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Here Are 5 of the Finest Delicacies in Cebu That You Should Try

Which Cebu native delicacies should you buy other that Cebu's lechon?

By: Peter Parcon | March 31, 2020

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Aside from shirts and guitars, Cebu has a wide selection of pasalubong items you can buy to remember your trip down south. These native delicacies will remind you of your days on the white sandy beaches of Cebu. And the Queen City of the South has no shortage when it comes to native delicacies.

They will also allow you to experience the culture of Cebu. To paraphrase an old adage, the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. The following are some native delicacies in Cebu that are guaranteed to tickle your taste buds.


1. Masareal



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Rectangular-shaped goodness offered by the masareal of Cebu

Image: Dorothy Reyes

Despite its simple ingredients, the masareal is a well-loved delicacy in Cebu. Made up of ground peanuts, sugar, and water, this popular delicacy from Mandaue City is a favorite among kids and adults alike.

The name of the delicacy is a combination of two Castilian words: masa (dough), and real (fine). It is essentially a peanut bar with different levels of sweetness, depending on the brand. While it typically comes in a rectangular shape, it is not surprising to see this treat shaped like a heart for Valentine’s Day.




2. Lechon



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The lechon of Cebu is considered the best roast pig in the country by TV host Anthony Bourdain.

Image: House of Lechon

When one mentions Cebu, one of the first things that come to mind of every food-loving traveler is the Cebu lechon. The name lechon is based on the Spanish term for “roasted suckling pig.” It is the centerpiece of many celebrations in the Philippines.

While lechon is offered in many parts of the country, the lechon from Cebu is considered to be the best. No less than renowned TV host and chef Anthony Bourdain proclaimed that the Cebu lechon is the “best pig ever” [1]. Cebuanos always say if you need sauce for your lechon, it is not Cebu lechon.



3. Otap



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Delicate and sweet are the two words that best describe the otap of Cebu.

Image: Titay’s

This crisp, oval-shaped treat is perfect for a morning or afternoon snack. It is among the most popular bought pasalubong items in Cebu City. The original recipe of this sweet, crunchy wafer biscuit dates back to pre-WWII Cebu.

The otap is made of flour, sugar, and shortening. It is made using traditional baking techniques and is the Filipino equivalent to the palmier cookies of France. Typically wrapped in wax paper, each delicate layer of this sweet delicacy crackles with every bite.

Where to buy: Titay’s Shamrock, and leading groceries and supermarkets in Cebu

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4. Rosquillos



local delicacies Cebu City

The ringlet-shaped rosquillos are best enjoyed as a morning or afternoon snack.

Image: Titay’s

The rosquillos is a thin, round cookie with a hole in the middle making it look like a ring. It was first made by Margarita “Titay” Frasco, who used ingredients she found in her kitchen. She initially gave it as a freebie to people who bought soda [2]. Now, it is among the most popular delicacies in Cebu.

The only Cebuano president in history, Sergio Osmeña, gave this delicacy its name. The name of this treat is based on the Spanish word rosca, which means ring. It is best paired with coffee for an early morning snack.

Where to Buy: Titay’s, Shamrock, and leading supermarkets and groceries.



5. Salvaro



local delicacies Cebu City

The coconut flavor of the salvaro makes it distinct from other Cebu native delicacies.

Image: Gene’s Salvaro de Cebu

Looking for a coconut-flavored biscuit to snack on? Well, the salvaro is the answer. These wafer-thin biscuits have an oval shape and are unique compared to the other delicacies from Cebu. This uniqueness comes from their coconut flavor.

The salvaro is made of enriched wheat flour, shredded coconut, and sugar. It is considered to be a healthy and nutritious snack. These treats are also called coconut crunchies. You can eat the salvaro as it is or garnish it with caramelized coconut cream.

Where to buy: Pinky’s Salvaro and Gene’s Salvaro de Cebu



Make sure to visit Yoorekka to learn and find out more about the best pasalubongs in Cebu.

These are some delicacies you can find in the Queen City of the South. Which one have you tried?



References:
[1] https://ti.me/2IVUmNP
[2] https://titays.com/story.php



Aside from shirts and guitars, Cebu has a wide selection of pasalubong items you can buy to remember your trip down south. These native delicacies will remind you of your days on the white sandy beaches of Cebu. And the Queen City of the South has no shortage when it comes to native delicacies.

They will also allow you to experience the culture of Cebu. To paraphrase an old adage, the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. The following are some native delicacies in Cebu that are guaranteed to tickle your taste buds.


1. Masareal



local delicacies Cebu City

Rectangular-shaped goodness offered by the masareal of Cebu

Image: Dorothy Reyes

Despite its simple ingredients, the masareal is a well-loved delicacy in Cebu. Made up of ground peanuts, sugar, and water, this popular delicacy from Mandaue City is a favorite among kids and adults alike.

The name of the delicacy is a combination of two Castilian words: masa (dough), and real (fine). It is essentially a peanut bar with different levels of sweetness, depending on the brand. While it typically comes in a rectangular shape, it is not surprising to see this treat shaped like a heart for Valentine’s Day.




2. Lechon



local delicacies Cebu City

The lechon of Cebu is considered the best roast pig in the country by TV host Anthony Bourdain.

Image: House of Lechon

When one mentions Cebu, one of the first things that come to mind of every food-loving traveler is the Cebu lechon. The name lechon is based on the Spanish term for “roasted suckling pig.” It is the centerpiece of many celebrations in the Philippines.

While lechon is offered in many parts of the country, the lechon from Cebu is considered to be the best. No less than renowned TV host and chef Anthony Bourdain proclaimed that the Cebu lechon is the “best pig ever” [1]. Cebuanos always say if you need sauce for your lechon, it is not Cebu lechon.



3. Otap



local delicacies Cebu City

Delicate and sweet are the two words that best describe the otap of Cebu.

Image: Titay’s

This crisp, oval-shaped treat is perfect for a morning or afternoon snack. It is among the most popular bought pasalubong items in Cebu City. The original recipe of this sweet, crunchy wafer biscuit dates back to pre-WWII Cebu.

The otap is made of flour, sugar, and shortening. It is made using traditional baking techniques and is the Filipino equivalent to the palmier cookies of France. Typically wrapped in wax paper, each delicate layer of this sweet delicacy crackles with every bite.

Where to buy: Titay’s Shamrock, and leading groceries and supermarkets in Cebu

christmas in cebu

YOU MAY LIKE:



4. Rosquillos



local delicacies Cebu City

The ringlet-shaped rosquillos are best enjoyed as a morning or afternoon snack.

Image: Titay’s

The rosquillos is a thin, round cookie with a hole in the middle making it look like a ring. It was first made by Margarita “Titay” Frasco, who used ingredients she found in her kitchen. She initially gave it as a freebie to people who bought soda [2]. Now, it is among the most popular delicacies in Cebu.

The only Cebuano president in history, Sergio Osmeña, gave this delicacy its name. The name of this treat is based on the Spanish word rosca, which means ring. It is best paired with coffee for an early morning snack.

Where to Buy: Titay’s, Shamrock, and leading supermarkets and groceries.



5. Salvaro



local delicacies Cebu City

The coconut flavor of the salvaro makes it distinct from other Cebu native delicacies.

Image: Gene’s Salvaro de Cebu

Looking for a coconut-flavored biscuit to snack on? Well, the salvaro is the answer. These wafer-thin biscuits have an oval shape and are unique compared to the other delicacies from Cebu. This uniqueness comes from their coconut flavor.

The salvaro is made of enriched wheat flour, shredded coconut, and sugar. It is considered to be a healthy and nutritious snack. These treats are also called coconut crunchies. You can eat the salvaro as it is or garnish it with caramelized coconut cream.

Where to buy: Pinky’s Salvaro and Gene’s Salvaro de Cebu



Make sure to visit Yoorekka to learn and find out more about the best pasalubongs in Cebu.

These are some delicacies you can find in the Queen City of the South. Which one have you tried?



References:
[1] https://ti.me/2IVUmNP
[2] https://titays.com/story.php



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After leaving spending 16 years of his professional life in the academe, Peter decided to try his luck in the world of online freelancing. For the past eight years, he has been creating content for clients all around the world. He can work on just about any topic - from tattoos to technology and food to finance. He dreams of visiting every island in the archipelago some day.

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