One of the best parts about living in a bustling cosmopolitan city like Sydney is the ability to taste foods from all over the world. And while certain cuisines get more attention than others, one that rarely gets the credit it deserves is Filipino.
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney is determined to help you get your hands on some Filipino cuisine with its annual Philippine Food Festival, due to take over Cafe Mix for its sixth year on Thursday, September 20. Across 11 days, Sydneysiders can feast on a selection of authentic dishes prepared by guest chefs from Makati Shangri-La Hotel in Manila. Prepare yourselves for sisig (a traditional appetiser of sauteed pig's head with egg, spices, citrus and onion), inasal (chicken marinated in a citrusy, spicy sauce and grilled over hot coals) and more. Experience Filipino cuisine's unique flavours, which take cues from many other cuisines across Europe, Asia and the Pacific Islands and rely heavily on fresh produce and herbs. If fusion is your jam, expect to discover or rediscover a few new favourite dishes.
Just make sure to leave room for dessert. There will be a dedicated station to the popular Filipino dessert halo-halo — a concoction of crushed ice, evaporated milk, sweetened beans, shredded coconut and colourful jelly cubes. Plus, pastry chef Anna Polyviou will be whipping up a selection of inspired treats.
The Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney Philippine Food Festival runs at Cafe Mix from Thursday, September 20 to Sunday, September 30. Lunch is available Sunday to Thursday from 12pm to 2.30pm and dinner from 6pm to 10.00pm for $65 per person. On Friday and Saturday, a seafood buffet dinner will be available from 6pm to 10pm for $85 per person.