Edelmira Puyo showing grilled tuna, one of the favorite dishes at the AANI Weekend Market
An enterprising husband and wife tandem operates the most popular food stall today at the AANI Weekend Market at the Arca South, formerly FTI, in Taguig City. The two are Recto Puyo, a native of Lobo, Batangas and his wife Edelmira from Cavite. They operate Meiro’s Cuisine, which at the srart six years ago offered six local dishes, including menudo, Bicol express, pork caldereta, beef caldereta, adobo and ginatang laing.
During the first year, they almost gave up because they were not selling enough. But they were prevailed upon to stay and see what happens if they can offer a wider variety of dishes. And that’s what they did.
Their decision to stay had paid off. Today, they offer no less than 40 different dishes which customers finish off before the day is over. Practically nothing is left, says Christy Mosico, a staff of AANI Weekend Market. To which Edelmira nods in agreement. That’s because Recto is really a good cook. The customers simply love his dishes. Through experience, he has mastered preparing the different dishes.
Among the favorites are the grilled tuna, boneless bangus, sinaing na tulingan, Bicol express, laing, lechon kawali, sinigang na salmon, kinilaw na tuna, shanghai lumpia, and many more.
In addition, they also offer kakanin like puto, kutsinta, maja and biko. Edelmira is the one who makes the delicacies herself. We visited the place at about 10 a.m. of Sunday and by that time only a few of the puto and kutsinta were left.
The two do their own marketing. For most of their raw materials, they go to the Pasig Market which they say has the cheapest vegetables, meat and other farm produce. For the tuna, they go to the Navotas fishport.
Overall, they are so happy about their business. Well, who would not be happy? They have improved their economic status a lot, thanks to the weekend market.They have bought a house of their own in Cavite and a vehicle to transport their merchandise. Also very important is that they enjoy cooking and serving their dishes to the public. So many other stallholders at the AANI Weekend Market are glad there is a weekly outlet for their merchandise.