Sunday, April 24, 2016

An Explosion of Flavors: The Thai Street Food Festival at Mango Tree

The rich and vibrant flavors of authentic Thai street food take centerstage at Mango Tree and Mango Tree Bistro, taking you on a exciting culinary journey...

Mango Tree at Bonifacio Global City and Mango Tree Bistro at TriNoma and Greenbelt 3 celebrate the unique flavors of Thailand with its month-long Thai Street Food Festival, starting April 20 to May 15, 2016.  Order your Miang Kham, a colorful platter with crispy coconut, fresh herbs, peanuts and chili with green bitter leaves and prepare for an explosion of flavors at Mango Tree and Mango Tree Bistro's Thai Street Food Festival.

Inside the elegant interiors of Mango Tree located at the heart of Bonifacio High Street Central, one can dine in comfort and enjoy some of the metro's best Thai dishes. But you can also roll-up your sleeves as Mango Tree literally takes you to the streets of busy Bangkok with a taste of real Thai street food.  

Mango Tree's new Executive Chef, Prapun Sampungpong, or simply Chef Tum for short, has created a new and exciting array of traditional Thai street food drawing inspiration from popular local favorites from across Thailand, offering diners a unique and authentic Thai dining experience. 

There's nothing quite like authentic street food favorites to experience the true flavors of Thailand, and Mango Tree, a global Thai food brand, in cooperation with Singha Beer and the Thai Trade Commission, recreate popular street food faithfully executed by Executive Chef Tum.

No other cuisine features the full range of flavors like Thai dishes, with sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and spicy notes weaving a rich tapestry of flavors with every bite. Start with a refreshing Thai salad, the Yum Ma Muang (P 120), with shredded green mango, peanuts and onions draped in a sharp and tart dressing of shrimp paste and fish sauce. As with most Thai dishes, it's a total sensory experience, from plate to palate, blending a complex play of distinct notes in perfect balance.

The Yum Ma Muang salad is the perfect starter to open up your palate for the next dishes, like the Tom Yum Fries (P 150), crisp potatoes seasoned with traditional tom yum spices for a different take on the usual fries. The distinct notes of the tom yum seasoning add a mild layer of flavor to the fries, and great as is.

Wash it all down with an ice-cold premium Singha Beer to complete the Thai street food experience, and have another round... pair with the next set of dishes like the Pork Dynamite (P 180), a spicy starter with savory minced pork, onions, coriander, peanuts, spring onions, kaffir lime leaves and chili, battered and deep-fried for that delectable crunch. The flavors and textures are delicately balanced, with just a hint of heat from the chili to complete the flavors.

You've tried Pad Thai before, time to try the street food favorite, Goong Phad Woonsen (P 220), a comforting stir-fried glass noodle dish with shrimps, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, and spring onions drizzled with oyster sauce and soy sauce. This dish has milder notes, with the oyster sauce and soy sauce packing a flavorful punch without overwhelming the dish. The glass noodles are perfectly chewy, contrasting with the different textures and flavors of the other ingredients.

Chicharon with an inventive Thai seafood twist, the Salmon Skin Chicharon (P 100) is another unique dish that's perfect with an ice-cold Singha Beer. The salmon skin is deep-fried to crispy perfection, topped with fresh herbs and served with a creamy garlic aioli dip. The rich and familiar flavors of the salmon come through with each crunchy bite, capped by the smooth garlic aioli. Everything you want in a crunchy chicharon, without the guilt.

The clean and briny notes of fresh seafood are highlighted next with the refreshing Larb Pla Meuk (P 150), a spicy squid salad with onions, spring onions, string beans and kaffir lime leaves with a tart and spicy lime sauce. The delicate flavors of the squid are punctuated by the sharp notes of the spicy lime sauce, with the subtle minty hint of fresh herbs to finish the dish. The simplicity of the dish makes it even more special, with so much clean flavors using the freshest ingredients.

Pla Meuk Thod, or fried squid rings, offers familiar flavors, with the chili dip adding that unique Thai spin for something new and different. Another ice-cold Singha Beer? Absolutely.

Tom Yum Chicken Poppers (P 150), tender and juicy chicken with a crisp outer layer with tom yum seasoning and chili flakes, round out your Thai street food dining experience at Mango Tree. And that chili dip is good.

And just in case you're still hungry, you can always opt for Mango Tree's Phad See Iw Gai (P 480), a popular savory stir-fried flat noodle dish cooked in soy sauce with chicken.

Cap your Thai street food dining experience at Mango Tree with the indulgent Thai Halo-Halo (P 180), a refreshing crushed ice dessert with coconut cream and tropical fruits. The use of coconut cream gives this dessert a distinct Thai and tropical vibe, and a new flavor experience...

...or you can go for one of Mango Tree's popular desserts, the Mun Cheum (P 220), sweet cassava topped with coconut milk. You don't have to go far to enjoy classic Thai street food, just head on over to Mango Tree at Bonifacio High Street Central or Mango Tree Bistro at TriNoma and Greenbelt 3 for the best of Thailand's popular street food favorites.

Mango Tree is located at 7th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City or call 621-3233 or 0917-534-2273 for reservations. Mango Tree Bistro is also located at the 3rd Level of TriNoma in Quezon City or call 916-0297 and 0917-890-2166 for inquiries. For more information on Mango Tree Bistro at Greenbelt 3, call 576-9052 or 0917-524-2273.

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