How far do you go to look for good food and experience a culinary treat? Psst.Ph went as far as Lian, Batangas. In particular, we went to the Matabungkay Beach Hotel to experience the Batangas Food Festival anew.
Famous for its Bulalo, Tapa and Menudo among many other dishes, Batangas is a popular food destination. There are countless times when travellers have made a stopover on their trip South just to taste that Bulalo along the national road.
As Matabungkay Beach Hotel celebrates its 35th year, they will be holding the Batangas Food Festival, now on its third year, and we got the first dibs on the dishes prepared by celebrity chefs Jaja Andal and Nancy Reyes-Lumen along with Chef Jun Diño.
Highlighting Batangas cuisine, the Batangas Food Festival is a combination of all the sumptuous cuisine that Batangas has to offer and the thirty dishes plus the five drinks on the menu for this year’s BFF did not disappoint.
This year, prominent Batangas families like the Dazas, Lontocs, Segismundos, Dinos, Limjocos, Pobladors, Levistes, and the Andals shared their family heirloom recipes. One of these is the Lomi ng Lipa, which culinary industry stalwart Ms. Nina Daza-Puyat, from Lipa, entrusted the family recipe to the Matabungkay chefs. Everyone knows that one never leaves Lipa without tasting the famous Lomi. After all, “Lipa” is synonymous with lomi and lomi is synonymous with Lipa.”
During the two-day launch event, we came to know that Batangas cuisine is strongly associated with its geographic location, where some ingredients can only be found in those parts of the province hence it’s more unique and tasty. “We have so much to offer here in Batangas. Mga kakaibang ingredients na dito lang mahahanap (The ingredients are so unique that they can only be found here),” explains Chef Jaja Andal. “For example, for every barrio, there are specialties like in the municipality of Balayan, there’s bagoong (fermented fish paste) patis Balayan. In Calaca, there’s the atchara (pickle made from grated unripe papaya),” added the Batangueño native.
Must try at BFF and highly recommended are Chef Jaja’s Kibal Salad, classic paellas Ala-ella Dinuguan and Ala-ella Halaan and the La Jajingka Bibingka,
Chef Nancy Reyes Lumens’s Crispy ADOBONG Manok sa Kape Barako and the Rodrigo’s Roast is to die for.
In the meantime, Chef Jun Diño’s Baby Squid Salpicao, Inihaw na Bias, and Kinamatisang Bulalo should be on your plate.
Let’s not forget the heirloom recipes such as the Klasik Kaldereta (Segismundo Family), Lomi ng Lipa (Daza Family), Sinampalukang Manok (Poblador Family), Sinaing na Tulingan sa Gata (Leviste Family), Menudo ni Lola Chabeng ng Batangas (Andal Family), and the Pinais na Baboy (Lontoc Family). Taste how delicious the dishes are with recipes that have been passed from generation to generation.
Capping off all the dishes are the 5 unique drink concoctions such as the Ala Eh Mojito, Moringamansi, Creamy Buko, Barakotini Martini and Blue-ya.
Savor all these food while enjoying the relaxing ambiance of the Matabungkay Beach Hotel. It is one culinary adventure you shouldn’t miss. The festival will run from November to December 2017.
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