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Celebrate nostalgic Filipino dishes at Pan Pacific Manila

Chef Tatung’s cooks up a can’t-miss week-long lunch special at the Pacific Lounge

Think about the most memorable meal you’ve ever had in the Philippines.

Most Filipinos will say it was during a family gathering where family members got together over a hearty and bountiful feast prepared by lola (grandmother), the family matriarch who never fails to amaze everyone with simple yet flavorful dishes. It’s those dishes that are ingrained in many memories and are often passed on to the next generation.

With this in mind, Pan Pacific Manila has joined the festivities of Madrid Fusion Manila 2017 — the biggest culinary event in Asia — and the “Flavors of the Philippines” campaign with a special lunch buffet called “Cusina ni Lola” (Grandmother’s Kitchen) featuring dishes created by celebrity chef, author, and purveyor of Filipino cuisine Myke ‘Tatung’ Sarthou.

Chef Tatung has created a buffet menu inspired by the dishes of his own grandmothers who were both prolific culinarians.

These heirloom recipes — rich in tradition and culture — will be served for a one-week-only buffet at Pan Pacific Manila’s Pacific Lounge, which also offers a stunning view of the picturesque Manila Bay.

Diners will be treated to an array of authentic Filipino gastronomic creations, like party favorites Lumpiang Shanghai (fried pastry stuffed with ground pork and vegetables), Chicken Embotido (a local version of meatloaf made from chicken, hardboiled eggs, and assorted vegetables), Pancit Palabok (glass noodles with anato sauce topped with shrimp, squid, eggs, and chicharon), and Oxtail Kare-Kare (oxtail and vegetable stew in peanut sauce); as well as regional twists to local favorites like Adobong Ilonggo Chicken (chicken adobo cooked in anato), Bringhe Rice (a local version of paella with coconut milk), Stuffed Lechon Belly, Crispy Pata, Bulalo (cow knuckle stew), Sinigang (assorted meat and vegetables in tamarind broth), and grilled seafood and meats. Chef Tatung’s sweet delicacies should also be tried, so make sure to try the Suman sa Ibus (steamed sticky rice) with coconut milk and muscovado caramel, Halo-Halo, Leche Flan, and Cassava Cake.

Pacific Lounge is at the 21st floor of Pan Pacific Manila, M. Adriatico cor, Gen. Malvar Sts., Malate, Manila. Lunch buffet is offered from Monday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 1:30p.m. For inquiries and reservations, email fb.ppmnl@panpacific.com or call (02) 318-0788.