Famous Filipino dish ‘Inihaw’ warms up Dubai’s winter chill


Guests enjoying the Filipino-themed buffet at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel | Contributed Photo

DUBAI, UAE – At the second phase of the Philippines Food Festival at the Expo 2020 Dubai from Jan. 22 to Feb. 2, the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (PTDI) showcases the famous Inihaw at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel as one of its highlights of the Philippines’ participation at the Expo 2020 Dubai.

Inihaw is a unique version of a spit-roasted barbecue dish with different spins in the Philippines, including sinugba and inasal. They make the dish from a skewered selection of meat or seafood set over a charcoal grill, burrowing a smoky flavor deep into the flesh with a distinct half-charred look. It is popular among Filipinos as a backyard staple and is abundantly available in almost every street corner.

In the fortnight grand culinary fare at Nomad Restaurant located at the Duck Pond Area of Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, guests relish a flavor served in a new light and twist. The restaurant also offers the dish in a Filipino-themed set menu during weekdays.

The Philippines Food Festival (PFF) is the country’s grandest and longest-running Filipino food festival in the UAE. PFF conceived this to highlight the most delectable Filipino dishes and products among the UAE’s diverse community of expats.

Rosvi C. Gaetos, Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (PDTI) Assistant Secretary and Philippines @ Expo 2020 Dubai Alternate Commissioner-General during her speech at the Philippines Food Festival at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel | Contributed Photo

PDTI Assistant Secretary and the Philippines @ Expo 2020 Dubai Alternate Commissioner-General Rosvi C. Gaetos said the second phase of the event builds on the success of the inaugural Philippines Food Festival at the Intercontinental Dubai Festival City.

“We are delighted to have witnessed a strong interest among the UAE’s expat community wanting to sample every delicious nibble of our very own Filipino food in this unique culinary fare. Philippine cuisines are worth trying because they blend the country’s different waves of influences within our deep history that spans 4,000 years. It is our earnest hope to take more visitors on the ongoing journey of the Philippines Food Festival in the UAE,” said Gaetos.

Kilawing Mindanao, a vinegar marinated Kingfish salad | Contributed Photo
Tokwa’t Baka salad, a soy-vinegar mix of crispy beef and fried tofu | Contributed Photo

The Philippines Food Festival has partnered with three hotels in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to highlight Filipino dishes either as part of their buffet offering or in a set menu. It has also tapped leading supermarkets and grocery stores across the emirates to feature ingredients and products shipped from the Philippines.

The Mangrove Café located at the Bangkóta Philippines Pavilion inside the Expo 2020 Dubai continues to engage Expo visitors through a series of special activities exploring the Philippines’ distinct flavors.

Maria Anthonette C. Velasco-Allones, Chief Operating Officer of the Philippines’ Tourism Promotions Board, noted that the UAE’s strategic position as a premier global tourism and business hub would help promote the country’s most delicious dishes in the international arena.

“With the influx of visitors from across the globe at Expo 2020 Dubai, which the Philippines currently takes part with its very own ‘Bangkóta’ Pavilion, it makes the UAE the perfect place for us to showcase our thriving culinary scene and the best of what our heirloom kitchens back home can offer to the UAE and the world over,” said Velasco-Allones.

Andy Cuthbert, General Manager at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, conveyed their honor to have been chosen as one of the hosts of this culinary extravaganza.

“We are greatly honoured to host the second leg of the Philippines Food Festival’s culinary journey to Dubai’s bustling Creekside area, which also witnessed a remarkable growth in the pages of UAE’s history. We are proud to serve the best flavours and aroma of Philippine kitchens to the UAE and on the world stage,” said Cuthbert.

–With Jay Domingo/PDM

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