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July 2017 musings: Filipino & Indonesian cuisines

Oh, that you-gained-weight look from everyone I meet.

“Parang lumaki ka.” It’s the line I have been getting a lot lately, either delivered in a straightforward manner or the trying-to-be-polite way.

I do get it believe me. I have an entire wardrobe to remind me of that everyday.

Why am I slowly transforming into the large version of me? It’s the absence of exercise and the onslaught of good food. The latter, a perfect reason to forget the diet.

The Indonesian Consulate’s 1st Indonesian Manufactured Products Expo was a business-matching event but I was there for the food, the Chicken Satay in particular, which I missed in the consulate’s previous event.

 

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte gracing the opening of the 1st Indonesian Manufactured Products Expo

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte gracing the opening of the 1st Indonesian Manufactured Products Expo

 

Indonesian & Filipino cuisines in Davao

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte picking a few items at the 1st Indonesian Manufactured Products Expo

 

Chicken and peanuts are two of my favorites. Put two in a dish and it’s heaven. I had a good hearty serving at the event, plus a dose of Kopiko 78 and Tehbotol (my go to iced tea drink while in Bali).

 

Indonesian & Filipino cuisines in Davao

I went to the expo particularly for this- the Chicken Satay

 

Indonesian & Filipino cuisines in Davao

Soto Ayam (Chicken noodle soup)

 

Indonesian & Filipino cuisines in Davao

Tehbotol, memories of Bali with this one

 

If you want authentic Indonesian Cuisine, make sure to go to all the consulate’s events.

The next serving of Chicken Satay is on the Kadayawan Festival.

Now, for a serving of Kapangpangan cuisine you need not fly to Pampanga. Just head to SM City, where Cabalen opened its 31st branch after opening its first in 1986 along West Avenue in Quezon City.

 

Indonesian & Filipino cuisines in Davao

Cabalen’s 31st branch at SM City Davao

 

Indonesian & Filipino cuisines in Davao

Cabalen at SM City Annex is open. Apple Legario of SM with Cabalen’s Area Manager, Benjamin Mallari, Jr., Managing Partner-Davao, Christopher Tan & Asst. Training Dir., Chermaine Laceda

 

If you’re a regular, you must have your favorites from the 50 varieties of food—from starter to dessert—served at any given time.

 

Indonesian & Filipino cuisines in Davao

Ther are 50 food varieties at any given time with the sisig collection is one of the most popular.

 

It’s my first Cabalen experience and I singled out one dish—the Ginataang Suso. I finished a couple of bowlfuls.

 

Indonesian & Filipino cuisines in Davao

The Ginataang Suso, I know you want this.

 

The rest of the offerings were a blur at that time, which gives me a good reason to head back and have another feast.

There is a menu cycle. If it’s the Ginataang Suso you want, do check if it’s served.

Now, there’s Misto at Seda Abreeza’s Kadayawan offering, another array of successful tweaks on familiar dishes by Chef Bang Flores.

 

Indonesian & Filipino cuisines in Davao

A toast for a festive Kadayawan celebration with Seda Abreeza’s partners.
Hotel Manager Ken Kapulong, Dr. Bo Puentespina of Malagos Cheese, Jamie Concepcion of Malagos Chocolates, Andi Baldonado of Philippine Eagle Foundation, Indonesia Consul General Berlian Napitupulu & Amado Munda, Jr. of Tabula Rasa

 

Joining the traditional Seda spread of bestsellers, like the roast Angus beef, and the Davao delicacy, like the grilled tuna, are the chefs delicious modified dishes—the Malagos Kesong Puti and Crispy Adobo Flakes Pizza, Caramelized Patis Chicken Wings, Grilled Adobo Baby Back Ribs, Chevon Bourguignon (Kambing Bourguignon), to name a few, and the desserts are reserved for another story.

 

Indonesian & Filipino cuisines in Davao

If there’s Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dip, Seda’s Misto will have the Caramelized Patis Chicken Wings

 

Indonesian & Filipino cuisines in Davao

Chevon Bourguignon (Kambing Bourguignon)

 

Indonesian & Filipino cuisines in Davao

Adobo flakes pizza

 

I took a bite of everything served (yes, including the meat) because everything I saw excited me, and the flavors didn’t disappoint.

Hit the Misto buffet from August 17-19, 2017.

Next time you see me, don’t ask why I gained weight.

For more photos if this feature, visit www.ofapplesandlemons.com.
For travel stories, visit www.jeepneyjinggoy.com.
Email me at jinggoysalvador@yahoo.com.

Also published in the SunStar Davao newspaper.

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