Cebu is most famous for two things; Sinulog and lechon. This means that parties and food give life to what we know as the Queen City of the South.
As they say, if a food business doesn’t pass Cebu’s standards, it won’t flourish anywhere else. The Philippines’ rich food culture is influenced by the Spanish, American and Chinese because of centuries of colonization and trade from the neighboring countries.
If you happen to visit the province, indulge in its beauty and get a taste what it is like to eat like a Cebuano!
Lechon is a big deal during parties or even just simple gatherings in Cebu. What’s a party without it, right? Lechon is a roasted pork smothered in Spanish-influenced sauce and dressed in rich and flavorful spices. It is cooked for hours over hot charcoal until its skin turns a little reddish-brown.
The dish is loved for its crispy and very tasty pork skin and ribs that explode with flavors. Just thinking about it is mouth watering already!
Dimsum Break is a popular restaurant for Cebuanos and tourists alike. Its bestsellers are steamed rice, which is available in original and spicy, shaomai, chicken feet, crab pincers and lumpia shanghai.
All items from their menus are budget-friendly and definitely worth a try. Dimsum is clearly influenced by our friends from China.
The name Casa Verde says a lot about the Spanish influence but born out of hard work from Filipino hands. Its food includes a variety of other influences– including American. They serve tremendously huge burgers, good for 4-5 people, super tall smoothies, huge pork steaks and gigantic baby back ribs– which they are popular for. They also serve fish and chips, buffalo wings and sweet desserts. All items are priced reasonably.
Siomai sa Tisa
Popular for being cheap and delicious, Siomai sa Tisa is a go-to dumpling place for those on a tight budget, but still, want to eat well. Located in Tisa, Labangon, the area has become known as the Siomai Capital of Cebu for having a cluster of stores serving similar dishes. To give you an idea, a piece of siomai can be bought for only 7 pesos and an average person can eat at least 3 pcs. before declaring to be full. Siomai can be paired with hanging rice, popularly known as ‘puso’.
Cebu is also known for its beautiful beaches that are only 30 minutes away from the city. And because of this, seafood flourish in all major restaurants whether it’s near the ocean or at the city proper. Sutukil is an abbreviation for Sugba, Tuwa, and Kilaw. Sugba means to grill, tuwa means tinola in tagalog or to cook in a hot, sour soup and kilaw means to eat raw or with vinegar. Customers can pick their desired dish fresh from the aquarium and have it cooked however they want.