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Vikings Luxury Buffet features Street Foods of the World

Pork Satay (Indonesian Spiced Skewers) by Vikings Luxury Buffet - Street Foods of the World

Pork Satay by Vikings Luxury Buffet – Street Foods of the World

There is a saying for travelers that goes: “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”

When visiting a city or country, you can find their best kept culinary secrets, not in high end restaurants, but in street food sold by ambulant vendors. Street food represent a part of a locality’s culture and is usually prepared and made from abundant ingredients in that area.

Now, you do not need to go to Rome to do as the Romans do. Take a culinary trip around the world this August at Vikings Luxury Buffet. Street foods from around the world take the centerstage every weekend at all Vikings Luxury Buffet branches.

From Southeast Asia to Europe and the Americas, your palate will be tickled by hometown favorites of various countries.

Start off your journey with a street food popular in Rome and in the rest of Italy.

Suppli (Italian Rice Balls) by Vikings Luxury Buffet - Street Foods of the World

Suppli by Vikings Luxury Buffet – Street Foods of the World

Suppli comes from the Italian word “sopresa” that means “surprise.” And it lives up to its name. It looks like an ubiquitous meatball. It is actually a ball of risotto (Italian short-grained rice) mixed with eggs, tomato sauce, meat, and mozzarella cheese. Each ball is dredged in bread crumbs and deep fried.

The result is a crunchy ball with a soft, savory center with a hint of salty, sour, and sweet. The rice has a bit of bite that makes the ball more interesting. It is typically eaten as a snack or as an appetizer. Vikings’ Suppli is so delightfully tasty that you will be addicted to it. It looks and sounds a bit weird but it will certainly please you.

From Rome, cross the Atlantic Ocean and visit the Americas with these skewers from Brazil called Espetinho.

Espetinho (Brazilian Kebabs) by Vikings Luxury Buffet - Street Foods of the World

Espetinho by Vikings Luxury Buffet – Street Foods of the World

“Espetinho” is a Portugese word meaning “little skewer.” It also pertains to a popular kebab dish that is made from diced spiced meat. It can be made of beef, chicken, sausages, fish, and shrimps. Vikings version of this is made of shrimps, fish, and mushrooms. It is served with a sweet, sticky sauce with a hint of saltiness. The sauce complements the spiced kebabs well. It’s awesome when eaten with rice.
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Wasabi Oyster Tempura by White House

Wasabi Oyster Tempura with Balsamic Mayonnaise

Wasabi Oyster Tempura with Balsamic Mayonnaise

When I was younger, my cousin told me that Oysters are the best shellfish you can have. It’s “prima classe,” she said. We were having sacks (literally, sacks) of steamed oysters straight from Roxas for our family lunch. Back then, I have never tried oysters and I was hesitant. I was fond of shellfish and I had to try this “prima classe” shellfish. I ended up loving it… steamed, baked, Rockefeller style, grilled and even raw, I can eat oysters all day long. A lot of people are hesitant to try oysters as I was, especially since it is often served raw or steamed. The slimy texture and the briny taste is offputting for people.

If you belong to the hesitant crowd, here’s one way you can enjoy it without losing the unique flavor of the oyster. Try the Wasabi Oyster Tempura with Balsamic Mayonnaise by White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge.

True to their fusion cuisine brand, White House serves up various oyster dishes with a mix of Japanese and western flavors. The Wasabi Oyster Tempura is my favorite. The Oysters are lightly coated with a wasabi before it is dipped in tempura batter.
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Quinoa Salad by Polo Bistro at Marco Polo Davao

Quinoa Salad with Smoked Salmon and Green Asparagus by Polo Bistro at Marco Polo Davao

Quinoa Salad with Smoked Salmon and Green Asparagus by Polo Bistro at Marco Polo Davao

Want to feel super? Eat a superfood!

This has been the battlecry of many health buffs lately. What exactly is a superfood? A superfood is a nutrient-rich food that has multiple health benefits. Superfoods are popular for dieters and the health-conscious crowd. One of these superfoods that has become more popular in recent years is quinoa. Quinoa is a species of grain crops, the seeds of which are considered as a pseudo-cereal. It is used as a gluten-free substitute for starchy grains and as a healthy source of proteins.

Quinoa is usually served in salads. It adds more nutritional value to all kinds of salads. Plus it has a unique nutty taste that provides a unique layer of flavor and texture that makes any salad more exciting.

Along with the popularity of superfoods and healthy living, healthy dishes have also become more enticing. Gone are the days of bland and boring healthy food. Just take a look at this…

Quinoa Salad with Smoked Salmon and Green Asparagus by Polo Bistro at Marco Polo Davao

Quinoa Salad with Smoked Salmon and Green Asparagus by Polo Bistro at Marco Polo Davao

Beautiful, right? And it tastes even better than it looks. This gorgeous plate is Quinoa Salad with Smoked Salmon and Green Asparagus by Polo Bistro at Marco Polo Davao.
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Betute and More by Abe’s Farm

Betute by Abe's Farm

Betute by Abé’s Farm

Pampanga is said to be one of the Philippines’ prime food destinations. It is known for their unique Capampangan Cuisine (alternately Kapampangan) that combines local, Malay, Spanish, American, and Chinese influences. These cuisine and other Filipino cuisine favorites are highlighted at Abé’s Farm.

Abé’s Farm is named after writer, artist, and food lover Emilio Aguilar Cruz. “Abé,” the Capampangan term for “friend,” is Cruz’s nickname. Abé’s Farm is owned and managed by the LJC Restaurant Group, founded by Emilio Cruz’s son, Larry J. Cruz.

Abé’s Farm takes pride in serving a full menu of Capampangan food and other signature dishes from the LJC Restaurant Group, specializing in Filipino dishes. From appetizers to desserts, Abé’s Farm pleases the palate and satisfies the tummy.

Taking centerstage are unique and exotic Capampangan dishes such as the Betute and Arobung Kamaru (Farm Crickets). Betute is friend farm frogs stuffed with spiced ground pork. It is a good exotic dish to try for those who might feel iffy about trying locusts.

Betute by Abe's Farm

Betute by Abe’s Farm

The Betute by Abé’s Farm is perfectly spiced and properly cooked. If you didn’t know it was farm frogs, you wouldn’t have guessed that it is made with exotic meat. The savory taste of the Betute is sure to whet your appetite for more Capampangan dishes.
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Capampangan Cuisine by Binulo Restaurant

Sisig by Binulo Restaurant

Sisig by Binulo Restaurant

Pampanga has a proud tradition of Filipino cooking. Capampangan Cuisine (alternately Kapampangan) combines local, Malay, Spanish, American, and Chinese influences, techniques, and ingredients to produce a distinct Kapampangan taste. Kapampangan’s best dishes are highlighted in Binulo Restaurant‘s menu. From the appetizers and salads to the desserts, Binulo Restaurant showcases traditional home cooked Capampangan dishes prepared and served elegantly.

Arguably, one of Pampanga’s most popular and universally loved dishes is Sisig. Sisig is a traditional dish made of pig’s ears, cheeks, and livers cooked with onions and chili. Binulo’s sisig is served with Pititian, fried pork rind. The mixture of Pititian with various pig’s meats and liver results to a delicious umami-filled mixture of flavors and textures. It is the perfect way to start a Capampangan meal.

Here are two more Capampangan dishes by Binulo that are sure to whet your appetite for more.

Shrimp Okoy by Binulo Restaurant

Shrimp Okoy by Binulo Restaurant

Paco Salad by Binulo Restaurant

Paco Salad by Binulo Restaurant

Okoy is Filipino fritters, usually made with veggies and seafood. Binulo serves Shrimp Okoy made with Green Papayas and Shrimps. It has the right amount of crunch and saltiness without the oiliness of deep fried dishes. It is best eaten with seasoned vinegar.

Paco is fiddlehead fern. It is a popular The Binulo Paco Salad is served with fresh tomatoes, shrimps, peanuts, and salted eggs mixed in with a vinaigrette dressing.

Binulo also served delicious versions of Kapampangan versions of popular classic Filipino dishes.

Bulanglang na Sugpo by Binulo Restaurant

Bulanglang na Sugpo by Binulo Restaurant

Bulanglang is the Kapampangan take on Sinigang, the Filipino sour soup. Instead of using the traditional sampaloc (tamarind), Bulanglang is made with ripe guavas which gives a sweet, fruity undertone to the tangy, sour soup. It is served with Sugpo (Prawns), Pork, or Bangus (Milkfish). The soup is enriched with malunggay (Moringa) leaves.

Another popular Capampangan dish is Binukadkad na Hito (Butterflied Catfish). Binulo serves deep fried hito with ampalaya (bitter gourd) and mustasa (mustard leaves) and buro.

Binukadkad Hito with Buro by Binulo Restaurant

Binukadkad na Hito with Buro by Binulo Restaurant

Buro by Binulo Restaurant

Buro by Binulo Restaurant


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Sushi Special by Nonki Japanese Restaurant

Sushi Special by Nonki Japanese Restaurant

Sushi Special by Nonki Japanese Restaurant

Nothing like good sushi to satisfy anybody’s craving for Japanese food. And if you can’t decide which type of Sashimi you love best, Nonki Japanese Restaurant has the answer… the Sushi Special.

The Sushi Special is a platter of Salmon Sashimi (Shake), Tuna Sashimi (Maguro), and White Marlin Sashimi (Kajiki). Sashimi is a type of sushi served without rice. Sashimi roughly translates to “pierced body.” It is prepared by slicing raw fresh fish. It is traditionally sliced thinly.

Nonki’s sushi chef prepares the sashimi in thick but narrow slices. It is served with shreded daikon, slices of cucumber, and sea grape seaweeds (lato in Filipino). I suggest taking a piece of the sashimi with some daikon or seaweeds and lightly dipping it in soy sauce. Some prefer to eat with wasabi, I don’t but don’t let me stop you if you like wasabi with your sashimi.
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