24 May 2006

Davao food!

And now we come to a subject matter that's close to my heart. FOOD! Lots of them!

Davao is heaven for food lovers, especially seafood! And it's inexpensive too! Lapu-lapu and crabs are common table fare here. In Manila, it will cost you an arm and a leg to dine with these delicacies.

Just how affordable is the food in Davao? Here is proof of this amazingly delicious surprise: P50.00 buffet breakfast! P99.00 per head for catering!
They didn't scrimp on the breakfast food choice either. There's plain and fried rice, pancit, scrambled eggs, chicken adobo, mushroons, spanish sardines, and tapa.

Indeed, after work we needed to unwind and we had one of our breakfasts along the shores of Paradise Island. After all, how often can you dine by the beach, and take your time just enjoying the scenery and being away from the hustle and bustle of urban life?

Here we are before...
And after.
But wait, let's have desert!

In most of our meals, we had this dish called kinilaw. It's basically diced raw tuna mixed with vinegar and pepper. Delicious. Em is quite fond of it (including that ice cream delight in above photo). But with fish so fresh, who can resist?

Here is a photo of the meal we had in Ahfat (a Chinese restaurant) along Victoria Plaza Mall. Look at those crabs! The soups were delicious too. There's sweet and sour fish too. We were eating near the display window where their chefs cook up mouth-watering delights. Occasionally a waiter would be rushing off to the small window and hand over a bowl with something struggling to get out. Yes, the fish is very fresh in these parts.

Then there's the coconut juice, served with the entire husk. Sip the sweet water, then grab a spoon and scrape off the translucent, soft coconut meat inside.

Here, we have a photo of our dinner at Princess Em's house. Look at that! Crabs, grilled tuna, squid, shrimps. It's seafood smorgasboard! It was quite a silent dinner, I tell you, each concentrating on their food.

I had the most wonderful serving of shrimps at the Harana Restaurant. It's called hilabos na hipon. I was already halfway done when I took this photo. The meat was sweet, and it had a buttery, salty flavor to it. I couldn't resist eating the whole bunch and didn't share it with my tablemates. I don't think they minded anyways, as they were quite busy with their meals as well.

They have these small peppers that belie its spicy strength. As I sat amused and started to crunch these to mix with calamansi and soy sauce for my shrimps, Em wondered if I wanted indeed to have two of those. Why not? They were too small actually, I replied. Em warned me that they were quite hot.

A couple of dips later, I was grabbing for my drink. It was hot indeed. But it complemented the shrimps at the same time. I loved it.

And so I end this post with this photo of my plate at Em's house:
Look at those claws!


  1. wowee, ang sarap naman niyan!

    davao is really a beautiful place, yes?

  2. I just ate fifteen minutes ago and already I am hungry again!

  3. Kakagutom nga! Hirap tuloy mag diet.

  4. Anonymous11:40 am

    kasla nga nabsog kayo nga dua ta naibus yo diay karga dagidiay plato


  6. Yes it is, Vina!

    Hello Ed. Yeah, that's what I felt too after making this post!

    Ann, maya't maya kumakain nga kami. I even skipped a meal there kasi busog pa rin ako.

    Wen a, Joshua!

    Cute mo kaya sa photo mo. Em :-)

  7. wow! i lovvvvvveeee shrimps and crabs! kainggit! kuya nick, how much ba ang airfare at accomodations sa davao?

    you should ask DTI for a sideline. dahil maganda reviews mo sa mga places na pinupuntahan mo, gusto na din pumunta ng mga ibang taong nakabasa. hehehehe...

    nga pala, pasalubong ko? hwehwehwe...

  8. Oh my, sarap naman ng mga food doon. Sobrang nakakagutom talaga. At very fresh talaga. Alam mo bang never akong umorder ng kinilaw sa mga resto dito dahil kailangan talaga fresh ang fish na gagamitin.

    Si Duterte di ba ang mayor ng Davao? Disiplinado raw ito kaya lalong gumanda ang Davao. At very honest pa ang mga tao ha. Dito talagang namimili ng pasahero ang mga driver at nakakainis ha madalang ang nagbabalik ng sukli. Puro walang barya kapag may sukli,kainis talaga.

    Hay, sana naman makarating din kami sa Davao, inggit ako Nick.

  9. anu ba naman yan kuya nick, mang inggit ba? uli uli magimbita ka man lang kumain ha, he he!

  10. ang lufeeettt!!! fish pa naman ang miss na miss ko na :(

  11. arghh kakagutom hahaha

    kalami ba uy!

  12. Anonymous3:51 pm

    That was quite a feast. I like the shrimps and the crabs.

  13. meowok, medyo mahal nga lang ang plane fare pero book early and you get discounts.

    Pasalubong? ah eh...

    Hi Lani. Yup, si Mayor Duterte nga. Kararating ko pa lang ng Davao, they talked about the Mayor na. Medyo strict nga dun, kaya siguro orderly.

    Jairam, ang saya rin kaya ng mga trips mo!

    Neneng, hindi ba nagagalit yung mga isda sa yo? ;-)

    Balikbayan box, di ko naintindihan sinabi mo. Kain na ba ibig sabihin? :-)

    Niceheart, di ko ma-access blog mo sa friendster. Blocked sa opis!

  14. Food trip!!!!!!!!! Ang sarap naman!!!!

  15. Anonymous9:48 pm

    hi....where in davao is that 50 @ 99 buffet breakfast? what is the name of resto? and where is it exactly located?

    hope you can help us out we are goin to davao on jul...


    tricia (kikaytrish@yahoo.com)


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