There’s one thing you should know about Cebu, and that is in almost every corner of the place, you can spot pungko-pungko.
Pungko-pungko or squat in English, is a term used to describe the kind of dining where customers are made to sit in low benches that can occupy about 2 to 3 people.
Pungko-pungko can also refer to small self-service eateries selling all time-favorite fried foods like Ginabot, bola-bola, Lumpia, Pork chop and others.
So what makes pungko-pungko special in the first place?
Because pungko-pungko dishes are served in trays, customers can just pick what they like to eat and not wait for the vendors to serve them. For less than Php 50, one can already have 3 to 4 pieces of puso or hanging rice, at least 2 viands and a softdrink in any pungko-pungko stores.
The vinegar mixes of pungko-pungko stalls are also to die for.
Unfortunately, Pungko-pungko vendors have been facing the same problem nowadays. Some customers are not honest enough to count their orders correctly, and pungko-pungko vendors mostly depend on their customers to tell them what they ate. This, however, doesn’t discourage vendors to continue their business because not only does pungko-pungko give them good cash, it is also what a lot of Cebuanos need.
It is also interesting to note that even if Pungko-pungko stalls usually have one table available for all of its customers, Cebuanos still prefer to wait for their turn to sit and eat.
Pungko-pungko are everywhere and they cater to anyone, so if you want to get a quick meal, you don’t have to go far! Eat the Pungko-pungko way!