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Host: Isi

Manila, Philippines

USD
$26-$68 per person

Traditional Filipino family recipes with a local foodie

Host offerings
  • House
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Isi

Isi has been in the food business for over ten years - creating recipes for dairy companies and restaurants, doing food styling and photography and selling spices online. She has recently started "Chili Asylum", an institution dedicated to marketing fresh chilies and chilli products sourced directly from Filipino farmers. Isi says she learned everything she knows about cooking from her Nanay (grandmother) who she watched cook fresh lunches and dinners everyday growing up. Isi loves cooking and serving the local, regional food she grew up eating. Isi enjoys collaborating with other chefs and food lovers in the food business to create new and delicious food.

Curious to know more? Read a recent journalist's account in The Chicago Tribune of her experience with Isi here.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-10 guests) Your menu might include dishes such as ensaladang pako (local fern salad in a calamansi and raw honey dressing), grilled shrimp in a cilantro chimichurri (an Isi creation), ginataang kalabasa at sitaw (squash and green beans in a coconut milk stew), mechado (soy marinated beef, cooked in an onion and tomato sauce), inihaw na baboy (grilled pork chops) followed by homemade calamansi pie for dessert made by her best friend Earnest.

Cooking experience: (1-10 guests) First Isi will take you through her small vegetable garden where she grows lemongrass and calamansi, a distinctive Filipino citrus fruit that she uses to flavor her food. Isi's food is redolent of flavors such as calamansi, garlic, chilies, coconut milk and fish sauce. In her kitchen she will teach you to prepare Filipino family recipes that have been passed down through the generations. You can choose between a hands-on lesson and a cooking demonstration during which you will watch her prepare the meal. Just let her know your preference!

Market visit: (1-5 guests) Your weekend morning begins with a visit to an open-air market where Isi will introduce you to seasonal produce as well as cooked local and international foods. You will then drive to her home in Quezon City, located about 30 minutes away depending on the day and traffic.

Notes: Market visits are available on weekends and on weekdays. On Saturdays you will visit Salcedo Market and on Sundays, Legazpi Market, both are open-air farmer’s markets. Weekdays we usually go to the two markets Isi frequently goes to, either Farmers Market or Suki Market, both are near her home in Quezon City.

Languages spoken: English

Traveler reviews

We had the dinner cooking experience with Isi on Valentine's Day. She even accommodated our short-notice request to make Shrimp Sinigang plus we got to savor 2 family recipes, a beef dish and a kind of sweet pork meatloaf. Everything tasted amazing. Calamansi pie for dessert was heavenly. We appreciated to be guests at a local family home (the area and the house are VERY nice!) and Isi managed so well to create a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere while being the perfect host at the same time. She gave us lots of great info on the Philippines' cuisine and heritage, as well as what to do and where to eat in Manila, which considerably enriched the 2nd half of our stay in town. I was assuming we would be more actively involved in the cooking process, but as it was Valentine's we were also very ok with just being spoiled ;) Would definitely participate again any time!
- Marion February 23, 2019

Isi was a great host and the food was lovely.
- Tom August 13, 2017

Isi prepared a delicious feast of seasonal, local produce blending traditional and contemporary cooking styles. She also supplemented the meal with locally produced liqueurs and desserts. It was a fun and informative (and filling) survey of Filipino food past and present. Our favorite dish was Beef mechado.
- Jared

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Isi

$26-$68 USD

per person
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  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$40 $30 $26
Cooking Experience + Meal
$48 $40 $30
Market Tour
$40 $30 $26
Market Tour + Meal
$54 $48 $40
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$68 $60 $56
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$40 $30 $26
Cooking Experience + Meal
$48 $40 $30
Market Tour
$40 $30 $26
Market Tour + Meal
$54 $48 $40
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$68 $60 $56
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
11:00am-1:00pm 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-1:00pm 5:30pm-8:30pm
Market Tour
9:00am-10:00am 5:00pm-6:00pm
Market Tour+ Meal
9:00am-12:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-10:00pm

Meet Isi

Isi has been in the food business for over ten years - creating recipes for dairy companies and restaurants, doing food styling and photography and selling spices online. She has recently started "Chili Asylum", an institution dedicated to marketing fresh chilies and chilli products sourced directly from Filipino farmers. Isi says she learned everything she knows about cooking from her Nanay (grandmother) who she watched cook fresh lunches and dinners everyday growing up. Isi loves cooking and serving the local, regional food she grew up eating. Isi enjoys collaborating with other chefs and food lovers in the food business to create new and delicious food.

Curious to know more? Read a recent journalist's account in The Chicago Tribune of her experience with Isi here.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-10 guests) Your menu might include dishes such as ensaladang pako (local fern salad in a calamansi and raw honey dressing), grilled shrimp in a cilantro chimichurri (an Isi creation), ginataang kalabasa at sitaw (squash and green beans in a coconut milk stew), mechado (soy marinated beef, cooked in an onion and tomato sauce), inihaw na baboy (grilled pork chops) followed by homemade calamansi pie for dessert made by her best friend Earnest.

Cooking experience: (1-10 guests) First Isi will take you through her small vegetable garden where she grows lemongrass and calamansi, a distinctive Filipino citrus fruit that she uses to flavor her food. Isi's food is redolent of flavors such as calamansi, garlic, chilies, coconut milk and fish sauce. In her kitchen she will teach you to prepare Filipino family recipes that have been passed down through the generations. You can choose between a hands-on lesson and a cooking demonstration during which you will watch her prepare the meal. Just let her know your preference!

Market visit: (1-5 guests) Your weekend morning begins with a visit to an open-air market where Isi will introduce you to seasonal produce as well as cooked local and international foods. You will then drive to her home in Quezon City, located about 30 minutes away depending on the day and traffic.

Notes: Market visits are available on weekends and on weekdays. On Saturdays you will visit Salcedo Market and on Sundays, Legazpi Market, both are open-air farmer’s markets. Weekdays we usually go to the two markets Isi frequently goes to, either Farmers Market or Suki Market, both are near her home in Quezon City.

Languages spoken: English

Traveler reviews

We had the dinner cooking experience with Isi on Valentine's Day. She even accommodated our short-notice request to make Shrimp Sinigang plus we got to savor 2 family recipes, a beef dish and a kind of sweet pork meatloaf. Everything tasted amazing. Calamansi pie for dessert was heavenly. We appreciated to be guests at a local family home (the area and the house are VERY nice!) and Isi managed so well to create a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere while being the perfect host at the same time. She gave us lots of great info on the Philippines' cuisine and heritage, as well as what to do and where to eat in Manila, which considerably enriched the 2nd half of our stay in town. I was assuming we would be more actively involved in the cooking process, but as it was Valentine's we were also very ok with just being spoiled ;) Would definitely participate again any time!
- Marion February 23, 2019

Isi was a great host and the food was lovely.
- Tom August 13, 2017

Isi prepared a delicious feast of seasonal, local produce blending traditional and contemporary cooking styles. She also supplemented the meal with locally produced liqueurs and desserts. It was a fun and informative (and filling) survey of Filipino food past and present. Our favorite dish was Beef mechado.
- Jared

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$40 $30 $26
Cooking Experience + Meal
$48 $40 $30
Market Tour
$40 $30 $26
Market Tour + Meal
$54 $48 $40
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$68 $60 $56
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$40 $30 $26
Cooking Experience + Meal
$48 $40 $30
Market Tour
$40 $30 $26
Market Tour + Meal
$54 $48 $40
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$68 $60 $56
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
11:00am-1:00pm 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-1:00pm 5:30pm-8:30pm
Market Tour
9:00am-10:00am 5:00pm-6:00pm
Market Tour+ Meal
9:00am-12:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-10:00pm
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