Good news, guys! One Michelin Star restaurant, PUTIEN, has finally opened its first branch here in the Philippines today, November 15, 6pm at The Podium in Mandaluyong City.
Putien is finally here!
“PUTIEN” is named after the founder’s hometown, Putian City — a coastal suburb in the province of Fujian in China. The now global chain started out as a coffee shop at Kitchener Road back in 2000, and has been awarded a One-Star Michelin since 2016. This year, The Vikings Group has brought this Singapore-based restaurant to Manila to introduce its cuisine to a new and larger audience.
So, you’re probably wondering what makes PUTIEN different from other restaurants. Well, according to its founder, Mr. Fong Chi Chung, PUTIEN serves characteristically light, down-to-earth, and flavorful food, with an emphasis on fresh ingredients. He says that it is his mission to share the culinary flavors of his hometown to an international audience.
Unlike most Chinese cuisine that Filipinos are familiar with such as Xiao Long Bao and Siopao, PUTIEN offers intricately prepared dishes with key ingredients harvested and obtained in specific seasons and certain places in Fujian alone.
I was able to try many of PUTIEN’s incredible dishes during a private exclusive dining event last night and it was truly an unforgettable experience.
Dishes that are distinctly PUTIEN
PUTIEN mostly prides itself with its “#1 must-try” dish, the PUTIEN Bian Rou Soup, a soup dish “with 500 years of history in each bowl.” The secret lies in the bian rou or wonton made from pork hind leg meat, pounded 12,000 times and kneaded for one and a half hours.
The yellow croakers of PUTIEN’s 100-Second Stewed Yellow Croaker are specially bred in Ningde, Fujian. Each catch has to weigh between 180 and 200 grams “to withstand the intensity of heat from the 100-second stew for a naturally sweet taste and tender texture.”
Lychees used in PUTIEN’s Sweet & Sour Pork with Lychee are air-flown from Putian every single time. No kidding. The reason for this is because Putian Lychees are particularly famous for their slightly greenish skin with a sweet and succulent taste, making it perfect for the dish.
Make sure to enjoy these culinary originals together with other amazing dishes such as PUTIEN Lor Mee, Stir-Fried Yam, Bamboo Herbal Prawn, and Braised Pig Intestine.
Below are more of PUTIEN’s other incredible offerings. (Click image to enlarge)
Deliciously free promo offerings
For its opening tonight, diners will be treated to free PUTIEN Shredded Pork with Sesame Bun from November 15 to 21. Vikings Reward Card members will be given a complimentary featured dessert for the day from November 25 to November 29.
So, make sure to put PUTIEN at the top of your must-visit restaurants list. Ready your tummies and prepare for a spectacular gastronomic experience.
I’m actually planning to go back there again very soon. I guess I’ll be seeing all of you there as well. Kitakits, guys!
PUTIEN Philippines is located at Level 5, The Podium, ADB Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. Reservations are also accepted via [email protected], (02) 8282-1888, (02) 8282-6888, and 09189193888.