How to Make Macarons at NIKKO’S BAKING STUDIO…. MADALI LANG YAN!!!
One fine SATURDAY MORNING, at 9am…9am Lord…I was finding my way over to a little baking studio I had no idea was nestled along Paseo De Roxas Avenue. I was of course slightly dragging myself to this place since I had (SURPRISE, SURPRISE) been out bar-hopping the night before…
Thanks to my excellent navigation skills – promise skill ko talaga yan – we found Nikko’s Baking Studio. From the gate, you see the simple and quaint façade of the obviously house-turned-into-something structure. I entered through a little patio, decorated in a delightful, rustic sense and was greeted by an energetic and friendly lady, who turned out to be THE Nikko – my teacher for the day and chef extraordinaire.
Salamat sa kape at masasarap na merienda of foods which you can find in their modest but well-thought out menu of dishes, nagising ako at nabuhayan.
Along with some of my classmates, we got a brief orientation on what we will need to do to make lemon-flavored macarons. P and I were partners, and syempre pareho kami slight ninenerbyos. Si P at least marunong talaga sa kusina yan, nagluluto ng mga putahe…eh ako magaling lang sa take-out.
Ang motto for the day was “MADALI LANG YAN” — para nga syang naging mantra. In fair, magaling kasi magturo si Chef Nikko. She demonstrated the process first, then we all followed suit. Her instructions were easy to follow, and her demeanor was so open hindi naman kami masyado nahiya magtanong tanong at times.
Slightly competitive lang kami ni P, kaya medyo kinarir naman namin. Ang kinalabasan: out of around 25 or so macarons we baked FROM SCRATCH, sa awa ng diyos, may walong pantay-pantay pantay naman na nabuo. Pero masarap sya lahat kahit hindi lahat perfectly even yun mga meringue shells namin.
But like what Chef Nikko said, making good macarons takes practice. Know your oven, stick to the measurements and MADALI LANG YAN!
NOTE: If you are not yet familiar with Chef Nikko Buendia, you might want to start getting familiar with her and her bakeshop… why? She was one of the 4 bakers commissioned to make cakes for Pope Francis! She made her Kahlua Mocha Cake, now a.k.a. The Pope Cake. Nakatikim kami lahat ng pinagpipitagang Pope Cake, and meeeehnnn…mapapdasal ka sa sarap.
If you want to try a few classes, or want to order a Pope Cake, or you just want to have some good foods, go check out Nikko’s Baking Studio along Paseo De Roxas Ave, Makati City (near the Buendia-Paseo intersection), or follow on IG @nikkosbakingstudio, or call +6328871711/+639209544960.