Store-bought chili garlic sauces are usually disappointing in our experience. Have you ever tasted ones that are slightly burnt, weirdly acidic, rancid-ish, or in some cases, flavor-less and spice-less at all?
It’s a shame since garlic and chilies are aromatic gifts to the palette. Wouldn’t it taste a hundred times better when they’re cooked to a crisp, letting all of those beautiful flavors marry, so when you add it to your food, it enhances the taste and adds a layer of texture?
That’s our inspiration for Serioso Chili Garlic: having an accessible, versatile, and seriously spicy condiment that delivers deliciousness and a kick to any food.
After a couple of test recipes, we came up with one that we would eat ourselves. We started selling them to our friends and relatives, and they agreed: it’s pretty good. Whether they said it not to hurt our feelings, it boosted and compelled us to upload our products in Shopee. We kept selling them until other people aside from Mark’s ex-students were buying Serioso Chili Garlic. We then added the tagline: “Seriosong maanghang. Matapang at kaya kang ipag-laban. Di gaya ng ex mo.” It was the height of hugot lines, so please don’t judge. 😆
It wasn’t much of an income stream. We were happy to sell five bottles a month, and there was vast room to grow. In fact, in December 2019, we thought of stopping the production since no one was buying them. Until the horrors of 2020 happened, we saw the rise of re-sellers with it. Serioso Chili Garlic reached more people, and the suggestions came about toning the spice level down, and we listened. Later, we introduced a chunkier and milder recipe: Medyo Serioso Chili Garlic. It served another clientele for which we jokingly wrote this tagline: “Para sa di kayang mag-commit. Este, di kaya ang sobrang maanghang.” 😆
The Serioso Chili Garlic family grew with the new additions: Mushroom Serioso and Serioso Honey. The former, our mild recipe with real Shiitake mushrooms, which creates a “meatier” taste to your dishes. On the other hand, the latter is becoming more popular as chili-infused honey goes well with pizzas, cheeses, charcuterie, fried chicken wings, vinaigrette crackers chips, and more. We have one customer who even adds it to her vanilla ice cream!
Serioso Chili Garlic is keto-friendly. Our ingredients are chili, garlic, and coconut oil. We don’t add any salt or flavor enhancers. Serioso has only 1.9 grams of carbohydrates for every tablespoon and 2.8 grams for Medyo Serioso.
Our dream has always been to support our local farmers. All of our ingredients are sourced directly from a farm in Tarlac. While we don’t get them by the ton just yet, we’re happy to connect to a farmer, thereby adding food to their table whenever we order from them. We hope that our effort will not only be a tiny drop in the ocean in the future.
For the recent holiday, we tapped a community of weavers in Laguna to create our tampipi gift boxes, so that’s something our customers can smile about whenever they purchase to spread the Christmas cheer.
You may read our customer’s reviews at bit.ly/shopeeserioso.
Where to buy Serioso Chili Garlic
For orders made outside of Shopee:
- Message us your orders at @seriosochiligarlic.
- Confirm your orders by paying first (BDO/GCash).
- Give us ample time to prepare your items.
- Book the same-day delivery option of your choice (Grab/Lalamove/Mr. Speedy/Angkas).
Location pin is Serioso Chili Garlic Maysan Valenzuela.