Familiar Filipino dishes like chicken soup and kaldereta were elevated to gourmet quality for President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s inaugural dinner on Thursday, June 30.
Former Justice Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay Villar inadvertently gave the public a glimpse of the dinner menu when she posted snapshots of an item to her Instagram story that appeared to be a keepsake for guests.
Inside a red velvet box was a circular medallion-like object with Marcos’s likeness embossed on one side and the presidential seal on the other.
Villar’s photos also included a snapshot of the inaugural dinner menu card. A closer look would show that the guests were given chicken soup salted with ginger and steamed in green papaya.
For the main course, guests had two options: prawns with roasted coconut cream and seared beef tenderloin with Kaldereta sauce.
To sanitize the palate, a guava-basil sorbet was served, accompanied by a creamy soursop or guyabano mousse in a chocolate sphere with almond crunch.
Camp Marcos didn’t say who cooked the dinner, but according to the menu, the guests had a sumptuous feast!