Cebu Street Food Challenge

Posted in Food & Beverages on August 1, 2014
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Visiting the Queen City of the South is not only interesting but also one of a kind. Whenever I travel to different places in the Philippines, I always look forward to savor the taste of their local food. No, not the ones that are being served in some fancy restaurants. I mean, Cebu Street Food!

Why you ask? Because I feel street foods are more authentic, and true to its Filipino taste and roots. If you are concerned about the cleanliness of the food they are serving, well then, it’s definitely up to you. Come and take it as a challenge.

In Cebu, one of the most interesting places I’ve been to, and one of the places I miss, are what they call “Pungko-Pungko”. They are improvised eateries or stalls which offer Cebu’s famous street foods where the customers would literally squat along the sidewalk while eating. They are usually found in many street corners in Cebu, and one of the best street food that they offer is Ginabut.

Ginabut is the Cebuano version of a finger food named “Chicharon Bulaklak”, which are made from pig intestines. They are deep-fried till golden brown, and best be eaten with a hanging rice. For only PHP 20.00, it’s already a complete meal! A special dip is also an option but for me, the pork cracklings alone are perfect. Oh, how I miss its crunchiness in every bite, its unique taste, and the flavor of a Filipino food. Hypertensive people may find this food not for them since Ginabut is quite high in cholesterol and salt.

Other delicacies pungko-pungko has to offer are Ngohiong. Mainly composed of ground pork, spices, shredded bamboo shoots and other seasonings wrapped in a lumpia wrapper, deep-fried till golden brown. They are longer and bigger than the regular lumpia. Though it originated in China, it became one of Cebu’s delicacies.

If you love food quests, go on and take the challenge and try these awesome Street Foods whenever you visit Cebu City. I definitely can’t wait to taste them again!