Going to the Manila Hotel for ice cream only is an oddity, but not anymore when the ice cream is flavored with salted duck egg.
At the Mabuhay Palace Chinese restaurant, I finally reveled in the ice cream of my dreams! Saltish morsels of firm yolk colliding with toasty bits of black sesame seeds in a lush base, reminiscent of the curious flavors of moon cake and toasted sesame seed cookies. At first bite though, what came to mind was a Chinese version of cookies and cream with a cheese twist. A happy surprise!
The serving is tiny I could have easily finished another shot. The frozen dessert is a creation of Sous Chef Josephine Yu Tanganco-Candelaria.
I was slightly distracted by Shirley’s green malunggay ice cream with chewy bits of banana chips, oozing with unexpected Pinoy flavors. Sweetish like avocado ice cream, though a little more restrained
– Crispy wonton chips
By the Mabuhay Palace door is a week long celebration of the 15th Philippine Eagle Week, with photos of the rarefied eagles at the Philippine Eagle Center, a Philippine eagle cake by cake artist Penk Ching and collectible dolls dressed in Filipiniana by fashion designer Renee Salud on display.
– Checking out the Cafe Ilang-Ilang buffet.