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Friday, August 23, 2013
IMAGINE having to yourself a huge bag of tasty shrimps, smothered with your favorite sauce, steaming hot. Oh, it’s definitely a loot bag like no other.
It’s this trademark dish of a fairly new restaurant located at Parkmall, that’s been garnering quite some fan fare from seafood lovers and plain foodies alike. The Shrimp-in-the-Bag is Choobi Choobi’s house specialty. The former is a bag, one pound full of fresh shrimp plus sweet corn on the cob. The diner can select his choice of sauce as the restaurant offers it in five kinds: butter garlic, sautéed in garlic, spicy gata, mild and spicy Choobi sauce, or the extra spicy Whaah! sauce.
“Choobi Choobi is a Chinese word that means ‘lingaw lingaw’ in Cebuano,” said owner Stan Tanchan. “We want everyone to have a good time here.”
Opening just recently, the restaurant has easily gained a reputation through word of mouth for its affordable and delicious food. But aside from the gastronomic selections, and to be honest—the pound of shrimps—this food place tries to make other things more fun as well. The place exudes a casual ambiance which is very relaxed and the tables and chairs are very well spaced.The Shrimp-in-the-Bag concept—which Stan claims was created really just for the heck of it since it’s the way some restaurants serve shrimps in the United States—allows diners to “shake the bag” from time to time to ensure every piece gets a generous covering of sauce. But that would probably suit best those who didn’t find peeling the skin off the shrimps already quite a handful.
Tanchan, besides being a self-confessed foodie, also owns a couple of shrimp farms located in Pinamungajan, Asturias, and San Carlos City, Negros Occidental. According to him, these farms produce 100 tons of shrimps a month. That said, freshness for their trademark shrimps is ensured.
Beside the shrimps, some great dishes are available to try out as well. These are the Lola Pepang’s Fried Manok Bisdak, Adobong Kanding, Belly Dancer (this one’s made out of pure pork, just to clarify), Crispy Balbacua (yes you read that right—a funky experiment for those who are out on a mission to try out every pork dish there is in this world), Choobi Pata, Special Stuffed Squid, Okiname Tuna Belly, Okiname Tuna Panga and the Grilled Pompano.
“We offer good food at reasonable prices,” said Tanchan, who added that he wants to see Cebuanos enjoy eating without worrying about the bill.
With the shrimps from this restaurant making waves—talk about pounds of bags sold day after day—Choobi Choobi is ready to serve customers and is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Hopefully after a hearty meal, all those pounds don’t add up to a customer’s weight.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 24, 2013.