It’s another exciting month in Vikings: A Feast from the Sea luxury buffet. As if their 200 plus food selection isn’t enough, this August adds a weekend full of Southeast Asian street food fares in all the Viking branches (except Davao). Each Viking branch allowed their team of chefs to whip out their own twist of Singaporean and Malaysian favorites grilled satay goodness, Hainanese delights and spice-rich noodles to name a few. Here is Vikings SM Marikina‘s offerings for this month’s street food menu.
If eating was a baseball game, the first appetizer, which is the Naan Bread with Vegetable Curry, is already a home run. I wouldn’t mind being a vegetarian if I have this vegetable curry on the plate, the sauce is so flavorful and that it seems to have a meaty taste sans the ingredient. The aesthetically rolled naan bread was soft and and fitting to wrap these curry goodness in. In contrast, the deep-fried chapati bread basket is crunchy which I enjoyed munching on with the curry on top. The mango chutney was a delightful compliment to the curry, with a certain fruity tanginess from its vinaigrette.
The Malaysian Spring Rolls in Sweet Chilli Dip is another vegetarian appetizer. A steamed roll filled with noodles and sautéed fish with drops of chilli sauce. A well balanced spiciness with a tad saltiness.
I was expecting some more greens but got a chilled plate of Singaporean Chicken Glass Noodles instead. Not a disappointment though as the the semi translucent rice noodles with lemon vinaigrette and chunks of boiled chicken was a treat to the palate. I love the nuttiness the sesame seed brings out.
My ever favorite Bak Kut Teh is one of the soups I look forward to having when I’m in Malaysia or Singapore. Their version of a “recovery soup” when under-the-weather or simply warmth in a cold rainy afternoon. Vikings SM Marikina has a slight twist — it has a richer pork stock, hefty amount of boneless pork meat and mushrooms. It’s good but I would have liked it to have a richer herb flavor too.
The first set of the entrees is the Hainanese Chicken with Chicken Rice and Kuey Teow on the side. The Chicken Rice is fuller with thicker grains and strong chicken stock flavor. I found the Hainanese Chicken just okay with three sauces instad taking the spotlight. The Kecup Manis with its syrupy, sweet and nutty flavor was my favorite. The red garlic was my second favorite. Surprisingly the ginger sauce, which is the staple condiment on Hainanese Chicken Rice fell slightly short, I would have preferred to be stronger in flavor.
I was eagerly awaiting the second entree when I saw the menu. They were the Beef Satay, Grilled Bean Curd Tikka and the Ayam Panggang with Satay, Rojak and Sambal sauces. I excitedly tried the Beef Satay and it was good as I expected — tender and really flavorful meat probably richly marinated for a time and the satay peanut sauce was as good as the ones in Singapore. What a nostalgic combination! The Ayam Panggang (chicken) was good but a little dry. I did love their rojak sauce which heightens the flavor with a little spiciness and sweetness. The Grilled Bean Curd was overall good and goes real well with any of the sauces.
This is one of the rare occasions where all the dessert was ultimately good. All of them makes use of Coconut Milk. I guess it goes down to preference but my top pick was the Asian Gelatin Mango, I just enjoyed this not too sweet gloopy desset with bits of mango mixed with coconut flavor.
The Rice Pudding was superb as well. Simply delicious with its coconut flavor with hints of cinnamon in the not-so-sticky rice dessert.
The Asian Macaroon doesn’t look like a typical macaroon with its more refined texture, more like a cupcake but it does taste like a macaroon. So good as well.
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If you were to ask me, my standouts would be the Beef Satay, Naan Bread with Vegetable Curry, Singaporean Glass Noodles and all of the dessert. But do try most of them every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) this whole month of August 2014 at Vikings SM Marikina.
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Do also check out the other branches versions of the Southeast Asian menu specials for this month of August 2014.