One-Michelin Star restaurant, Putien, opened its first branch in the Philippines on November 15, at The Podium, Mandaluyong.
Putien, was named after the founder’s hometown, Putian City, a coastal suburb in the province of Fujian in China. The now global chain began as a coffee shop at Kitchener Road, in 2000, and has been awarded a One-Star Michelin since 2016.
Putien serves characteristically light, down-to-earth, and flavorful food, with an emphasis on fresh ingredients.
Says founder, Mr. Fong Chi Chung, “It is my mission to share the culinary flavors of my hometown to an international audience.”
Unlike the Chinese cuisine, most Filipinos are familiar with the like of Xiao Long Bao, and Sio Pao. Putien offers intricately prepared dishes with key ingredients harvested, and obtained in specific seasons and certain places in Fujian alone.
Putien mostly prides itself with its “#1 must try”, the Putien Bian Rou Soup, a soup dish “with 500 years of history in each bowl.” The highlight lies in the bian rou or wonton made from pork hind leg meat pounded for 12,000 times and kneaded for one and a half hours.
The Yellow Croakers of Putien’s 100-Second Stewed Yellow Croaker are specially bred in Ningde, Fujian. Each catch has to weigh between 180 to 200 grams “to withstand the intensity of heat from the 100-second stew for a naturally sweet taste and tender texture.”
Guests may get to enjoy these culinary originals together with Putien Lor Mee, Stir-Fried Yam, Bamboo Herbal Prawn, and Braised Pork Intestine, among others.
Putien Philippines is located at Level 5, The Podium, ADB Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. Reservations are also accepted via firstname.lastname@example.org, (02) 8282-1888, (02) 8282-6888, (0918) 9193888.