Move over southern-fried chicken, there's a new bird in town: Philippine inasal. This traditional barbecue chicken dish — along with many more mouthwatering eats to discover — will collide with the fine dining experience of the Shangri-La this September. Straight from Manila, chefs Clayford Manuel, Charie Carmel Ferolin and Jovelyn Adra will be taking up a week-long residency to showcase the best of Filipino cuisine.
Prepare yourselves for succulent pork sisig and the classic Filipino adobo — a fragrant dish with marinated meat (usually chicken) in spices — and be sure to leave room for the centrepiece of the feast: an entire spit-roasted pig stuffed with traditional herbs and vegetables and slow-cooked to ensure that it's tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. Then of course, you'll need to sample the array of desserts on offer like the caramelised leche flan, coconut buko pandan and rich pichi-pichi made from shredded cassava and a good dose of sugar.
The Shangri-La Philippine Food Festival runs at Cafe Mix from Friday, September 8 to Saturday, September 16. Lunch is available Sunday to Thursday from 12pm to 2.30pm, and dinner from 6pm to 10.30pm. On Friday and Saturday a seafood buffet dinner will be available from 6pm to 10.30pm.