Tita Olivia Roura- Buencamino is the person behind the famous Olivie’s Bilao, Binalot Foods and Lechong Manok. Whenever you are in San Miguel, Bulacan – try to visit her restaurant and try their specialties.
Our group was able to see some of her well-known dishes at the 1st Pista ng San Miguel de Mayumo within the Saint Michael of Archangel compound.
She is a nurse by profession while her husband is a physician. Our group were able to visit her in restaurant that has the ambiance of rustic nipa hut ( bahay kubo ) theme. The sitting capacity is between 70 to 85 people at any given time.
We were later joined by a friend Joseph Cruz from the plant society. Some people would think that Tita Olive is an old woman in her 60’s, which sometimes would left her at awe.
beautiful wall decor
special boodle fight
The group were served several of her well-loved dishes boodle style. There were three additional adobong isaw ( chicken intestine), balun-balunan ( chicken gizzard) and adobong puwet ng manok (chicken ass).
left to right and top to bottom : adobong leeg ng manok, adobong balun-balunan, adobong isaw ng manok and adobong puwet ng manok
We also tried their boodle fight sa bilao eal which consisted of pork and chicken barbecue, itlog na maalat ( salted duck egg) chopped tomatoes, sisig, pork liempo and large portion of rice. There are also condiments like soy sauce, bird’s eye chilies, calamansi and vinegar to match one’s taste preference.
Customers are encourage to use bare hands in eating at the restaurant.
We also tried their own lemonade and puno’s ice cream from nearby Nueva Ecija province.
Tita Olive is one of the few individual that treats her lechong manok business more of ” laro-laro” (a mere play, where she finds joy and happiness rather than being pressured to make a profit).
She used to be a very shy person before becoming a medical sales representative. where the art of marketing skills and talking to ordinary people were acquired.
She started her business way back in 2006, with an initial capitalization of just Php 20,000. She bought a lechon manok stall within the town which had closed down. Without much knowledge, she tried her luck asking friends and relatives who knew the recipe of making roasted chicken.
lechong manok with special sauce
They would give her the ingredients but the measuring system would rely on personal estimate (tantiya) rather than exact measurement. She also attended some short courses. She has all those measuring spoons and cups in the house so that when the volume of the restaurant’s particular dish is increased depending on the order, she can maintain the expected quality and not lose the so-called magic of the taste.
One key element that amazes the group was that she keeps a low-profit margin, relying on sales volume to keep the business running. Sir Lebon Ong said that her style is like the Chinese.
Tita Olive, showed us her own style of marination and the way she prepares her own roasted chicken (lechon manok). She would order them every other day in chicken farm and she made it sure that all the chicken are freshly killed. This is also to assure quality and freshness that makes her customers coming back. She also have her on style of special chicken sauce.
Her roasted chicken is similar to a popular roasted chicken in the country.
Tita Olivia Roura- Buencamino together with media, bloggers and industry practitioners- photo courtesy of Mr. Rodel Carating
The restaurant and roasted chicken earnings from peak seasons would just go to year-end bonuses of staff (for December). While payment of business permits and taxes (for January). What is worth emulating is her attitude towards her employees, dynamism, positivity and creativity. She would also accepts new ideas, suggestions and feedback from her customers.
Tita Olive’s roasted chicken is sold in 21 branches throughout San Miguel and other parts of Bulacan and Nueva Ecija provinces.
Tita Olivia’s Bilao and Binalot Foods ” Kamayan sa Bahay Kubo”
Address: San Jose, San Miguel, Bulacan, San Miguel, Bulacan 3011
Contact : 0917-576-2828 / 0922-878-2405