealings with the clients and the prospect clients, the reason why she's been trusted all this time for her exemplary work.
She said she has never tried advertising, but the word-of-mouth seems to speak for the restaurant itself.

"When people learned Alor's is owned by Yummy, they know that we offer quality foods talaga," she said.

The restaurant can hold events and other functions in its spacious dining area, but when combined with the function rooms of Yummy, they can hold more than 100 guests at a time.

It offers a host of sumptuous family favorites such as forty clove chicken, knock out knuckles, and mama's pork ribs, all are Filipino comfort foods but with a modern twist.

Alor's is located on F. Torres St., Davao City, beside Yummy.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 16, 2013.


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