Balikbayans who come from all over to vacation in the Philippines usually mean two things to most: satisfying a craving for Filipino food and having a family vacation.
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The B Hotel is a boutique hotel located inside Madrigal Business Park in Alabang that keeps its promises. It has spacious rooms where guests can nap as long as they want, and a glorious Filipino menu at the Prime Café downstairs that will have them order extra rice and take out the bucket of beer.
To celebrate his seventh year in the industry, Prime Café chef Ricky Galon and his culinary team deepened their Filipino heritage, choosing dishes they knew were familiar to foreigners who check in at the hotel. as well as heartwarming for the Filipinos who stays there too.
The dishes beautifully represent our regional cuisine and, with every spoonful, will transport anyone to the three main islands of the Philippines.
There is the Chicken Inasal at B Hotel which will instantly bring diners to Bacolod. One serving includes a generous piece of chicken thigh fillet marinated in lime, pepper, vinegar and annatto oil, and grilled on a lava rock before serving to guests. A nice balance of sweet, sour and spicy flavors indeed.
Travel north with one of the most popular dishes on its menu is Pork Sisig, a Kapampangan dish made from pork mask and liver, served sizzling on a plate and seasoned with a touch of mayonnaise, calamansi. and chili peppers.
Oddly enough, the name sisig was first mentioned in a Kapampangan dictionary in the 17th century, meaning “to munch on something sour” and “salad”.
In more modern times, the snack and the salad have become a complete meal, and the Prime Cafés version is better than most having reached that sweet point of crunchy and creamy textures with a sour, salty and spicy component that tickles the taste buds – easily one of the best versions of the southern dish.
Taking your taste buds on a trip to Davao, Prime Café’s Pork Sinuglao is definitely something you would want to pair with a beer or two. Cooked pieces of grilled pork and raw tuna are tossed together and served in spicy vinegar with chopped chili peppers for some much-needed heat.
Of course, there are other things on the menu that will make you ask for extra rice. Coffee Sizzling Crispy Belly is a magical hybrid of Pinoy lechon kawali and Chinese sweet and sour pork.
It’s on a whole new level of deliciousness, with the crispy fried pork belly coated in their special sweet and spicy sauce. Each bite lets out an audible crackle with a play of opposing flavors that makes you want to ask for a few seconds.
Chef Ricky reinvents the humble salpicao by using chicken instead of beef. Chicken Salpicao uses chicken strips that have been sautéed in olive oil, lots of garlic, and a special sauce, and served with garlic rice.
Finally, if you’re looking for something a little different, the cafe’s Adobo Flakes pizza may pique your interest. A traditional pizza crust is topped with savory and crispy adobo flakes on a base of sweet adobo sauce. It’s hard to stop at just one installment.
The Filipino menu maintains the theme of the authentic orientation of the 152-room hotel’s Filipino hospitality.
Since opening in 2010, it has been the premier choice for relaxing restaurateurs in the South Metro with its comfortable rooms, remarkable dining experience and impeccable service. – LA, GMA News
To learn more about the hotel, visit their website www.bhotelalabang.com. For reservations please call +63 2 828 8181 or send an email to [email protected]