Soy food and beverages have been gaining popularity here in the metro because of the many health benefits of soy. Nowadays, you can get soy milk at any regular grocery store. However, mass-produced soy milk are mostly made with non-organic and GMO (genetically modified) soybeans, and preservatives are added. With “Simply Refreshing!” as its tagline, YummySoy strives to live up to the promise in delivering FRESH, non-GMO and good quality soy-based desserts and drinks in a contemporary ambiance.
Apparently, the name YummySoy sounds familiar to me as I’ve seen this brand in many locations in Singapore before (most frequently when I pass by Joo Chiat Road). I recall that Mr. Bean is one of its head-to-head competitors as they both serve refreshing soy-based beverages and food products. I’ve tried Mr. Bean a couple of times but haven’t sampled YummySoy’s delights even once. 😛
Brought to the Philippines by a Filipino who’s still working full-time in SG, this branch of YummySoy at The Fort Strip beside K-Pub opened just last June 3, 3013 after its first branch at Robinsons Place, Manila which launched last March 7, 2013. Their beans are imported from Singapore and processed in their commissary in Pasig City, Metro Manila. This is why the taste should really be fresh and consistent with the original recipe’s.
Yesterday’s food-tasting event was a compromise between going out of the house when it was raining and not eating YummySoy’s tastiest treats at all. I chose the latter because I had already said yes to the organizer and luckily it was a good choice. 🙂
Review of YummySoy (The Fort Strip, Taguig City)
Any restaurant that fills the room with yellow and orange color combination stimulates hunger. I was not hungry when I first came in but after waiting for a few minutes, I must be absorbed by the very charming and pleasing ambiance that made me succumb to order my first drink. 😀
The chilled bean curds (taho) were neatly presented in the refrigerators. Customers can view the menu on the Hyundai LCDs where the products and prices are displayed. I wondered why they opted to put and turn these devices on when they can just have menus posted behind the counter or still on top pasted on the walls via lighted signs to conserve electrical energy. ❓ Anyway, if that’s part of their strategy to entice customers then it must be working effectively.
The number of chairs are limited to 12, so even if this is a nice place to hang out, by the setup, customers would be more encouraged to take their orders out than stay in and wait for tables and chairs to be freed.
On other thought, Operations Manager Mr. Hermoginio (see picture below) said that their target market is composed largely of employees from nearby office buildings who want to chill out from work and have a quick break here and those coming out of other pubs and restaurants in The Fort Strip. I figured most if not all these people are always on the go, so the limited seating capacity might still be adequate for the branch for now. The “egg” chairs were really comfortable to sit in though! 🙂
Service was outstanding. Drinks and chilled taho were presented in a fashionable manner. Since they are readily made, staff would just have to get them out of the fridge and serve them to the tables well.
I’m a regular drinker of soya milk (豆浆 doujiang) — both the home-made and commercial one. Because our house is located near the tofu factory in Divisoria area, my mom would often buy pure soy milk blended from soybeans and water and serve it as a staple breakfast at home. Hence I can differentiate the taste of finely made soy milk without preservatives and of those already added with sweeteners, inorganic flavoring and heavily-processed ingredients.
YummySoy served us with their five of their best variants of flavored and original chilled bean curd, slurpy and drinks with different toppings: Strawberry (PHp 85), Dark Chocolate (PHp 85), Original (PHp 75) and Almond (PHp 85), with add-ons Strawberry Pops (PHp 15), Coffee Jelly (PHp 10) and Pearls (PHp 10).
After taking spoonfuls of all these, I have to say my favorites are the strawberry-flavored chilled bean curd with strawberry pops and the almond-flavored chilled bean curd with coffee jelly! ♥
With these silky, creamy, and refreshing bean curds, you think you’ll stop eating to save some for later but eventually find yourself with an empty container. The texture is smooth and soft and goes well with the soya bean milk, perfect for those who want an excuse to indulge on such a hot day and yet not want to eat something too sinful.
- YummySoy also offers hot original soy and almond-flavored soy drinks but the hot version takes a bit longer to prepare.
- Each flavor of bean curd and drink can be paired with any add-on.
- YummySoy – The Fort will soon accept deliveries from nearby establishments.
- To get a discount, you can buy six chilled bean curd (varied flavors) at PHp 400.
- Customers can choose the sugar level of the drinks: from 0%, 25%, 50%, 75% to 100%.
Price for Value: ★★★☆☆
The quality and taste of their offerings make it easy for one to patronize them easily. Prices are about the same as drinks in milk tea and coffee shops. However, I just have this notion that taho or soy bean curd must be cheaper because taho is one that is commonly and traditionally sold by street vendors carrying cylindrical metallic containers placed on each end of a bamboo pole. One cup of this drink costs only PHp 10-20, while YummySoy charges about six times over. 😯
– With Bloggers Carol and Aldous –
3F Midtown Wing, Robinsons Place Manila