Just when we thought we’d seen it all, these homegrown brands simply won’t quit. Sweetening the pot for the insatiable food-loving Cebuanos, these geniuses have taken usual favorites to new heights.
Here is this week’s roundup of food and drinks to add to your growing list of must-tries:
Where: Farine (@Farinebreadscakespastries)
Originating in Italy, bomboloni (plural for bombolone) are yeast-leavened doughnuts so they’re light and airy. The filling is crema pasticcera (Italian pastry cream) which although rich, silky and custardy, has just the right sweetness to it so you can have more than just one in one sitting.
Where: Lun-haw Vegan Cafe (@lunhawvegancafe)
No Filipino Christmas spread is ever complete without lechon or at least, lechon belly. Vegans don’t have to miss out on the fun as vegan lechon belly rolls are now available in Cebu. Buy it frozen From Lun-haw and cook it at home in either a deep-fryer or an oven. It looks just like the more sinful version but is actually made with corn, wheat, soybeans, cassava and annatto seeds. It’s also been seasoned with salt, sugar, black pepper, garlic and lemongrass.
Where: Mi Amigo (@miamigolamaw)
In Cebu, “lamaw” used to refer to pig’s slop but not too long ago, its default definition became “rice toppings.” Lamaw, in its most basic and common form, has siomai, chicharon bits, slices of hard-boiled egg and a special sauce on top of white rice. Mi Amigo’s, founded by a group of hoteliers, offers these rice bowls but with more substantial options for the toppings such as chili garlic wings, spicy pork ribs, lumpia shanghai, spicy garlic shrimp and pork sisig, among others.
Cold Brew Tea
Where: Teacaf (@Teacaf.Ph)
You’ve had or heard of cold brew coffee. If you want something with a lower caffeine content and higher amount of antioxidants, give cold brew tea a go. Because of the method it employs, the tea produced is naturally sweet from the first to the last sip, thus eliminating the need to add sugar or artificial sweetener. Teacaf offers this in two flavors: honey and lemon-Earl Grey and mango-green tea.
Hot Chocolate Bombs
Where: Krave Cafe (@kravecafeph)
Necessity is the mother of invention, but in this day and age, TikTok is arguably the mother of all innovations. Hot cocoa bombs first exploded on social media and now, they’re in one of the city’s favorite cafes. The chocolate spheres are filled with all the good stuff for your cup of hot chocolate such as mini marshmallows and cocoa powder. All you have to do is pour steaming hot milk onto the bomb, watch it melt and explode, and then stir the whole mixture. And oh, record it for some Instagram envy.