I am a self-confessed Filipino food lover and cooking Filipino cuisine has long been a forte of mine. I try to whip up different kinds of specialties for friends and family. Apart from it’s flavor, each Filipino dish has its own story to tell.
I remember when my grandmother would painstakingly cook each heirloom recipe that has been passed on to her by her mother and mother-in-law, there was always a short but sweet story behind each dish. So, when I get the chance to attend culinary events, I always say yes. I wouldn’t want to pass up an opportunity to sample local fare and learn the rich culture and history of each particular dish. And passion has recently led me to Matabungkay Beach Hotel.
Going back to Matabungkay Beach Hotel was very nostalgic and brought back lots of good memories. Matabungkay Beach Club then, now Hotel, was our family’s go-to resort back in the 80s. I remember staying in their cottages and I would swim, eat and run around the resort with my big brother and cousin. Those were really good times!
During my recent visit, I managed my expectations but was happily surprised! The Matabungkay Beach I knew back then has transformed into something much more beautiful. The place is now bigger and better! Ah! It feels good to be back!
I also came hungry. After all, that was the main reason for my being there in the first place. That’s because from October to December 2016, Matabungkay Beach Hotel will be showcasing the culinary pride of this Calabarzon province through its Batangas Food Festival. It will combine both traditional and diversified dishes by the Matabungkay Beach Hotel in tandem with Masflex Ambassador Chef Nancy Reyes-Lumen, Chef Jaja Andal and Chef Popit de Leon.
The Batangas Food Festival at the Matabungkay Beach Hotel is truly one unforgettable gastronomic experience
The Batangas Food Festival is a 3-month long culinary festivity which will highlight some of these chefs’ personal favorites and most requested dishes. You will find Paella ala Eh, Sinaing na Bangus, Pista ng mga Pate, Adobong Barako and Chef Nancy’s Rodrigo’s Roast. Actually I’ve already tried some of Chef Nancy and Chef Jaja’s specialties several times, but I never get tired of it and it still always excites me.
The Pista ng mga Pate reminds me of our sapin-sapin. It’s colorful, flavorful and very unique.
If you happen to be rice lovers, the Paella ala Eh (or Caldereta Paella) is a winner! It has a little kick that makes it enjoyable to eat. I prefer more heat, though. But that’s just me. 🙂
For something unique at the Batangas Food Festival, this Adobong Barako showcases a ton of flavors. Enjoy chicken Adobo flakes but not your usual one because this version comes with barako coffee and tablea combined which you pour over the shredded native chicken flakes. One serving won’t be enough, guys!
And of course my “forever favorite” dish that seemingly named after our current President — the Rodrigo’s Roast! Think of it as a fatty ham but with delightful sweet-salty flavors that you get from Adobo. Yes, please! It’s the Adobo Queen Nancy Lumen’s specialty after all.
But that’s not all! Chef Nancy Lumen did a demo on how to cook paella with… (are you ready?!)… Chuckie! I was shocked! Why? The last time my husband cooked anything at home was during our anniversary ages ago and he never did it again! And now he will cook Paella? Crazy!
But with these 2 amazing chefs helping him out, his paella turned out beautiful and delicious! Good job!
To partner with these delectable creations, the chefs also prepared some kick-ass drinks to complete the experience. This very Pinoy drink of comprised of Lambanog + Dayap + Sprite + Labuyo is called, Si Labuyo Eh. It’s one uniquely delightful drink! Sweet and tangy with a zing.
The Dayap Pa More and Kamias Smoothies are thirst quenchers that also caught our attention.
I capped my Batangas Food Festival gastronomic journey with Suman ala Churros with Tablea Chocolate and Bibingkang Galapong Batangas. It’s just the perfectly sweet way to end it!
But of course it goes without saying that a classic Kapeng Barako is a must after a truly satisfying meal! I enjoyed every sip while breathing in the fresh air and enjoying the picturesque view.
Filipino chefs, cooks and home cooks are known to be very talented and innovative. They have a natural knack on knowing how to tickle one’s taste buds. Whether it’s a re-invented dish or cooked the old school way, Filipino food will always be at the top of my list!
The Batangas Food Festival is truly a celebration of taste.
Matabungkay Beach Hotel
Brgy. Matabungkay, Lian
T: (63) 917-834-1269
Fax: (02) 817-11-76
Matabungkay Manila Office
LPL Towers, 112 Legaspi St.
Makati City, Philippines – 1200
T: (63) 920-950-7032