Travel planning for me is never complete without some serious research on the must-eats in our destination. (What can I say, I love food. 🙂 ) So before we set out on our tour of the Mindanao adventure corridor, I asked fellow readers of one of my favorite food blogs for tips on what to eat and what foodstuff to bring home from Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin, and Bukidnon. They generously helped me put together a short checklist.
WHAT TO EAT WHERE
Lunch at Mantigue Island, Camiguin
Few things in life are more relaxing than having a lunch of fresh seafood under the shade of trees on a beach. (Ok, maybe napping on a hammock after that lunch is better, but we’re not talking sleep here.) 🙂
This was lunch: (clockwise from left) clams, grilled tuna, green mangoes, kinilaw na tuna
Steamed clams so big they should be called Greater Metro manila clams.
(Anyone know what they’re really called?)
Kinilaw na tuna or tuna ceviche in tuba vinegar. Super fresh.
Ensaladang lato (seaweed salad).
Ginanggang in Catarman, Camiguin (or anywhere else in the island):
Great as a merienda (mid-afternoon snack), ginanggang are plantains brushed with margarine, grilled over charcoal and sprinkled with white sugar. It seems this is a common snack in Mindanao but I’d never had it and our hosts were fairly amused at how pleased I was about my ‘discovery’.
We also had humba (sweet-ish braised pork) at a carinderia at the Balingoan Port in Misamis Oriental and kinilaw na tuyom (sea urchin) in Camiguin. The humba was so good and I was so hungry at the time that I forgot to take a picture of it.
Steak at the Del Monte Golf Clubhouse, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon
We were told, you must have the steak at Del Monte. They’re quite ‘legendary’ among Filipino foodies and now we know why. Yes, they live up to the Big-Fat-Juicy hype.
This can be your fuel for your adventure in Dahilayan. 🙂
WHAT TO BRING HOME
From Cagayan de Oro City:
Chicharon, roasted peanuts (from Iligan City) and SLERS country smoked ham. (You can get these at the CDO airport.)
Other suggestions: wagyu meat and fried siopao.
Pastil is soft bread with a sweet custard filling. Yes, they call it pastil, not pastel. And Island Pastil, according to our hosts, is The Original.
Maestrado’s Pure Cocoa Tablea or cocoa ‘tablets’. Best enjoyed on a rainy day.
Finally, my most favorite take-home treat from Camiguin: Tortas from Vjandep Bakery.
I tasted one and bought a dozen more. For myself, hah. The sugar rush made me do it.