Monday, April 15, 2013

Songkran Thai Food Gala Buffet ❤

Missing out on a Thailand trip earlier this year made us look forward to the Songkran Dinner Buffet organized by the Philippine Thai Cultural Organization. We couldn't wait to have Azuthai, Benjarong, Celadon, 8 Spices, Oody's and People's Palace food presentations, all in one buffet spread!

Songkran festival is celebrated in Thailand every year, serving as its New Year from April 13-15, a national holiday. Thai people celebrate by pouring scented water on Buddha images, catching them and re-pouring to their elder's hands as a sign of respect. It's similar to San Juan City's Town Fiesta when we celebrate the feast of St. John the Baptist. To them, the splashing of water is a symbol of washing all of the negatives away, partnered with new year's resolutions. To us, water splashing is a reminder of our baptism. Currently, both traditions have become street-wide water splashing activities.

The event allows for guests to get the chance to win 4D/3N trips to Bangkok, and I assumed that the entrance fee of Php 1,300 per head covers one raffle ticket each. I was wrong! Tickets were sold at Php 100 each at the reception.

The ticket-claiming, table assignment counter was a little inefficient, and I felt uncomfortable to see elders lined up outside because of this. They weren't strict with the checking of entry tickets.

People poured in from 7:30pm-8:30pm, completely filling the Rockwell Tent.

The chefs were introduced at the beginning of the event.

Wine and flavoured coconut juice were free-flowing until supplies lasted.

People's Palace
The People's Palace section, food display and food quality was the best.

They served two dishes: Phanaeng Curry of Angus Beef Brisket and Khao Soi Kai or Chiangmai chicken curry with yellow noodles.

The noodles were pre-allocated to soup bowls, all set for the pick-up of buffet guests. This helped to get the noodles to me on a slightly crispy, slightly al dente texture which was perfect.

This was my favourite! The flavours were in-your-face spicy, just right with the serving size. I'm definitely checking if they're serving this in their restaurant!
Khao Soi Kai, People's Palace

I wasn't able to take a photo of the tender and scrumptious Beef Curry, but it's located at the #1 position of my plate here. 

People's Palace
G/F Greenbelt 3-Garden Side, Esperanza St
Ayala Center, Makati
(02) 729-2888


Poh Pia Paksot by Azuthai

These Poh Pia Paksot spring rolls were crisp, and we appreciated how the wrapper maintained its texture without turning soggy.

Their second dish Pad Pak Ruam or stir-fried mixed vegetables seemed like the regular chopsuey, and a bad one at that.

G/F Milkyway Bldg., 900 A Arnaiz Ave cor Paseo de Roxas
San Lorenzo, Makati
(02) 817-6252

This delightful presentation of seafood curry is another favourite that I had to get four pieces of them. You'd be surprised that it packs a lot of flavour in its small self.

I didn't get to try the Satay Moo because our side of the buffet didn't serve it. Boo.

Benjarong Royal Thai Restaurant
G/F Dusit Thani Manila, Ayala Ave
Ayala Center, Makati
(02) 867-3333 ext 3351

Yam Pla Dok Foo or Crispy Catfish with Mango Salad

We all loved the catfish salad and all its tang, too bad it was all gone when we went back for seconds.

The Bua Loy or sweet balls in coconut milk ran out when we got to the dessert station as well.

2/F Greenbelt 3, Esperanza St
Ayala Center, Makati
(02) 757-4259

Tom Yum Talay or Hot and Sour Soup with Mixed Seafood

These bowls were served to the table with equal portions of seafood.

The soothing medley of sour and spicy started discussions around our table. Kaffir and lemongrass flavours stood out and left us wanting more. 

We only got shreds of the Pia Tubtim Sam Rod or breaded fried fish on our turn, that we basically had breading, no fish.

R1/Lvl Power Plant Mall, Lopez Dr
Poblacion, Makati
(02) 898-1305

8 Spices

The Green Chicken Curry by 8 Spices was spicier than we expected, but smelled heavenly and was cooked to perfection.

I usually do not enjoy our rice cakes or kakanins, but this Black Sticky Rice with Thai Custard won me over. The topping of condensed milk helped a lot in getting me to enjoy this treat.

Black Sticky Rice with Thai Custard
8 Spices
12 Sct Borromeo St cor Mother Ignacia Ave
South Triangle, Quezon City
(02) 332-1896 to 97

My full plate of Thai goodies ♥

Towards the end of the event, the president of the Philippine-Thai Cultural Organization Ms. Lois Villanueva said her thanks and parting words to the guests and supporters.

Here's our happy group from table 21. 

Suk san wan songkran!

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