Flavors of Asia at Marriott Manila

Culinary masters make a feast of Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian, and Indonesian food from July 1-30 at the Marriott Cafe.

July 02, 2012 | by Yummy

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Marriott Manila pays tribute to Southeast Asia, featuring four of its most famous cuisines: Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam at the Marriott Cafe through a month-long celebration of Oriental flavors that's uniquely Marriott.  
What else could be more exciting other than a larger than life encounter with Renaissance Kuala Lumpur's Ruhizad Muri, JW Marriott Jakarta's Dadang Wahyudi, Renaissance Riverside Saigon Phan Tien Hoa, and JW Marriott Bangkok Thanatorn Krobsuay? With culinary career tracks that are dynamically diverse, expect an authentic and a palate-tickling adventure.  For only P2, 300 net from Sunday to Thursday and P2, 500 net for Friday and Saturday, enjoy a charming Asian dinner that assures an enjoyable age-old tradition of bonding through a delicious mix of aromatic, spicy, rich, sweet, and hot Flavors of Asia.     
Chef Thanatorn Krobsuay Thanathorn has a new Thai menu lined up: 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, Malaysia's chef Ruhizad Muri offers 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 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 marinades! 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 best known its minimal use of oil, bountiful use of herbs and vegetables—ranking it as one of the healthiest foods in the world! Most travelers would agree that a Vietnam trip is never complete without a steamy and flavorful bowl of pho. 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.
And with the Philippines' long coast line, it's a crime to miss out on the seafood. Your meal will never be complete without the tiger prawns, steamed lobster on ice, marinated marina clam, and curacha crab—all highly regarded for its freshness, standout taste, and quality. So make sure this cold section is part of your eating plan.
While the West is abundant with milk for most of their dessert recipes, Southeast Asia capitalizes on the creamy goodness of coconut milk, whether it's for glutinous rice or with fruits.  A mix of sweet, savory, hot and cold, these desserts are what you deserve after a really good meal: pandan crepes rolled with caramelized coconut, stewed green beans with palm sugar, bananas in sweet coconut, pandan leave jelly, plus other delectable delicacies.
Much more, Marriot believes that food and travel go hand in hand if someone wants to have an in-depth experience of a local destination. With this in mind,  Marriott properties in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam, are giving away three days and two nights gift certificates to four lucky diners of Flavors of Asia.
All four renowned chefs will also conduct a special cooking class for only P1, 500 net inclusive of a hearty lunch: July 9, Thai; July 16, Malaysian, July 23 Vietnamese; and July 30, Indonesian. If you wish to experience this treat that’s injected with fun and information, consider enjoying Asian cuisine by learning to cook it yourself!  

For inquiries or reservations, call Marriott Café at (02) 988-9999.

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