5 of the best delicacies from Cebu, Philippines

Cebu is one of the biggest cities in the second group of islands in the Philippines. It's home to a lot of beaches, universities, historical places, and of course, delicious food.

Here are 5 of the best delicacies that Filipinos from all over the country flock to Cebu for.

1. Dried Mangoes

7D Dried Mangoes, Foursquare.com

Mangoes are already a staple delicacy in this part of the world. Being a tropical fruit, foreigners flock here to eat mangoes, whether they're yellow or green. So imagine if they can find a packed kind of mango. It's dried and there's a sweet and sour taste to it. Some are even coated with chocolate. These are usually eaten as snacks or desserts. The more famous brands are Guadalupe, Philippine Brand, R&M and 7D.

Name:
7D Dried Mangoes
Address:
AS Fortune St., Mandaue City, Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

2. Otap

Shamrock, Foursquare.com

Otap is a kind of biscuit and pastry cross-over. It's made of puffed pastry plus sugar sprinkles on top, but it's texture is flaky, thin, and crisp. Similar to that of a biscuit. The more popular brands of this biscuit are Conching’s, Magic Melt and Shamrock.

Name:
Shamrock
Address:
Fuente Osmeña Circle, 6000 Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

3. Danggit

Tabo-an Market, Foursquare.com

Danggit, or dried fish, is also a favorite in this part of the Philippines. This fish is eaten fried, and usually in the morning. Also, Filipinos love eating this fish dipped in vinegar and with friend rice.

Name:
Tabo-an Market
Address:
Tres de Abril, 6000 Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

4. Chicharon

Pareng Vic’s High Blood Station, Foursquare.com

Chicharon is deep fried pig's skin. I know, you're probably having a high blood pressure right now just from reading these words. It's bad enough that it's made from pig skin, but what makes it really bad for your health is that it's deep fried. But it's the same reason why it's also so good.

So don't begin to question why the featured restaurant here is called - High Blood Station.

Name:
Pareng Vic's High Blood Station
Address:
Mabolo, Cebu, Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

5. Lechon

Mila’s Lechon, Foursquare.com

Lechon is the country's infamous roasted pork. Imagine a whole pig being roasted on gigantic skewers. The meat in it has been blended with spices, which is why it makes the product taste so good. Just be wary if you already have or are prone to high cholesterol levels. This won't be good for you.

Name:
Mila's Lechon
Address:
Poblacion, Talisay, Cebu, Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

Conclusion

Cebu might be the next Manila with its traffic, foreigners living there, and astounding number of students flocking to study in it. But when it comes to food, Manila can never beat Cebu. And if you do have the chance to go to Cebu, be more adventurous and don't just eat the food items mentioned here, try more!

Author

Geninna
5 things I can't live without: coffee, books, my iPod, wifi, and my husband :D Born and raised in Manila, Philippines but I've lived in Qatar, Indonesia, and the UAE. I am currently living in Romania, and I have been on vacations to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam :) And does a stop over in Bahrain and Germany count?