Monday, September 19, 2011

let's eat: diwal-icious

i've been avoiding having too many food posts one after the other, lest this begins to look like a food blog hehe... but this particular food fest involves one of our friends and supporters, and is on for a limited time only. it started today and i tried it and i must share! the info, that is, not the food hehe... i first met chef pauline banusing during my first trip to iloilo back in 2003. i don't think she was a chef yet at the time. but look at her now! (this is her standing next to the paseo uno dessert station, which features the deadly-but-delicious yema cake.)
she's the featured chef at "diwal-icious visayas: bounties of the sea" food fest happening at mandarin oriental's paseo uno. the highlight of the buffet will be seafood, particularly diwal (angel wing clams), which is now in season. it is soooo good! this is what it looks like (served next to bacolod centennial clams):
chef pauline really knows the way to my stomach—este, my heart. she had this local lobster grilled just for me!
chef pauline wrote a travel story about her hometown iloilo city in a past issue of style weekend, and like i've said before, the ilonggos are really proud of their food! no trip to the visayas is complete without eatingeatingeating! here's a complete list of the dishes to be served during diwal-icious. start salivating... (note: items are on rotation per day; not all dishes will be available on the same day):

Chicken and Shrimps Pancit Molo
Batchoy with Puto Manapla
Chicken Binakol

Fresh Lumpia Ubod (veggies)
Ensaladang Langka
Lato Salad (seaweed salad)
Grilled Pepper Shrimps with Jackfruit and Peanut Sauce
Chicken Galantina
Kinilaw na Tanigue
Ginisang Spicy Balut
Crispy Crablets with Sina-mak

Kadios na may pata at langka
Pinamalhan na Pink Salmon
Pasayan na may Taba ng Talangka
Alimango sa Labong at Saluyot
Kansi (Beef Short Ribs)
Inihaw na Kolambutan
Chicken Inasal
Adobado na Alimusan
Alimango with Kalabasa
Pinaputok na Managat Fillet
Chicken Inalitos
Grilled Spareribs with Pandan Leaves
Alimango Ala Pau
Ginat-ang Alimusan (fish)
Inihaw na Kolambutan (squid)
Lechon Kawali ala Nelly Garden
Bulgan con Tocho (fish with tofu)
Kaldere-tang Kambing
Grilled squid stuffed with Crabmeat
Estofado na Manok sa may Tubang Alimusan
Pinaputok na Bulgan

Roxas Scallops
Diwal (Angel Wing Clams)
Centennial Clams
Antique Oysters
Blue Marlin

Mini Piyaya with two assorted flavors
Native Bibingka
Yema Cake
Ibos with Guimaras Mango
Butterscotch Gelato (ice cream) With Goats Milk Barquillos

"diwal-icious visayas: bounties of the sea" will be on from september 19-25, for both lunch and dinner. the buffet is priced at P1,818+, while friday and saturday dinner is priced at P2,200+, inclusive of paseo uno’s luxury buffet. if you wish to recreate the visayan dishes at home, you can join a special cooking class on saturday, september 25, 9am at the tivoli. priced at P2,800 nett, the class will feature chicken inasal; batchoy; kadios, baboy, at langka (KBL); prawns with aligue sauce, and ilonggo-style kilawin na tanguige. a light breakfast, as well as a lunch featuring the dishes demonstrated, will be served. for information and reservations, call paseo uno at 750-8888 or email

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