BAHAY Buffet by Baga Manila, a food fair away from home.
Last August 29,2015 I attended a Food Stand - Nightlife event organized by Baga Manila at Lake Front in Sucat, Muntinlupa. Ma. Louisen Manuel co-organized a gastronomic community that capitalized the word “Bahay” to mean: Buffet At Home is Always Yummy. BAHAY Buffet is a community of small farms, micro-entrepreneurs, and other food and beverage businesses that aims to deliver a unique, cozy, and intimate food buffet experience to urban diners as what they would experience into the doorsteps of the native home and farms of food connoisseurs.
As I Enter …
A smile and a pleasant reception awaits me on the entryway. The usher deserves a 10/10 rating for being courteous and attentive, as soon as I step in I was bombarded with attention and greetings in a congenial way and of course I was ardently led to the dining area while I await for the buffet event to start.
Bahay Buffet offers a wide arrays of delectable BBQ’s with specially formulated dips and sauces to satisfy ones’ palate. One that caught my attention was Dona’s Grill, they have this unique blends of spices and sauce that complements their fresh and tender meat BBQ. Dona’s Grill also augment the Filipino street-food BBQ’s by their well balanced BBQ dips that enhances the grilled pork and chicken innards.
My personal favorite was the assorted Jamaican dish prepared by Jefferson M. Extra owner of Jeph’s Jerk. The dish comes in with two tender beef ball patty, a chicken kebab marinated in a coconut with curry sauce, and Jamaica’s version of hot chicken wings. It is also complemented with potato chips, and Jamaican vegetable salad top with home made mayonnaise and hot chili paste. This dish is a perfect side dish when drinking a cold dry beer.
Another dish in the BAHAY Buffet that caught my attention was an exquisite Thai dish prepared by Thai Breakers. This entrée dish is prepared with Pa Pia Sod (a Thai fresh spring rolls with sauce bursting with a combination of creamy peanut, tangy taste and sweetness of our native tamarind), and Pad Thai (Thai version of stir fried noodles, a national dish of Thailand, made from stir fried rice noodles sauté in shallots, shouts, tofu, native egg, crushed peanuts, and meat). It is complemented by a platter fresh tropical fruit salad.
Acessability and The Ambience
The event was held at the back of The Wharf at Lakefront Sucat located before the Sucat Southbound exit toll gate. The Wharf is a popular all day dining commercial hub and a perfect place to unwind at any time of the day and night along Sucat. The ambience is very provincial and laid-back a paradise within an urban district.
Ready for Another Bahay Buffet Event?
I give the BAHAY Buffet community a very well done job on this event. Future guests of this Food Stand - Nightlife event can expect a variety of traditional Filipino, Asian, and Islander cuisine prepared in a delectable “Lutong Bahay Style” that conciliate the pedant tastes of both young and young at heart. For upcoming Bahay Buffet follow Baga Manila and Bahay Buffet at Facebook.
Words by Alvin Palanca
Photos by Evo Joel Contrivida.