Dinner buffet in Mactan. Where do I begin. Should I go Asian and try those sumptuous dumplings and dimsum while I place two pieces of steamed prawns on my plate? Should I stop first at the Skewered kiosk and take my pick of pork barbecue, salmon strips? But that red and crispy lechon skin is making me weak in the knees. Oh, those steamed blue crabs, now colored red and baked oysters are equally tempting. God, this buffet spread is so confusingly delicious.
The Joy of Food
Although it was supposed to be a dinner buffet in Mactan, Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort assembled instead a lunch spread for us in the Media, both print and online because of availability of most guests. Different kiosks representing the different cuisines they are offering in their daily dinner buffets were assembled al fresco. With seven kiosks, one for each night of the week, it really was a challenge choosing as the variety is almost endless. Just check what is on offer:
Big Bowl Sunday: vegetable samosa, tamarind squid salad, mongolian station, ebi tempura, vanilla almond roulade and applie pie in a jar
Skewered (Monday): smoked spicy chicken, asian meatballs, skewers comprising of barbecue pork with blistered chili pumpkin salsa, coconut beef ribs, cumin chili lamb kebabs with garlic yoghurt, soy based chicken, sweet and spicy bacon, pork barbecue, beef sate, prawn skewer squid skewer, salmon skewer, brownie bite skewers; and, coconut cheese flan
Lasa (Tuesday): crab cake with nuoc cham, pomelo and turnip salad, curry station: (green curry paste, red curry paste, yellow curry paste) with a choice of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, eggplant, zucchini, mushroom ,chayote, onions, garlic, bellpepper, ginger and chili; oven baked snapper fish, native chocolate pudding, fresh mango rice in cashew meringue crust
Cebuano Streetfest (Wednesday): dried fish with fresh tomato and onions salad, green mango in salt vinegar, beef pochero, chicken inasal, lechon belly, hanging rice (puso), boiled corn on cob, nilusak na saging, and buko pandan
Flavors of Asia (Thursday): dimsusm station, scallop siomai, shrimp siomai cabbage roll, fried dumpling, different sauces (soy, chili, sweet and sour, ginger), steamed crab, stir fry beef with bamboo shoot and broccoli, steamed shrimps, biko panna cotta, and Philippine rum cake with coco jam
Palaisdaan (Friday): Peruvian ceviche, oyster with spinach and cheese, fresh seaweed salad, cambake: shrimp, crabs, local shells and island conch; mango coriander salsa, grilled eggplant, turones de leche, and dalandan cheesecake
Barrio Fiesta (Saturday): grilled pork belly and fish ceviche, pineapple macaroni salad, mango and tomato salad, whole lechon, char grilled tanigue, battered crisp baby shrimps (ukoy), steamed rice, binignit, tibok tibok with latik
But you don’t have to be confused when you dine here. Different nights, different food. For me, the fresh seafood in the Palaisdaan, the lechon in Barrio Fiesta, the skewered dishes in Skewered, the steamed prawn and dimsum in Flavors of Asia and the different select desserts were memorable. For the foreign tourists, the Barrio Fiesta is especially well attended as, other than the native food, there are cultural presentations where guests can join. And that lechon is really good!
The Joy Of Food
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