Vikings Buffet Philippine Independence Day Menu Celebrates Its Homegrown Filipino Roots
When In Manila, June 12 is a very important date for Filipinos. It’s the day when our nation declared independence from colonization. Finally, we had an identity of our own, united as one nation and proudly called Filipino henceforth. In celebration of this, the Filipino enterprise Vikings Buffet has decided to go back to its homegrown roots and come up with 12 new special edition dishes collectively called the Philippine Independence Day Menu.
The full-course Philippine Independence Day menu at Vikings Buffet includes appetizers, soup, main dishes and desserts. It’s a melting pot of flavors and influences. Who doesn’t love Filipino food?
The Vikings Buffet Philippine Independence Day Menu
First in their lineup is the Kuhol Cassoulet in Vol au Vent. Don’t you just love the chewy texture of kuhol? Kuhol lovers will find this appetizer an interesting starting point for the exclusive menu. I super rarely eat snail, but when I tasted it, boy, was I converted! The sauce tastes like pesto and gives a lot of life to this dish.
Lumpiang Ubod. This nostalgic food is created by Chef Albert who constantly craves for home-cooked meals. This classic dish has a mild yet nutty flavour and differs from the others because the gravy is mildly sweet.
Sisig Pizza is a fusion of Filipino and Italian influence. The chewy gelatin texture of the sisig sharply contrasts with the crispy crust. With a kick of pepper, the combination actually works and is very fulfilling.
Pumpkin Blossom Soup. It’s served with bits of bread and is very heartwarming. It is mixed with pumpkin blossom, too, which gives it the sweet potato flavour that it has. Bonus perk: pumpkin is also a rich source of Vitamin A.
Ginataang Pagi. Pagi is the Filipino word for stingray. This very exotic dish is finely ground and basically tastes like tuna with a heartwarming kick of pepper and spices to it. This dish goes perfectly with a mountainous heap of rice!
Pinangat is a dish from Bicol which is made of shredded young coconut, crab meat and tiny shrimps, wrapped in taro leaves and glazed with pumpkin sauce. This dish leaves a moderately spicy and stimulating flavor.
Their Bicol Express is a miracle for me because it’s not painfully spicy at all. In fact, it only has a mild taste, so even kids can take it without breaking a sweat.
Callos de Manileña is made of pork bits, chick peas, chorizo, and tomato-based sauce. It’s different from menudo although the taste is almost similar. According to Vikings Buffet, the quality of the chorizo is what makes the overall flavor of this dish. It actually has a smoky nutty flavor and the chick peas add an interesting texture to the softness of the meat while you’re chewing it.