This year, the Yummy Good Food Awards still acknowledges that food is essential. However, we also recognize that good food — and not just any food for that matter — is even more important. This year's edition of the Yummy Good Food Awards is back!
In the new normal, we see fewer restrictions on going out and more freedom to visit other supermarkets and groceries to discover new food products. The role of food has now become more than just about sustaining ourselves during a time of crisis; it has transformed into finding food that not only nourishes us but also lets us relish the experience of eating delicious food again at home.
We started the Yummy Good Food Awards last year with the idea that everyone needs to know what good food is and compiled some of the most common and well-loved supermarket food items that many of us keep in stock in our kitchens. This year, the Yummy Good Food Awards still acknowledges that food is essential. However, we also recognize that good food - and not just any food for that matter - is even more important.
Good food can be food that you taste, whether cooked in a dish or on its own, and that you find delicious. It can be an essential ingredient in creating a good dish. Good food can be the favorite food product that you always pick up during every shopping trip because you eat it every day.
Finding the food that you consider to be good however is trickier. How will you know it's good? It can be a hit or miss if you have not tasted it before and that can make you hesitate to try it. That's why the Yummy Good Food Awards recognize tried-and-tested favorite ingredients as well as new food products by doing some of the testings and tastings for you.
This year, our judges tried over 100 food products. We included the same categories of food that made your food experience so much better during the pandemic and added a few more categories that made sense to our new normal. From the original eight categories and 36 food products, we expanded our list to 12 categories and over 40 food products so we could give focus on those food products that became indispensable in our current food lives.
Christmas is just weeks away, so we're taking extra time to make the Yummy Good Food Awards 2022: Holiday Edition better this year as well. Watch out for the announcement of the winners of that later this month.
Just like last year, we taste-tested some of our favorite brands in these food categories to see which would surpass the others based on these three main criteria:
You can learn more about the criteria and categories for the Yummy Good Food Awards 2022 here.
Excited to see what brands won in which categories? Below is the new list of Yummy Good Food Award 2022 winners:
Ketchup may be the unsung hero of your food plate. Del Monte Original Blend Ketchup balances the sweetness with the sour, catering to the Pinoy taste preference but not going too far. It's the perfect condiment for topping hot dogs, spreading onto sandwiches, and made into dips to give food a classic sour-sweet tomato taste. Beyond this, it also makes a great substitute ingredient in place of regular tomato sauce, especially when making homemade barbecue sauces to pair with your hamburgers and inihaw na liempo.
Price: P29.75, 320-gram sachet
There is really nothing quite like it! When it comes to this banana catsup, this banana catsup is the classic one you know because it's sweet with just enough heat to make it "tamis anghang", and just a little tangy and tinted red enough so it still tries to mimic the original tomato ketchup it was trying to be. UFC's Tamis Anghang Banana Catsup is definitely a nostalgic taste, especially if you like dipping kamote fries into it, spreading it on tortang talong, or serving it alongside your favorite fried ulam dish.
Price: P29.75, 320-gram bottle
Bagoong is the undisputed partner to every kare-kare meal! However, you'll find that this bagoong has a delightful surprise with its hit of sweetness and hot chili. Barrio Fiesta Bagoong in Sweet Chili has enough to balance the saltiness that is usually the main flavor you'll taste in shrimp paste. If you're not pairing it with your favorite kare-kare ulam dish, this makes a fantastic ingredient for a binagoongan!
Price: P98.50, 250-gram bottle
The other essential ingredient in almost every adobo recipe, this dark-colored soy sauce is the extremely salty, umami-packed seasoning liquid that perfectly complements the sourness of vinegar. Whether added to a dish or simply mixed with vinegar for a classic dipping sauce, Datu Puti Soy Sauce is one ingredient that is essential to cooking as well as a condiment on your dining table.
Price: P22.50, 385-ml bottle
No adobo is complete without this important ingredient. A kitchen staple along with its sister condiment, the soy sauce, it has the right amount of sourness to give our unofficial national dish that distinctive tang. Datu Puti Vinegar also gives paksiw na isda its sourness and makes a fantastic dipping sauce with garlic and onions.
Price: P19, 385-ml bottle
Did you know that many of our favorite everyday ulam recipes use tomato sauce? From the fast-cooking giniling na baboy to the kalderetang baka, Hunts Premium Tomato Sauce has a smooth taste and strong tomato flavor that make our dishes deliciously tangy.
Price: P15.75, 115-gram pack
When it comes to marinades, you can beat one that is wonderfully flavorful as well as convenient to use. Mama Sita's Barbecue Marinade is both sweet and savory with the right balance of smokiness; this is a fantastic ingredient for preparing meat ahead of time. Whether you're marinating inihaw na chicken barbecue or using it as the base liquid for a pork barbecue that you'll spike with sriracha later, this tasty and easy-to-use bottle can help you cut cooking corners and make prepping meals faster.
Price: P61.25, 150-ml bottle
It can be pork chops, chicken pieces, or tofu squares that you want to fry, but a pack of seasoned breading mix like Ajinomoto Crispy Fry Breading Mix is a surefire way of ensuring each piece emerges crispy and delicious. It makes frying easy and fuss-free since there's no miscalculation of how much seasoning you need because it's perfectly seasoned as is.
Price: P17, 62-gram pack
You can't deny the power that a little sachet such as this has when sprinkled into dishes. Just a pinch or two of these Magic Sarap All-In-One Seasoning Granules can make the difference between a tasty ulam dish and one that is unforgettably delicious. "Season to taste" takes on a whole new meaning when it's this you're using to season your dishes.
Price: P63.75, 8-gram pack of 16 sachets
Not many people will take the time and exert the effort needed to make sinigang sa sampaloc from scratch. For those of us who know that a sachet such as Maggi Magic Sinigang sa Sampaloc Mix is enough to make delicious sinigang, reach for this kind of sachet to make it whenever you crave a simmering bowl of your favorite sour soup.
Price: P12, 25-gram pack
You may want more tuna in the can but the seasoning of Century Tuna Flakes Hot and Spicy more than makes up for the superior flavor that it's marinated in! The tuna flakes are seasoned in a salty and spicy brine that's so delicious that you won't want to waste it! Drizzle it over your rice or toss it with pasta for a fast and easy but incredibly tasty tuna pasta. Food editor Roselle Miranda uses this can of tuna as an instant salad dressing tossed with a big bowl of lettuce, tomatoes, and sunflower seeds.
Price: P44.50, 180-gram can
You can't beat how affordable this canned fish is! Boasting a classic tomato sauce that's tasty and tangy, Ligo Sardines in Tomato Sauce are plump and juicy. Serve it as is with a squeeze of calamansi juice or add it to misua for a unique soup dish.
Want another great sardinas ulam idea? Yummy Assistant Managing Editor Georgia Uy says, "I add scrambled eggs (when I simmer sardines on the stovetop) and mix it in, so it gets fluffy. When it's 60% done, I turn off the heat. You end up with custardy scrambled sardines. Even when you've finished the sardines, the scrambled egg in sardine sauce is still good as ulam!"
Price: P23, 155-gram can
Salty enough to be called "corned", this brand of shredded canned beef is a reliable favorite. It's got just enough juices to keep it moist in the can but it also has enough beef fat to help it fry in its own fat without the need to add more oil to the pan. Purefoods Corned Beef even has a variant with beef chunks to give it a variety of textures from just pure shreds. The resulting corned beef dish is delicious and meaty, the perfect complement to the cubed potatoes you likely added to the mix.
Try this super easy corned beef and mac and cheese dish from Georgia: saute the corned beef like normal, add tomato sauce, toss with the cooked macaroni, and top with cheese.
Price: P176, 380-gram can
Not all canned meat are the same. For those who love the convenience of canned food such as Purefoods Luncheon Meat, it's handy to have in your kitchen when you don't have time to thaw meat or go out and shop for it fresh. Simply prepare it fried, cubed up and mixed with scrambled eggs, or made into this easy tocino hack: toss slices in sugar, then fry! It adds a sweet, caramelized flavor to the salty luncheon meat, says Georgia.
Price: P95, 230-gram can
It's a creamy cheesy cheese that kids love! Magnolia Cheezee is easy to grate and slice for any dish that needs a cheesy hit. Use between sandwich slices, grate and mix with eggs for easy cheesy eggs, and cut into sticks and stuff into morcon or cubed into the ground meat mix of embutido to deliver creamy cheesy pockets.
Price: P52, 165-gram block
If you love the soft buttery taste and texture of real butter, Anchor Butter Salted delivers on both counts. The subtle saltiness is perfectly balanced to give this enough flavor to enhance the natural flavor of the butterfat. Perfect for spreading on simple toast but just as reliable for your cooking and baking needs. (Just remember to adjust the salt in your baking recipe, says Roselle.)
Price: P145, 227-gram bar
Fresh milk can come in freshness-locked tetra packs. Whether you enjoy it drunk as is, spooned cold with cereal, or poured into a dish as an ingredient, fresh milk delivers creaminess in a neutral, liquid form. Arla Natural Milk Goodness extra creamy milk has a smooth, creamy taste that makes it easy to love sipped or in dishes.
Price: P98.75, 1-liter tetra pack
Along with evaporated milk, this kind of canned milk is a trusted kitchen staple for all your no-bake desserts. Use Alaska Classic Sweetened Condensed Filled Milk to help transform the eggs in the Brazo de Mercedes into the decadent filling or add a few spoonfuls to deliver the sweetness needed in your desserts.
Price: P67, 300-ml can
Evaporated milk is a staple in many Pinoy kitchens. Beyond the usual uses for adding to coffee or using for no-bake desserts, Alpine Full Cream Milk is not just your usual evaporated milk. It's slightly thickened, creamy in taste, and best of all, boosted with more nutrients than your usual which makes it worth it to add to your pantry.
Price: P66, 330-ml can
Chicken nuggets are a favorite among kids and adults alike. While nuggets, in general, are well-loved, Purefoods Chicken Breast Nuggets in particular are extra juicy and chunky with a coating that crisps up nicely when fried right. Addictive, dunk these morsels in barbecue sauce, serve with rice, or use as the meat substitute for a curry.
Price: P91, 200-gram pack
You can't go wrong with a hot dog that is a classic favorite. Tender and juicy, just like the name suggests, Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs deliver on those points. Plus, each hot dog is meaty and savory, plus, it is tinted red to give it the signature look that makes it super appealing to kids. These come in various sizes apart from regular, including jumbo and cocktail sizes. Make sure to add it to your menudo and omelet!
Price: P70, 230-gram pack
The traditional pairing to your continental pancake breakfast, Purefoods Classic Honeycured Sliced Bacon is a great balance of flavor: sweet and savory at the same time without being overly sweet, unlike tocino. For those who love the crunch, these pork belly slices crisp up well when cooked perfectly but can still remain soft and tender when undercooked if desired. Garlic rice is a must!
Price: P154, 200-gram pack
You might be transported to your childhood with this classic flavor! Selecta Bestsellers Rocky Road is a flavor that is still a favorite among those who love their chocolate ice cream. It's studded with mix-ins such as the big marshmallows, peanuts, and chocolate bits that it's known for. You'll be glad to know it tastes even creamier than you remember it.
Price: P275, 1.3-liter canister
Cones make useful vehicles for melty ice cream. Not only are these edible wafers stuffed with delicious ice cream, but Cornetto Caramel Toffeccino is a coffee-flavored ice cream cone topped with a drizzle of luscious caramel and toffee candy bits. Anyone with a caramel or coffee addiction won't be able to resist this icy dessert combination!
Are you guilty of tipping the bag over your mouth when you spy the crushed potato bits in the bottom corners? Jack 'n Jill Vcut Potato Chips Spicy Barbecue Flavor are thinly cut yet ridged to hold the spicy seasoning, making each chip super flavorful. The barbecue seasoning is really the highlight of these local potato chips. It's a testament to the love affair we have with the sweet, tangy, and spicy combination of flavors.
Price: P33, 60-gram pack
Chocolate may be one of the most popular flavors but peanut butter is no slouch in the flavor department either. When it comes to cookies, peanut butter is a flavor that makes Presto Creams Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies nutty in a different way that can be irresistible to some. Dunk it in hot coffee or in cold milk (Your choice!) to soften the cookie for that perfect cookie bite.
Price: P60, 300-gram pack of 10
Pillowy-soft yet firm enough to not crumble easily, Monde Special Mamon proves that a simple cake recipe can hold its own in a market full of overly loaded and stuffed snack cakes. It also makes the perfect chiffon cake substitute for those who want to make an easy no-bake crema de fruta this coming holiday season.
Price: P167, 516-gram pack of 12
A boxed mix is a perfect tool for new bakers and they might actually start with this kind of cake before any other. Maya The Original Hotcake Mix is a tried and tested favorite! It's easy to use and results in perfectly fluffy pancakes every time. Why not try using this to make these awesome flavor-hacked pancake recipes?
Price: P30, 200-gram box
What food is just as popular as rice in the morning? Bread! Gardenia Classic White Bread is a presliced white bread loaf. It is the reliable bread that many reach for in the supermarkets. When you crave something different beyond the usual pandesal, this is the go-to bread to spread with your choice of palaman and dunk in your hot coffee.
Price: P74, 600-gram bag
Peanut butter is a classic palaman! The kind we grew up with is naturally made and sweetened but for those who prefer the opposite, there is the thickened kind. Barrio Fiesta Peanut Butter is made extra thick and creamy that it makes you smack your lips! Plus, this variant has got crunchy peanut bits, too, that give it extra crunch!
Price: P78, 170-gram jar
Salty and creamy with a sharp tang, Cheez Whiz Original Spread is a timeless favorite palaman that can be used as more than just a sandwich spread. The spreadable quality makes it also ideal for adding to pasta sauces, soups, and basically any dish which needs a touch of cheese.
Price: P86.50, 210-gram jar
Oatmeal is a common ingredient for cookies as well as breakfast porridge but there are some who prefer their cookies chewy than gummy. For you, pick Quaker Old Fashioned Whole Grain Rolled Oats to use instead. The oats are rolled into whole pieces instead of par-cooked and smashed so it's got more texture. It will definitely fill you up!
Price: P104, 600-gram back
Best served with a crispy fried egg on top, this stir-fried noodle is the sweeter version of our pancit canton. The sweetness is from the Indonesian sweet-style soy sauce instead of the salty Chinese sauce. The Indomie Mi Goreng Fried Noodles is delicious as is or level it up with some shredded cabbage and carrots. Give it a Japanese twist, Georgia says, by drizzling on Japanese mayo and sprinkling with dried nori bits!
Price: P14.50, per 85-gram pack
The original thin noodles are back, but whether you prefer the thicker noodles or the thin ones, the flavor is what makes this instant noodle choice irresistible. Fast cooking without any fuss, this pancit canton is a late-night meal or an affordable merienda. It definitely packs a flavor punch! Top it off with toasted garlic bits and drizzle a little sesame oil to make it extra delicious!
Price: P13.50, per 80-gram pack
Instant food doesn't always mean instant noodles. Instant doesn't always mean no cooking so with a little cooking, you can make this awesome quick meal. Knorr Real Chinese Soup Mix Crab and Corn packet is loaded with crab strands and corn bits. It has a magic powder that makes it thicken almost as soon as it heats up completely!
To truly make this a Chinese soup, don't forget to stir in beaten eggs just before you turn off the heat to create the egg-drop stands that make a bowl of this instant soup extra appetizing!
Price: P37.50, 37-gram packet
Pasta is easy to cook and make delicious. Whenever you're craving a hearty meal that isn't a rice meal, you'll probably want to reach for a pack of Royal Premium Spaghetti. Made easier to not overcook, you can be confident when making a hearty carbonara, a meaty bolognese, or a simple garlic and oil spaghetti.
Price: P58, 450-gram pack
Also known as ziti, San Remo Penne Rigate are ridged tubes of pasta that are perfectly sized - not too big or too small! These are also easy to spear with your fork and catches and holds pasta sauces in their ridges as well as within their hollow centers. Makes a great substitute for the usual elbow macaroni.
Price: P89.50, 500-gram pack
Making pancit canton from scratch may involve many ingredients. Since you're making such an effort in creating this dish, using a superior pack of dried noodles like Good Life Egg Noodles is the way to go. These noodles are just thick enough that you know it's pancit canton but not too thin that they easily break when tossed with the toppings.
Price: P78.50, 400-gram pack
Bihon and sotanghon can be interchangeable in some recipes. Many may like either or both kinds of noodles because they're very similar! When you need to make a choice, Good Life Vermicelli or sotanghon makes a great noodle dish, whether it's a soupy dish like a classic chicken sotanghon or a pancit bihon guisado that you are craving to eat later for merienda.
Price: P46, 227-gram pack
Flour became an indispensable ingredient during the pandemic, especially for those who discovered their love for baking. All-purpose flour may be similar to our eyes but one of the best features of Magnolia All Purpose Flour that made it stand out is the resealable quality of its packaging. This ensures that it not only is freshly packed and stays that way while in storage, but it will also not absorb any odors that might ruin your delicious baked products.
Price: P43, 400-gram pack
Not everyone is a baker, and for those of us who worry about making accurate measurements and having the right ingredients, you can take all the stress of doing that out by using a reliable boxed cake mix instead. A chocolate cake is a tried and tested favorite, and what Magnolia Devil's Food Cake Mix delivers is one that is easy to make, has got good chocolate taste, and, most important of all, bakes into a light and delicious cake that you won't be shy about presenting to friends and family.
Price: P155, 550-gram box
Vanilla is like the salt and pepper of the baking world; its flavor is added to almost every baking recipe you may want to make. For this reason alone, it's a good idea to find a kind like McCormick Vanilla Flavor that delivers the alluring aroma you want in your baked cakes, cupcakes, and cookies without it being too cloying.
Price: P49.25, 20-ml bottle
Coffee was another basic food that we discovered we could not function without. There are still those of us who prefer good coffee that doesn't require gadgets and tools to create a good cup on a daily basis. For those who prefer their coffee dark and strong with nutty notes and just a hint of creaminess instead of the brew being overwhelmed with it, Kopiko Black 3-in-1 sachet delivers on all counts.
Price: P7.75, 20-gram sachet
Hot chocolate is the other drink that many of us grew to appreciate. Used as a great pairing with coffee to make a mocha drink or made as is, the Swiss Miss Funtasy Mallows is the popular hot chocolate made more fun to drink with its colorful mini marshmallows on top!
Price: P14, box of 10x28-gram sachets
Did the food product that you love make it to this list of good food? Let us know what we missed and should include in next year's Good Food Awards.