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Shot in Locaton: Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
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Filipinos go all out when they go on a picnic. And aside from adobo and rice, pretty much all kinds of Filipino food are fair game as picnic food. These days, with everyone having less time to cook, picnics sometimes become food purchased along the way. It doesn’t have to be fast food though. We’ve come up with some suggestions for tasty picnic food you can order a few days ahead, or pick up on the day of your picnic. The food meets all the requirements—easy to eat, tasty even if served at room temperature, does not spoil easily. All you need to add for a fun and memorable picnic are family, friends, and a great location!
Chicken Inasal. Grilled dishes are the perfect picnic food because they stay tasty even served at room temperature. Bacolod Chicken Inasal is moist, with the flavor of lemongrass and garlic permeating each mouthful. The chicken comes packed in neat little take out containers with garlic rice drenched in sunset orange atsuete oil, atsara, and dipping sauces. And if you’d like to do a picnic party at home, the restaurant can set up a grill station for on-the-spot chicken inasal. R129 per order of pecho or paa.
Chorizo de Cebu. Sweet and smoky, dipped in vinegar infused with chilis to cut through its sticky and fatty goodness, Bacolod Chicken Inasal’s Chorizo de Cebu works well as an appetizer. It also pairs well with your favorite homemade macaroni salad. P79.50 per stick.
Fried Chicken. Cold fried chicken is an American picnic staple. Green Pastures’ Naaaks! Fried Chicken is the Filipino answer. It is fried the classic, provincial style—with no breading. Green Pastures uses organic chicken, a frying method that leaves the skin crisp and the insides moist, and a secret marinade that will have you eating the chicken down to the bone. An order comes with fried sweet potatoes, and homemade banana ketchup. P650 for an order of half a chicken.
Adobo Rolls. It’s an easy and convenient way to eat that ubiquitous Filipino picnic food, adobo—tucked into rolls for eating while driving, or running around after the kids, or simply because you’re at a picnic and are having too much fun to sit down with a plate. Like all good hotels, the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila is happy to come up food that their guests can take on a picnic. Just give them enough time to prepare. Or just sample all the Filipino goodies at the new Merienda at Le Bar, every Saturday from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Fried Vegetable Spring Rolls. Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila’s vegetable lumpia is the easiest way to get adults and kids alike to eat their veggies on a picnic. Crisp, tasty, and dunked in your favorite dipping sauce, spring rolls are excellent picnic food. And you don’t even need plates!
Pancit. There isn’t anyone who doesn’t like pancit, and it’s a safe choice when going on a picnic with guests from out of the country. Pancit and vegetable spring rolls—add drinks, and you’re good to go.
Longanisa Sliders. Sandwiches and cold cuts are a good alternative for people who don’t really want to bother with plates and stuff when eating outdoors. Viañas Kitchen’s sliders, stuffed with garlicky longanisa, kesong puti, bacon, and fresh greens are like a local version of a club sandwich! These would be great for a breakfast picnic. P270 for six mini burgers.
Sausage and Kesong Puti Rolls. Viañas Kitchen’s English breakfast sausage, kesong puti, and basil baked into sweet dinner rolls are the epitome of fusion, and a great balance of salty and creamy, with basil adding freshness. Serve them as something to keep hunger at bay while the picnic is being set up.
Tsokolate Fondue. Local chocolate tableas have a deep, dark, nutty richness. Bacolod Chicken Inasal has turned tableas into a chocolate fondue, for dipping chunks of suman and miniature fingers of deep-fried banana turon. A fondue burner isn’t required, so it’s an excellent way to cap off lunch outdoors. P145 per order.
Pandan Macaroons and Sans Rival. Macaroons are an elegant way to serve dessert. These are tinged a delicate pale green with the unique flavor of pandan buttercream sandwiched in between. Sofitel Philippine Plaza also gives a French flair to Sans Rival, with delicate layers of meringue sandwiching rich buttercream, and fresh strawberries on top.
Smoked Bangus in Chili Oil. Bettina Osmeña’s Gourmet Corner PH gathers edible goodies from the best home cooks around the country, like smoky, spicy bangus from Casa Carmela. Serve it with crostini, or keep on reserve to spoon over rice if someone finishes the barbecue! P250/jar.
Chicken Skin Chicharon. Crisp, with a hint of adobo flavor, and no need to worry about carbs—unless you decide to pair it with garlic fried rice!
Gourmet Corner PH sells chicken skin tightly sealed in a foil bag. P265/bag.
Bacolod Chicken Inasal has branches all over the city including Jupiter St., Robinson’s Manila, Filinvest in Alabang, Glorietta, SM Megamall, Mall of Asia and Greenhills Shopping Center. Call 02 897 7507 or 02 729 9390 for delivery or more information.
Green Pastures is located in Shangri-la Mall and at the Net Park Building, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. Call 02 654 3219 or 02 277 5592.
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. CCP Complex Roxas Blvd Brgy. 76, Pasay City. Call 02 2 551 5555.
Viañas Kitchen. Belton Place. Yakal St. cor. Chino Roces Avenue, Makati. Call 63 998 791 8392.
Gourmet Corner PH. San Antonio Plaza, 15 McKinley Rd, Fobres Park, Makati, 1220 Metro Manila. Call 02 551 9562.