Friday, May 04, 2012

EDSA Shangri-La's Filipino Food Festival by Chef Myrna Segismundo


EDSA Shangri-La Manila pays tribute to the richness and diversity of Filipino ingredients and tastes with this month’s Signature Dishes by Chef Myrna Segismundo: Setting Trends for Philippine Cuisine food promotion at HEAT, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant. Available for lunch and dinner from May 2 to 12, 2012, this Filipino food fest will feature traditional Filipino dishes, prepared and served in an innovative way.

TIP: Have a Manila Sunshine to complement your Filipino meal. This is a sort-of National drink that has been approved by the Department of Tourism. Basically, it's a mix of mango juice, orange juice, iced tea and coconut cream. How was it? YUMMEH!

Guests dining at HEAT will experience first-hand why Chef Myrna is constantly being invited to promote Filipino food through food events and interviews in the different parts of the world such as India and Japan. This year, Chef Myrna highlights more barbecued dishes, a wider array of fresh salad consisting of local ingredients. “I would like to promote a healthier and fresher way of eating by featuring more of the local vegetables and I think that there is a more conscious effort now to live a healthier lifestyle,” says Chef Myrna when asked about the trends of our cuisine. 

The Filipino food fest will include dishes such as Cocido Filipino served with Tomato Sofrito, Filipino Salad and Mangga Frita Con Tsocolate.

These are my own version of the traditional dishes, presented in a modern way yet the elements of the classic dishes are still present,” says Chef Myrna Segismundo as she explains her effort to make Filipino cuisine more appreciated by people of various nationalities. 

She is focused on the effort of improving Filipino food by using different cooking techniques while retaining the traditional Filipino taste - presented in a more appealing way.

roast beef adobo

crusted laing with shrimp - a must try

Pork belly chicharon is the best complement to the Filipino salad bar. Don't forget to put honey-patis and adobo vinaigrette! You're in for a wonderful surprise.

Come and dine at HEAT and let Chef Myrna's Filipino dishes inspire you until May 12, 2012. Be proud that Filipino food can be world-class and can be universally appealing.  "It starts with pride. Somebody has to be proud," says Chef Myrna, as she was talking about the pride of Filipino cuisine and culture. Kudos to Chef Myrna for making Filipino food more popular and elevating Filipino cuisine by deconstructing and innovating it - and still not altering the rich local Filipino flavors.

EDSA Shangri-La Hotel

Operating Hours:
Breakfast: 6 am - 10 am
Lunch: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dinner: 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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(63 2) 633 8888 local 2922 
636 9077 
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