Kusina Maria

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Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen

Kinulob na Pugo by Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen

Kinulob na Pugo by Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen

One of the trends in the Davao food scene right now is serving healthy and farm fresh dishes. This is no surprise with the abundance of deliciously fresh produce and meats in Davao. One of the restaurants in the forefront of promoting healthy, farm fresh, and chemical dishes is Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen. They use only chemical free and farm fresh ingredients. And they make most of their dish components from scratch… from breads to ice cream.

Balik Bukid literally means “back to the farm,” and this is the starting point of the conception of the Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen Restaurant. Most of their dishes are designed to highlight the produce of their own farm. The availability of their menu items depend on the availability of ingredients from their own farm and their handpicked suppliers.

The Balik Bukid experience is one of going back to the roots of Filipino cuisine… fresh abundant produce and various meats prepared and cooked in a different cooking processes with indigenous, Spanish, Chinese, and Western influences.

Start off your Balik Bukid experience with some freshly baked bread paired with locally-made cheese.

Cheese and Bread Platter by Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen

Cheese and Bread Platter by Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen

Balik Bukid’s centerpiece, I think, are their salads. Each salad is different with different fresh veggies, meat, and doused with healthy, wholesome, and delicious dressings.

Chef's Salad by Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen

Chef’s Salad by Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen


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Adobong Tuna Buntot by Yellow Fin Seafood Restaurant

Adobong Tuna Buntot by Yellow Fin Seafood Restaurant

Adobong Tuna Buntot by Yellow Fin Seafood Restaurant

Yellow Fin Seafood Restaurant is one of the best known Filipino seafood restaurants in Davao. Their best-sellers include the Kinilaw, the Tuna Laing, the Greaseless Fried Chicken, and various tuna dishes. After all, the restaurant is named after the most popular tuna species, the Yellow Fin Tuna.

One of their unique must-try tuna dishes is the Adobong Tuna Buntot. I usually like my fish raw, fried, grilled, baked, or otherwise prepared dry. Not in a soup or stew, but this one I highly recommend.
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Ineng’s Special Barbeque

If you’re looking for delicious comfort Filipino food for your family, drop by Ineng’s Special Barbeque at The Peak of Gaisano Mall of Davao.

Ineng's Special BBQ Davao Greatest Hits Pork and Longganisa Set

Ineng’s Special BBQ Davao Greatest Hits Pork and Longganisa Set

Ineng’s specializes in barbeques and are known for their pork barbeque and longganisa (Filipino sweet and spicy sausage) barbeque. Their pork barbeque is tasty and the pork is cooked just right. Not chewy, dry, or tough. It’s not charred or burnt so you don’t have to worry about the carcinogens. I’m not a fan of longganisa but I just had to try Ineng’s Longganisa and I was not disappointed. It was so delicious. It doesn’t seem to have a very high fat content, but it was juicy enough. It had the perfect balance of sweet, spicy, and just a hint of saltiness. It’s perfect with their special vinegar.

They offer these sumptuous grilled meats in best-selling set meals called the “Greatest Hits.” For PhP129 – PhP145, enjoy a combination of barbeques, served with atsara (pickled unripe papaya), rice, and iced tea. Some of their Greatest Hits include Ensaladang Talong and Lumpiang Sariwa for a balanced meal.
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Fiesta Sorpresa Favorites

Fiesta Sorpresa played host to participants of the famed Davao Food Appreciation Tour 2013. It was their second time to do so and once again, they didn’t disappoint.

They served old and new favorites, all Filipino dishes, all prepared and served perfectly.

Here are some of my favorites from Fiesta Sorpresa:

Fiesta Sorpresa Lumpia

Fiesta Sorpresa Lumpia

The Fiesta Sorpresa Lumpia is a great way to start your meal. It also goes well with rice or as a side dish to Fiesta Sorpresa’s other dishes. They also serve up a fabulous Lumpiang Sariwa which can be eaten as an appetizer, a snack item, or a healthy wholesome meal.
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Breakfast at Cresing’s

Dried Salted Bangsi

Dried Salted Bangsi

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We’ve all heard that since… well, forever. And a great breakfast is also a great way to start off any event. On this note, the Soccsksargen Experience (SEx) was very successful. The first meal of the three day tour was a hearty Filipino breakfast at Cresing’s Food Products in Maitum, Sarangani Province.

Maitum’s most popular product is the Bangsi, a flying fish. Bangsi is usually dried and salted then deep fried. What I like about the Bangsi that was served to us was that the meat was dried and salted but still tender and not too salty.

Salted Eggs with Tomatoes

Salted Eggs with Tomatoes

The bangsi was perfectly complemented by my favorite, salted eggs with tomatoes. The salty and creamy eggs contrasted well with the fresh crunchy tomatoes. An assortment of vegetables which can be mixed with a light vinaigrette was also served. Nom, nom, nom… It was a typical Filipino breakfast meal. But wait! There’s more…

Shrimps

Shrimps

Cresing’s served shrimps and univalve shellfish in coconut milk. The seafood glutton in me was very, very, VERY happy! The shrimps were fresh and cooked just right. Juicy! And the shellfish was a hearty delight. Not exactly breakfast food, but very much enjoyable. And unlike other univalve shellfish, it was easy to suck out the meat. It had a delightful texture with a bit of bitterness that went well with the rich coconut milk it was cooked in. In case you’re wondering what a univalve shellfish is, it’s similar to kuhol or snail.

Brown Rice

Brown Rice

And to complete the yummy breakfast, Cresing’s served three kinds of organically grown rice: white rice, brown rice, and black rice. All three are actually from the same rice variety but had undergone different cleaning or shelling processes. The black rice has had the least amount of processing, undergoing just one shelling procedure. The brown rice has been shelled but not polished. While white rice was shelled and polished. I like the brown rice best because of the texture and the slight nutty flavor.

Breakfast isn’t breakfast without a hot cup of coffee or a refreshing drink to perk you up. Cresing’s served rice coffee flavored with lemon grass, and turmeric. The cold drink had a bit of citrus punch courtesy of some calamansi. The drinks didn’t have any caffeine but managed to wake me up with a refreshing mixture of coffee flavor with a tea’s lightness.

I ate right off the service table and was the last one to finish eating. And I don’t regret any of the calories I ate and the pounds I gained. It is one of the best breakfasts I have had. And as a fan of breakfast buffets, that says a lot.

Cresing’s Food Products sells rice coffee, salted eggs, and other processed Filipino food products. You may reach them at +63919-3045279 or via ferminc.rivas@hotmail.com. They are based in Maitum, Sarangani Province.


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Cinco Niñas

Koronadal City Restaurant

Cinco Ninas Crispy Pata

Any crispy pata is good crispy pata, right? Wrong. A good crispy pata has a crispy skin, tender and juicy meat, and savory from skin to meat. Perfecting this dish takes a lot of patience and practice. It is an arduous process that results in one of the best tasting Filipino dishes. I found one of the best crispy patas I have tasted in the middle of Koronadal City in Cinco Niñas.
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