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Friday, October 25, 2013
THE mere sight of it causes pupils to dilate. The smell of it makes the pulse quicken. The taste of it explodes in the mouth and blows the mind.
Certain types of food incite a heady rush. There are some dishes that have the power to heighten the senses and weaken the strength to watch your diet. This isn’t just food that’s pleasurable to eat. It’s shamelessly sinful food porn.
By Joanna Cuenco
FEW things are better than the original Cebu lechon. That is, until it’s roasted to perfection to make every gram of meat extra juicy, the skin extra crispy. Tatang’s Boneless Extra Crispy Cebu Lechon elevates the traditional lechon experience with added flavor, crunch and juiciness. Proprietor Lorenz Florendo says that what adds to the uniqueness of Tatang’s lechon is the special way the skin is cooked, making it so bubbly and crispy that it’s like eating chicharon. Tatang’s started out as a stall in a town fiesta a year ago, and has expanded to branches in Mandaue, Dumaguete and Davao. A Tatang’s value meal is just P80 for 100 grams of boneless lechon, two pieces of puso and a soft drink. A kilo is P475, or P490 for the spicy variety.
Tatang’s is located at the corner of A.S. Fortuna and Hernan Cortes and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., although supplies often last until just after dinner. To be sure of getting your own slab, call a day ahead, or contact Tatang’s Boneless Lechon on Facebook.
By Luis A. Quibranza III
A hamburger is not just a sandwich.
It’s actually a pretty chaotic concoction of every possible ingredient that could make the tongue salivate. Fat patties, juicy tomatoes, cheese, cheese and lots of cheese—only a few aren’t into burgers. What keeps this gastronomic invention sane-looking is the existence of both bread buns that enclose the ingredients. If a stomach had a conscience, it would be in a state of war and peace. An indulgent burger looks downright dangerous, but your first bite allows you to transcend into “foodie Nirvana.”
And of course, this piece is one of the more photogenic food options out there. You’ve seen it in fast food promotional materials, or on your friends’ social media accounts.
What’s not to drool for when a juicy burger is set right in front your eyes? That friends, should be charged for food porn.
Some places to check out burgers here? Frontgate, Burger Joint, Flame It, Army Navy, Don Merto’s, Casa Verde, Dong Juan and a whole lot more.
A slice of comfort
By Jessica S. Losorata
RECOVERY from the ruins of the recent shaking is in full swing. Now is probably not the best time to satisfy your gastronomic cravings, literally. Or maybe not. Comfort, after all, comes in different forms. Food is one.
Do your part to help. Keep updated with the latest. Find solace in a box of pizza, at least. Yes, you may. Delight over Handuraw Pizza’s thin-crust offerings. Sure, you’ve heard theirs are among the better tasting pizzas in town. And a good tandem for beers too! Bestseller is Pizza Cebuana. Load some!
Can’t get enough of Alberto’s Pizza’s pieces dripping with either mozzarella or quickmelt cheese? How about Oreo cookies and pineapple tidbits peppered on round dough altogether. Talk about experiment, huh?
Meanwhile, it’s love in big sizes for Big Flat Bread. Their items are big, flat, hot and are served in overwhelming 12, 18 and 30-inch wedges! Bite ‘til you drop.
Waiting to get comfort? Nah. Pick up that phone and dial your favorite local pizzeria.
Times like this, the oven-baked food pornish creation that is pizza has its excuses being a mixed dish for the lonely and weary; not to mention, October is national pizza month in the United States.
Xiao Long Bao
By Fiona Patricia S. Escandor
ONE of the newest food finds in Cebu is Fung’s Noodle House that’s tucked inside a newly-opened commercial complex along Salinas Drive. It opened only a few months ago and since then the restaurant has been gaining a momentum of followers because of its authentic Hong Kong-style fares that are at relatively affordable prices.
One of its bestsellers is the xiao long bao, or soup dumplings. It is perhaps the trickiest kind of steamed dumpling to make; the broth has to be hot and savory and the dumpling skin that holds it has to be tender and delicate. And at Fung’s, they have created this dim sum masterpiece to a tee.
Just as tricky to eat, the xiao long bao is best eaten using chopsticks and a soup spoon. Using the chopsticks, pick up the dumpling by clasping the middle part and then place it carefully on the spoon. Next, nibble the pleated top area open to release the steam and after a few seconds, sip the broth and munch! (Sun.Star Cebu)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 26, 2013.