Tuesday, October 13, 2015

When two French men, who found home in the beautiful and quaint country of Vietnam, comes together to incorporate an advocacy (develop agriculture and livelihood for the Vietnamese locals), a vision (to produce the purest dark chocolate), and a skill (French chocolate making) – A chocolate of excellent quality and distinct taste is born: Marou Faiseurs De Chocolat.

Vietnam is abundant with cacao beans. They have tapped small farmers/family of farmers - who have grown these beans from their own two hands- for the produce which gains its own character depending on the frequency of rains, the richness of the soil, the frequency of the rains, the climate of each terroir, and all other factors affecting the growth of the plant. The aim is to bring subtle accents of cacao in their range of single origin Vietnamese chocolates. And since these cacaos are grown in different parts of Vietnam such as in Mekong Delta, Central Highland, or on the slopes of the Annamitic Range, each bean have their distinctive flavors. 

Tien Giang 70%
A Full bodied chocolate with spicy, fruity notes, made from cacao organically grown by farmers of the Cho Gao Co-op in the Mekong Delta.

Ben Tre 78%
An intense yet balanced chocolate, from Ben Tre province in the Mekong Delta, where cacao tress are planted among coconut groves.

Dong Nai 72%
Their first ‘Pod-to-Bar’ chocolate, made with cacao elaborated in their own fermentation station near Cat Tien natural park; a finely balanced dark chocolate with hints of spice.

Lam Dong 74%
A rare and delicate chocolate made in micro-batches from cacao beans cultivated in hilly woodland at the edge of the Vietnamese Central Highlands between Madagui and Bao Loc.

Dark chocolates produce the same comforting effect as that of regular chocolates and there’s the added benefit of it being healthier for our bodies, the most important of which is its capacity to lower the risk of heart disease. 

The bittersweet flavor of pure dark chocolate, we must admit, is an acquired taste. If munching on pure dark chocolate is really something you can’t fathom doing, be creative and use it as an ingredient in baking, or better, in cooking. My sister and I prepared oil based mushroom pasta with Parmesan and added shreds of Dong Nai (which is great because it has hints of spice, perfect for food). We’re currently curating a brownie recipe using the chocolate (or what’s left of it) as an ingredient. This reminds me that I have to order more at PHDeli in Makati. PHDeli is Marou Faiseurs De Chocolat’s official distributor in the country.

PhDeli Corporation is the parent company of Bennett And Palmer, and bk2y.com. Their aim is to curate gourmet goodies from around the world so that customers can enjoy a diverse array of fine food right in our homes. Their also committed to supporting grass root industries and local communities in the Philippines by introducing our world-class products to other countries. The company sources and imports the highest quality food and drink products from around the globe, providing world class products and an unbeatable service. They have a British/Filipino management based in Makati, who is dedicated to bring the finest products and the best service. They work closely with suppliers to ensure that the products they offer are the freshest, most exciting and most competitively priced.

They are licensed by the FDA to import and distribute a wide range of high quality grocery products as part of their Retail Grocery Solutions service. They are committed to help serve the finest gourmet foods to all of your guests. They also have an Own Label Solutions service which can provide a full and highly customizable Own-label Service for a wide variety of food products. Another service offered is Coffee Supply Solutions. Here they provide a variety of a fully supported coffee supply options, with provision of equipment and regular coffee supplies, specially tailored to your requirements. Their Products are Marou Chocolate, La Petite Epicerie Saigon Jams and Preserves, Koala Tea, Hello 5 Coffee, and Brightside Organic Wines. 

PhDeli Corp.
www.phdelicorp.com / sales@phdelicorp.com 
822 Paseo Tesoro Bldg., A. Arnaiz Ave. Brgy. San Lorenzo, Makati City, 1223 Philippines
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Special thanks to Mr. Vladimir Gomez of PHDeli.

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