Get a historical culinary experience by one of the country’s premier food advocates
Chef Myke ‘Tatung’ Sarthou is a celebrity culinarian, TV host and the bestselling author behind “Philippine Cookery: From Heart to Platter.”
He is also the proud owner of Agos, the newest Filipino restaurant at the SM Mall of Asia. In English, ‘agos’ means ‘flow,’ usually referring to bodies of water, which is aptly reflected in the restaurant’s extensive menu and interiors of various shades of blue with light wooden accents.
“Agos explores the culinary exchanges brought by the galleon trade and beyond,” Chef Tatung tells Expat.
His desire to encourage a deeper and more meaningful discourse about Filipino food gave birth to Agos. According to Chef Tatung, his restaurant celebrates Filipino food in the global scene.
The history of Filipino cuisine maybe long and somewhat complicated, but worry not, we’re here to help you decide what to get at Agos for the ultimate global Pinoy culinary experience.
Luscious tuna, pomelo, ginger, garlic, onion with tangy and spicy chili vinegar, served with various gourmet salts from Aro-en—a great way to whet your palate for Filipino global cuisine.
Chicken Sisig Lettuce Wrap
Chef Tatung’s tasty chicken sisig (a lighter sisig alternative, we must admit) served with crispy taro shoelace strings, shredded purple cabbage and fresh lettuce. The savory experience is heightened with their sweet mango sauce. This dish is a treat for both the eyes and the taste buds.
Chef Tatung takes Lumpiang Sariwa (fresh spring rolls) to the next level with homemade flavored crepes! Green is infused with pandan, while purple is ube (purple yam). Each crepe is a parcel of sautéed vegetables. It goes perfectly well with their sweet and savory peanut sauce.
Seafood lovers will fall head over heels with Chef Tatung’s Zarzuela Zamboangeña: A platter of seafood (shrimp/prawns, fish, clams, mussels; another variant features Curacha or spanner crab) in black Tausug curry (burned coconut and curry paste)—a must-try foodie experience at Agos.
Three-Cheese Bibingka Delight
Any Pinoy dining experience won’t be complete without a decadent dessert. At Agos, there’s Chef Tatung’s Three-Cheese Bibingka Delight: A gooey cassava treat topped with cheese and served with sinfully rich salted egg custard.
Agos is located at GF Entertainment Mall North Wing, Mall of Asia, Pasay City. They are open from Monday to Sunday, 10a.m. to 10p.m. For inquiries and reservations, call (02) 889-1462. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram @AgosMOA.
By CHING DEE