CHECK IT OUT: Thai Food Fest at Crowne Plaza, May 24 to June 24
Food trip on pad thai, tom yum, and Bangkok-style street eats at Seven Corners’ belly-busting buffet.
Food trip on tempting Thai treats at Essentially Thai. Click for more.
Since Thailand is a distant 1,377 miles from the Philippines, why not let your stomach do the traveling instead? Satisfy those spicy-salty-sweet cravings and head over to Essentially Thai, a savory month-long fiesta of authentic Thai cuisine happening at Crowne Plaza’s Seven Corners restaurant from May 24 to June 24.
And authentic it is-two chefs of the Holiday Inn Bangkok and the InterContinental Bangkok, Jumpa Pramnok and Chotika Sanguankaew have been flown in for thefestival’s. Experience street food, Thai style, or sample the finest food this Asian neighbor has to offer-all in a buffet with a dizzying array of choices.
Crowne Plaza general manager Tuncay Bockin guarantees that every dish in the festival will convey the real Thai eating experience. "When I went to London and sampled Thai food, I thought it was absolutely amazing," he says. "But then when I went to Thailand, I discovered it was really different."
This experience begins with the classic roadside goodies like barbecued meats, fruit concoctions and noodles. Delightfully simple and lightly flavored dishes like Pad Thai Gai (fried noodles with chicken), Yam Woon Sen (spicy vermicelli salad),Thod Man Gung (deep fried shrimp cake) and Gluay Tiew Phad Siew (wok-fried flat noodles with black soy sauce) make the perfect starters.
And what is Thai food without the curry? Whet your appetite by trying Thai staples Gaeng Kiew Gai (green curry chicken with sweet basil), Choo Chee Pla (deep-fried snapper with curry sauce) and Hor Mok Hoi (coconut curry soufflé with mussels). Don't forget to sample the lip-smacking Tom Yam Gung (spicy prawn soup with lemongrass and mushroom), and get your sweet-sour-salty fix from the Yam Talay (seafood salad) and Yam Nua Yang (grilled beef salad). Finally, soothe your overworked taste buds with cool desserts like Woon Kati (coconut jelly) and Gaeng Bued Fak Thong (boiled pumpkin in coconut syrup) and lots and lots of fresh fruit.
With your eyes closed and your palate doing all the work, you might as well be coursing through the busy streets of Thailand-the only thing missing will be the coveted elephant ride.