Tin is a homemade pop tart master, guitar player and Filipino home cook
Q. How did you first learn to cook?
Tin: I learned how to cook from my mom. She definitely influences my cooking. I am always cooking at home for family and special occasions. No professional training. My cooking background is a mixture of mom’s influence, cooking channels, and other people.
Q. How did you get into homemade pop tart making?
Tin: Last year, I went to a coffee shop in California and they served Ube Pop Tarts. After I had the Ube pop tart, I wanted to recreate it because no one sells it here in Chicago. My pop tarts are healthier than the ones sitting on the shelves at grocery stores. The Ube pop tarts also represents my favorite childhood breakfast and cultural background.
Q. What’s your favorite food memory?
Tin: When I was younger, all of my friends would come over to my house because my mom would always have food ready on the table. She would cook Lumpia Shanghai (egg rolls), Pancit, Sinigang, and Adobo.
Q. What’s your day job? What do you like to do outside of cooking?
Tin: I am currently in school and working at a doctor’s office. When I’m not cooking, I like playing my guitar and singing. I also take care of my pet turtle Raphael. He is named after the ninja turtle. I like to travel and eat out at different places.
Q. Anything else we should know about you and your cooking?
Tin: I hope the Shmeal community will enjoy my creations. I love to cook, bake, and eat. I am happy I can share my love for cooking on Shmeal.
Tin’s making “Oreo X Ube Pop Tarts” on SATURDAY (3/24) and SUNDAY (3/25) in Albany Park! Get your request in, and follow Tin to see what she makes next!
The Shmeal Team. 🐖💻