One of the top travel destinations in the Philippines is Cebu. Its capital, Cebu City is hailed as the Queen City of the South. It has everything for visiting tourists from rich history and culture, white sand beaches, unspoiled countryside, world-class diving spots, century-old churches to diverse culinary dishes. [Check out our list of top tourist spots in Cebu]
Your trip is not complete without tasting this list of must-try food in Cebu. Let’s get to know these yummy dishes/delicacies and discover the best places to get them:
Lechon de Cebu
Cebu is the Lechon Capital of the Philippines. Their famous signature roasted pig is prepared in the classical Cebuano way, with the right flavor and crispiness. If you want a spicy lechon using traditional herbs and spices, the best place to visit is Rico’s Lechon. Other popular places are CNT Lechon, Zubuchon, and The House of Lechon.
Another pride of Cebu is the humba dish with a twist. Their version is braised instead of boiled or fried and sweet with black beans. Almost all Cebuano homes offer humba for their guests, but you can also find it in the in-house restaurant of Wellcome Hotel as well as carenderias.
Another must-try food in Cebu is this noodle dish. The authentic Bam-I use sotanghon and canton noodles with chicken, pork, shrimp, and tengang daga. It is available in many carenderias as a mid-afternoon snack.
This crunchy variation of spring rolls is one of Cebu’s staple snacks. It uses Ubod (bamboo shoots) as the main ingredient, ground pork, and 5 types of spices. It is served with a special dipping sauce. Head on to Carlos Special Ngohiong for this food. It has branches in Mambaling, Guadalupe, and near Mabolo Church. Another well-known place to try it is Ngohiong Express along Juana Osmena St. Kamputhaw.
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🇵🇭 Can’t leave Cebu without having ngohiong (fried spring roll Cebu style) and puso (rice boiled in weaved coconut leaves). Normally, we go to Domeng’s, but this time we tried Carlos. Also good! Location: Borces St., Mabolo (takeout). Follow me 👆🏻and check out my other top picks in #Cebu by clicking: #alexohphCebueats. #ngohiong #puso #springroll #rice #comfortfood
Siomai sa Tisa
Cebu’s siomai is different from any kind of commercially-available siomai. Maybe it’s the twist in flavoring or maybe the meat ingredients, but trying it will make discover the secret. Find the original variance at the Tisa, Labangon.
If you are looking for a unique soup that kicks, try Lansiao. It is made of bull’s genitals which you can find in a carenderia in the Ramos market specializing in this dish.
This exotic, “putok-batok” street food is much-sought in the city. It is made of liver, pork brain, pork fat, spices, soy sauce, and garlic. One order is good for 4 people and only costs about P100.00. Check out the tuslob buwa eateries or stalls at Gorordo Avenue and other parts of the city to try this native dish.
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locally sauced “Tuslob Buwa” is a local dip made of pig brain, pork liver or intestines, onions, oil, soy sauce or fish sauce and other various seasonings. The unique thing about this, it is served straight from the frying pan where eaters can dip their “puso”, also called hanging rice. This, I’ll surely miss #whenincebu #tuslobbuwa #wanderlust
SuTuKil is a concept of picking one fish, then have it prepared in three ways, Sugba (grill), Tula (stew), and Kilawin (cooked in vinegar). Head on to STK ta Bay at 6 Orchid Street for the ultimate dining experience.
Puto Maya & Sikwate
When in Cebu, indulge in this tasty breakfast duo- the Puto Maya which comes from glutinous rice, coconut milk, and ginger and hot Sikwate (chocolate) drink. Visit the Tablea Chocolate Café at the Ground Floor of JY Square for this filling breakfast.
There are many different types of pochero, but the ones served in Kusina Uno (GND Building, F. Cabahug, Cebu City) and Abuhan (F. Ramos St, Cebu City) are quite delicious. It is more bulalo(it has a clear soup) than the Tagalog pochero, though, so set your expectations. You can choose the standard soup, or sizzling, and one order is good for two people.
Enjoy your stay in this tropical place to the fullest with side trips in various places that offer this array of local must-try food in Cebu that will make you say “Lami Kaayo” (delicious)!