5 Must-Try Food in Surigao [And Where to Find Them]

Surigao, which comprises of two provinces namely the Surigao del Sur and Surigao del Norte, is located at the coast of Mindanao. It is one of the best places to visit in the country for its cheap price yet divine attractions. You can travel from one city to another and still find a new beach or attraction to explore.

5 Must-Try Food in Surigao [And Where to Find Them]

Apart from that, Surigao also takes pride in their delicacies. In fact, their local government is promoting the OTOP or “One Town One Product” program to offer handicrafts and, of course, native delicacies. As you go to the place, here are the must-try food in Surigao and where to find them:


This delicacy is the famous kakanin of Surigao in banana leaves. It is made from glutinous rice, coconut milk, sugar, roasted peanut, and calamansi juice for added taste. Most tourists describe its taste as puto with coconut milk.

Taste it at Marbie’s Store near Mabua Pebble Beach in Barangay Ipil, Surigao City.


Although many places in the country serve Kinalaw, Surigao’s is still the most popular for its exotic flavor. Its process includes washing and deboning of raw fishes, then combining it with different spices. Some of these are ginger, onions, vinegar, salt, and chili peppers. Some even add hinatuan, a type of wild onion, to add a twist to the flavor. As one of the must-try food in Surigao, you’ll definitely keep coming back for this!

Taste it at Ocean Bounties Seafood Market & Restaurant, 888 Diez Street, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte.

Poot-Poot Ginamos

Poot-Poot Ginamos is made of small fishes known as Poot Poot mixed with fermented fish sauce. These Poot-Poot fishes can only be found in the Philippines and contain a very unique and flavorful taste. Paired with banana, fresh seafood, or other Filipino dishes, the Poot-Poot Ginamos should definitely be present in your meal.

Taste it at Ocean Bounties Seafood Market & Restaurant, 888 Diez Street, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte.

Dried Pijanga

Dried Pijanga, also known as White Goby, comes from the Lake Mainit of Surigao Del Norte. This is the 4th largest lake in the country with freshwater fauna including tilapia, carp, catfish, and, of course, Pinjanga. Accordingly, Surigao’s Dried Pijanga is different from the typically dried fish in the country for its flavorful taste. This is the same reason why many tourists love to bring it home as pasalubong.

Buy it at Surigao’s Best, Rizal Street, Surigao City.

Grilled Chicken Liver, Wings, and Chorizo

Noted as the traditional Filipino barbecue, the grilled chicken liver, wings, and chorizo are one of the must-try food in Surigao. It is marinated deliciously for a flavorful and juicy barbecue, and paired with pure cane vinegar and soy sauce with chilies! Best served with rice or alone, this food is for travelers on a budget.

Taste it at Sabeth Barbecue, Borromeo Street, Taft, Surigao City.

The next time you visit in Surigao, you should always keep this 5 on your list. Apart from tasting the flavors of the place, you’ll also get to interact with the locals and other tourists!

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