A blog about food, places to eat, and recipes that are relevant to Cebu and Cebuanos. The best restaurants in Cebu, one place at a time.
6-29-2015 Food of the Day: Kinilaw na Bangsi
One of the best ways to prepare fresh fish is Kinilaw. Kinilaw is raw fish bathed in vinegar with tomatoes, onions, ginger, chilis, and sometimes coconut milk. It is a popular dish among Filipinos and Filipino restaurants have kinilaw in their menu. The commercial one usually use tanigue for their kinilaw. I usually prefer the smaller fishes like bangsi as kinilaw. Bangsi is also know as barungoy or flying fish. Bangsi is boney and it takes skills to debone the cheap fish. I have grown to love this fish when I lived in Bohol with my Dad for a couple of years. For me, the best time to eat kinilaw is during summer time while at the beach.
What is your favorite fish for kinilaw? Do you love eating raw food?
Every locality has a food that they can call it their own. We usually miss the food that we eat while growing up. A lot of Cebuanos are now living abroad or at least away from Cebu and there are just days that they miss certain dishes. These dishes are the ones that remind them of home, or childhood or people they love. Here are recipes for 7 dishes that will delight any Cebuano's heart, tongue, and belly:
I love street food. I have been eating it since I was in elementary school. From fishballs to peanuts to pungko-pungko. One of the newest street food favorites is the Proben or Chicken Proven. This fried chicken part is one of my favorite snacks when I was still working at Robinsons Cybergate and I would love to eat it when I get the chance. Have you tried this one?
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.
We all know that Lechon is almost synonymous to Cebu. In Cebu, you can practically have the best lechon in the world any time of the week. For me, one of the best food experiences is to have a lechon brunch at Poblacion, Talisay City, Cebu. The food stalls near Larawan Beach open every weekend early in the morning until afternoon. It is indeed one of my favorite brunch places in the world.
Christmas is synonymous to lechon in Cebu. During the Christmas season, you will probably eat lechon every day if you love going to Christmas parties here in the Queen City of the South. I lived in Manila before and they do not eat as much lechon as an average Cebuano. Since people living in Cebu eat so much lechon, each one of us has a favorite part. Here is my take on the most delicious parts of the lechon.