Here’s Why We Think Ritual’s Butters are 2014’s Best IngredientMarch 19, 2015
Ritual, formerly located at The Collective, is known to champion all things Filipino. The general store teams up with small farmers and producers that wouldn’t have otherwise been able to develop and sell their products if not for the passionate husband and wife team of Bea Misa and Rob Crisostomo behind the place. From organic, homemade liquid soap, glassware, and other accoutrements, to artisanal condiments such as salts from Pangasinan or chocnut butter, Ritual is the curious little shop that houses everything you never knew you needed.
It was at a food fair, mid-2014, when we first tasted Ritual’s butters. Ritual often sets up shop in small bazaars or organic markets, and a visit to their stall found us lusting after their latest product long after we’d finished our stash. A collaboration with Black Sheep’s innovative chef Jordy Navarra, Ritual created three butters: a raw cow’s milk butter, an aged cow’s milk butter, and a carabao milk butter, all at PHP 1.1 per gram. Using milk from farms in Negros Oriental and Dumaguete, they are beautiful products made with careful thought, using all local produce to create something of high quality. It is even socially conscious, with the profits from the butters made with cow’s milk going into a feeding program for the children of the community.
Bea Misa-Crisostomo says that our personal favorite, the pungent cow’s milk butter, was all Navarra’s idea: it is aged for 28 days and distinctly funky. It might be an acquired taste, but even on its own, the flavor is quite like nothing you’ve had before. It has the specific profile and aroma of blue cheese, but without the creaminess or heaviness. Smothered on bread alone, it is a slightly pungent wonder, and on top of crisp radishes or mixed in with whatever you’re cooking, it releases a sharp bite that is something you really need to try for yourself. “It’s not a flavor Filipinos usually go for, ” Bea says, “but we are so surprised at the warm reception it gets. People really love it and come back for it.”
Because of the nature of the process, however, the cow’s milk butters aren’t regularly available at Ritual, but the smooth, luxurious carabao’s milk butter is. Give them a call to see what’s in stock, but whatever they have, we guarantee it will be a sincerely delicious addition to your culinary stockpile. Plus, it gives you the chance to visit Ritual’s beautiful new digs along Arnaiz Avenue, where you can get some mushroom salt to go along with your dairy haul.
What’s your favorite homegrown ingredient? How do you cook with it? Let us know below!
Address: 2/F Languages Internationale Building, 926 Arnaiz Ave., Makati
Address: Penthouse, 5th Ave., Taguig