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Make your family gatherings shine with these Tatay Vic's specials. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF IG/HAPPYBOINK

It all started with Tatay Vic’s delicious Laing and Bicol Express enjoyed by his kids and now we can munch the same hearty meals at our own homes.

The family behind Happy Boink! (@happyboink) transformed their home to a big kitchen to satisfy every craving for Filipino food.

In an interview with the Daily Tribune, Happy Boink’s manager Jaja shared the heartwarming story of their online business which now has almost 4,500 followers on Instagram.

Humble beginnings

“Yung tatay ko nag-try magluto ng laing kasi nakakita siya sa paligid ng mga gabi kaysa naman sayang naman (My father tried to cook Laing because he saw taro around our area and he did not want it to go to waste),” Jaja shared.

This serendipitous circumstance is also a redemption story for Tatay Vic as he just overcame stroke before deciding to cook again with all of his Bicolano heart.

Their generous family started to share Tatay Vic’s specialty to their neighbors and that started to gain patronage.

Now, with the team of six, their meals reach beyond Parañaque and the business thrives especially now when everyone craves good food but hindered by lockdown.

From a simple household, the home behind the Happy Boink! was transformed as a nest of good food dedicated to loyal customers.

Lumpia and Laing combo for every day feast.

Apt for the Filipino palate

The grit and the heart for cooking (and eating) of this family soothe many cravings for good Filipino food without the hassle of cooking.

Sharing how their meals are cut above the rest, Jaja said, “Sa ingredients, hindi tinitipid, malambot yung meat, at yung gata niya ay di rin tipid. Kumbaga, lasang-lasa yung creaminess ng gata (We are generous when it comes to ingredients, the meat is tender, and the creaminess can really be tasted).”

She also added that they take feedbacks as much as they can so they will know how to improve it further. And thankfully, their business is now being supported even by known celebrities.

Aside from the good taste, they also ensure that the ingredients are well-balanced for the nutritional benefits of the customers. Further, they get all their produce from local suppliers as a way to support the market especially during the pandemic.

Happy Boink! is still in the process of establishing its business by doing the protocols in online business registration. Jaja mentioned that aside from catering to the Filipino palate, they also want to be a role model when it comes to being good Filipino business owners.

For those who want to take a bite (or a plate) of Happy Boink! meals, contact their Instagram (@happyboink) to place your orders. Happy eating!

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