Why should we travel and give it a go? Apart from visiting a country, one way to understand the norm of certain group is to try how they live. The exciting part of travelling is visiting famous attraction and capturing your moments. But, one way to make it even more challenging will lead to your stomach and blow your mind!

Cebu is famous for its beautiful and emerald beaches and other fun activities under the sea- little other foreigners know, Cebu is one the most unique island with Exotic food to try on.



Colon:Street Food コロン:ストリートフード

When you visit Cebu, a lot of foreign people – backpackers, tourists and students are amazed how Filipinos have business on the street. Most of you can find hot-sold food in Colon street.

This place is oldest Street in the Philippines – the busiest as well. Now, if you want to experience more the eccentric food experience, 5pm to 8pm is the recommended time to visit here.Here are some of the Weirdest food Cebuano want foreigners to give it a go.



1.Balut バロット

Boiled duck’s egg with the little black chick. This is a common night snack or food for Cebuano’s after work and you can find them in every street corner in Cebu


How will you find it? バロットはどこで食べれるか?

In Colon Street you see it in a “ kariton” ( Filipino cart ) together with other eggs. Usually, it is surrounded by a lot of people eating together standin

Or It can be seen on other street store late in the afternoon with a caption “BALUT “ written on an ice-bucket.

If you find Colon as a dangerous area, will you can still eat this Boiled duck- chicken food at home. Some vendors wall at night from 7pm to 11pm shouting “ Baluuuuut !!!! “.

Then, you can go out and call the person selling and eat – don’t forget to pay!You can put with spicy vinegar and salt on it.




Tuslo buwa トゥソブワ

Popular Street food in Cebu found in Pasil. It’s a pig brain sauted with onions and garlic. Some tuslo buwa stores added pig’s liver to make it savorier.


How do you make it ? どうやって食べるのか?

Well, it is usually eaten by 2 to more people or we called “ BARKADA FOOD “ (group of friends). “ It is paired with “PUSO” hanging rice which is dip into the pan with tuslo buwa.

Some store prices depending on how many puso it has and whether you want the speacial menu with other ingredients.

It is also greasy,so if you have a weak stomach- it is not for you. Another thing to consider is some stores offer tuslo buwa with strangers which you might fing strange and unsanitary. It’s best to it with your friends.

普段は2.3人で食べるもので、別名「BARKADA FOOD」(意味:友達のグループ)と呼ばれています。プソと呼ばれるお米を吊るしたものをディップして食べます。



Ginabot   ギナボット

This street food is offered by many vendors usually outside the schools or universities. The most famous one is pungko- pungko sa Fuente across the Fuente circle. This stores’ menu are the ginabot

The ginabots are all put in a box at the center of the table together with other food – fried spring rolls, meatballs, pork chop, friend chicken etc.



How do you order? どうやって注文するのか?

first, check if there are available seats if there’s none – move to other store or you wait till others are fimish.

You talk to the seller and say for how many people ,so she can give a plate and a saucepan with onions. Then , choose the food from the box with puso.

After eating, tell the seller what you order and you pay. Pungko- pungko is really crowded during lunch time 11am – 1pm and late afternoon 5pm to 6pm. The food is too cheap. 100 peso bill is truly enough for this experience.




Saang サアン

Saang or conch shells commonly sold from street stalls in the area of Cebu.You can find this food near the famous carbon market in Cebu City or Colon Street at night.

It’s usually boiled and put in skewers or hammered when you order.It’s meaty and different- seafood lover might like to try this one,too.

Filipinos/ Cebuano like to dip this food with spicy vinegars with a lot of onions.




Recently, a lot of restaurants have these exotic foods in their menus and even made them tastier. You can even eat them in a place cozier, safer, healthier environment.

On the other hand, eating them traditionally on the street is worth a try also. Either way, challenging yourself to ty these is such a memorable experience to capture as well.





* Collaborative editing by CEGA’s staff and teacher Agnes