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(Mini Reads followed by Full Reports)

SOL JOSE VANZI's  LIFESTYLE & FOOD PAGE THIS WEEK

FEATURING HER 'TIMPLA'T TIKIM' (Manila Bulletin)
(Mini Reads followed by Full Reports below)

A FESTIVAL OF HEALTH AND WEALTH

[The quiet elegance of Crystal Dragon Restaurant at the City of Dreams]


SEPTEMBER 8 - Roasted US farm Peking duck -TIMPLA’T TIKIM AN ANCIENT RECIPE: As lunch started for the opening of the Mid-Autumn Festival at the City of Dreams, the young Chinese chef asked how we wanted the roast duck sliced: all skin, or with a bit of meat. We all wanted some of the meat under the crispy golden skin. Using a large, heavy, and razor-sharp cleaver, the carver very deftly sliced precise pieces from the whole duck. Each slice was spread with sweet-tart plum sauce to cut the oiliness. Thin sticks of seedless cucumber and scallion stalks gave texture and a wake up zing and crunch. The last element, the pancake, was refreshingly greaseless, bereft of the overpoweringly aromatic sesame oil some restaurants use to keep the pancakes from sticking to each other. READ MORE...

ALSO: Welcome to the CITY OF DREAMS, ASEAN Ave, Roxas Blvd, Manila


ASEAN AVENUE, ROXAS BLVD., MANILA -City of Dreams Manila is an integrated resort and casino that features 3 luxurious hotel brands and various premium dining outlets. It boasts of an iconic Fortune Egg that houses Chaos nightclub known to bring in top-notch acts from around world. City of Dreams is also home to the very first DreamWorks inspired DreamPlay that offers a one-of-a-kind entertainment for whole family. It is strategically positioned in close proximity to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, SM Mall of Asia, SMX Convention READ AND SEE MORE....

ALSO: AT THE CRYSTAL DRAGON


FROM AUGUST TO SEPTEMBER 15 -In celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, City of Dreams Manila presents a special menu offering at Crystal Dragon until September 15. Ushering in luck, good harvest, harmony and unity, lunch and dinner at the premium Cantonese and regional Chinese restaurant will come with especially-prepared selection of exotic and succulent dishes. Crystal Dragon likewise offers a special mooncake, beautifully packaged and imported from Macau. A traditional delicacy served during the Mid-Autumn festival, the mooncake is filled with white lotus paste and double egg yolk and is priced at Php 2,980++ each for a box of four and Php 2,780++ each for orders of ten boxes or more. READ, SEE MORE...


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A festival for health and wealth
[The quiet elegance of Crystal Dragon Restaurant is perfect for the extremely satisfying meal that overflowed with symbolism, culture, and history.]


Roasted US farm Peking duck

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 12, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN) TIMPLA'T TIKIM by Sol Vanzi September 8, 2016  - TIMPLA’T TIKIM AN ANCIENT RECIPE - As lunch started for the opening of the Mid-Autumn Festival at the City of Dreams, the young Chinese chef asked how we wanted the roast duck sliced: all skin, or with a bit of meat. We all wanted some of the meat under the crispy golden skin.

Using a large, heavy, and razor-sharp cleaver, the carver very deftly sliced precise pieces from the whole duck. Each slice was spread with sweet-tart plum sauce to cut the oiliness. Thin sticks of seedless cucumber and scallion stalks gave texture and a wake up zing and crunch.

The last element, the pancake, was refreshingly greaseless, bereft of the overpoweringly aromatic sesame oil some restaurants use to keep the pancakes from sticking to each other.

READ MORE...


Wok fried Boston lobster tails with spices salt and pepper

Wok fried Boston lobster tails with spices salt and pepper Once assembled, the Peking duck packet was just the right size for a mouthful of sheer heaven. It made us feel doubly lucky; the Chinese traditionally identify duck with fidelity and marital happiness. We ate very slowly to best appreciate the dish, which has been prepared the same way in China for 700 years.

LUCK, FORTUNE, HAPPINESS

The rest of the lunch menu consisted of old recipes from all over China prepared meticulously by a fleet of chefs highly trained for the task. As each dish was served, one of them would explain the ingredients, the cooking processes involved, and the symbolisms attached to the food item.

The lobster in the wok-fried Boston lobster tails with spices, salt, and pepper is considered as the “dragon of the sea” and symbolizes unity. Indeed, the lobster tails’ shape and bright red color reminded us of fiery dragons.


Steamed marinated pork ribs with pork sausage and mushrooms

The steamed marinated pork ribs with pork sausage and mushrooms, plus the wok fried vermicelli with shredded pork, vegetables, and foie gras are supposed to bring strength, wealth, and abundant blessing.

WEALTH AND STRENGTH


Braised hot and sour soup with crab meat and scallops

The braised sea cucumber and baby abalone with bean curd in clay pot represent good fortune, with the sea cucumber—also known as the “ginseng of the sea”—known to possess numerous healing and therapeutic properties.

Abalone is a symbol of wealth and good fortune because it is shaped like the old pieces of silver and gold. It imparts a distinct flavor to soups and is one of the finest, most expensive ingredients used in Chinese cuisine.

Strength, wealth, and abundant blessing are brought by wok fried vermicelli with shredded pork, vegetables, and foie gras, while prosperity is promised by sauteed sea grouper with mushrooms, honey beans, and celery.


Homemade three flavor snow skin mooncake

We ended the meal with beautiful sweets designed for the festival: Homemade snow skin mooncake and chilled sweetened mango sphere coconut mousse.

The Mid-Autumn Festival, which lasts until Sept. 16, celebrates a tradition of sacrifice to the moon, and brings family and friends together, sharing the mooncake as the symbol of wishing each other a long and happy life. Crystal Dragon offers a special mooncake, beautifully packaged and imported from Macau, filled with white lotus paste and double egg yolk.


Stewed chicken with Chinese wine sauce, Taiwanese style


Braised shredded duck meat with rice vermicelli

www.cityofdreams.com.ph; (02) 800 8080; guestservices@cod-manila.com.

Read more at http://www.mb.com.ph/a-festival-for-health-and-wealth/#gxH8RifWTesRPayx.99


Welcome to the CITY OF DREAMS


The iconic Fortune Egg

City of Dreams Manila is an integrated resort and casino that features 3 luxurious hotel brands and various premium dining outlets.

It boasts of an iconic Fortune Egg that houses Chaos nightclub known to bring in top-notch acts from around world.

City of Dreams is also home to the very first DreamWorks inspired DreamPlay that offers a one-of-a-kind entertainment for whole family.

It is strategically positioned in close proximity to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, SM Mall of Asia, SMX Convention

READ MORE...

Entertainment.

From soulful ballads to chart-topping hits, delightful musical performances await you at the heart of our high-energy casino floors. Catch stellar acts from our very own musical artists: Silk, Maya & Migs and Resoul with AVA at City of Dreams Manila!

HOTELS


City of Dreams Manila City of Dreams Manila sets a new standard in hospitality in the Philippines.

CASINOS


A City of Exhilarating Play Experience an electrifying gaming experience with our themed areas, high-energy casino floors, and the latest slot technologies.

NIGHTLIFE


World-class Nightlife Experience elite nightlife as we set a new standard in entertainment.


AT THE CRYSTAL DRAGON



In celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, City of Dreams Manila presents a special menu offering at Crystal Dragon until September 15. Ushering in luck, good harvest, harmony and unity, lunch and dinner at the premium Cantonese and regional Chinese restaurant will come with especially-prepared selection of exotic and succulent dishes.

Crystal Dragon likewise offers a special mooncake, beautifully packaged and imported from Macau.

A traditional delicacy served during the Mid-Autumn festival, the mooncake is filled with white lotus paste and double egg yolk and is priced at Php 2,980++ each for a box of four and Php 2,780++ each for orders of ten boxes or more.

READ, SEE MORE...

THE QUIET DINING ELEGANCE


Crystal Dragon Experience premium Cantonese and regional Chinese specialties in a stylish contemporary setting at Crystal Dragon.

Chef's Profiles: Bong Jun Choi Executive Chef

Chef Bong Jun Choi, the Executive Chinese Chef of City of Dreams Manila’s Crystal Dragon, has a culinary experience spanning 39 years.

In Malaysia, he made his debut at the tender age of 15 at a humble dim sum stall operated by his father and uncle. He then went to Singapore and began his journey into the real culinary world at a seafood restaurant where he met a brilliant master chef who taught him a lot. From August 2000 to August 2011,

Chef Bong was Chinese Executive Chef at Lai Po Heen located at 5-star Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur. In July 2010, he was given the Best 1Malaysia Chef (Chinese Cuisine) Award by the Chefs Association of Malaysia.

In the same year, he was given the Top Five Best Chinese Cuisine Chef Personality Award by Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards (HAPA). After 11 years of service at Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur, Chef Bong became the Executive Chinese Chef of Michelin-starred Kam Lai Heen located at Grand Lapa, Macau.

After its successful re-launch, Chef Bong was requested to transfer to Mandarin Oriental Singapore to spearhead their award-winning Cherry Garden Restaurant. His work in various hotel and F&B properties took him across Asia, an experience that exposed him to different cultures as well as a wide range of cooking techniques.

LET US CELEBRATE THE OCCASION WITH WINE AND SWEET WORDS


Tapas, snacks, well-crafted cocktails, premium wine, tea and coffee in a comfortable and stylish spot.

Located at the right side of the Crown Towers lobby, this relaxed yet elegant sitting lounge is perfect for quick meetings or extended chats.


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