Locally produced and Filipino steamed buns or siopao. Siopao is a Hokkien term for steamed buns. You may be familiar with different names such as baozi, salopao, bahn bao, mandu, or others.
Gallafe started as a food blog around 2015. Eventually from suggestion from folks, the idea of starting a Filipino food pop up arose. That same year, Kultura Festival hosted by Filipino Kitchen in Chicago had its first event. The festival and food movement was affirming and influenced the diving into this journey. Finally in 2020, the push to open a food establishment was underway. However the onset of Covid 19 complicated planning. Despite the delay, it gave Gallafe time to reimagine itself and adapt during these times. Zyka LLC was created to umbrella Gallafe, and to allow for future growth and endeavors. In partnership with Amethyst Bee Cakery, Gallafe is able to operate from their location. Using their kitchen space will allow Gallafe to produce steamed buns to sell at local markets, do meal pop-up, and occasional specialty orders.
Look for upcoming pop-ups for meal features, sales sites, and scheduled counter pick ups.
Gallafe products include gluten free and vegan options. Ingredients are specifically tailored to maintain the original flavors as close as possible for diet specific options, including reducing the amount of added sugar.
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BY KEN MIGUEL-CIPRIANO, INNOVATION & JOBS EDITOR | THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017