Whenever I go to places, I rarely allocate time for food exploration. I was always after the attractions but not so much into food. But during a media trip to Cebu City, I was given an opportunity to try and taste the pride of Cebu’s street foods! Here are three of the original goodies from Cebu!
Pungko-Pungko Sa Fuente
What can tourists do in Cebu City on a stormy night? One can never go wrong with food trip just like what my group and I did when Bagyong Maring passed by the region. Instead of going on Old Cebu city tour with Ka-Bino Guerrero, we ended up filling our stomachs at Pungko-pungko sa Fuente.
The term “pungko” means to squat. The street food is literally just piled up on top of one another and put inside an open container where tourists can wear a plastic glove and grab whichever. Few of the fried food are pork chops, chorizos, fried chicken, hotdogs, chicharong bulaklak, lumpiang taas, and longanisa.
The pungko-pungko is best paired with a cup of rice wrapped in banana leaf, also called as “puso”.
The place is packed with stalls selling deep fried street foods with prices starting at ₱4-5 per piece. Each vendor is stationed with their own table and low benches where customers can sit and eat in front of the deep fried gastronomic feast. Since it would be really difficult to track everyone, the vendors bill the customers on an honesty system.
The pungko-pungko is popular among students, taxi drivers, BPO employees, and anyone in Cebu City who loves street food. When it became widely known, it has also garnered interest from tourists visiting the Queen city of the South.
Carcar City Public Market
Our tour guide would tell us that the lechons served at restaurants around Cebu City are good but still far from the authentic taste of Carcar City lechon. (I don’t know about that but I think Rico’s Lechon and Zubuchon were mighty fine!)
Lechon for them is a usual viand, especially that everyone in the locality knows how to cook it. They don’t have to go to specialty restaurants for it!
On our way to Visita Iglesia at Carcar City, we dropped by the public market first to check out the many stalls selling lechon. It’s a shame that I didn’t eat when we were there. It was overwhelming to have all these vendors convince you to take a bite of their lechon. For someone who’s claustrophobic, this place isn’t for you.
Cebu City Must-Try Torta Argao
The least expected surprise of this trip was the Torta Argao. We had the chance to try this delicacy when we saw a stall selling it in the parking lot at the Simala Shrine area. Torta Argao is like Argao’s version of a buttery mamon.
It was said that the delicacy’s secret ingredient which makes its taste unique is the fermented coconut wine. This native sponge cake is topped with bits of cheese and sparkle of sugar. Although it looks light and fluffy, a serving of it actually feels heavy on the stomach.
Each locality is indeed rich with their own culture and creativity. Thank you to Bluewater Resort Maribago for arranging this tour for us!