The first thing that comes to mind when I hear the name “Matabungkay” is childhood memories.
If you are more or less my age, living in the Philippines back in the ’80s and early ’90s, it is quite impossible not to know Matabungkay Beach Club. It is one of the most popular and notable destination resorts back then and home to many beautiful memories.
I was invited to visit Matabungkay Beach Hotel a couple of weeks ago to enjoy their recently launched Batangas Food Festival. The moment I stepped in, my first thought was, “Wow! This place is actually still alive and well after all these years!” In fact, the place has improved by leaps and bounds compared to what I used to remember of this nostalgic resort. The Matabungkay Beach Club of old is no more. Now called, Matabungkay Beach Hotel, this sprawling establishment boasts of many facilities and amenities that families and friends will truly enjoy.
No doubt, I will come back with family to experience this beloved place very soon but for now it’s all about their much celebrated Batangas Food Festival — and I was so excited to know more about it.
You see, from October to December 2016, Matabungkay Beach Hotel will be featuring the amazing dishes of the culture-rich province of Batangas through their Batangas Food Festival.
Expect traditional and diversified specialties from Matabungkay Beach Hotel with the expert help of Masflex Ambassador Nancy Reyes-Lumen, as well as Chef Jaja Andal and Chef Popit de Leon.
The Batangas Food Festival at Matabungkay Beach Hotel – A taste of the province’s rich culture
The Batangas Food Festival at Matabungkay Beach Hotel is a 3-month long celebration of gastronimic delights showcasing the personal favorites of each chef, including some of their most requested dishes.
Some of the dishes you that will delight your palate are the Paella ala Eh, Sinaing na Bangus, Pista ng mga Pate, Adobong Barako and Chef Nancy’s Rodrigo’s Roast.
Check out some of the wonderful Batangas Food Festival offerings that were served during my visit to Matabungkay Beach Hotel that day…
A fun cooking session with Chef Nancy Reyes-Lumen
I had the time of my life when I was asked by Nancy Reyes-Lumen to cook paella (what?!) with her skillful guidance. Really?! Paella? I mean, I hardly do anything in our kitchen and consider myself a novice when it comes to cooking, yet here I am about to whip up a complicated dish.
To my surprise, my paella turned out quite well! It tasted great and it looked very attractive. Thankfully, the Adobo Queen herself was with me every step of the way.
It felt absolutely great being able to create a gastronomic masterpiece with the help of no less than Nancy Reyes-Lumen herself — a culinary icon and household name. It is truly something I will always remember and cherish long after the taste of my paella has gone. :)
Of course, a perfect meal isn’t complete without great drinks to go along with it and delectable desserts to cap it all off.
Here are some of the uniquely refreshing drinks you can enjoy at the Batangas Food Festival…
Some sweet treats that you surely wouldn’t want to miss during your Batangas Food Festival experience…
I have no doubt that the Batangas Food Festival at Matabungkay Beach Hotel will be one of the best food trips (pun intended) one can have while perhaps going on a nostalgic journey by simply being in one of the most popular resorts in the Philippines (if you happen to be an ’80s kid like me).
Whether you’re heading over to the beach for a quick getaway or if your idea of an adventure is a good meal away from the metro, the Batangas Food Festival at Matabungkay Beach Hotel is an experience you shouldn’t miss. You’re family — and your tummy — will thank you for it!
Matabungkay Beach Hotel
Brgy. Matabungkay, Lian
T: (63) 917-834-1269
Fax: (02) 817-11-76
Matabungkay Manila Office
LPL Towers, 112 Legaspi St.
Makati City, Philippines – 1200
T: (63) 920-950-7032