Where to eat in Cebu: Not just your ordinary eateries in Cebu

Where to eat in Cebu: Not just your ordinary eateries in Cebu

Lechon is the first thing that comes into mind for many people who visit Cebu. So I will not feature them already.. ^_^

I’ll aim to showcase the authentic (and sometimes underground) local eateries and dishes in the area. So sorry if you are looking for posh places to eat around Cebu, these are for people with strong stomach only ^_^


1. Pungko pungko

I always thought that in the Filipino tradition, we eat food using our bare hands inside the house or in informal gatherings only.. That is why in India and Indonesia, I was surprised when people are eating with their hands even in posh restaurants.. like KFC.

Apparently, I was wrong when I say we only eat with our hands only inside the house. In this part of the country, people do enjoy eating with their hands in public places. Pungko pungko anyone? ^_^

For those interested, there are lots of pungko pungo places in Cebu. But we ate somewhere around Fuente, Juana Osmena street right after Fuente Pension House before HP Diagnostics.

pungko pungko in Cebu

2. Kabayoan

I know I’m trying to be a vegetarian.. in fact, I eat more veggies than meat nowadays. But for the curious who want to try out something different, visit the place below. Although for me, I think that will be the last time I will get to eat a horse. I’d rather have it as a pet than have it for my dinner.

More details at http://grasya.com/2014/06/where-to-eat-horse-in-cebu/

3. Larsian

Most tourists come here so this place is kinda popular. It’s like a carinderia where all eateries are beside each other. And you can eat with your hands too. Check out their barbecues and their rice wrapped in leaves. For digital nomads, check out the free wifi too.

rice wrapped in leaves
Larsian is located at Fuente Osmena, Cebu City. Here’s my aunt when she first came to Cebu.

larsian in Cebu

4. Part Ebelle

I have eaten Tanigue/Tanguingue or spanish mackerel in this place. It’s kinda awesome for me because the fish servings are big. Visit them at Mabolo Proper Juan Luna Extension, North Reclamation Area

It’s actually walking distance near SM Cebu, check it out if you are near the area.

yellow finn

5. Ekit Food Haus

Ok, to be honest, not sure why the place is very famous, it’s even featured in a newspaper..

ekit food hause in cebu
Ekit food haus is located at Tandang Sora, Kasambagan, Mabolo, Cebu City. From the outside, it looks like just any ordinary house in the street. But once you found yourself inside, there are actually lots of people eating. My cousin says he hangs out with his law schoolmates here.. Order pochero if you fancy. And don’t forget to ask for their version of bagoong.

pochero in Ekit Food Haus, Cebu

So those are interesting eateries that I found in Cebu. Price range for these eateries is very affordable and ranges from 50-100 pesos per person. The catch is that these eateries are not for weaklings errrr I mean, those who are meticulous about their food. Not everyone gets to eat food with sometimes flies around and not get sick after.

Anyway, have you found another interesting authentic culture filled eateries worth visiting? Share them away so I can visit them too next time I’m in Cebu ^_^

Want more? Check out Miss Eat section for more of my foodie finds.

Thailand Street Food Part 2

Thailand Street Food Part 2

Travel to Thailand always includes food. And here’s the second part of a list of Thai street foods that my beautiful local friend Khun Nok has given me.. Click here to see the first part.

Now the challenge is how to pronounce some words right, but you can always show the picture so you won’t get lost in translation.




Rice  is cooked with chicken oil in the  rice cooker. The whole chicken is boiled and chopped and put on top of the oily rice.  It is served with chilly soy sauce and clear soup from chicken bone.




It is a noodle soup that is served almost everywhere along the street. You can choose dry or with soup and there are different types of meat in it. At a noodle shop you will see a set of sugar vinegar fish sauce and grind peanut that you can add on to suit your taste. Here’s a picture of me and Kechi and a bowl of kuay tiew.. Kechi was once my roomie in Thailand.. ^_^

me and kechi



Fried noodle with  garlic , egg, meat and Chinese kale. You can choose chicken , pork or seafood. The noodle that is used for Pad -See- iew is rice noodle which is white in color. The noodle will turn darker from sweet soy sauce.

Pad si iew


A kind of noodle with soup but the soup is thick and sticky from potato starch . First, the noodle will be fried with soybean sauce and put on  the plate. The soup is made with vegetable and meat (pork,chicken or seafood) with soybean sauce and potato starch. Put the soup on top of the fried noodle, eat it while hot.

Lad Na


Pad Thai might be popular for tourist more than Thai. It is sold in tourist places as street food like at the walking street or Kawsarn road more than normal street. Pad thai is  type of noodle fried with tamarind sauce sugar and peanut mix with preserved cabbage and tofu and dried shrimp. Some shop has option that you can add fresh shrimp with more price.

Pad Thai

Although, some of the street food is not spicy and hot but if you notice, on the table, there is always a bowl or a jar of fish sauce mix with small green or red chilly. They put some lime in the fish sauce to make it more tasty. So people who want their dish to be more spicy can add fish sauce with chilly in it.


You can eat all street food in a vegetarian way. Just request that no meat will be added and use soybean sauce to replace fish sauce and oyster sauce.



Hope this helps you enjoy the street food in Thailand. For those who are not yet ready to travel out on their own, if you want to have a tour in Chiang Mai, drop me a line at grasya (at) grasya dot com. I can refer you to friends whom I’ve known for a long time.. ^_^ Happy eating!

Thailand street food part 1

Thailand street food part 1

This is contributed by Julie Navarat, a Thai friend who loves to bake and knit. ^_^ Read on so you know what to order next time you are in Thailand.

In Thailand, people eat street food regularly whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Each type of street food can be made using different kinds of meat. You can choose beef , chicken, pork, sea food or mixed varieties. Mostly beef and seafood are used less because they are more expensive than other.

Thailand street food regularly costs around 30-50 baht. The price doubles or triples when you order it in a hotel or a proper restaurant.

You can find some street food list below:



It is a popular spicy street food for local Thai people.
Pork, chicken or seafood is stirred with chilly and sauce with little soup then put basil leave in and put on top of plain rice. It’s good to eat with fried egg on another side of the dish.




This Thai style fried rice is not spicy. While cooking in oil, stir garlic follow with pork or any meat that customer choose then put plain rice in, put egg and vegetable cook them well then serve with freshg spring onion and cucumber on side of the dish.
You can order a fried egg add on top as well.



Moo kra-tiem , Kai Kra-tiem

Just fried pork or chicken with garlic and oyster sauce plus soybean sauce then put it on top of plain rice.
If you choose pork it is moo kratiem if you choose chicken that is kraikatiem.
We eat Kaw Moo Kratiem or Kai Kratiem with coriander on top and cucumber on side dish you can add on fried egg or omelet on side too. Some shop might serve you with small cup of clear soup.



Kai-jiew moo-sab

This is simple and might be the easiest dish.
Mix little mince pork,soybean sauce and oyster sauce well with 2 eggs. Some vendors might put some vegetable such as onion, spring onion or tomato as well.
Fried it in hot oil and put on top of plain rice and side dish with cucumber and tomatoes.







It is soft and smooth. The pork legs that were cooked in the slow cooking way for many hours. Mainly are pork leg boil in soybean sauce with other ingredients like coriander root, garlic, palm sugar .



Now the challenge is how to pronounce these foods right. If in doubt, just show them the picture ;) Happy eating!