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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.

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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Breaded Soft Tofu with Teriyaki Sauce by Lachi’s

Deep Fried Tofu with Teriyaki Sauce by Lachi's Sans Rival Atbp in Davao City

Breaded Soft Tofu with Teriyaki Sauce

It’s no secret that my favorite restaurant is Lachi’s Sans Rival Atbp. Here’s a healthy reason to love Lachi’s: Breaded Soft Tofu with Teriyaki Sauce. As the dish name suggests, it’s delicate soft tofu crusted with some bread crumbs, fried and served with lip-smacking teriyaki sauce.

The sweet and salty teriyaki sauce complements the soft tofu. The dish can be eaten as a side dish or as a meal in itself as it can be ordered with rice. I have offered this dish to my friends who do not like tofu, and even they love it as much as I do.

Tofu is a great meat substitute and when I’m in the mood to eat healthier, I order the Breaded Soft Tofu without rice and I eat it with some laing. Tofu and laing is an unconventional pairing, but the sweetness of the teriyaki sauce goes well with the spicy-ness of Lachi’s Laing.

If you want something healthy, or maybe just something different, try the Breaded Soft Tofu with Teriyaki Sauce by Lachi’s.

Address: VAL Building, Ruby Street, Marfori Heights, Davao City
Contact Numbers: +6382-2245552 and +63916-9841183

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Healthy Wraps by Leafy, Green Things

Beef Wrap by Leafy Green Things a Davao Health Restaurant

Beef Wrap by Leafy Green Things

There is an abundance of delicious and affordable food here in Davao City, but there is not much healthy food being served around the city. I was delighted to find out that one such restaurant opened. Leafy, Green Things serves salads, wraps, and fresh fruit shakes that will satisfy your cravings.

For a fulfilling healthy meal, have yourself a yummy wrap. The Mexicali Burrito Wrap consist of vegetables, seasoned beef, and cheese all wrapped nicely in one delicious wrap. It has all three food groups, with an abundance of fresh vegetables. It is the perfect meal to satiate your hunger without gaining so much weight.

They also served up a Bacon and Grilled Chicken Wrap which combines a mouthful of protein with a whole lot of vegetables, and some cheese. Yummy!

Each wrap is good enough for 2 persons as an appetizer, but one whole wrap can serve as an entire meal for one person. Each costs PhP120.

Try the Leafy, Green Things’ wraps and other healthy offerings to complement your diet or to satisfy your hunger.

Leafy, Green Things is located at the Valencia Compound, along Arellano Avenue corner Jacinto Extension, Davao City. They are open Mondays to Saturdays, 10 am – 6 pm.