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Cheap Eats: Cebuano Street Food

Check out our list of affordable meals that ensure a gustatory experience right on the streets of Cebu.

Barbecue

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Barbecue is an integral component of the Cebuano lifestyle. Basted with a rich marinade of toyo (soy sauce) and other spices, there are endless skewered pork, chicken, and fish options that range from Php 10.00 to Php 65.00 (USD 0.19-USD 1.25). Simply pick out the meat you would like to have and hand them over to the vendor to be cooked. If you’re feeling adventurous, barbecued chicken feet (adidas) or intestines (atay) are good options to try. We recommend a visit to Matias BBQ for delicious barbecues—this place is usually filled with people so arrive earlier to secure a good spot.

A.S. Fortuna St., Banilad, Mandaue City

Balut

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Made of fertilized duck egg that has been hard-boiled between 12 to 21 days of its development, balut has long been a source of culinary fascination. To eat it, create a small opening at the top of the shell, just enough to drink the soup the has pooled inside. You can then peel away the rest of the shell and sprinkle salt and vinegar to eat the actual egg. If you’re new to Cebu, include this in your list of must-try dishes since one egg usually costs Php15.00 (USD 0.29). Just remember that the chick’s features become more pronounced the longer the egg has been incubated—its developed beak and bones lend a crunchier texture that most people enjoy. Balut stands can be seen all around the city, particularly by late afternoon.

Mandaue City Garden, S.B. Cabahug, Mandaue City

Kwek-kwek

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Kwek-kwek are hard-boiled quail eggs that have been coated in a savory orange-colored batter, then deep fried. Liberal amounts of food coloring is used to achieve the signature bright batter since an orange color is thought to make food more appetizing. We recommend eating kwek-kwek with a spicy vinegar dip, just be careful and steer clear of stalls that allow double dipping. Try the kwek-kwek stands scattered around the Mandaue City Garden, where you can buy three pieces of kwek-kwek for only Php15.00 (USD 0.29).

Mandaue City Garden, S.B. Cabahug, Mandaue City

Ginabot

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Ginabot is a pig intestine that has been coated in cornstarch, then deep-fried until crispy. It is usually sold for Php20.00 (USD 0.38) in pungko-pungko stalls, along with other deep fried food such as lumpia (spring rolls), chorizo, and pork chop. Pungko-pungko means ‘to sit or squat’, and in these stalls, diners sit together side-by-side on one table, which can make it a tight fit. Try visiting the Pungko-pungko sa Fuente stall to get a firsthand glimpse of Cebuano street food culture.

52 A.J. Llorente Street, Cebu City  

Siomai

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The influence of Chinese culture is very prevalent in Cebuano cuisine. Siomai is a Cebuano take on the Chinese dumpling. It is commonly made of chopped pork, flavored with salt and spices, and steamed in dumpling wrappers. A mix of calamansi (Philippine variant of lime), toyo (soy sauce), and chili sauce is used as a dipping sauce. Taste some of the best siomai for only Php 8.00 (USD 0.15) each when you visit Tisa, Labangon. There, you will find rows of stalls claiming to be the ‘original siomai sa Tisa’. Try visiting the stalled named ‘Way Tugpahay Siomai Sa Tisa’ and enjoy eating siomai with puso (hanging rise) and a bottle of Coke.

816 Katipunan St, Labangon, Cebu City

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