‘Hindi nakakahiya magbenta’ Former OFW now sells biryani in PH to survive the pandemic


A former overseas Filipino worker in Dubai has brought the taste of biryani in the Philippines as her family’s livelihood had been affected by the pandemic. 

Jhoi Cheng and her Pakistani husband Nasir opted to sell biryani in the Philippines after the sales of their ready-to-wear clothing business started to dwindle due to travel restrictions imposed in Cavite in March. 

Jhoi told The Filipino Times that since many people then faced difficulty to go to the market when traveling was restricted, they thought of making the recipe as part of their game plan to be productive and survive the pandemic’s toll on their finances. 

The couple sold the staple of Indian-Middle Eastern origin on Facebook, using palatable photos to attract more customers. 

“Hindi ko talaga akalain na andaming mag-o-order which is yung mga taong yung galing sa Middle East ang na-nmiss nilang kumain ng ganitong pagkain,” she said. 

The couple, according to the report, is now earning a profit of P5,000 to P7,000 each day, or at least P14,000 per week. 

“Nilakasan lang din namin yung loob namin na pasukin yung business na ito. Napakalaking tulong niya talaga lalo na ngayong pandemic na tatlo ang anak namin. Malaking bagay talaga siya sa amin,” Jhoi said. 

One solo order of their chicken biryani is sold at P180. 

“Hindi nakakahiya magbenta ng kung anu-ano through online basta lahat marangal,” she added.


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