PAELLA GIGANTE: Cooking the Largest Paella in the Philippines! #AyalaMallsGastroFest

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FESTIVAL DE LA PAELLA GIGANTE is an annual fund raising event of Casa Español where they cook the largest paella in the Philippines! 

On its third year, the event was held at Greenbelt 3 in partnership with Ayala Malls Gastronomy Festival in celebration of Madrid Fusion Manila.

Here’s a photo essay of the cooking of the Largest Paella in Manila:

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The paella was cooked at around 5pm over firewood and charcoal with an 11-feet wide diameter paellera.

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Traditionally, the paella is cooked while eating tapas and drinking beer. 

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It was very hot around the paellera, and you can see the smoke oozing out as the foil was removed. 

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The chefs used Japanese rice for the paella mixed with stainless steel shovels.

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Chef Jay Gamboa led the cooking of the paella with the Le Togue Blanche chefs and Manila’s Celebrity chefs!

Watch the video of the unveiling of the largest paella in the Philippines at around 6.30pm.

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The paella can serve about 1,000 guests, and each plate costs P200 to support Sociedad Española de Beneficencia.

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It’s a giant Paella Valencia with seafood and chicken. 

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We waited for the paella to be cooked more because we liked the tutong (burnt) parts in the middle.

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The best part is the mixed of the tutong and the saucy part of the paella.

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The boys loved it! The secret ingredient is the solidarity of the chefs and the foodies in making the paella not only big but one of the yummiest we’ve tasted 🙂

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Congratulations to Casa Español, Ayala Malls, and Le Togue Blanche for the successful Festival de la Paella Gigante III last April 18, 2015!

Live an Awesome Life,


Disclosure: I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here.  

P.S. Can’t wait for the first ever Madrid Fusion Manila on April 24 to 26!

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