Stock up on Skinny Dippin’ Labneh Balls in Olive Oil for a Ready-to-Eat Healthy-ish SnackJuly 16, 2018
Best friends, business partners and couple Meggi Gutierrez and Karim El-Khoury, both trained cooks who studied culinary together in Global Academy, wanted to collaborate on a project that represented both of their mixed identities (Gutierrez is Filipino-American while El-Khoury is Lebanese-Filipino). “He’s Lebanese so people ask him for hummus all the time,” says Gutierrez. “It’s kind of racist,” El-Khoury laughs. But admittedly, because of his background, they include both hummus and labneh balls on the menu.
While their dip menu is exciting in itself (we could not get enough of the Spinach-Artichoke dip in particular, which we finished in one sitting), the star of the show is their labneh balls, or, put simply, Lebanese cream cheese. Made to order and from scratch, with each labneh ball handrolled by this team of two, the labneh balls are incredibly satisfying in their stick-to-your-mouth creaminess and touch of acidity (think Greek yogurt) that gives it a little punch. The cheese catapulted the only 3-month young business venture of Skinny Dippin’ forward, with the jarred cheese already being on high demand upon introduction. And because the labneh balls are immersed in olive oil, they last for up to three months in your fridge (while the other dips last about 10 days).
Gutierrez and El-Khoury tell us that all the herbs that go in their jars come from their own backyard herb garden. All the products are also served in glass jars that you can send back to them for a PHP 20 discount off your next order (or return 10 jars in exchange for a free dip). Sustainability, they explain, is an important goal for the both of them as they work towards a more environmental and organic product line. Right now, in order to ensure zero-waste in the kitchen, they only make orders every Monday and Thursday so that the dips are fresh and ready to go on their 2 delivery days of Tuesday and Friday. Get free delivery for Ayala Alabang residents, or PHP 50 delivery for neighboring villages. For all other Metro Manila locations, deliveries are made through LalaMove.
Made-to-order dips and labneh balls from Alabang-based chefs.