The Heat at Edsa Shangri-la Manila is holding a food festival called “Magical Malaysia” based on the ASEAN Culinary Delights cookbook. This food festival will have a Malaysian cuisine leaning selection supported by other ASEAN cuisines. It will run from Sept. 2 -14, 2014 only with Executive Chinese Chef Christopher Chai, who is from Ipoh, Malaysia, lending his culinary expertise.
I, together with a number of media people, had a little sampling of the dishes they would be serving during the 12 day food fest.
Papaya Salad. Light and refreshing with a mix of sour and spicy and a host of different levels of crisp textures. A nice primer for the savory dishes to follow.
Gado-Gado. This was my first time to try this traditional Indonesian salad of boiled vegetables, hard boiled eggs and peanut dressing. The tofu and kropek adds a nice crunch while the peanut sauces adds creaminess and a bit of spice to the whole salad.
Vegetable Spring Rolls. Crunchy and filled with julienned vegetables, served with a spicy vinegar dip on the side.
Hot and Sour Soup. A satisfying rendition filled with mushrooms, bamboo shoots with a balance of hot and sour.
Hokkien Mee, a fixture in Malaysia and Singaporean hawker stalls. Stir fried rice and egg noodles with seafood and vegetables. I was just a bit curious why they used the thicker lo-mi egg noodles. It was tasty and well seasoned though.
Lapu-Lapu Miso. A dish halfway between a stew and a soup. The fish was flaky and soft and really absorbed the sourness of the miso and kamias base.
Beef Rendang. Slow cooked with the meat almost falling apart with lots of creamy and spicy flavors. One of the best ones I’ve ever had.
Crab Fat Rice. Fluffy white rice tossed with crab fat. The rice is nicely tinted but it could have used a bigger does of crab fat for more punchy flavor. As is, it went really well with the beef rendang and lapu-lapu miso.
Trio sampler of Nam Wan (Taro Sago), Leche Flan, and Pulut Hiram. I’ve had the pulut hiram before and it is something like champorado, not to my liking but Irene enjoyed it. I got a wonderful surprise tasting the nam wan. It had taro jelly like pieces, jackfruit slices drenched in cold coconut cream, heavenly.
Head on over to HEAT all day dining to take your taste buds on a trip across ASEAN. The Magical Malaysia food festival is priced at Php1,786.40 net for lunch from Mondays to Saturdays and Php2,500.00 net for Sundays and Php2,032.80 net for dinner on Sundays to Thurdays and Php2,279.20 net for Fridays and Saturdays.