Asian Street Food Festival Buffet @ Novotel Manila Araneta Center

Novotel Asian Street Food Festival

Even with the ASEAN meetings earlier this month already concluded, everybody still seems to be in an ASEAN mood!

Novotel Manila Araneta Center, located in the heart of Cubao, is having an ASEAN-inspired Street Food Festival Buffet at their all-day dining restaurant, Food Exchange Manila. The Asian Street Food Festival is from August 17 – September 3, 2017.

If you’re not familiar with Novotel Manila Araneta Center, they are part of the Accor Hotels group. The other hotels under Accor are Raffles, Sofitel, Fairmont, Mercure, Ibis. Novotel is Accor’s family-friendly, mid-scale hotel brand.


Feast on the culinary treats of 8 Asian countries – Thailand, India, Korea, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore and China.

The festival showcases bestselling street food prepared by notable Asian chefs for both buffet lunch and buffet dinner. To name a few, they are:

  • Chef Aof Suwannalert from Thailand to feature Pad Thai, stir-fried rice noodle with scrambled egg, napa and red cabbage, citrus, peanuts, Asian sprouts, green onions and cilantro, Kha Moo Palo (Thai Pata Tim), an all-time Thai favorite pork stew with eggs and mushrooms, Tong Muan Sod (Thai Fried Crepe), freshly rolled wafer of coconut cream, eggs, sesame seeds and tapioca flour, Tom Yum Goong, a popular Thai hot and sour soup with shrimp and prawns plus more Thai street food favorites.
  • Chef Michael Cheng features Korean street food hits like Soe-Galbi Jin, a mouthwatering beef stew with mushrooms, radish, carrots and Gingko nut, Jjimdak, a popular Korean braised chicken, originated in the city of Andong, Korea with savoury, mildly salty and sweet with a very subtle spicy kick, Braised Mackarel with Kimchi, Japchae, a sought after dish during Korean festive holidays of stir-fried glass noodle with meat and vegetables.
  • Celebrity Chef Sau Del Rosario features his Singaporean and Vietnamese takes like Vietnamese Fresh-Spring Rolls, Laksa, Bakuteh, Hainanese Chicken, Telur Goreng, Char Kway Teow, Bami Goreng and more.

I have done a few posts on the buffets and food stations at Food Exchange Manila, please read them for a general overview of the buffet, here and here.

Despite being an “Asian Street Food” themed buffet, this buffet still has the usual food like the Beef Bulgogi, Dahls, Pilafs, Chinese station with cold cuts, noodles, etc…. pizzas, roast meats, grilling station, soba, fruits, beverages, salads, etc…

I tried the Asian Food Festival Buffet last week (lunch), and here are some pictures of the street food!

Novotel Asian Street Food Festival Buffet Area

There’s a Dimsum Cart going around:

Novotel Asian Street Food Festival Dimsum Cart

Sisig Paella – must try! This is one of Chef Sau del Rosario’s specialties.

Novotel Asian Street Food Festival Sisig Paella

If you like Indian food, look for this guy, Chef Rajan! You can also ask him to make some fresh naan. Just ask him what else is available that he can make for you 🙂

Novotel Manila Araneta Center Indian Chef

I don’t know what these are called, but I love them! You poke a hole into the hollow balls and fill them up. See the video!

Novotel Asian Street Food Festival Indian Balls

For Philippine street food, there’s fishball / kiquiam / squid ball cart and drinks cart. There’s even “Scramble” in the dessert section! Someone was also going around bringing palitao.

Novotel Asian Street Food Festival Fishball Cart

Novotel Asian Street Food Festival Samalamig

Novotel Asian Street Food Festival Sushi Sticks


Novotel Asian Street Food Festival Takoyaki

They also have dirty ice cream!

Novotel Street Food Festival Dirty Ice Cream Sorbetero

There’s also something new! They have a coffee machine now. Instead of signaling for the waitress to get you some brewed coffee, you can just get coffee yourself, and even choose from several coffee drinks! It’s located in the beverage section.


But wait, there’s more! Full paying diners of Asian Street Food Festival at Food Exchange Manila from August 17 to September 3 stand a chance to win a 3 nights stay at Novotel Ambassador Seoul Gangnam with roundtrip airfare from Cebu Pacific.

Other prizes include 3 nights stay in participating AccorHotels’ Asian properties – Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay, Novotel Saigon Centre, Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam, Mercure Tokyo Ginza, and Novotel Manila Araneta Center.

Asian Street Food Festival at Food Exchange Manila buffet rates are at Php 1,299 nett from Monday – Friday lunch and Monday – Thursday dinner, and Php 1,499 nett for Weekend lunch, Friday – Sunday dinner, and public holidays.

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