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There is countless food that can only be found in the city of Cebu. Cebu has been known for being unique in their food preparations. Their foods have some ingredients so strange that a typical food enthusiast would wonder why they were there in the first place. This is what makes the Cebu food so special, the distinctness of the recipe itself. There are so many of them but I can only give you the top five most popular foods in Cebu.

Here they are:

Inasal or Lechon

Inasal is a Cebuano term for Lechon. It can be Inasal na Manok or Inasal na Baboy (Lechon Manok or Baboy), Roasted Chicken or Roasted Swine. But the most popular and the most delicious food in Cebu is the Inasal na Baboy (Lechon Baboy). Cebu is the only place in the Philippines where you can find the most delectable Lechon. If you taste the Cebu Lechon you would wonder how it is cooked and what makes it so yummy and so different from the other Lechon in the Philippines. Well, I guess you have to ask a Cebuano Lechon expert about that. Or you can always search the Net about how to make the Cebu Lechon.

Siomai sa Tisa

Siomai is originated in China. When this food was introduced in Cebu, it had become one of the favorites of the Cebuanos as well as local and foreign visitors. Actually it isn’t just called Siomai anymore in Cebu but Siomai sa Tisa. Siomai sa Tisa was originated in Tisa, a barangay in Labangon, Cebu City. This food is almost the signature food of Cebu. Best eaten along with puso or hanging rice, rice wrapped in coconut leaves.


This delicacy is the Cebuano version of Chicharon Bulaklak. Ginabut is an intestine of a swine deeply fried. Ginabuts are sold in street corners of Cebu with a cariton (cart). There are also vendors who peddle Ginabuts to some areas in Cebu. Although this food is high in cholesterol, it is so crunchy and yummy, perfect for an instant meal in anytime of the day.


This Chinese-influenced food is the favorite food of a typical Cebuano. And it has now become the favorite of many visitors in Cebu. People in different social status in different walks of life like to eat Ngohiong, not only because it is appetizing but also because you can never enjoy the moment when you’re in Cebu if you don’t eat Ngohiong.

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This unique delicacy is made of fish, particularly the Stingray fish or Pagi. This is mixed with coconut milk and some special ingredients. This food can be found in the some street sidewalks in Cebu like Jones St. or Osmena Boulevard and in Lapu-Lapu City. This food in Cebu is beast eaten immediately right after it’s cooked.

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