Some Kind of Strange Bliss in Salted Duck Egg Ice Cream

Salted Duck Egg Ice Cream

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

Sous Chef Josephine Yu Tanganco-Candelaria
Sous Chef Josephine Yu Tanganco-Candelaria

Mabuhay PalaceWonton Chips

– Crispy wonton chips

Mabuhay PalaceMalunggay (Moringa) Ice Creamsalted duck egg and malunggay ice creamEmptied GlassesCheers!Cafe Ilang-Ilang15th Philippine Eagle Week Cake by Penk Ching

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.

Manila Hotel Philippine Eagle Week 2013 ExhibitPhilippine Eagle Collectibles by Renee SaludPhilippine Eagle Photo ExhibitCafe Ilang-IlangCafe Ilang-Ilang

– Checking out the Cafe Ilang-Ilang buffet.

Manila Hotel Lobby LoungeCakes and WinesCake ArtGeometry in a CakePicture 256
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Luneta Photo Walk

Doves hovering around the Rizal Monument

If Luneta could talk, it would tell an outstretched volume of words, like a fabric spun out in threads of momentous historical events, intertwined with stories of ordinary lives.

An important tourist landmark located adjacent to Manila Bay, the park is home to several points of interests in the historical, educational, science, arts, recreation and sports areas.

It was renamed Rizal Park in memory of national hero Jose Rizal who was executed practically in the spot where his remains now lie, reminding each and every Filipino that death does not matter if one dies for love of country and others.

Rizal Park (Luneta Park), Manila, PhilippinesRizal ParkLuneta Hotel

Failing to escape my attention on T.M. Kalaw Avenue is the belle epoque facade of the Luneta Hotel, a testament to the old splendor of Manila. A WWII survivor and a National Historical Landmark, the edifice (designed by Spanish architect/engineer Salvador Farrel and completed in 1918) is undergoing a much-awaited makeover.

KIlometer Zero

On Roxas Blvd, right across the Rizal Monument is the Kilometer Zero marker of the Philippines, which  serves as the point from which road distances from Manila are measured.

Below is a photo of the “Ang Bagong Pinoy” sculpture by Olympic artist/sculptor Jose “Joe” Datuin.

Ang Bagong Pinoy sculpture, Rizal ParkAng Bagong Pinoy sculpture markerCalesa on Roxas BlvdTourists walking along Roxas BlvdRoxas BlvdManila Hotel

A short walk away from the Rizal Monument is the oldest premier hotel in the Philippines. Designed by New York architect Wiliam Parsons and built in 1909, the Manila Hotel retains its stately elegance. It was home to Gen Douglas MacArthur (from 1935 to 1941) and visiting VIPs such as JFK, the Beatles, John Wayne, Sammy Davis, Michael Jackson and so forth.

Manila HotelManila Hotel 1912Manila Hotel Lobby Lounge

Unlike Rico J’s version of  The Way We Were, I had money left in the pocket for salted duck egg ice cream, a specialty at the hotel’s Mabuhay Palace. More in the next post.

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