Burp Goes My Flavors of Asia

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Flavors of Asia yummy treats at Marriott Manila from July 01 – 31, 2012.

I traveled all the way from the North to Pasay City and my tummy got filled wth gastronomical experience from Marriott Manila’s Flavors of Asia. It was a sumptuous treat as I visited my favorite food stations while watching the Chefs from Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam working on their own cuisines which highlighted Flavors of Asia.

Flavors of Asia is Marriott Cafe’s presenting four culinary masters in one flavorful feast! Chef Phan Tien Hoa (Vietnam), Chef Thanathorn Krobsuay (Thailand), Chef Ruhizad Muri (Malaysia), and Chef Dadang Wahyudi (Indonesia) will tantalize food lovers with a masterpiece through a month-long celebration of Oriental flavors that’s uniquely Marriott.

(L-R): Chef Phan Tien Hoa (Vietnam), Chef Thanathorn Krobsuay (Thailand), Chef Ruhizad Muri (Malaysia), and Chef Dadang Wahyudi (Indonesia).

This July, Marriott Manila offers Dinner Buffet at Marriott Cafe for Php2300 Sunday to Thursday / Php2500 Friday and Saturday.

Yummy Roast Beef.
Mouth-watering desserts.
Chefs work on the sumptuous treats for Marriott Manila’s guests.

Back by popular demand, Thai food definitely deserves all the hype for its four fundamental tastes that we Filipinos love: sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. Chef Thanatorn Krobsuay who trail blazed the first two consecutive most-talked about Thai Food Fest at Marriott Café, there’s no denying that it’s one of the cuisines we regularly crave for. This year, chef Thanathorn makes the selections more lavish and worth discovering with his new menu line up such as: deep fried sea bass with chili sauce, sautéed squid with pineapple and cucumber, beef balls cooked with typical Malay sauce, and braised beef spiced with turmeric and coconut.

More than its legendary nasi lemak, Chef Ruhizad Muri gives foodies a taste of Malaysia ’s noteworthy nyonya cuisine.  A signature Penang-type of cooking that blends spices from roots (galangal, turmeric, and ginger); leaves (pandan, lime, and laksa); fruit (lemon, tamarind, and green mangoes); together with other ingredients like shrimp paste and chilies.  Imbibed from Thai cooking style, chef Ruhizad puts an interesting twist with the time-honored wok dishes of Malaysia . This section invites everyone as well to get creative with blue crab, shrimps,dilis fish, beef tenderloin, chicken, clams, barbeque chicken, steamed fish, assorted vegetables peppered with Malaysian spices.  

Another Southeast Asian cuisine that deserves to be in the limelight is Indonesian. Popular for their satay which shows Asians’ love affair for grilled meats, Chef Dadang Wahyudi makes skewers tastier and more appetizing with these selections: chicken, shrimps, calamari, beef, goat, pork and fish in assorted marinations! Another must-try is the bebek betutu klung klung,an all-spiced up Balinese dish enhanced by a host of pungent roots, herbs, and seasoning. Both locals and visitors are just so psyched about this heavenly roasted duck recipe that it’s considered a dish specially reserved for big banquets and ceremonies.  

A native of Ho Chi Minh, Chef Phan Thien Hoa presents well-rounded Vietnamese dishes notable for its minimal use of oil, bountiful use of herbs and vegetables– which shouldn’t make one wonder why it ranks as one of the healthiest foods in the world! Most travelers would agree that a Vietnam trip is never complete without tasting a steamy and flavorful bowl ofpho. Considered the heart and soul of Vietnamese cuisine, it features a delicious play on broth, rice noodles, meat, herbs and spices. Another delicacy that Vietnam is famous for is the Vietnamese spring rolls—soft rice wrappers filled with choicest meats and vegetables such as shrimps, tofu, chicken, and beef. Enjoy it fresh and slow at this special section which will make you feel the charming street-food style eating in Vietnam.

Tasty Tiger Prawns.
And with the Philippines long coast line, it’s a crime to miss out our very owns seafood choices. Your meal will never be complete without the tiger prawns, steamed lobster on ice, marinated marina clam and curacha crab which are all highly regarded for its freshness, standout taste and quality. So make sure this cold section is part of your eating plan. 

Marriott Manila also offers special cooking classes at 11 am followed by a hearty lunch for only Php 1500 to be mentored by these four culinary masters.

Schedules are: July 09 Thai • July 16 Malaysian • July 23 Vietnamese • July 30 Indonesian.

As I come home from the feast, I can still savor the food experience that drove into my mouth with a burping sound that marked the satisfaction from the Dinner Buffet. Burp goes my Flavors of Asia, it says!

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Flavors of Asia is now serving from July 01 – 31, 2012.

*Prices are inclusive of applicable taxes and service charge. For inquiries and reservations, call (02)988-9999.


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