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InthefrenzyofMadridFusionManilatheCongressproperhappeningApril7to9attheSMXConvention
CenterIferventlypraythatwedontlosesightofourownculinarytourismandtradeobjectives:topromote
Philippinecuisine,produceandintroduceourFilipinochefstotheworld.
Itisbutnaturaltogetexcitedabouttheinternationallyacclaimedchefswhoarecoming,especiallythose
hailedasthebestbytheWorlds50BestandAsias50BestRestaurantslists,includingTokyosYoshihiro
Narisawa,hailedAsiasNo.1inthefirstyearoftheAsias50BestRestaurantAwardsBangkoksDavid
Thompson,hailedAsiasNo.1inthesecondyearoftheAsias50BestandPerusVirgilioMartinez,currently
LatinAmericasNo.1.Theyareobviouslybrilliantchefswhohaveearnedtheirrockstarstatus.
Butinsteadofbecomingarockstarchefsgroupie,letstakeamomenttorememberwhythisCongresswas
broughthereinthefirstplaceandtaketheopportunitytoshowcaseourlocaltalentandfoodtoo,shallwe?
TopFilipinochefs

Forthebenefitoftheculinarytouristsarrivingthisweek,
doseekoutthefollowingnamesbecausetheyareamong
thePhilippinesbestchefs.

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MargaritaFores.Foresisfirstonthelistnotonlybecause
shecurrentlyholdsthetitleofAsiasBestFemaleChef
fromtheAsias50BestRestaurantsjurybutbecauseshe
wasaprimemoverinbringingMadridFusiontothe
Philippines.Thepetitechefislargerthanlife.Sheis

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knownforelaboratecateringforheadsofstate.HerrestaurantsincludeLussoinGreenbeltGracePark,a
farmtotablerestaurantandCibo,anItalianchainshecreatedfromscratch.
GlendaBarretto.BarrettoishailedasthedoyenneofPhilippinecuisine.Aregalladywhowastheofficial
chefoftheMalacaang(thePhilippinesWhiteHouse)inthe70s,shecontinuestobetheNo.1catererfor

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Filipinothemedstatedinners,beingtheleadcatereratlastyearsAsiaPacificEconomicConference(Apec)
statedinneraswellaslastyearsandthisyearsMadridFusion.
MyrnaSegismundo.Segismundo,alongwithFores,wasaspeakeratMadridFusion2015inSpain.
SegismundoisaknownadvocateofPhilippinecuisine,presentingFilipinohomecookinginacosmopolitan
mannersincethe1980s.SheischairofChefsonParadeandfoundingmemberoftheInternationalWineand
FoodSocietyManilaLadiesBranch.
ClaudeTayag.TayagisanauthorityonPampangaorCapampangancuisine.HisprivatediningspaceBale
Dutunghaswelcomedmanyaninternationalgourmettoshowcasethebestofhisprovincesflavors.Hisbook
withwifeMaryannLinamnamisahandyguideforwheretoeatallaroundthePhilippines.
SandyDaza.Dazahasculinarygeniusinhisgenes.ThesonofthePhilippinesJuliaChild,NoraDaza,whose
bookLetsCookWithNorawasthebibleofgenerationsofhousewives,andwhoopenedthefirstFilipino
restaurantinParisandNewYorkandhostedPaulBocuseandLenotreinthePhilippines,Sandynowhashis
ownFilipinorestaurantWoodenSpoonshowcasingsomeoftheirhomerecipesaswellasrecipeshehas
learnedintravelsaroundthecountryforhistelevisionshowFoodprints.

JessieSincioco.SinciocobecomeknownforcookingFrenchcuisineatapopular(nowdefunct)restaurantLe

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Souffle.ButsincesheopenedhereponymousrestaurantChefJessie,herFilipinodisheshavealsobecomeof
note.ShehailsfromBulacanandthisshowsinheroutstandingFilipinodessertsusingglutinousrice.

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TonyboyEscalante.EscalantesAntonioswaslastyearsNo.1restaurantinthePhilippines(andcontinues
tobesointheeyesofmany).HehasalsosinceopenedBalayDako,alsoinTagaytay,whichhasa
spectacularviewofthevolcanoatnightandperfectforcocktailsinthisweather.
JGamboa.TheGamboasMilkyWayrestaurantispracticallyaninstitutionforhavingservedconsistently
good,cleantastingFilipinofoodforthepastdecades.Theyalsomakethebestshavedicedesserthalohalo.
QuintessentialFilipinorestaurants

Thefollowingarenotpartofanypresumptivelistnoraretheyfinediningbuttheserestaurantsarewortha
visitifyouwantarealtasteofFilipinofood:

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homesbeenchoppeddown

1.Aristocratforitschickenbarbecue.Thisisthequintessentialbalikbayan(returningresident)meal,i.e.
whenaFilipinogoesabroadfortoolong,thisisthedishthatwecraveforandtherestaurantwedesire
toeatatmostuponcominghome.Orderthebonelesschickenbarbecuewithjavarice.
2.Abeforitskarekare.Saidtobederivedfromthewordcurry,thisdishisanoxtailstewthatisastaple
atmostFilipinohomes.Thisisappreciatedwithplainwhitericeandyoumusthaveitwithgoodbagoong
(fermentedshrimppaste).Welikethestrong,CapampanganflavorsatAbealthoughthekarekareat
mostotherFilipinorestaurantslikeAristocratareOK,too.AtAbe,youcanalsoorderthebutterflied
plaplawithburoandmustasa(butterfliedfriedfishthatyouwrapwithfermentedriceinamustardleaf).

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3.MilkyWayforitshalohalo.ThisisaFilipinodessertofshavedicemixedwithlecheflan(caramelized
flan),ube,avarietyofbeansandmilk.
OtherplaceswhereyoucangethalohaloincludethePeninsulalobby(pricey)andthefastfoodchain
Chowking(cheap).AregionalvarietycanbefoundatlocaldinerRazons.
4.Kinilaw.ThisdishwasthesubjectofthetalkofChefsMargaritaForesandMyrnaSegismundoinMadrid
Fusion2015sotheMadridFusiondelegatemightwanttotrythis.
However,ithasbeendifficulttopinpointarestaurantthatservesgoodkinilawthatis,untilChefJPAnglo
openedaKinilawBaratSMMallofAsia(thebiggestmallinAsia).Wordisthattherewaspracticallyan
earthquakewiththenumberofjawsthatdroppedtothefloorwhenAsiasBestChefGaggan,whovisitedlast
year,wasgiventhepancit(anoodledish)ofKafeBatwan,anotherAnglocreation,ashisfirsttasteofFilipino
food(forpancit,headovertoSta.MariaBulacanorAlingLulusinSanJuan),butthereshouldbeno

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objectionstoSarsaRestaurantsKinilawBar,especiallybecausethiswascreatedincollaborationwithVicente
EntingLobaton,theauthorityonkinilawinthecountry.Sarsaisalsoagoodrestauranttovisittogetan
introductiontotheflavorsofIloilo,anotherregionalculinarypowerhouse.Anglo,forhispart,isalsoachefto
watch,thecharmingchefandtelevisionpersonalitywhohasbeenpromotingIlonggofood,oneSarsa
restaurantatatime.
5.SinigangatMamou.MamouisinfactknownasasteakhousebecausetheymakeameanPeterLuger
inspiredsteak.ButMamouregularsknowthatthisrestaurantalsomakesameansinigang.The
sournessisjustrightandtheyuseKurobutapork.ItsnotreallyaFilipinorestaurantbuttheir

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internationaldishesthatuseFilipinoingredientsorFilipinodishesthatuseinternationalingredientsare
superb.
Thislistcouldgoonforeverbuthaveatasteattheabovementionedrestaurantsforstarters.Incaseyou
donthavetime,forconvenience,theseotherrestaurantsalsoofferFilipinomenus:Sentro,FelyJs,Pamana,
GerrysGrill(orderthecrispypatawithgarlicriceandasubzeroSanMiguelbeer),WoodenSpoon,MaxFried
Chicken,CafeRomulo.
Streetfood

ForPhilippinestreetfood,makesuretotrydirtyicecreampeddledbyasorbetero(icecreamvendor),fish
ballswithsweetorspicysauce,taho(asoydessertwithpearls),kwekkwek(deepfriedquaileggs),bituka
(deepfriedintestines),andchicharon(porkrindmakesuretoaskforfullbackfatandnottheairykind).
ThesearetheflavorsofthePhilippinesthatwewouldstronglyrecommendculinaryvisitorstotry.
WhenapowerfuljurymemberoftheWorlds50BestRestaurantsvisitedManilaafewyearsago,itbrokemy
hearttohearhersaythatshecouldnotfindanyFilipinorestaurantssaveforthefastfoodchains.Wehope
thatyouhaveadeliciousvisitandcomebackformore.Happyeating!
MadridFusionManilaisonApril79attheSMX.
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Fortickets,visitMadridFusionManila.com.
Forotherfoodevents,checkoutmadridfusionmanila.com/flavorsofthephilippinesorvisit
margauxsalcedo.comforupdates.

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