Pungko Pungko - Cebuano Foodie Must-try

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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 favorite vendor because there are now in 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 (local sausage), buwad nokos (dried squid), 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 15 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 favorites and I still frequent my suki stalls in the Fuente area. Tell us your pungko-pungko story.

18 comments:

  1. My love story with pungko pungko goes way back in my UP High School days and it survived countless hepatitis scares. - this just made me smile. :)

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  2. I only know Turo-Turo and I just learned there's also "Pungko-Pungko" from your post. I just learned something new today :)

    Speak of pork, Lechon Pork Belly is popular to me if i hear Cebu.

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  3. We will be going to Cebu this May 1. We might encounter Pungko-Pungko and I'm sure my boyfriend and mom will want to try it. Dipping it in vinegar seems delicious!

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    1. you should at least give it try and you can have it for take out.

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  4. I'm an Ilonggo speaking. Pungko for us is to take a sit to a "bangko" (bench). Pungko-pungko is a kind request for a visitor to have a seat while waiting for someone to come or whatever.

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    1. yeah..that's the same with us Cebuanos hehehe but the slang term now mean eating in this kind of cuisine. ;)

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  5. Now, this is worth coming back for in Cebu! Just got home from a 3-day vacay with m family there, we want to go back soon!

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  6. Now, this is worth coming back for in Cebu! Just got home from a 3-day vacay with m family there, we want to go back soon!

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  7. I have Cebuano kins that frequent pungko-pungko stalls. Perhaps, next time I visit them, try ko rin.

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  8. Pungko Pungko sounds really new to me .. I will make a good research about it and see if I can also blog about it. thanks for sharing!

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  9. Wow! I love PUNGKO2. Love to eat by squatting and "KINAMOT" hahahaha...sounds great...hahahaha...especially if you have your friends.

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  10. Awww... I haven't tried eating pungko-pungko but longganisa is my favorite. Do you know if there's a pungko-pungko here in Metro Manila. I'd love to try one.

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  11. That chicharon bulaklak is my favorite! About the ginabot name the ilocano meaning of that is to fetch or hugot.

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    1. Similar in Cebuano, it means to pull out. It discribes the way one extracts the intestines from the animal carcass

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  12. This is definitely a must try in Cebu. It also looks so tempting and enticing.

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  13. Well, i think it is a must try when in Cebu. I would definitely try it and dip in vinegar.

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  14. wow I love that chicharong bulaklak..but its cholestrol is just scray hahha

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