I was looking at my old videos and I stumbled upon this song by Baihana titled "Isawan". Listening to the song took me back to my freshman year in college when I first discovered isaw. One of the most popular isawan in UP Diliman then was just a few steps away from the Freshman Dorm (Kalayaan Residence Hall). I fell in love with isaw ever since my early days of college. When I moved to Cebu, I cannot seem to find a barbecue stall selling this sinfully good offal dish. Recently, I discovered that there is a restaurant near our house that is selling isaw.
For the Love of Isaw
The year was 1993 when I first encountered this dish. Even way back when I was a little boy, I have always been adventurous with food. When my newfound friends invited me for isaw, I immediately said yes even if I do not know what it meant.
Over the months and years, I got accustomed to eating isaw without rice. Even after college, I still visit Mang Larry's from time to time.
The Search for Isaw
I moved back to Cebu a decade ago. I am really happy with the food here. In fact, I have become a food blogger. Isaw is actually far from my mind until somebody reminds me of college. Once food intersects with college memories then I remember isaw. Isaw is definitely on the top of my list of what food I missed from school. Another one would probably be the Tapsilog from Rodic's.
I tried looking for isaw in Cebu and I cannot seem to find some stall with pork intestines barbecue. The closest thing that I've got was when we ate last year at Yakimix where they have pork intestines in their Yakiniku selection. I practically cooked isaw on their grill.
I normally sneak a trip to UP just to eat my old time favorites when I visit Manila. The last time I ate at Mang Larry's was December last year when I went to Manila with my fellow Bisaya Youtubers. I did not know that Mang Larry's stall has moved to the Parish/International Center area. I went to the old spot but it was gone good thing Google told me where it relocated. After having my fill, I thought that it will take me another year to eat isaw. Good thing, I was wrong.
I immediately ordered for our group. It was served with vinegar and is sold at 25 pesos a piece. It is a bit expensive but it is cheap to satisfy a craving. I am happy that I have the place to go to cure all those isaw cravings. I now can enjoy it with some ice cold beer and most of all with RICE.
Tol! is located at F. Cabahug Street, Cebu City beside Rainforest Park. It is open 24 hours a day.
Is there a food that you are looking for in Cebu? Hit me up with a comment and maybe I can help you find it. ;)