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Oyster Pizza Exists And It Sounds Like The Stuff Of Food Dreams

If you live in Iloilo, you need to try it for yourself!
PHOTO: COURTESY OF BENJIELYN PAN
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Arguably one of the good things about quarantine is seeing how food experiments can turn into delicious trends we all benefit from. Like in March, when dalgona coffee tested your wrist strength and everyone made baked banana bread at least once. We also saw the rise of all-things ube, sushi bake, and basque burnt cheesecake. We've been gifted Korean cream cheese garlic bread, and Cibo has been having some fun with their menu (have you seen this Spinach Dip Lasagna?). 

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Well, if you're from Iloilo, we encourage you to leave room for *one more* delicious food in your stomach: PAN's Talaba/Oyster Pizza, the brainchild of Benjielyn Pan

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Benjielyn told ABS-CBN, "Noong nag-lockdown, nakita ko ang mga taga-rito sa coastal Dumangas na maraming talaba kaso walang mapagbentahan dahil sarado naman ang mga restaurant. Walang customer, walang biyahe ang RoRo, at isa talaga sa mga paborito ko ang talaba. Nagdasal ako, humingi ako ng wisdom sa Panginoon para maka-generate ako ng income sa gitna ng lockdown at the same time makatulong sa kabuhayan ng mga kababayan ko."

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Speaking to Cosmo, Benjielyn said that she got the taste she was looking for right after her first try: "One month ding nasa imagination ko lang ang nasabing talaba pizza bago ko tuluyang niluto." She then told her sister, Clair, to try it, and they both enjoyed it! 

A 12-inch pizza costs P170, and with the help of family members, they've sold 200 pizzas. Depending on orders and reservations, they prepare around 30 orders of pizza a day. According to Benjielyn, they will be opening franchises around Iloilo soon, specifically in Lapaz, Mandurriao, and Jaro. 

For more information, visit PAN's Talaba/Oyster Pizza's Facebook page and Instagram account

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