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Pork Humba by Fiesta Sorpresa

Pork Humba by Fiesta Sorpresa

Pork Humba by Fiesta Sorpresa

I have been to Fiesta Sorpresa in Digos several times. And while I have many highly recommended dishes there, the one that I absolutely love eating and eating… and eating over and over again is their Pork Humba.

Pork Humba is a uniquely Visayan dish that is also popular in Mindanao. It is pork slowly braised in soy sauce and brown sugar, seasoned with black peppercorn, laurel leaves, and star anis. Banana blossoms, saba banana, black mushrooms, boiled eggs, and black beans are also added for texture. Some people think it’s just a sweet version of the more popular adobo. But I beg to differ.

Pork Humba isn’t seasoned with vinegar and MUST HAVE peppercorn, laurel leaves, and star anis to be even considered as humba. Otherwise, it’s just sweet adobo.

Fiesta Sorpresa’s Pork Humba stands out because it is lovingly made with all the ingredients that are integral to humba. It has deliciously tender pork belly braised in a sweet soy sauce liquid and seasoned generously with laurel leaves, peppercorns, and star anis. The pork is so tender it will practically melt in your mouth. And the sauce… the sauce is so delectably delicious you will savor every drop of it. It will definitely make you forget about your diet.

It is best eaten with rice. Lots of rice. Of course! Just thinking about it makes me salivate. It’s definitely something worth sharing. Then again, it’s best to order a serving for every person because you wouldn’t want to share any of it. It’s that good. 😉

Don’t forget to try the Pork Humba and other lovingly made Filipino dishes of Fiesta Sorpresa whenever you’re in Digos City.

Fiesta Sorpresa is located at Rizal Avenue, Barangay San Jose, Digos City, Davao del Sur. It is beside Hotel Crisabelle. They are open from 11 am – 2 pm and from 5 pm – 10 pm. For more information, like their page at this link.

Sizzling Squid by Fiesta Sorpresa

Sizzling Squid by Fiesta Sorpresa

Sizzling Squid by Fiesta Sorpresa

Another favorite of mine at Fiesta Sorpresa is their Sizzling Squid. The squid is served with a sweet and salty sauce with a hint of sour and spicy. The meat is tender and the entire dish is served sizzling hot on a sizzling plate.

Just a warning though, the Sizzling Squid is best enjoyed with lots of rice. Or beer. It’s great as a viand and as a beer match.

When you’re in Digos and craving for a great meal or wanting to chill with a bottle of beer, drop by Fiesta Sorpresa and try their Sizzling Squid.

Fiesta Sorpresa is located at Rizal Avenue, Barangay San Jose, Digos City, Davao del Sur. It is beside Hotel Crisabelle. They are open from 11 am – 2 pm and from 5 pm – 10 pm. For more information, like their page at this link.

Laing by Lachi’s Sans Rival Atbp

Laing by Lachi's Sans Rival Atbp

Laing by Lachi’s Sans Rival Atbp

There’s no denying my favorite restaurant is Lachi’s Sans Rival. Bar none. When people would ask me what cuisine or food they serve, I used to struggle for the best word to describe their food because their food is not really Filipino but most of the dishes are dishes that most Filipinos are familiar with. Hence, the words “home-cooked meals.” It’s a mish mash of Filipino, Spanish, Chinese, and some other dishes that you are likely to be served in a Filipino household.

One of the dishes that they are known for is their Laing. I have always been a fan of laing but I realized that not everybody prepares and serves it with as much care and attention as my aunt does. Laing is a classic Filipino dish originating from the Bicol Region. It is composed of ground meat with chili, spices, and shrimp paste (bagoong) wrapped in dried taro (gabi) leaves. These are slow cooked in coconut milk until the milk is reduced into oil and all the coconut and spice flavors are absorbed by the meat and the leaves.

You can choose to have your laing be extra spicy or mildly spicy. I often choose mildly spicy because I’m not really a fan of spicy food. The great thing about this laing is that the spice is just another layer of flavor. It’s not just all spicy. With every bite you can savor some saltiness, some earthiness, and a whole lot of spice.

It goes really well with most, if not all, the meat dishes of Lachi’s. Order a serving to share with your companions. Or finish off the entire dish all by yourself. And if you want more, you can take home some frozen laing to be reheated in the microwave oven.

LACHI’S SANS RIVAL ATBP
Address: VAL Building, Ruby Street, Marfori Heights, Davao City
Contact Numbers: +6382-2245552 and +63916-9841183

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Binagoongang Bagnet by Fiesta Sorpresa

Binagoongang Bagnet by Fiesta Sorpresa

Binagoongang Bagnet by Fiesta Sorpresa

There’s just something about Bagoong (shrimp paste) that makes people go crazy. And then, there’s Bagnet, an Ilokano specialty. It is pork belly served with a crunchy skin like pork skin crackling and meat so tender and flavorful. Combine the two in one dish and you have got a sure winner.

Fiesta Sorpresa in Digos City does just that in on of their star dishes, Binagoongang Bagnet (Deep Fried Pork Belly in Shrimp Paste Sauce). The pork belly is processed in a classical Ilocano bagnet making process ensuring tasty, juicy meat attached to crispy pork skin. It is then served with sauteed shrimp paste which has a salty flavor, with a bit of sourness from tomatoes.

It is a delicious combo of popular Filipino dishes that will definitely make you salivate and eat more than your share. One serving can feed two people, but based on experience, one hungry eater can gobble up a serving with about two cups of rice. 😉

Binagoongang Bagnet is just one of the many delightful dishes you can try when you drop by Fiesta Sorpresa in Digos City.

Fiesta Sorpresa is located at Rizal Avenue, Barangay San Jose, Digos City, Davao del Sur. It is beside Hotel Crisabelle. They are open from 11 am – 2 pm and from 5 pm – 10 pm. For more information, like their page at this link.

Original Cebu Balamban Liempo Now in Davao

Original Balamban Liempo

Original Balamban Liempo

It’s finally here. The liempo (pork belly) that claims to be tastier than lechon! Balamban Liempo has been making Cebu residents and tourists happy for quite some time.

Balamban is a municipality in Cebu province. It is the place where this mouth-watering liempo dish originated from. The original Balamban liempo restaurant and several copies have been selling this kind of liempo in other places in Cebu and the rest of the Philippines. Now, the original is also in Davao City.

Balamban liempo is pork belly stuffed with lemon grass, the same aromatic that is stuffed into lechon (roast whole pig). The pork belly is then roasted until the pork skin is crunchy like lechon skin or chicharon (pork skin crackling).

The original balamban liempo does have that distinct lechon taste owing to the lemon grass it is flavored and stuffed with. And the skin… oh the skin is just so heavenly. Crispy and salty, it is definitely a delight to eat.

If you love pork with a lot of flavor and crispy skin goodness, try the original Balamban Liempo from Cebu.

The Balamban Liempo restaurant had their soft opening a few weeks ago and they can be found at Delgar Commercial Complex, Km 5, J.P Laurel Avenue, Bajada, Davao City. It’s the building right before the Bajada flyover.

Meet the Black Dragon

Sushi Dito Black Dragon Roll Davao Food Japanese

Sushi Dito Davao's Black Dragon Roll

I have been raving on my social media accounts about this amazing new Japanese restaurant here in Davao City. The place is Sushi Dito (Sushi Here) and they do serve delicious sushi.

One of my favorites from Sushi Dito is the Black Dragon. It’s a roll with kanikama (crab meat) and cucumber rolled with sushi rice and nori (seaweed). On top of the roll is a generous piece of unagi (eel) with eel sauce and some more nori. It’s served in a platter with the pieces formed like a dragon. Clever.
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