Ever heard of the phrase, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”? Well when in Davao, you should definitely do as the Davaoeños do and what better way to enjoy the city by enjoying its food culture. So here are the top 10 must eat Davao dishes and where to find them.
- Tuna Pakfry
Palovince’s Tuna Pakfry is a unique Davao dish that goes through two processes to reach maximum deliciousness. The tuna is first cooked in vinegar with a few spices and then deep fried to get that nice golden brown color. Palovince is located at 129 Dacudao Ave, 20-B.
- Tokwa’t Baboy
Tokwa’t baboy is essentially just Tokwa (tofu) and Baboy (pork) cooked to perfection and drizzled with a sour sauce that tastes divine. There are a couple of places where you can enjoy this tangy delight one of which is at Dencia’s which is situated at General Luna St., Poblacion District.
- Sinugbang Panga
The Sinugbang Panga is a real treat to those who love the smoky taste of grilled marinated tuna jaw. Sinugbang Panga can be found in different restaurants all around the metro but no one bests Luz Kinilaw when it comes to this Davao delicacy. You can get this at Luz Kinilaw which is located at Salmonan Quezon Blvd, Poblacion District.
Sinuglaw is a combination of grilled liempo (pork belly) and tuna kinilaw (ceviche). The tangy flavor of the tuna kinilaw mixed with the smoky taste of grilled liempo will absolutely tickle your taste buds in just the right ways. This scrumptious treat is also served at Luz Kinilaw.
- Tuna Kare-Kare
You may have heard of the quintessential Filipino stew made of a thick savory peanut sauce which is commonly made from a stewed oxtail base, but you may have never heard of a kare-kare made with tuna before. This exciting twist on a Filipino classic can be found at Marina Tuna Seafood Restaurant, near 911 Ecoland, Quimpo Blvd.
- Durian Cheesecake
Davao is famous for its durian and Lachi’s, the city’s first hole-in-the-wall, has just the right dessert to satisfy your durian cravings. The durian cheesecake is a great dish to test out the waters for anybody who hasn’t tried durian before. This little nook can be found at Ruby Street, Marfori Heights or at Tulip drive.
Goto, for those of you who don’t know, is a rice porridge that uses ox tripe as the base. This is hearty Filipino breakfast/merienda can also be enjoyed at Dencia’s.
- Suman & Sikwate
Suman is a glutinous rice cake that is already delicious by itself but is just absolutely delectable if you enjoy it with Davao City’s world renowned Sikwate (hot chocolate drink). This delectable combo can be enjoyed at Cacao de Davao located at
Rekado’s Kalderobo is what you get when you combine two Filipino classics into one hybrid Filipino dish. It’s basically Kaldereta (beef stew) and Adobo combined to make your mouth water. Rekado is located 1050 Emilio Jacinto Ext., Barangay 11-B, Poblacion District.
- Fresh Durian and Pomelo
Davao is associated with many things but the one that tops the list is none other than the king of fruits, Durian. This prickly looking fruit may look intimidating on the outside but once you crack open the rind; you’ll be rewarded with a strong aroma, and flesh whose texture and taste is similar to that of sweet custard. The king of fruits can be enjoyed at the Magsaysay Fruit Vendors Association stalls among other notable fruits. One of which is the Pomelo which is a citrus fruit, that when ripe tastes absolutely divine.
Don’t forget: “When in Davao, do as the Davaoeños do”.