The year of the Horse is the Chinese New Year’s theme for this holiday. We spent the middle of this day at our personal luxury hotel of choice, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. We had always made it a point to stay at this hotel every time we visited the Philippines before we ended up living here. It had been a while since we had visited the place. It was, in fact, nearly two years ago, just after Typhoon Pedring had flooded much of Roxas Blvd and destroyed the restaurant. So we were seeing the (not so new) renovations and joining the hotel guests in the celebration of the Chinese New Year.
No surprise, the food was magnificent, as always. We saw they had kept the assorted food stations that served the themed variety of food associated with a particular region of the world.
They had added an enclosure that reduced the size of the original outside patio, but it didn’t look as if it mattered much as most people sat inside. It put us a little farther away from the food but closer to the bar…
We wound up spending a few hours here instead of just making a quick stop for coffee and the restroom (it’s better than using an outside public toilet). With the abundance of choices, we did our best not to let our eyes get bigger than our stomachs. We ate all we put on our plates and did not let anything go to waste. The tossed salad, called Yisang, even came with a story. Also known as Lucky Tossed Salad, you are supposed to toss it in the air and catch it on your plate….the higher you toss the salad (and catch it), the more luck you will have for the year. It had 22 ingredients, so rather than trying our hand at throwing this in the air, we just ate it. This dish is only available during the celebration of Chinese New Year.
We were treated very well by the restaurant staff. Everyone we came in contact with was friendly and helpful, and we were re-introduced to the executive chef whom we had met the last time we were here. He told us he thought I looked familiar, but couldn’t remember from where. So we reminded him: Where Else Philippines!
Kung Hei Fat Choi!
Until next time!