Recently, I dropped by the Dong Juan branch at the Ridges at F. Cabahug Street.   I was alone and I supposed to have a light snack but ended up getting curious about their pasta promo.  Every Monday, pasta is buy one take one. Since I was ordering pasta anyway, I ended ordering two since the other one is free.

I got the Gambas Pasta and the Spanish Chorizo Pasta for less than 200 pesos. Talking about carbo-loading.  The other pasta choices are the Linguini meatballs, salami ham, chorizo pasta, Pacific pasta, and Linguini carbonara. With their promo, you are only going to pay for the more expensive pasta while the other one is free.

If you love shrimps, the Gambas Pasta is perfect for you.  The pasta entree has shrimps and pasta cooked with a  generous dose of spiciness.  The dish is topped with bonito shavings which gives you the impression that the your food is constantly moving.  The  salty flavor of the shavings though complement well with the spicy pasta.  The Gambas pasta reminds me of gambas and takoyaki. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

My other pasta dish was the Spanish Chorizo pasta which was by contrast sweet. It has black olives and it is really way mild compared to my other order. A bit of saltiness is provided by the grated parmesan cheese.

Believe it or not, I was able to finish both orders. I wished that I had company because I felt stuffed.  Pasta is heavy and one order at Dong Juan is enough for person. I would definitely go back there some other time to try out the other pasta offerings and I will make sure to bring some company.

This promo is only for Mondays at the Ridges branch.  I do not know if other branches have a simiar deal.  If you love pasta, have pasta on a Monday at Dong Juan.
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You cannot say you are a Cebuano foodie until you partake and enjoy the offerings of your local Pungko-Pungko stall. Pungko means squat in the Cebuano language.  The Pungko-Pungko name was attached to vendors who walk to sell food and when they find interested eaters they usually look for a clean corner and squat or pungko to eat.  Now most Pungko-Pungko suki do not need to look for their favourite vendor because there are now many places in the city that are known for this type of "cuisine".  The popular hotspots for pungko-pungko are the stalls in the Fuente area at the back of Sampaguita Suites, Redemptorist Church Area near Foodarama, and Cebu Doctor's University area beside McDonald's.  


crispy delicious ginabot
The Pungko Punko Offerings
The typical pungko-pungkol will offer chicharon bulaklak (ginabot), lumpia (long and short), fried brains, fried fat, fried spleen, longanisa, buwad nokos, and shrimp cake (okoy). They are all best eaten with the vinegar filled with chili and onions, and puso (hanging rice).
chicharon Bulaklak Cebu
The star of every pungko pungko stall is the ginabot or Crispy Pork Intestines. It would be good as pulutan but it is also good as a cheap lunch thrill. At only 8 pesos each, you can have a filling lunch for less than 50 pesos. A lot of young professionals and students would practically eat pungko pungko at least once a week.
lumpia long version cebu
cagumkum na pungko pungko
It might not be the healthiest among recommended Cebuano dishes but every wannabe food blogger should need to make an article about his/her pungko pungko experience.

My love story with pungko pungko goes way back in my UP High School days and it survived countless hepatitis scares.  It is still one of my favourites and I still frequent my suki stalls in the Fuente area. Tell us your pungko-pungko story.
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There was one day that I was craving for some Spanish dishes.  In Cebu, I would usually go to Ipar's or ask a friend from Casino Espanyol to treat me. It so happened I was in the Escario area that I decided to have lunch at Don Merto's.  It has been a while that I wanted to try out this place. In other days, I would have wanted to eat their eat all you can meat offerings.  I was quite happy to see some very delectable and familiar names in the menu. So I ordered 3 dishes.  The prices were affordable and it was one of those days that my appetite was high.  Here are the dishes that I ordered:

At Don Merto's they have this part of their menu that they labeled Lola's Favorite.  These are the favourite dishes of Dona Mena Fortich Escano prepared by her very loyal cook Maxi.  I decided to try 3 of the favourites.


I ordered lengua, callos, and butifarras.  I had mashed potatoes to compliment the richness of these yummy Spanish offerings.
At 198 pesos, the serving of Callos was well worth it.  Callos is a dish made of braised ox tripe and pork back stewed in a rich tomato-based sauce.  The dish would have chickpeas and bell peppers. It has always been one of my favourites. I really love ox tripe wether in Kare-Kare, paklay, and most especially Callos.  I enjoy eating a lot of those weird looking innards because I really enjoy the variety of texture, taste, and even aroma.




Another wonderful Spanish dish is the Lengua which literally means tongue. It is a slowly braised ox tongue cooked with mushrooms, red peppers, and olives in a brown sauce. The tongue is very meaty and if you do not know what part of the cow it is, most likely it will be one of your favourite cuts of meat.  Many people would not dare to eat it because they cannot imagine themselves eating tongue. The lengua was cooked like a "bistek" but more flavourful and with more luxurious ingredients.

The Butifarras is a fried black pepper sausage dish. It does not taste like the normal chorizo Cebuano but it is also good being dipped in vinegar.
I ate with my Aunt so she decided to order their Roasted Norwegian Salmon served on top of bok choy leaves.  She was also very happy with what she ordered.

All in all, I had a pleasant experience having lunch at Don Merto's.  The dishes were spot on and I was able to finish all that I ordered. I would probably still order the Lengua or Callos the next time I visit but I am also curios how their steaks would taste like.  I have been looking for a good steak place in Cebu and I am strongly considering this place.

Ratings:

Food: KKKK
Ambiance: KKK
Price: KKKKK
Service: KKKK

Overall: 4 Kalami Ratings :)
I have been feeling under the weather the past week and I have been suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  I do not know how I got sick but one of the fastest paths to recovery is through food. Food is medicine and it's a fact. Eating the right food will help the body heal itself. When you have IBS, you are usually told to avoid oily food, dairy, chocolate, and gaseous food like camote and beans. You are also advised to eat lots of fruits and food rich in fiber.  It is also good to drink lots of fluid to prevent dehydration.  When I have IBS, I usually eat congee or lugaw in local language. I usually prefer arroz caldo or pospas over lugaw.  Pospas is basically chicken congee with lots of ginger.

Even if I fell sick, life must go on. I still have to go to the office at Robinsons Cybergate and check on my sales agents. I asked people from the office if they know a place that has pospas.  The normal answer would be Chowking but Chowking has stopped serving that for quite a while already.  I went down to the ground floor of Cybergate to buy medicines at Rose Pharmacy and to check our exhibit near Bo's Coffee. It was past 1 pm when I was done, I decided to find a place to eat. Phat Pho's wall ad caught attention and realized that they offer congee - Pork, Chicken, or Beef at 150 for Regular and 210 for Large.  I decided to eat there. 





I got a nice spot and told the waitress to give me a large order of Chicken Congee. I really felt hungry and I needed lots of nourishment so I have to go large. When the order came, it was huge. It could be an adequate snack for 2 people. The chicken congee came with condiments like pepper, garlic sauce, and lemon. The presentation is nice and the congee really looks good that I spent around 5 minutes taking photos of it. 

The congee was a bit bland which was expected.  I added pepper and lemon juice, and then put some of their very delicious fish sauce or patis. The chicken was tender and I was really enjoying my meal.  My only beef i guess was their congee have peanuts.  I would not complain if it were another day but when you are trying to recover from IBS or LBM, nuts are a big no-no. Nevertheless, I finished it all.

All in all, it was a wonderful and refreshing meal.  My congee craving was satisfied and I felt my strength was replenished.  It was a bit expensive but it was well worth it. 

Phat Pho has many other delicious dishes and I will surely try it in the coming days. I love their pho but I am more curious of their afternoon promo meal. For 195 pesos, you can get choose two among Egg rolls, Fish cakes, fish sauce wings, and Vietnamese meatballs plus rice and Pho broth. 

How about you? Have you eaten at Phat Pho??


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Ribpublic Diner Cebu
Two days ago, Angela Madura, one of my food and fitness buddies, asked me if I know where Ribpublic Diner is. The 17-year-old girl has a list of places she wants to eat at.  I can only answer that it is somewhere in Capitol Site. I really don't know where Ribpublic is and my only clue is that one of my Swarm friends have checked in there.  

Having Schnitzel at Der Kaiserhof Banilad Town Center
One night, my wife and I were looking for a place to eat dinner.  We were hungry we wanted to eat somewhere close to our house that serve food fast and somewhere we have not visited yet.  As we drove around, we ended up at Banilad Town Center (BTC) and saw that there was a new restaurant that has opened named Der Kaiserhof.  By the name itself, it sounded like it's a German Restaurant and indeed it was a restaurant that offers European dishes.

Kalami Cebu goes to Choobi Choobi, Parkmall, Seafood Restaurant in Cebu, Cebu Best Food Blog, Rainmakers, Clyde Inso, Nezte Virtudazo
Kalami Cebu Gang: Carlo, Clyde, Nezte
Clyde Inso was celebrating his 25th birthday and we decided to try Choobi Choobi Restaurant.  Choobi Choobi is located at the Parkmall complex in North Reclamation Area, Mandaue City. It is a restaurant that specializes in seafood dishes and Filipino cuisine.