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15 Cebuano Street Food Favorites That You Should Try!

Experience a unique street food adventure! 

If you want to make the most out of your tour in a country or region, make sure to try their street food. Why? Street food tells a lot about it’s history while also getting to meet and interact with the locals and be fascinated by their distinct way of life. It’s both a gastronomical and a cultural experience. So what are some delicious Cebuano Street Food? 

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Cebu’s street food is a filled with delicious and exciting choices. There’s tasty street food in every corner whether you are looking for something sweet, fried, exotic, you name it! Prepare your appetite as we present the…

15 Appetizing and Exotic Street Food in Cebu!

15. Siomai

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Try Cebu’s most popular siomai, Siomai sa Tisa! For those unfamiliar, Siomai is a type of traditional Chinese dumpling and is usually served as a dim sum snack.

There are plenty of variations in southeast Asian countries but they are mainly a mixture of ground pork, carrots, celery, onions, egg, sesame oil and wrapped with siomai wrapper. It is also partnered with some “calamondin” sauce which consists of calamansi, chili peppers and soy sauce. 

14. Saang

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Saang” is a conch shell that is also known as “spider shell” which insides are usually taken out and put on a stick. It is cooked by grilling or boiling the shells in water which are then picked out for consumption.

But vendors can also use a hammer to break the shells. On its owns, the Saang is meaty and bland that is why it’s paired with some spicy vinegar sauce to balance the freshness of the Saang.

13. Tempura

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This Cebuano street food is obviously different from the original Japanese tempura. It is similar to a popular street food in Manila called “Kikiam”. Try this fried treat with “Kinilaw na Guso” which is a raw seaweed dish with onions, tomatoes and ginger!

12. Balut

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“Balut” is the most popular must-try Filipino street food for tourists. This distinct exotic dish is a fertilized duck egg with a creamy yolk and warm savory soup inside. Balut also has a lot of health benefits such as helping to clean your bloodstream and boosting your immune system.

11. Kwek Kwek

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“Kwek-Kwek” is basically an egg waffle made by deep-frying quail egg that’s coated in an appetizing orange batter. It has three sauce variety so it’s up to you whether you’d want it sweet, spicy or a combination of both! 

10. Dynamite Lumpia

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This Cebuano street food is a deep fried egg roll made of green chili stuffed with cheese, ground pork or both! Don’t worry it’s not crazy spicy! If it gets overwhelming to you, pair it with “Puso” which is a hanging rice wrapped in coconut leaves.

9. Fried Isaw

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“Isaw” is a street food made of pig or chicken intestines. It is commonly grilled but the real flavor of the Isaw comes out when it’s deep-fried like this!

8. Puto’t Sikwate

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“Puto’t Sikwate” is both a street food and a comfort food. It is a “Puto Maya”, a rice cake from Cebu made from glutinous rice, milk and ginger and wrapped in banana leaves. It is served with a hearty hot chocolate called “Sikwate”.

7. Ngohiong

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Ngohiong is a popular delicacy in Cebu. This deep-fried Cebuano street food is a spring roll filled with ubod, singkamas, garlic, onion and special seasonings! It is dipped with special spicy Ngohiong sauce. Make sure to grab a lot of puso!

6. Halo-Halo

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Try Cebu’s very own, Sol’s Halo-Halo! Halo-Halo summer or not, is always a delight! This vibrant cup of Sol’s Halo-Halo is made of milky shaved ice, fresh fruits, sweet beans, colorful gelatine cubes, crunchy cereals all topped with rich Ube ice cream or any flavor of your choice!

5. Lansiao

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Be an adventurous eater and try this exotic street food, “Lansiao”! It’s a mild spicy braised soup filled with chopped male horse or cow testicles. Pair it with cooked “Bugas Mais” or corn rice! Lansiao is also believed to be an energy booster that enhances mood and aphrodisiac properties.

4. Lamaw

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This appetizing rice bowl is surrounded with siomai, hard boiled eggs, chicharon and a cup of rice topped with spicy chili sauce! It’s basically an indulgence of your Filipino favorites!

3. Ginabot

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This Cebuano street food, “Ginabot” is the Cebuano’s take on Manila’s “Chicharong Bulaklak”. It’s an exotic dish made of salted and deep-fried pork intestines. It is usually served in “Pungko-pungko” which means eating in a squatting position. In Pungko-pungko, different kinds of street foods paired with puso are laid out for you to feast on.

2. Chicken Proven

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Chicken Proven is made of the “Proventriculus” or the digestive system of the chicken. It is coated in flour or cornstarch and deep-fried till it’s golden brown. It is drizzled with special sweet and sour sauce! We recommend trying TY Chicken Proven!

1. Tuslob Buwa

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Taking the number one spot of our list is the Tuslob Buwa! “Tuslob buwa” means “dipping in bubbles” but the bubbles are actually an exotic Cebuano ingredient. It is made from cooking pork liver with pig brains as the base.

The it is given flavor with the shrimp paste, onions, garlic, fish sauce and oil. While it’s fresh from the pan, you dip your puso in the bubbly paste to enjoy! Careful though, as it is hot!

Beautiful destinations, promising historical significance, and rich cuisine. Cebu is indeed a complete adventure! As you feast on the tastiest Cebuano street food, be mindful of the food cart’s cleanliness before you order.

Also, don’t forget to follow safety precautions! Come to Cebu and experience a unique street food adventure!

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Written by Megrez San Juan

Hi, I'm Meg! I'm a very artsy person. I draw, act, sing, dance and write. I believe art makes life worth living. Art is my home. I've also mastered the art of eating. I'm a big foodie!


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