As part of Novotel’s iScreamer Dream Team (Ice N Cream ambassadors), we get to be invited to their media launches and VIP events. I’ll discuss more after we have our photo shoot in July. I’m super excited!
Present for the first event is Ms. Djamillah, “the hot mommy of Quezon City,” and Carlo, “the shaker of Cubao (oops! I mean BGC).”
Anyway, our first event is a culinary cooking demo by celebrity Chef Sau Del Rosario with an advance feasting of Food Exchange Manila’s KANYAMAN buffet.
Chef Sau Del Rosario lively demonstrated how to cook his mom’s tamales and kaldereta. It was really fun as Chef Sau inserts jokes while he cooks like how a P50 (or USD 1) will cost P250 (or USD 5) after food plating. There is truth to what he is saying but the way he delivers it is just pure fun.
How to Cook Tamales Pampaguena:
- Pour olive oil in a pan.
- Sauté onions in the same pan.
- In a separate bowl, mix rice flour and water.
- Pour rice flour mixture in the pan and consistently stir it.
- Once the mixture has a pasty consistency, pour chicken stock.
- Pour coconut cream.
- Add annatto oil.
- Add pepper from a pepper mill.
- Add fish sauce.
- Add corn for texture.
- For garnish, you can use annatto oil, chicken breast, nuts, micro sprouts/ spring onion, salted egg, and edible flower.
How to Cook Lamb Shank Kaldereta:
- Pour olive oil in a pan.
- Sauté onions and garlic in the same pan.
- Pour lamb stock.
- Pour wine.
- Pour tomato sauce.
- Add chicken liver.
- Add potato, carrots, and olive.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Add queso de bola shavings.
For more accurate and complete instructions, you can purchase his book, 20 Years of Love + Cooking.
Kanyaman at Food Exchange Manila
Kanyaman, which simply means delicious in kapampangan (Pampanga dialect), is truly the right adjective to use for the Filipino buffet of Food Exchange Manila. I and my fellow iScreamers savored the Kapampangan dishes prepared and curated by Chef Sau.
As a Millenial, I personally found it exciting as it defies the expectations on traditional Filipino food but the Filipino flavors, in essence, is still there. The Kanyaman buffet, therefore, is a great means to celebrate our freedom while remembering our roots this coming Independence Day.
The following are some of the dishes we got to enjoy:
Out of all the dishes, what I loved the most are the roasted pork belly with chocolate stuffing and the sisig Foie gras.
You can enjoy Kanyaman buffet too with Food Exchange Manila’s limited promotional buffet rates from June 8 to 22, 2017.
Special independence day season buffet rates:
- Weekdays (Mon. lunch to Fri. lunch) at PHP 1, 200 (or USD 24) nett per person.
- Weekends (Fri. dinner to Sun. dinner) at PHP 1, 600 (or USD 32) nett per person.
Aside from the Filipino gustatory delights, one can also enjoy live cooking stations; Indian, Chinese, and Japanese dishes; grill section; pasta and pizza section; and, of course, desserts.
Reservation is highly recommended.
You may call (02) 990 7888 or email email@example.com for more information and reservations.
P.S. Don’t forget to bring your foreign friends. “Culture is always best served on a platter” as Chef Sau says so you can introduce our culture to them.
Food Exchange Manila
Novotel Manila Araneta Center, General Aguinaldo Avenue, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City 0810.
Operating Hours: 6AM to 10AM; 12NN to 2PM; 6PM to 10PM.