SM City Cebu's First Ever The Great Cebuano Flat Lay Battle!

December 3, 2018

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Ask Vania what she wants to eat whenever she's in SM City Cebu and her immediate (split-second) reply would be, 
"SIOMAI, STEAMED RICE, AND GINGER SAUCE!"
All caps so you guys can read her excitement.

Dimsum Break is, without a doubt, a Cebuano favorite that has a major cult following in, and outside the city. Ask anyone if they've ever dined in Dimsum Break and you'll likely get a positive response from each and every one of them. From their Empress Roll to their Steamed Hakao, the crowd favorite Shaomai to the famous Chicken Feet; the Fried Wanton to the Wanton Noodle Soup, and of course, everybody's favorite, The Original Steamed Fried Rice paired with Chili and/or Ginger Sauce, I'm sure you've tried some, if not all, of the dishes mentioned above.

The Participants: Cebuano bloggers and personalities

A week ago, I was invited to take part in the first ever THE GREAT CEBUANO FLAT LAY BATTLE that took place in the Events Center of SM City Cebu and boy did it take a whole lot of restraint to not eat the food laid out in front of me! There was the obvious struggle between being a composed momma trying to finish the battle without picking at the food, and then there was the hungry momma wanting to pick at the food. Can you guess which momma was I during the battle? ;)

The battle started with the Green Flat Lay Challenge with fruits and vegetables taking centerstage, and with my little girl helping me come up with the ultimate game plan. We opted to slice our round fruits and veggies and laid them out on the bamboo chopping board to highlight their color and texture.


Round 2 focused on their Appetizers with Dimsum Break's bestseller Pork Asado Siopao, and Beef Sate Noodles being the highlight. By this time, my appetite was already failing me-- "wouldn't this siopao look good.. inside my belly?" Ha! The tug-of-war begins.



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Round 3 was Vania's weakness because Mains a.k.a. STEAMED RICE!
Good thing she ate before the event otherwise she would have opted to sit out the rest of the battle and enjoy a good serving of their Original Steamed Fried Rice. 


The last round focused on the Desserts with their Mango Fruit Cream and Buko Pandan looking every bit like the next dessert I would devour right after the battle. I gave Vania the upper hand in choosing which fruits to include in the flat lay but I wish I had said yes to her sprinkling sprinkles all over the food as this was basically the favorite prop for that day! Haha! 


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The participants, judges, and host Blinky De Leon

What was in it for us, you ask? Oh, you know, just P15,000 worth of SODEXO GCs for the first prize, P10,000 SODEXO GCs for the second prize, P5,000 SODEXO GCs for the 3rd prize, and P1,000 SODEXO GCs for the consolation prize. How's that for the first ever THE GREAT CEBUANO FLAT LAY BATTLE? ;)

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Vania adding the finishing touches!

While that was the first ever TGCFLB, it was also our first time to join a contest together! It was a fun and creative activity, something that we would definitely take part in should there be a part 2. This experience is definitely filed under Favorite Mom and Daughter Bonding Activity!

Thank you SM City Cebu and Dimsum Break for having us!

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