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INTERNATIONAL ADOBO DAY COOK, SHARE & UPLOAD

INTERNATIONAL ADOBO DAY COOK, SHARE & UPLOAD

Unite with Filipinos all over the world for International Adobo Day--let us all cook, share, and upload now! Send your photos to adoboday@filipinofoodnetwork.com. :) SUBO, MGA KAPATID!

WE DECLARE JUNE 12 AS INTERNATIONAL ADOBO DAY!

WE DECLARE JUNE 12 AS INTERNATIONAL ADOBO DAY!

Don't deprive the world of our unique culture, especially of Filipino food! Let us all unite with an Adobo Compact! How? ON JUNE 12, LET'S COOK, SHARE, and UPLOAD! - COOK your own version of adobo - SHARE it with fellow Pinoys and other nationalities, and then take a picture - UPLOAD and email it to info@filipinofoodnetwork.com We will feature your pics here on our FB page as a testament to the Adobo Compact! Join us, and join the whole world on International Adobo Day!

Cuisinero (Pilot Episode)

Cuisinero (Pilot Episode)

Let Chef J Domingo show you how to celebrate the blessings come harvest time by whipping up the tastiest dishes from farm to plate. Nothing is wasted or taken for granted here, as all ingredients are given equal importance. What this cooking show will make you realize is that farmers are unsung heroes, toiling day and night to feed not just their family, but the great human family that inhabits the earth.

Tales From The Food Zone (Pilot Episode)

Tales From The Food Zone (Pilot Episode)

From the creators of Tales From The Friend Zone comes the cooking show of the ages--Tales From the Food Zone! This is dedicated to all who have been friend-zoned, and the millions of Abangers out there. Remember, there is hope. You may not have Ramon Bautista's dashing good looks, but you can learn how to cook. And the way to a woman's heart is sometimes the road less traveled--through her innards. So enough talk, and let Ramon lead the way!

In the Mood for Food with Ara (Pilot Episode)

In the Mood for Food with Ara (Pilot Episode)

Life is filled with different stories all pointing to the human drama--whether it be about love, family, or friendship. In The Mood For Food with Ara Mina gives you the best of these stories tied together with simple-to-follow cooking demos. Watch how Ara's life unfolds and how she cooks her way through the hearts of the people in her life.

Sawsawan (Pilot Episode)

Sawsawan (Pilot Episode)

What is the one thing that HAS to be on the table of every Filipino household during mealtime? You guessed it--sawsawan! See, what's nilaga without patis, what's chicharon without vinegar? And there are so many different types of sawsawan that if you want to learn them all, you've got to watch the cooking show that's all about that ubiquitous Filipino dip--Sawsawan.

What is Filipino Food Network.com?

What is Filipino Food Network.com?

Teaser video featuring Chef Gino Gonzalez, Chef China Cojuangco, Chef J Domingo, Ara Mina, Sam Oh, Ramon Bautista, RA Rivera, and food blogger Spanky Enriquez.

What Is The Future of Filipino Food?

What Is The Future of Filipino Food?

Filipino Food Network.com chefs and hosts give their answers to this burning question.

Lutong Bahay with Chef Mitchie Sison

Lutong Bahay with Chef Mitchie Sison

Let Chef Mitchie Sison share time-honored dishes from family cooks. Learn the basics of Filipino home cooking only here on Lutong Bahay.

PINOY HOME COOK VIDEOS! Video #1: My Lola's Arroz Valenciana

PINOY HOME COOK VIDEOS! Video #1: My Lola's Arroz Valenciana

Love to cook at home for family and friends? Love to watch cooking shows? Then we'd like to see YOU cook here on Pinoy Home Cook Videos! Simply record yourself with a camera making a special dish that you'd like to share with the world. You can appear in it as the host, or not. You can record a voice over for it, or not. Whatever works for you works for us, as long as you cook a Filipino dish. If it's a classic, give it your own twist. Or invent your own. Then, upload your video on YouTube and send us the link. If you already have an existing cooking video on YouTube, go ahead and send us the link. We will screen the entries and pick the ones that will go on the show. Not everyone will get in, so make it good!  There will be two cooking videos for every episode. At the end of the show's season, we will pick one winner who will get a special prize and the chance to be featured on Filipino Food Network.com.    

ONLY THE BEST FOR DAD

Chef Jessie Rockwell Club offers a Mediterranean
Feast for the very special man in our life—Papa!

On Father’s Day, give Dad a memorable meal that only Chef Jessie Sincioco can offer.

It’s a special sit-down menu for either lunch or dinner to include Mesclun and Micro Green Salad with Mango Chevre in Vinaigrette Dressing; Seared Jumbo Scallop topped with Pan Fried Goose Liver on Creamy Fettucine; Clear Essence of Wild Game with Herbed Dumplings and Lemon Sorbet.

The main course is a choice of Roast U.S. Black Angus Rib-Eye in Bordelaise Sauce or Baked Chilean Sea Bass Fillet with Mediterranean Sauce served with Potato and Leek Gratin and Sautéed French Beans. Finish the meal with Dark Chocolate and Coffee Slice and a cup of coffee or tea.

This special Father’s Day menu is at Php1,700 + 10per cent per person. Dad also gets a special gift. The meal for kids 5-10 years old is at Php 850 + 10 per cent.

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Seared Jumbo Scallop topped with Pan Fried Goose Liver on Creamy Fettuccine

For reservations, visit Chef Jessie Rockwell Club at the Ground Level, Amorsolo Square, Amorsolo Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati or call 890-7630 and 450-2996.

“STEAK UP, DAD!”

Give him the best of his preferred steak.

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For Dad’s Special Day: a 21-ounce Certified Angus Tomahawk Rib Bone Steak

The best steak in the house and a full-flavored wine—just for Dads at l’entrecote  Corner Bistro, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City.

The Father’s Day steak is a 21-ounce Certified Angus Tomahawk Rib Bone served with Dad’s choice of sidings and sauce. Top the meal with a complimentary glass of Layer Cake 2012 Malbec from Argentina. The meal is set at Php 3,240.

Dine with a minimum of four pax and order another Tomahawk Rib Bone Steak and get a gift certificate for a free bottle of Ventisquero Cabernet Sauvignon Classico 2013 from Chile for your next visit.

For reservations, please call 856-4858 or 836-2764.

DOUBLE TREATS

Dads get two gifts from Chateau 1771.

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Grilled King Prawns especially prepared by Chef Vicky Pacheco for Father’s Day.
The prawns are rubbed with paprika and Dijon mustard and served with boiled broccoli and creamed quinoa.

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Pan Seared Alaskan Cod Fillet—stuffed and drizzled with butter and served with fried
Golden brown mashed potatoes.

On Father’s Day (June 21) treat Dad to a luxe meal at Chateau 1771 and he will get a free Business Lunch gift certificate for his next visit. The offer is good for a one-day only business lunch from Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., valid till August 20, 2015.

The Business Lunch includes an English Ploughman’s Salad and Dad may choose from four main courses—U.S. Wagyu Beef Cheeks, Pan Seared Alaskan Cod Fillet, Grilled King Prawns and Chicken Supreme.

Cap the meal with these sweet endings: Amaretto Meringue or Banana-Strawberry Flambe’

For reservations, please call 729-9760 to 61 or visit Chateau 1771 at the ground floor, Greenbelt 5.

FATHER’S DAY SPECIALS

Casa Roces Malacañan offers “Papa Mio 2015.”

There’s a lavish line-up of timeless and new dishes at Casa Roces’ “Papi Mio 2015” to celebrate Father’s Day this year. The dishes are sure to bring smiles to Papa, Tatay or Dad and it’s only Php 850/person.

Start with “sizzling hot” appetizers like Chili Con Carne with Melted Cheese and Nachos or Grilled Corn on Cob with Chili Butter and Grilled Vegetables. Follow it up with Russian Salad to cleanse the palate.

Entrees include hot off the grill specials like BBQ Pork Ribs, Grilled Hungarian and Schublig Sausages with Cheese Macaroni and Roasted Pimientos or Morcilla Rice with Bacon.

Dad is sure to enjoy the special desserts Lemon Key Pie plus two free bottles of Sub-Zero Beer.

Casa Roces is across Malacañan along J.P. Laurel St., for reservations, please call 735-5896 or 488-1929.

MONTH-LONG FEAST FOR FATHERS

C2 Classic Cuisine honors Dads with new sinigang delights.

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Sinigang na Bulalo sa Sampalok at Pakwan, a specialty of C2 Classic Cuisine.

The Metro’s home for redefined Filipino flavors, C2 Classic Cuisine, is giving Dads a month-long dining indulgence for the whole month of June.

Dads will be the happiest foodie with C2’s new variations on the quintessential Pinoy comfort food, sinigang. Let him enjoy Sinigang na Bulalo sa Sampalok at Pakwan (beef shank braised in tamarind-watermelon broth) and Roasted Bulalo sa Sampalok (roasted tamarind-rubbed bone marrow on a bed fried bulalo meat flakes).

To make Father’s Day more memorable, take a selfie with Dad, upload it on FB or IG with description using #Proudkid (followed by the father’s name) and tag on FB or Instagram @c2philippines. Deadline for submission is June 17.

Two winners will be chosen  on June 18 and the winners will receive a LinearfluxHandy Power Bank and BOOQ Apple Case. All Dads dining at C2 on June 21 will receive a G2000 discount voucher.

C2 Classic Cuisine outlets are at The Ledge, Shangri-La Plaza Mall; along Missouri St., Greenhills, San Juan; The Lakefront Wharf, Sucat, Parañaque and Km. 58 Maharlika West Gen. Aguinaldo Hi-way, Tagaytay.

PRIME CUTS FOR DADS

Cravings offers meatiest deals on Father’s Day.

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Bagnet Carving Station—all crispy and succulent just like the way Dad wants it.

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Roast Beef with Marbled Potatoes; Dads have access to unlimited gravy, soup and salad.

A meat-loaded feast awaits Dads on Father’s Day at Cravings for only Php 750 per head. The cost includes unlimited soup, salad and access to sauces/gravies.

Tops on the menu are treats at the Roast Beef and Pork Carving Station with a choice of the following sauces: Mushroom Gravy, Chimchurri, Horseradish, Honey Balsamic Mustard Liver Sauce, Sour Cream and Cucumber Bourbon Gravy as well substantial sides: Mashed Potatoes, Rice Pilaf, Marbled Potatoes, BBQ Rice and Buttered Vegetables.

Cravings also prepared gourmet sweets for the man of the house: Johnnie Walker Cake, Surprise Cake and Burger Cake among others.

There are three more treats for Dads at Cravings to include (1) Exclusive Sale of Beyond Innovations at Cravings Katipunan. Dining Dads get discount vouchers which may be used at Beyond Innovation outlets. (2) Three Dads may win AKG K830 BT wireless headphones and Linearflux Handy Power Bank, all worth Php 12,000. (3) A selfie photo contest, at stake are AKG head phones and Php 6,000 worth of G2000 shopping vouchers.

Cravings deals for Dads are ongoing from June 19 to 21 at the Katipunan, Shangri-La Mall and Molito outlets. For the selfie photo contest details (deadline, June 17 & announcement of winners, June 18), please visit www.my-cravings.com/fd2015 or call 587-9634.

TIMELESS TREATS

Give your dad a gastronomic adventure and stay-cation.

fathersday-lunch-bufet Classic Dad Father’s Day Lunch Buffet

 marriot-dining-areaRichmonde Café dining area

From our first bicycle ride to our first road trip to the countryside, dad has always been our go-to guy for adventures. With him, life’s journey is easier with the unending protection and care he provides his brood. In honor of his timeless and tireless support, why not treat him to a different kind of expedition at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas this Father’s Day, where he can indulge in exciting cuisine and a relaxing staycation?

At the Richmonde Café on June 21st, get to relive unforgettable stories and fond memories that are “Classic Dad” as you savor the Father’s Day Lunch Buffet priced at only Php 998nett per person, and with an amazing 4+1 deal just for our #1 man. So, for every four guests paying the regular rate, Dad gets to indulge in the gourmet feast for FREE!

Voyage into a world of exquisite tastes, from The Americas, to Europe and Asia, and take your taste buds to a nirvana of gastronomic fare at this special luncheon and fantastic desserts, too. Nothing says “yum!” better than unlimited servings of dishes such as Tri-color Fussilli Salad in Greek Dressing, Minestrone Verde, BBQ Pork Ribs, Meat Lasagna, Seafood Paella, Roasted Prime Rib with Au jus and Horseradish Cream, among many more.

To many, Dad wears many hats. He’s the funny prankster, the kind spoiler, the heroic defender, the enthusiastic cheerleader and always your #1 fan. For being our staunch supporter, he deserves some good ol’ pampering and an entire day to lounge around a posh haven in the metro.

Celebrate the many ways Dad shows his “old-fashioned love” with a relaxing family stay-cation. Book the Father’s Day Room Package from June 19 to 21, 2015, for only Php 4,500 nett, and get an overnight stay in Richmonde’s cozy Deluxe room, prepped with all that Dad needs for a truly blissful stay – buffet breakfast for two, Wi-Fi access, complimentary use of the Health Club facilities (gym, indoor heated pool, and steam and sauna rooms) and a Father’s Day Chocolate Cake on the house.

For inquiries and reservations, call 638-7777. Richmonde Hotel Ortigas is located at 21 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City..

TIME OFF FOR DADS!

Make Father’s Day a statement at Marriott Manila

marriot-cafe Freshest catch of the day at the Seafood Station of Marriott’s Café

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Dad will find irresistible the beef steak at the Carving Station

Celebrating Father’s Day is not only a treat but a statement at Marriott Manila. Give Dad his much needed time off and treat him like royalty. Every second of this special occasion counts, as Marriott will surprise two dads with a TW Steel timepiece, when they dine at the highly acclaimed Marriott Café or multi-awarded Cru Steakhouse. Aside from the luxury gentleman’s essential, the hotel has a roundup of delectable dining options for the whole family to enjoy.

At Marriott Café, Dads are treated to a superb Sunday Brunch on June 21 for Php 2,800. Feast on an extravagant buffet selection featuring irresistible temptations displayed in the seafood bar, carving station, roasted section, and foie gras corner. Complement these with international choices and other specialties such as U.S  rib eye, roasted lamb with black cherry tomato confit, truffled meat ball, baked pasta, and beer-braised chicken with herbed goat cheese kennels. Sweet endings are decadent desserts such as mango sans rival, crème brulee among others.

For a more polished take on this special occasion, Cru Steakhouse has consistently proven that it is cut above the rest. Executive Chef Meik Brammer recommends its signature specialty, the manly 900 grams steak comes with 5 side dishes for Php 5,400, perfect for the whole family.

For inquiries and reservations on Marriott Manila’s Father’s day offerings, call (02)9889999 or visit manilamarriott.com.

GIVE HIM A HERO’S TREAT

It’s all honors for Dads at Eastwood Café

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Eastwood Café’s elegant buffet area.

 This Father’s Day, our number one hero deserves nothing but the best. From bailing us out in times of trouble, to giving us sound advice to win at life, Dad has always had our back.

On June 21, 2015, Eastwood Café puts our valiant champions on the pedestal with My Dad, My Hero Father’s Day Buffets. Dad’s day out is made even better with an exclusive 4 + 1 deal. So for every four guests paying the regular rate, dad gets to eat for FREE!

There’s no better way to spoil the family’s pillar of strength than with an exceptional meal! Enjoy distinct Pinoy specialties at the buffet such as Crisply Crablets, Sisig Lumpia, Batchoy Ilonggo, Seafood with Green Beans in Shrimp Paste and Aligue and Beef Kaldereta sa Gata. Indulge further with a sampling or two of trademark feast staples such as pasta, Mongolian BBQ, tempura and barbecue – and don’t forget to get a serving of the carving dish, Roasted Chuck Eye Beef served with Mushroom Sauce, Red Wine Sauce and Potato Wedges! End the fare with delightful delicacies like Chocolate Fondue, Pineapple Upside Down, Mocha Éclairs and the classic Halo-Halo.

My Dad, My Hero Father’s Day Buffets at Eastwood Café is set at Php 880nett per person. This Father’s Day offering is available on June 21 at the Sunday Lunch Buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and at the Sunday Dinner Buffet from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

For inquiries and reservations, please call 570-7777. Eastwood Café is located at the lobby of Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, 17 Orchard Road, Eastwood City, Bagumbayan Quezon City.

“MOOD FOOD COOKBOOK”

Russell Hobbs and Chef JP Anglo launch new recipe book.

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UK’s global leader in small kitchen appliances, Russell Hobbs and top Filipino Chef JP Anglo, recently launched “Mood Food Cookbook” at the Top Shelf of Fully Booked. The cookbook is a compilation of mouthwatering recipes intended to transform even the simplest occasion like a lazy Saturday breakfast or a picnic to unforgettable moments.

The cookbook showcases how simple recipes can become gustatory delights that can enhance the mood and the whole dining experience at the comfort of one’s home. Says Chef JP, “With Mood Food, we will show everyone how easy it is to prepare food that will suit or enhance moods. With the help of Russell Hobbs, the dishes are not only a burst of flavors,  they are also a treat to the eyes.”

Clarence Cu, president and CEO of TOCOMS, the exclusive distributor of Russell Hobbs in the Philippines, adds, “Preparing food can be daunting without the proper equipment but with our brand, everyone can be an expert in the kitchen preparing scrumptious dishes right at home.” With Russell Hobbs and “Mood Food,” Cu and Chef JP hope “to bring the comforts of a modern and compact kitchen in every Filipino household.”

Russell Hobbs is available at all leading appliance and department stores nationwide. Chef JP is one of the judges in Master Chefs Philippines and is at the helm of Sarsa Kitchen.

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PINOY ‘KITCHEN KINGS’ EXCEL AT HOFEX-HKICC 2015

Filipino chefs bag top honors in Asia’s biggest culinary tilt.

hofex-hkWinning chefs who brought honors to the country: Michael Cheng, Miguel Antonio Lorino and Kerwin Funtanilla, all master chefs from Center for Culinary Arts, Manila.

Filipino culinarians reigned supreme once more as three top master chefs from the Center of Culinary Arts, Manila (CCA, Manila) delivered a stunning win in four individual live-cooking categories – bagging several medals that include two silvers, a bronze and gold with distinction – in the recent HOFEX-Hong Kong International Culinary Classic (HKICC) 2015.

CCA’s winning team – composed of Chefs Kerwin Funtanilla, Michael Cheng and Miguel Antonio Soriano Lorino headed by Team Manager Chef Annali Mariano — was hailed the best and took home the prestigious professional honors in this year’s biggest culinary arts competition event in Asia.

Instrumental in CCA’s successful HOFEX bid are Dr. Veritas Luna, Chancellor for Education; and Ms. Liza Morales, CCA School Operations Manager and this year’s overall Team Coordinator; together with coaches and mentors Chef Josh Boutwood, Chef Sau del Rosario, CCA Culinary Director; and a CCA alumnus who is now a very successful restaurateur. Student-assistants Jade Claudine Quinsaat, Karla Pia Cardenas and Abigail Zandra Marie Ortiz were a big help to the team, as well.

The CCA, Manila delegation to HOFEX-HKICC 2015 is supported by its major sponsors: Clara Ole, Lee Kum Kee, TABASCO and San Remo.

CCA Manila, History Channel, and Pateros Made History with Balut

balutThe duck egg delicacy is often viewed as a rite of passage for any foreign visitor to the country. What is oft forgotten about the humble balut is that it is a thriving industry that is part of the proud heritage in the town of Pateros. It is also vying to make it to the Guinness Book of World Records, in not just one, but two of its latest entries. The Center for Culinary Arts (CCA, Manila) together with the Pateros LGU and the History Channel successfully entered two new Guinness records using the exotic culinary fare.

On April 10, 2015, the CCA chefs, headed by Chef Tristan Encarnacion prepared 1,000 pieces of Balut into an adobo dish that was recorded to have weighed 117.5 kilograms. The resulting dish was enjoyed by the townsfolk in a symbolic boodle fight led by Mayor Joey Medina of Pateros. Two days later, at Market Market, Taguig, CCA again made culinary history by presenting balut in at least 100 different recipes, including smoked salmon-wrapped balut, southwestern balut salad, ensaymada con balut especial, and among others.

balut-2 “These record-setting attempts are an excellent showcase of Filipino culture and culinary talent,” remarked Jacque M. Ruby, Country Head of A+E Networks Philippines, the network that airs the History Channel.  “This is part of our ‘Make History PH’ campaign which aims to showcase that Filipinos can leave a positive mark in the world — that we can create world records that can beat the feats of other nationalities.”

 

 

 

NEW LOOK, SUPERB MEALS

Super Bowl of China SM Megamall sports a new look but offers the same sumptuous dishes.

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Hot Chicken Salad, new dish from Super bowl of China

The contemporary look of Super Bowl of China SM Megamall resonates down to its cuisine.

Well-known and loved for its authentic Cantonese dishes, the resto now has a fresh, modern vibe.

“A number of elements from the new logo to the menu design , to staff uniforms, restaurant design, décor, floor and wall finishes, furnishings and food presentation, have contributed to the revamp aimed at capturing an even wider and younger market,” said Laine de Jesus-Vallar, senior marketing manager.

Now, Super Bowl of China is ready to claim its spot as a favorite place for dining and celebrating. While there are new dishes such as Beef Hofan, Beef with Ampalaya and Black Beans, Hot chicken Salad, Pork Wanton with Mala Sauce and Red Bean Milk Tea, many of the old favorites remain bestsellers.

Classics include Lemon Chicken—breaded fillet of chicken served with spicy slat and Worcestershire sauce; sliced Beef with Broccoli—tender slices of beef mixed with carrots, mushrooms and sautéed in sesame-oyster sauce; Dimsum Combination Platter—a filling dimsum sampler complete with everybody’s fave siomai.

 

Dimsum Combination Platter, one of Super Bowl’s bestsellers

 Special occasions especially birthdays become more memorable with Super Bowl Birthday Noodles—E Fu-based noodles generously topped with fresh shrimps, roast pork asado, quail eggs, cuttlefish, sliced pork and mixed vegetables. Enjoy as well the topselling choices like Yang Chow Fried Rice and Chinese Chorizo Rice.

To end your meal—go for taho, peanut buchi and black gulaman. The popular taho is served with tapioca balls and syrup.

Other branches of Super Bowl of China are located at the Ground Floor, Main Hall, MOA and 3/L Chef’s Avenue, Festival Mall, Alabang. Call 988-2888 for Alabang and Megamall delivery; or 212-1212 for MOA delivery.

SAVOR SHANGHAI!

Discover sumptuous three-course meals for two at Modern Shanghai.
 Modern-Shanghai-Sliced-BeefShanghai cuisine is said to carefully consider the taste, color and aroma of ingredients and the wonderful use of ingredients in its cooking process. This results in flavorful dishes with rich and hearty sauces that have endeared them to lovers of Chinese food the world over.

This symphony of flavors can now be enjoyed through Modern Shanghai’s “Savor Shanghai,” three-course value meal sets good for two persons that are available all day, Monday to Friday.

There are four sets to choose from. The first is composed of their best-selling Sweet and Sour Chicken and Braised Beancurd with Minced Pork. Next is Modern Shanghai’s delightful combination of seafood and meat – Deep-fried Squid with Spicy Salt and Pepper and Braised Beancurd with Minced Pork. These two sets come with the restaurant’s popular Xiao Long Bao soup dumplings and two orders of egg rice. All these are yours to enjoy at a friendly price of Php 498.

If you can’t get enough of the Shanghainese goodness, get ready to dig into more meal sets like the Sliced Beef with Scallions and Shanghai Fried Noodles set and the Deep-fried Pork with Spicy Salt and Pepper and Shanghai Fried Noodles set. These also come with Xiao Long Bao and two orders of Egg rice- all for only Php 648/set.

So, Savor Shanghai! at Modern Shanghai branches: 3/F Glorietta 2; 2/F North Veranda, SM Mall of Asia.

HOFEX 2015 CHAMP

Marriott Manila’s Chocolatier Christopher Balane won in Asia’s toughest culinary tilt.

hofexMarriott Manila’s Chocolatier Chef Christopher Balane emerged triumphant at the HOFEX 2015. The Filipino chocolatier won a silver medal for his Chocolate Showpiece titled “Dark Disciples” in the largest food and hospitality trade show in Asia-Pacific region, held last May at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

.He bested 30 participants from different Asian countries for the top 2 position in the professional category. His two-feet-tall hand carved masterpiece was inspired by the iconic movie Star Wars and took 200 hours to complete. Made out of dark, white and milk chocolate and colored cocoa butter, the showpiece was brought to Hong Kong in pieces and took another 4 days to complete before it was presented to the judges.

Aside from representing Marriott Hotel Manila, Chef Balane also brought home recognition to the country. Rallying behind him were the hotel’s executive pastry chef Fil Afable and executive chef Meik Brammer.  “We are truly honored to have such great talent in our team.  Not only did you make the hotel and your country proud. You have proven that the Filipinos have a place in the international culinary scene.” said executive chef Brammer.

TGIFRIDAY’S new American BBQ Plates

TGIFRidays_BBQ-Burger--May-2015Experience the joy of biting into succulent grilled delights as  TGIFriday’s presents its new American BBQ selection like the Spice Rub Roasted Chicken. The crispy golden skin of the chicken and the juicy meat go perfectly with a medley of herbs and spices. This is served with a creamy side of cheddar cheese mashed potatoes and a special aioili sriracha sauce.

Friday’s Memphis Style Pork Belly is prepared and served exactly the way they do it in Memphis: dry rubbed, slow cooked and roasted using TGIFriday’s signature tangy sweet barbecue basting sauce.  To better enjoy the tender meat, extra flavors are drawn out from a delicious barbecue dip then balanced with additional cheddar cheese, then served with mashed potatoes and corn on the cob.

And what’s a barbecue without the good old burger? It’s no secret that TGIFriday’s has long been known for its amazing and innovative burgers. Friday’s is building on its mastery of the art of burger-making with the BBQ Burger, a thick  and juicy patty smothered with melted Colby cheese..

Those who love seafood know that prawns are scrumptious when grilled. With the Cilantro Lime Grilled Prawns, Friday’s took plump shrimps, slid them into skewers for fire-grilling, drizzled with zesty pico de gallo sauce and served with ripe mango on top of steaming hot rice pilaf.

Grilling brings in an amazing depth of smoky flavor and character to anything that hits the flame. The natural sweetness, tang and distinctive flavor ooze with every bite, enough to make Friday’s got it all plus a laidback casual atmosphere and great service with its “American BBQ” —all-American grilled items Filipino foodies will surely love.

Check out TGI Friday’s social media sites: TGI Fridays Philippines (Facebook) @tgifridaysph (IG and Twitter) and its website www.fridays.com.ph.

HOT OFF THE GRILL

Enjoy Watami’s yummy yakiniku.

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Watami’s latest five Yakiniku dishes are sure to delight diners.

A Japanese term which means grilled meat dishes, Yakiniku is similar in concept to the “barbecue” in the Western world.  It was associated with Korean cuisine during the early Showa period. Today, it is commonly used to refer to a Japanese style of cooking where meat and vegetables are cooked over flame of wood charcoals or gas or electric grill.

“We are proud to launch the newest additions to our evolving menu –our five Yakiniku sets are prepared fresh and grilled over tabletop stoves,” says Ms. Lisa Ronquillo, AVP-Marketing.  “We know how Filipinos love grilled dishes. Some bond and celebrate over backyard barbeques. Watami offers that chance of bonding indoors,” she adds

Enjoy the tender and succulent Pork Belly (Php 225/150 grams).  Watami’s grilling technique is sure to bring out the beautiful, soft meat that pork belly is known for.  Or choose to order the Beef Chuck Eye Roll (Php 245/150 grams) that hit the spot for beef lovers.  The pork and beef are first bathed in Watami’s signature Yakiniku sauce, a harmonious mixture of flavors found in garlic, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, sesame seeds and spring onions.

And for a more decadent experience, one can indulge in their Self-Grilled Short Ribs (Php 395/100g), Sirloin (Php 395/100 grams) or Angus Rib Eye (Php 495/100 grams) Yakiniku dishes.

All  premium cuts of meat are grilled to perfection and served with the exclusive Yakiniku sauce, both spicy and regular. Itadakimasu! (Let’s eat!)

Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant is located at 2/LVeranda/Bayside section, Mall of Asia and Level 6 East Wing Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City.

 

RIBS TO ROCK YOUR DAY

Village Tavern offers new ribs in town.

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Tijuana Style ribs at Village Tavern

Aside from the famous salads, crab cakes, flatbreads and other entrees, there are two more succulent reasons to drop by Village Tavern and sink your teeth into their classic American ribs. The New Ribs in Town promo (until June 2015 only) offers ribs in two new flavors, perfectly grilled to your liking plus two choices of your favorite side dishes.

Start with something flavorful and a little spicy–Tijuana Style Ribs, the perfect way to end your cravings for something hot and heavy and on the Tex-Mex side. The smokey baby back ribs are topped with jalapenos, cilantro and chipotle peppers then basted with special herbs and grilled to seal in the flavors. If you want more traditionally BBQ-flavored cuts, the Kentucky Style Ribs is the right option for you. These bourbon-based ribs are smoked, basted with Village Tavern’s signature barbeque sauce and whiskey for that rich, lip-smacking taste.

Village Tavern has seven scrumptious choices of side dishes that include rice pilaf, cilantro rice, French fries, sweet potato fries, Mexican beans, corned pico or mashed potatoes.

Two new flavors of baby back ribs are big in taste and bold in flavor await you at Village Tavern at the 2nd level, Bonifacio High Street Central.

To know more about Village Tavern, like their facebook page– VillageTavern Philippines or you may call 6213245.

TURON: A WELCOME MAKEOVER

Siklab turns turon into a die-for delight.

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Filipinos love turon—a  sweet saba banana treat that has made a long journey from the streets to dining places.

Just when you thought turon couldn’t get any more exciting, Siklab, The Bistro Group’s Filipino restaurant, gave it a contemporary and unique twist.  It’s called “Turon 2.0”—a stylized version of the ‘street snack’ we all love.

This version is like a banana compote with langka and macapuno fillings, topped with homemade banana and ube ice cream and served in homemade caramelized sugar snap cones. Snacking into this ingenious creation is probably one of the coolest ways to end a meal or cool off anytime, any day.

Siklab, which literally means “to catch fire” or “burst into flames,” is at the third level of Greenbelt 3. The Chicken Barbecue loved for its signature basting sauce, is a signature dish.  Other must tries include Crispy Dinuguan, Kare Kare, Tuna Panga, Pinakbet and Pork Barbecue .

All dishes are prepared with fresh ingredients that are truly Filipino and are the perfect prelude to Turon 2.0—Siklab’s sweet little secret treat.

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