Filipino cuisine takes centre stage at Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

Sydney-siders will have the chance to savour colourful and flavourful dishes at the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney’s Cafe Mix during the hotel’s annual Philippine Food Festival (September 16 – 25).

Some of the offerings in last year's Philippine Food Festival at Shangri-La, Sydney [TFA]
Some of the offerings in last year's Philippine Food Festival at Shangri-La, Sydney [TFA]

The festival buffet to be prepared by guest chefs Rico Celdo Venzon, Athena Blanche Tan Oropesa and Erma Balaquiao Palanca from Shangri-La, Manila includes Philippine national dishes like Adobong Manok (a rich chicken dish cooked in soy, vinegar and garlic) and crowd pleasers Lechon Kawali, Sisig (stir-fried crispy pork) and Kare-Kareng Buntot ng Baka (stewed oxtail in peanut sauce).

Halo-Halo, a perennial favourite with assorted sweetened fruits topped with shaved ice, leche flan, ube, ice cream and milk, along with Turon (a banana-and-jackfruit spring roll) and Maja Blanca (coconut pudding with sweet corn), will be on offer at the Sweets Corner.

The Cafe Mix at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
The Cafe Mix at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

Both Shangri-La Hotel, Manila and Shangri-La, Sydney are part of Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts which currently owns and/or manages 98 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with over 40,000 room inventory.

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney’s Head Chef Bo Sorensen enjoys the annual festival, which draws its inspiration from the Philippines’ 7,000 islands and multiple cultures with Spanish, Chinese, Malay and American influences.

“It’s the perfect time to showcase Filipino cuisine with a creative menu that will be not only familiar to Filipino diners, but also an adventure for those looking to discover a colourful cuisine influenced by its tropical climate,” Chef Sorensen said.

The food festival is presented in partnership with Philippine Airlines and The Philippine Department of Tourism.

The buffet lunch is available from noon to 2:30 p.m. at $57 per person. The buffet dinner is available from 6 to 10 p.m. at $82 per person.

To honour the 70 years of collaboration between Australia and the Philippines, Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney will donate $2 for every person who dines at the festival to Operation Restore Hope.

For bookings, call (02) 9250 6000 or email dine.slsn@shangri-la.com. For more information, visit www.shangri- la.com/sydney.

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