Duhat at the market

December 22nd, 2008 | 1 Comment


I was walking along the sidewalk at the Tabunok market the other day, lo and behold, the familiar small, dark and round fruit was piled on a pail. Lomboy! That’s duhat for non Cebuano speakers. It’s been more than a decade since I haven’t eaten this one. The sweet/tart taste is something that you would not forget easily. At just P25 per caltex, the plastic container that used to be a Caltex product now cleaned and the top cut off, I just have to buy these.

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Pomegranates in Ongpin

August 2nd, 2006 | 4 Comments

pomegranate.jpg Just as I was on my way back to the Carriedo LRT station, I was walking along Ongpin St. in chinatown for some errands, that I passed by a couple of fruit stalls and what just captured my attention were a few boxes of pomegranates neatly packaged in plastic with chinese calligraphy and styrofoam pouches.

It has been decades since I’ve enjoyed this unique fruit that we locally call granada (translates to grenade in English). Maybe because of its shape and hundreds of tightly packed seeds covered in the most delicate and translucent pulp sometimes with a tinge of red or purple or maroon or just plain translucence arranged in sections covered with a thin gossamer sheath.

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Cebu cebu cebu

March 26th, 2006 | No Comments

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Arrived home yesterday for the weekend. Well, nothing in particular. Just had an opportunity to come to Cebu for around two days. As usual, nothing much to do again but just stay at home the whole day Saturday, surf the internet, download, flickr, blog, photoblog and eat steamed crabs and humba!

Today, my father bought lechon, jackfruit (left) and had puso (hanging rice to none Cebuanos –> this is steamed rice cooked inside a woven receptacle made from coconut leaves) and eaten with one’s bare hands. Just delicious.

Ah, the joys of being back and spoiled with food.

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A weekend at Baguio, 3

March 9th, 2006 | 4 Comments

Other than the ubiquitous strawberries (when I went there, these were just big, plump, red and sweet) there are other food and delicacies that one can find in the public market: different fresh vegetables, fruits like longgan (imported), the usual oranges and apples, mangoes, passion fruit. There are also pasalubongs like sundot kulangot, different fruit jellies and jams, biscuits and other sweets, strawberry wine…
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Strawberries are available at around P70 per kilo and were just delicious.

As for passion fruits, I prefer those that are sold in the city which are sweet. The first time I’ve tasted these were when I was still a child back in Cebu and there was a small variety of this fruit that grows just outside the house which was semi sweet to bland in taste. The second time, was in Tupi, South Cotabato, under the foothills of Mt. Matutum during a beetle collecting trip and these were yellow in color but very sour.
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One of the strangest delicacies, and one that have always caught my attention ever since I’ve been to this city but have not tried it was the strangely called food stuff sundot kulangot, literally, pick (?) on booger! It doesn’t really take a genius to know why. Encased in bamboo strips in groups of 9 – 10 small round pieces like the size of marbles, one opens it into half and with one’s pinkie (if the other fingers are just too big), you pick on the “booger.”

These are really small and bite sized kalamay, a native delicacy that’s made of sweetened sticky rice with coconut milk. These are sold for around P25 per bundle.

Davao: Fruits

March 26th, 2005 | 1 Comment

Eversince I arrived last Monday, eating durian has always been on my mind. That’s why last Tuesday, with Jem and Lou, my coworkers proceeded to the fruitstand along Ponciano Street, a few meters walk from the office and bought and ate two pieces of durian of the Puyat variety. Just delicious. Very delicious.

Durians of the Puyat variety

Pomelo and marangs at the fruitstand

Carts of pomelos line Roxas Ave. near Ateneo de Davao University. These are cheaper than those found at the fruitstands