Pepe's Kitchen is founded by Mae who hosts Filipino Supper Club and Pop up in the heart of London. Serving you traditional Philippine cuisine. Mae named her food venture after her late father 'Pepe' who taught and inspired her to cook Filipino food.
What is Filipino Food?! To understand Filipino food is to know the rich history of Philippines, the culture and the people. The country consists of 7000 plus islands surrounded with water; the ocean, streams and rivers. The indigenous people used these coasts to barter with neighbouring countries. The Arabs from Middle East, Indians, Chinese, Malay and the two colonial countries Spain, including Latin American countries like Mexico and Cuba and United States. They came with their boats and brought with them different goods as well as different ingredients. For example our noodle dishes are influenced by the Chinese merchats who were bartering in our shores and decided to stay in the country to set up businesses. Along with them are the recipes to make Chinese food, he then makes these recipe using local ingredients and revolutionised his recipe which made it Filipino! Of course we have many dishes that are truly Filipino too.
Philippines is a melting pot.. literally with so many influences coming from different countries. Our dishes ranges from stews, noodles, fresh seafood, fermented fish and plenty of fresh vegetables!
Mae hosted Supperclubs and Pop up since 2011 with plenty of experience in the kitchen. She also hosted residences in London including a 3 month in Sun and 13 (Soho) and Trailer Happiness (Portobello)
Throughout the years she has been featured by different magazines and newspapers both UK and in Philippines. She was also spotted on UKTV Food for New British Kitchens show and BBC2 for Mary Berry's Easter Feast cooking alongside Mary making Lechon (fragrant slow roasted pork belly).
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Fabulous evening of food and company
Filipino Seafood Dinner
in April 2016,
reviewed on 1 May 2016
This was our first experience of Filipino food and what a delight it was. Our hosts were very welcoming, it was great to be able to hear about the dishes being served.
The food served was delicious and beautifully presented.
We are looking forward to the next supper club meal by pepes kitchen with Mae and Adrian.
Teresa and Anna
I enjoyed myself at this event seeing friends and meeting new people. The wine was very good though pricey. Most of the food was individually delicious although I felt that there was no balance. It was quite heavy on pork from starters to main course. Laing is normally served as a side dish , not as a course. As such, it's saltiness was not neutralised/ balanced by rice and other dishes that should have gone with it. I wonder whether it was due to logistics of a tapas restaurant not having dinner plates? A Filipino salad of tomatoes and cucumbers would have added a refreshing taste to the palate. The desserts were yummy - i felt sorry not to have room left to finish my cake which was a generosity portion!
We arrived hungry and certainly left replete!
We hope the event provided many bancas for poor fishermen who lost their livelihood due to Haiyan. Please let us know how much was raised. Well done to all of you for your generosity in organising a worthwhile event. Thank you.
It was a great experience!
For a pop-up dinner, the quality of food was amazing! I have a tiny feedback which are in no way meant to criticise but hopefully help in any future event:
The laing was good and really liked the chilli kick to it however I found the laing too salty for my taste.
The colombian empanadas were alright but the cornmeal pastries were too heavy for my liking. I guess it just didn't work for me.
Overall it was a very enjoyable experience!
Wonderful idea, wonderful food, wonderful evening!
This was a really an evening to remember! Organised beautifully, the event featured absolutely gorgeous Filipino food and an array of hardworking folk really keen on helping the Philippines. It was truly spectacular.