Can’t you get enough of the first few delicacies featured in our previous post ? Well, we give you 7 more!
Ampao is a sweet puffed rice cake from the city of Carcar. Cebuanos love this snack because aside from the fact that its crispiness is fun to the mouth, ampao is also very affordable. It is easily bought in buses, some bakeshops, pastry shops, specialty delicacy shops, sidewalks, and major supermarkets.
Every Cebuano meal tends to be more delicious and more fun with puso. Have you tried eating tuslob-buwa? Or, have you ever been to Larsian? Puso is always pleasurable when paired with barbecue, siomai, and other street food, including those different viands found in pungko-pungko stalls. Indeed, the hanging rice has always been and still is a highly important part of Cebuano dining, and if you want to taste some cheap yet flavorful puso, go to Jai-Alai, where hanging rice is sold for as low as 1 peso and 50 cents each!
Surely, CEBU is synonymous with LECHON, and we can blame this on the uber tasty way Cebuanos prepare their roasted pigs all these years. Cebu lechon is known for its juiciness and crispiness that even people from other parts of the country or even the globe order lechon here just for celebrating special occasions. The smaller version, on the other hand, has made the province of Balamban really famous among pork lovers. Just one bite of Balamban liempo’s crispy skin or tasty meat will certainly bring you to a different level of gastronomic pleasure! Match this perfectly roasted pork belly with some hot vinegar and puso and cold soft drinks, and you are guaranteed of a satisfying Cebuano meal. One order of Balamban liempo, which is good for 4-5 persons, costs around 175 pesos, and if you want to taste the best of Sugbo’s lechon, there’s no other place to go to but Jai Alai.
If you love Cebu’s mangoes, you will almost certainly love their dried versions as well. Dried mangoes are chewy, sweet treats that are so addictive and are excellent for desserts or snacks. They can be as tasty as the fresh fruits but let you enjoy the mango flavor minus the peeling and the yellow stains.
Titay’s rosquillos have been part of every North Cebu travellers’ itinerary. Thanks to the Titay’s store, which is found in Poblacion, Liloan, Cebuanos and foreigners traveling to and from Cebu’s northern part can easily enjoy sweet pastries, like their ever-famous rosquillos. These circular cookies that have holes in the middle are really tasty and fun to munch primarily because of its crispy sound and flaky texture. More info about Titay’s rosquillos and other well-known pastries can be read in their official FB page.
Chorizo de Cebu is unmistakably D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S. It’s different from other types of chorizo in the Philippines because of its sweet and spicy taste. Find some puso or hot rice to pair with this well-known local viand, and you’ll surely find yourself craving for more! A dozen of this, which can be easily bought at Carbon Market, usually costs around 50 pesos.
The province of Argao, found in the southern part of Cebu, is very famous for its torta that they already have a festival in honor of such a delicacy. During the La Torta Festival, you can find an array of delicious torta sold in the streets of the town; however, you can always find this sweet pastry in different parts of Cebu, especially in specialty shops and bakeries. But of course, your dining experience will be way better if you buy the original products from their very own hometown. The cheapest Argao torta is sold at 15-20 pesos only, while the bigger ones are 35 pesos each or 3 pieces for 100 pesos.