We can admit that with the very dynamic gastronomic scene, only a chosen few among traditional Chinese restaurants serving the discerning palate have stuck over time. Luckily, the newer options tickling both the olden and modern tastes have found ways to reinvent themselves over the years. Take Man Ho, Mariott Hotel Manila's signature Chinese resto, for example. In only two years, it has appealed to cover everyone's cravings—from Cantonese to Japanese-Korean down to local Filipino staples. This year, Man Ho takes the "not your ordinary Chinese resto" badge further with a reinvigorated menu. Located at the Marriott West Wing overlooking the golf course, the 136-seater resto is an experience to behold. ABS-CBN Lifestyle got a crack into Man Ho's newest delights and surprises, with the restaurant's Executive Chef Meik Brammer detailing below!
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1. Man Ho sourced local ingredients from sustainable sources. The Wok-Fried French Beans with Salted Egg Yolk (PHP 380), for example, has the French Beans sourced from Baguio. The Slow Braised Australian Beef Shank in Palawan Honey (PHP 480), meanwhile, shows the chef’s sophisticated taste by using only wild honey instead of commercial ones.
2. Traditional Chinese cooking is maintained, of course. With Man Ho’s new Executive Chef Chan Chi Fai, with 31 years of experience in Hong Kong and Shanghai, on board, the new menu can never go wrong. His specialty is the the Wok Fried Pork Parcels with Szechuan Chilis (PHP 360), which the Chinese Cuisine Master Chef expertly infused with the right amount of chili in every piece! Customers may also enjoy the Double-Boiled Abalone with Red Date and Coconut Broth (PHP 680), served in a coconut shell instead of a soup bowl. It's the famed dish with a lid that's opened for that savory aroma of the abalone, red dates, cordycep, chicken, and kei chi all swimming in coconut broth. The flavor of the dish takes a painstaking process to achieve, marking the Chinese love for good, healthy food.
3. The roasting is worth boasting. The most anticipated on the new menu is the Roasted and Flambéed Peking Duck served with Chinese Pancake (PHP 3,288). It's the talk of the town, simply with no other Chinese restaurant having poured expensive 12-year-old whiskey Dalmore on Peking Duck. The Shredded Chicken with Jellyfish (PHP 980 small; PHP 1,600 large) is a runner-up, with jellyfish being a central part of the dish next to the chicken, crispy wanton, bell peppers, onion leeks, carrots, and sesame seeds.
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4. Seafood and meat specials, ahoy! Free up your tummy for Stir-Fried Shrimps and Porcini Mushrooms and Broccoli (PHP 1,280), Pan-fried Australian Barramundi in Black Bean Sauce (PHP 980), and Pan Fried U.S. Beef Tenderloin in Black Pepper Sauce served with a side of steamed bokchoy (PHP 1,500)!
5. Delightful desserts! But, of course! Complete your Man Ho experience with the Sticky Glutinous Rice with Coconut (PHP 198 for 3 pieces). Covered in desiccated coconut, the mochi-like rice ball envelopes the salted egg, custard powder, sugar, and milk altogether appreciated with every forkful!
For reservations, call (632) 988-9999 or visit the hotel’s website. Follow @manilamarriott on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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Photos courtesy of Marriott Hotel Manila