Yesterday, Che celebrated her birthday at Vikings Mall of Asia. It was a particularly humid day, yet the many food stations with colorful dishes made me forget the sweat glistening on my forehead. I am not one to gorge myself in buffet tables, but I have a sweet tooth that prompts me to attack anything covered with chocolate and topped or coated with artificial sugar. The dessert station caught my eye right away, and I made three appearances there as the plates of pastries beckoned me like an insistent lover. And this is how that lunch went down.
The table setting before Man vs. Food at Vikings Mall of Asia started. Photo by SPRDC.
My first plate from the Chinese food station. Counterclockwise: fried mantao, pork siomai, Japanese siomai, and vegetarian chicken sweet and sour. The “vegetarian” part escaped my sleep-deprived brain. It did not taste like chicken and was a little rubbery. The siomai were good, even without any sauce. The fried mantao looked better than it tasted.
Also from the Chinese food station was this delightful bowl of something custard-y.
My dessert plate was decent because they were not overly sweet. The chocolate ganache was the best thing on the plate. The butterscotch base of two of the desserts was rock-hard.
Plate from the meat and fish section. Counterclockwise: fried fish with wasabi mayonnaise sauce, chicken tonkatsu, binusog na lechon, and I think roasted chicken. ☺ This was the best plate of food I had that lunch. I liked the binusog na lechon the most.
On my second trip to the dessert table, I grabbed this strawberry mousse. This was sugar overload, but it looked pretty.
I skipped the Japanese food station in favor of ice cream. There were eight ice cream flavors to choose from. From the top: Bubble gum, chocolate, langka, chocolate and mint, I forgot, and cheese.
Che’s meat dishes, also with binusog na lechon. Photo by Che
Che’s halo-halo plate. Photo by Che
Che’s desserts. Photo by Che.
The dessert station is a rainbow of edible goodness, with blueberry cheesecake, sliced French chocolate gateau, red velvet cake, vanilla white chocolate, blueberry mousse, fruit salad, leche flan, nata jello, pandan salad and strawberry mousse. Photo by SPRDC
More desserts to satisfy sweet cravings. Photo by SPRDC
Filipino delicacies were also present at the desserts station: cassava cake, maja blanca, pichi-pichi, kutsinta, and sapin-sapin. Photo by SPRDC
Chocolate and strawberry fountains at the fondue section. Photo by SPRDC
Japanese food station, filled with mouth-watering choices. Photo by SPRDC
Che’s birthday cake compliments of Vikings Mall of Asia. Photo by Che
Che, Hope and I. Photo by Che.
Happy Birthday, Che! 🙂