6 Davaoeño dishes for your menu

6 Davaoeño dishes for your menu

All roads lead to Davao these days. People flock here to visit the scenic sights, enjoy the calming waters of their famed beaches, and of course, sample its signature gustatory delights. With easy access to fresh ingredients, Davao is a haven for foodies eager to taste the exotic dishes it has to offer.

1. Sinuglaw

Sinuglaw

Davaoeños love their sinugba (grilled food) as well as their kinilaw (raw food soaked in vinegar). That is why it only makes sense to combine both and come up with the sinuglaw, a tantalising dish made with grilled pork belly and kinilaw na salmon. To make this appetiser more flavourful, part of the secret is in the marinade – a mix of pork cubes and olive oil. Complete the dish with a dash of liquid seasoning and you will get even the pickiest eater smacking his lips in no time!

2. Sinugbang Panga ng Tuna

Sinugbang Panga ng Tuna

At the mention of fresh tuna, General Santos immediately comes to mind, but Davao doesn't fall far behind. Known for its abundance of tuna, it's no wonder that Davao's locals have found myriad ways to cook the fish. One of its most famous dishes is the sinugbang panga ng tuna, a grilled dish that has become a staple meal among the Davaoeños. Marinated in oyster-flavoured sauce, the dish explodes in a medley of flavours that will have people coming back for more.

3. Crispy Chicken Skin

Crispy Chicken Skin

A delightful crunch is definitely golden, but it becomes even more tantalising with the perfect dip – a tangy lemon mayo sauce to cut through the richness of the chicken skin, or a full-flavoured gravy that complements the deep-fried goodness of this delicious appetiser.

5. Crocodile Sisig

Crocodile Sisig

Davao takes sisig to another level with a certain ingredient – crocodile meat. Undeniably exotic, this novel dish is served spicy on a sizzling plate. Crocodile meat reportedly tastes like chicken, and locals have learned to pair it with fruit shakes instead of alcoholic drinks, which is usually the beverage of choice when it comes to sisig. Instead of soy sauce, oyster-flavoured sauce with savoury liquid seasoning gives a more unique taste to the dish.

4. Chicken Inato

Chicken Inato

4. Chicken Inato

A play on "atin 'to," chicken inato first became popular in Dumaguete, crossing over to different parts of the country and finding a home in Davao. This grilled chicken dish is marinated in barbecue sauce and made even more delicious with different kinds of spices. The process can take a while, but using barbecue sauce can cut it short and leave you with enough time and energy for even more recipe experimentation.

4. Chicken Inato
5. Crocodile Sisig

Crocodile Sisig

Davao takes sisig to another level with a certain ingredient – crocodile meat. Undeniably exotic, this novel dish is served spicy on a sizzling plate. Crocodile meat reportedly tastes like chicken, and locals have learned to pair it with fruit shakes instead of alcoholic drinks, which is usually the beverage of choice when it comes to sisig. Instead of soy sauce, oyster-flavoured sauce with savoury liquid seasoning gives a more unique taste to the dish.

4. Humba
6. Bulcachong

Bulcachong

Some say it's like pochero, others say it's similar to bulalo. But everyone agrees that this carabao stew is one Davao delicacy that tourists should not miss. It's named after Bulca Chong, the late-night restaurant that came up with this one-of-a-kind dish. Since the ingredients have remained a secret, the challenge is to come up with a recipe closest to Bulca Chong's. There are those who have experimented with either peanut butter or mashed potatoes to try to replicate the dish. Others have also attempted to use rice water to make the soup thick.

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