Kusina Maria

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Clawdaddy’s Boiling Bag

Imagine a bag full of the freshest seafoods and all their juices.

Clawdaddy's Boiling Bag

Clawdaddy’s Boiling Bag

That is exactly what Clawdaddy’s Boiling Bag is. The chefs of Clawdaddy have chosen out the freshest seafood picks from Davao’s markets and seasoned it with herbs and spices. Plus some potatoes and spicy sausages. All these are packed in a food grade bag and boiled until all the herbs and spices have penetrated every piece of seafood.

The result is a delicious blend of seafood with all its sumptuous juices in a bag full of yummy seafood goodness. The seafoods maintain their juiciness while absorbing the delicious blend of Clawdaddy’s herbs and spices and the flavors of the sausage. And the juice is so delicious you won’t resist dipping some bread into it and munching every bite of it. Even the tender potatoes are so flavorful. If you’re a rice eater, you will definitely love soaking your rice with the juices of the seafood.

The Clawdaddy Boiling Bag is a great way to enjoy Davao’s delectable seafood selections with your family and friends. You will certainly not think twice about getting your fingers soaked in the seafood and its juices. Just thinking about it makes me salivate. It’s definitely a yummy way to enjoy seafoods.

In Davao City, Clawdaddy Crabhouse and American Grill is located at the Ground Floor of the Fountain Court of SM Lanang Premier. For more information and updates, like their page.

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Bicol Express

Bicol Express by Gillian's Seafood Wharf

Bicol Express by Gillian’s Seafood Wharf

Bicol Express is a popular Filipino dish named after the train that used to ply the Manila-Bicol route. Bicol is a region in Southern Luzon. Elsewhere in the Philippines, Bicol Express is served as a mix of vegetables stewed in gata (coconut milk) and bagoong (shrimp paste) with a bit of chili.

Authentic Bicol Express, however, is pork (ground or cubes) stewed in gata, bagoong, and a lot of chili. The Bicol region is known for their spicy gata dishes and the Bicol Express is the most popular one.

During my trip to Legaspi, Albay last October, my first meal was Bicol Express at Gilian’s Seafood Wharf. And it was hot, hot, hot. It was too spicy for my palate. But the spicyness did not overpower the dish. I could still taste the saltiness of the bagoong, the richness of the gata, and the pork flavor. Eventhough, it was more spicy than what I am used to, I couldn’t stop eating it. It was definitely delicious.

The Bicol Express is best eaten with rice. Lots of rice. And some soda. Ice cold water just isn’t enough to wash down the spicy Bicol Express.

I had even more Bicol Express, Laing, and Pinangat in the coming days. If you’re not too fond of spicy food, remember that in Bicol when they say something is “not spicy,” that means it’s mildly spicy. And “mildly spicy food” is “very spicy” for those who are not used to the Bicol food.

When in Legaspi, visit the Embarcadero de Legaspi mall. They have a row of restaurants serving various Bicol and seafood dishes. We ate at Gillian’s Seafood Wharf. Their Bicol Express is superb.

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Sumo Sam Legacy

Sumo Sam's Crunchy Tuna Roll

Sumo Sam’s Crunchy Tuna Roll available only in Davao branches

What is the Sumo Sam Legacy? Sumo Sam was created to fill a gap in the market. It’s designed as a casual dining Japanese restaurant that’s not fast food nor expensive high end dining.

Sumo Sam offers a Japanese menu that’s accessible and not too Japanese. For one, the menus are in English with dishes that have descriptive names. Goes to show that Sumo Sam is not as high brow as some people think.

Sumo Sam presents Japanese dishes and Japanese cuisine in a way that most Filipinos can fully enjoy…. fresh ingredients, strong yet balanced flavors, and beautiful presentation.
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Max’s 4Sharing Beef Meals

Max's Fried Chicken

Max’s Fried Chicken, a classic Filipino dish

When I was much younger, every Manila trip would not be complete without a meal at Max’s Fried Chicken Restaurant. It was always a feast of sorts. We’d order Chicken, Pancit, or any of their delicious dishes. Each one complements the chicken well. As I grew older, my friends and I would do the same. This time usually ordering chicken with sinful Crispy Pata or Kare-Kare.

No doubt about it, Max’s brings to mind memories of home-cooked meals shared with relatives and friends. And with that in mind, Max’s has designed the Max’s 4Sharing Meals that are meant to be shared among four family members or friends.

Max’s recently launched their Beef 4Sharing Meals. It consists of 1 Whole Fried Chicken, Adobong Beef sa Gata or Beef Kaldereta, 4 cups of Rice, and 4 glasses of Iced Tea. All for the price of PhP 899. This definitely makes the Max’s dining experience easier to manage.

Max's Beef Caldereta

Max’s Beef Caldereta

I was able to try both the Adobong Beef sa Gata (Beef stewed in coconut milk) and the Beef Kaldereta (Filipino Beef Stew in Tomato Sauce). And I must say both go really well with the chicken. After all, Max’s creates and serves only dishes that goes well with their chicken. Both also have rich sauces and generous servings of beef.

Between the two, my top pick is the Adobong Beef sa Gata. First off, I’m a fan of gata (coconut milk). And I definitely love all kinds of beef stew. Combine the two together and you will find me very, very happy. Max’s Adobong Beef sa Gata has a rich, mildly spicy sauce with generous chunks of beef and some sayote (chayote) to add a bit of crunchiness and freshness. Plus, I sense a hint of vinegar (the base for all adobo) which cuts through the richness. It’s a unique take on adobo which is usually made with pork or chicken. In some regions, adobo is made with gata and I find that very yummy. So this one is a really, really good version of the very Filipino adobo.

Max's Adobong Beef sa Gata

Max’s Adobong Beef sa Gata

If there’s more of you in the group, it’s easy to order an additional dish or another 4Sharing Set. So what are you waiting for? Celebrate those bonding moments with family or friends over a 4Sharing Meal at Max’s Fried Chicken Restaurant.

Max's Fried Chicken Restaurant

Max’s Fried Chicken Sarap Kapiling

In Davao City, Max’s Fried Chicken Restaurant is located at the Second Floor of Abreeza Ayala Mall.

Arpochi’s Sweet and Spicy Crabs

Arpochi's Sweet and Spicy Crabs

Arpochi’s Sweet and Spicy Crabs

I absolutely love crabs. (Among other things.) So when I was invited to eat at Arpochi here in Davao, I didn’t hesitate. And I don’t regret it even if I overate.

The first branch of Arpochi is in Marbel, South Cotabato. They also have a branch in General Santos City. And just last year, they extended their seafood expertise to Davao City. Arpochi has a very bare but very delicious menu with only a few items, but all of them prepared first hand by the family that owns and manages the restaurant. All three branches are owned by family members of the original branch. So you are sure to get the same taste and quality at every branch.

When we ate at the Davao branch, I was overwhelmed by the huge crabs they served us. It was prepared with their signature Sweet and Spicy recipe. And it didn’t disappoint at all. The crab was perfectly cooked, the meat was not dry or soggy. It was juicy and sweet, seasoned with a lot of pepper and garlic, drenched in an unforgettable sweet sauce. Not too sweet though.

I rarely touch the food I eat but I happily ate with my hands while eating at Arpochi’s The crabs and the sauce were too tempting so I ate more than my share. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Arpochi’s Sweet & Spicy Crabs is a delight for all seafood aficionados. They also serve prawns, chicken, squid and other dishes but people flock to Arpochi’s for the crabs. So you must absolutely try Arpochi’s Sweet & Spicy Crabs when you’re in Davao City.

The Apochi’s Davao Branch is located along Palma Gil Street, Obrero, Davao City. It might take a while to have your delicious crabs prepared so don’t hesitate to call them up to reserve seats and to order in advance. You may call them at +6382-3058246. They are open Mondays to Sundays from 10 am to 10 pm.

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 รขโ‚ฌโ€œ 2 pm and from 5 pm รขโ‚ฌโ€œ 10 pm. For more information, like their page at this link.