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by · January 23, 2015

Every weekend, the Liloan town plaza becomes alive and abuzz with local food vendors selling all sorts of delicious Cebuano delights. Folks who want to go swimming up Cebu’s gorgeous northern beaches usually drop by Liloan to stock up on food.

Here are some of the must-try Liloan treats that will tickle your palate, fill your tummy, and awaken the culinary explorer in you.

1. Lechon

Cebuanos are known for having the best, perfectly prepared lechon in the country. Cebu’s lechon has the crispiest skin and the juiciest, most savory meat.

 

2. Inasal na Manok

Not into pork? Then have a taste of delicious, juicy chicken that is slowly roasted and flavored with a secret mixture of herbs, oils, and spices.

 

3. Grilled seafood

Don’t miss Liloan’s healthy and tasty grilled squid and fish. You would love the smoky taste especially if paired with a simple dipping sauce made of soy sauce, vinegar, and chili.

 

4. Fresh coconuts

It is Nature’s Gatorade but ten times better and more refreshing than the commercial brand! One fresh coconut provides a complete, healthy meal.

 

5. Fresh fruits

Healthy and sweet, fresh fruits are great desserts after every meal.

 

6. Masi

 

Enjoy this homemade pastry made of glutinous rice and filled with sweet peanut paste. Only 5 pesos each!

 

7. Boiled Peanuts

For a light, fun snack, munch on some hot, good-smelling steamed peanuts.

 

8. Budbud

Budbud is a sweet concoction of sticky rice cooked in coconut milk and sugar then wrapped in banana leaves. It’s a traditional Cebuano dessert and afternoon snack that is best paired with slices of ripe mango and hot chocolate.

 

9. Kamote

Feast on Liloan’s yummy and very affordable sweet potato.

 

10. Ginamos

 

Its strong, stinky smell combined with an extremely salty taste is repulsive to the uninitiated. But for most Cebuanos, the thought of tiny anchovies swimming in very strong brine is enough to make the mouth water. It is typically used as a dip for kamote, boiled banana, and many others.

 

11. Swaki

Swaki is a delightful blend of sea urchin guts and entrails that are packed inside Tanduay bottles. Locals usually eat this with puso, or hanging rice.

 

12. Bat

No, they’re not the flying kind. Bat or balat is the Cebuano term for fresh sea cucumber. It is mixed with vinegar, onion, garlic, ginger, salt and pepper. Trust us, it tastes really great!

 

13. Green Mango

Sour, juicy, and crunchy, this is one Cebuano treat is perfect after a big, hearty meal.

 

14. Hipon

This salty shrimp paste brings the flavor of virtually any foodstuff to another level. Use it as a dipping sauce for your green mango, deep fry it and spread it on your rice, or use it as an ingredient in your kare-kare. The possibilities are endless!

 

15. Ice Candy

Is the long trip making your sweaty, hot, and tired? Have a fun, refreshing break by getting this delicious treat!

 

Tip: Get to the Liloan food market at around 7 or 8  in the morning to avoid the heavy traffic and to have the freshest food available.

 

Original post found at Hanging Rice

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