Veggie based breads and noodles are becoming a fad nowadays. Health and nutrition go hand in hand, especially when it comes to the foods we eat.
The common pan de sal has been upgraded to be more nutritious by mixing basic ingredients like malunggay, touted as a miracle tree due to its many health benefits. Malunggay is rich in vitamins and minerals and grows commonly in most backyards in the Philippines.
Vegetable-based breads and noodles were recently developed by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of DOST to answer the need of nutrition gap and nutrient deficiency among most Filipinos.
Here in the province, M’s Place will try to bring that product to the plates of most Siquijodnons by producing malunggay pan de sal, squash pan de sal, malunggay noodles and squash noodles. Breads have long been a staple food in the province with many consuming it as part of their breakfast or snacks. With this idea in mind, M’s Place will try to capitalize on this opportunity to turn its vision into a profitable venture.
Recently, Senior SRS Josie F. Elli of DOST 7 and Assistant Provincial Dir. Marichu Baclay of PSTC Cebu conducted skills training on the production of vegetable-based noodles and breads at the processing area of M’s Place in Poblacion, Siquijor, Siquijor.
M’s Place is noted for its food catering business, snack bar and restaurant in the Capital Town. The firm is a beneficiary of the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) of DOST and availed a technological assistance worth PhP429,500.00 for the project “Technology Introduction for the Production of Vegetable-based Breads and Noodles of M’s Place in Siquijor, Siquijor”.
Provincial S&T Dir. Mario E. de la Peña identified the training as important in the transfer of needed technology and skills for the production of the squash-malunggay-based canton noodles and squash-malunggay-based breads. With the project underway, he is hopeful that the firm would contribute to government’s effort to provide healthy foods to its constituents and hopefully help indirectly in reducing incidence of malnutrition in the province.