Discover the world’s flavors without travelling through dining out. Many Cebu restaurants are known for their distinctive specialties which made them the pillars of Cebuano dining. Begin your gastronomical journey with these mouthwatering dishes and experience what eating out is actually all about.
When you are in Cebu, the city's Lechon Baboy (which is Inasal nga Baboy in the province's native language) is a dish you should not miss! It was even described by world-famous food expert and writer Anthony Bourdain as "the best pig...ever".
Unlike other famous Lechon recipes in the Philippines, Cebu's lechon is dubbed to be the most succulent as it does not need any type of sauce just to enhance its flavor. No Sarsa, No Sauces whatsoever.
A special kind of condiment that is made to seep into the pig's meat while it's roasted, is said to be the secret to Sugbo's juicy and tasty flavored roasted pig.
A bowl of another Cebu specialty dish called 'Balbacua' is a must savor.
The dish is often indicated by a thick and flavorful broth mixed with peanut butter, beans and several spices along with exotic-cattle-parts as meat such as tail, feet and cow skin.
As exotic or unusual as some of its ingredients sound, Balbacua is well-loved by many Cebuanos and is also well accepted by other provinces in the country.
Balbacua is commonly served in many of Metro Cebu's sidewalk eateries, including those small ones that have big cauldrons with a table or two. A dining place in Lahug called NL cafe is also known to be one of the best balbacua servers in the city.
Pochero is the Cebuano's version of the Manileño Bulalo. Although they are dubbed to be similar, Pochero includes sweetcorn, cabbages and bamboo shoots as main ingredients giving it that distinctive taste when compared to other versions of the 'Bulalo'. Other eateries also have them in sizzling plates and they are a definite must-try!
Two of the most famous diners that offer delectable Pochero the Cebuano way are Abuhan Dos and Kusina Uno.