No passport needed: Savor Asia’s best street food in the heart of Quezon City

Novotel Araneta Center Manila’s Asian Street Food Festival runs from Aug 17 to Sept 3, 2017. PHOTOS: Novotel Manila

Missing Bangkok’s Pad Thai? Or Singapore’s Hainanese Chicken? Or Malaysia’s Laksa? Or Indonesia’s Chicken Satay? Or Japan’s Takoyaki?

We’ve got good news for you! You no longer need a passport to savor those beloved dishes from all around Asia.

From Aug 17 to Sep 3, you can experience these and more at Novotel Araneta Center Manila’s Asian Street Food Festival at The Food Exchange, their premier buffet hall.

All the guest chefs with Novotel Manila Executive Chef Michael Schnauss

Led by celebrity chef and author Sau del Rosario, seven chefs from around Asia have come to Novotel to deliver authentic street food from Thailand, India, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, China, and of course the Philippines.

According to Novotel General Manager Bernd Schneider, the Asian Street Food Festival is also a celebration of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, which was held in Manila recently.

Chef Aof Suwannalert from Thailand to showcase Pad Thai, stir-fried rice noodle with scrambled egg, napa and red cabbage, citrus, peanuts, Asian sprouts, green onions and cilantro, Kha Moo Palo, an all-time Thai favorite pork stew with eggs and mushrooms, Tong Muan Sod (Thai Fried Crepe), freshly rolled wafer of coconut cream, eggs, sesame seeds and tapioca flour, Tom Yum Goong, a popular Thai hot and sour soup with shrimp and prawns plus more Thai street food favorites.

Chef Michael Kim to feature Korean street food hits like Soe-Galbi Jin, a mouthwatering beef stew with mushrooms, radish, carrots and Gingko nut, Jjimdak, a popular Korean braised chicken, originated in the city of Andong, Korea with savoury, mildly salty and sweet with a subtle spicy kick, Braised Mackarel with Kimchi, Japchae, number one sought after dish during Korean festive holidays of stir-fried glass noodle with meat and vegetables, Kimchi Pajeon, Mayak Kimbap, Mandoo, Sigeumchi-Namul, Miyeok Muchim, Miyeokguk and more.

Celebrity Chef Sau Del Rosario’s Singaporean, Vietnamese and Malaysian cuisine takes like Penag Rojak, Vietnamese Fresh-Spring Rolls, Gado-Gado with Spicy Peanut Sauce, Laksa, Bakuteh, Beef Rendang Padang, Hainanese Chicken, Char Kway Teow, Bami Goreng and more.

Indian Chef Rajan Veeranan showcases his hometown’s famous street foods like Papri Chaat, a crisp fried dough wafers with boiled chick peas, boiled potatoes, yogurt and tamarind chutney topped with chaat masala and sev, Pani Puri, round puffed balls filled with potato mixture and served with sweet and tangy pani, Somasas, Mumbai Vada Pav, an Indian Street food made by stuffing deep fried  potato fritters in lightly toasted buns and served with spicy chutneys, assorted Pakodas and more.

Chef CJ Takajama of Japanese section offers assorted sushi and sashimi, authentically made soba, freshly made Takoyaki and more.

Chef Edwin Infante’s heirloom Filipino recipes such as Grilled Chicken Inasal, Sisig, Crispy Lechon Belly and more.

To top it off, all diners of Asian Street Food Festival get a chance to win a 4-day, 3-night stay in participating Accor Hotels Asian properties such as  Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay, Novotel Saigon Center, Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam, Mercure Tokyo Ginza, Novotel Ambassador Seoul Gangnam, and Novotel Manila Araneta Center, plus round trip air fares for 2 to Incheon Korea courtesy of Cebu Pacific (terms and conditions apply).

Asian Street Food Festival at Food Exchange Manila buffet rates are Php 1,299 nett during weekdays for both lunch and dinner, and Php 1,499 nett for weekends and public holidays.

Novotel Manila Araneta Center | General Aguinaldo Ave, Cubao, Quezon City | (02) 990 7888 | | Facebook

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