Me and the parentals have finally gone on a long overdue vacation! Our destination? Davao City! My mom’s BFF, Auntie Joy, helped us arrange a fun itinerary of sightseeing, nature appreciation, catching up and reminiscing (my mom is originally from Davao), and, of course, eating. 😀
New tastes and happy tummies complete any trip, and I find this especially true in our short but sweet Davao getaway. My top picks for top eats mostly consist of seafood and desserts, so if you’re planning to fly to the city anytime soon, then be sure to give these dishes a taste ❤ Here’s part one of the most memorable Davao eats from our visit! Enjoy.
Lachi’s Durian Cheesecake
To the foodie, Davao isn’t Davao without a taste and whiff of the King of Fruits: DURIAN! I remember eating a spoonful as a kid, and I haven’t been a fan of it since then. But that doesn’t mean I can’t be a fan of durian-flavored treats, like this cheesecake from Lachi’s! 😀
The durian taste can be overwhelming for a first-time taster, but infused in a cake, it’s delish! The consistency isn’t too thick and creamy, and sweetness is just right. I’m willing to bet this cheesecake is one of the treats that landed Lachi’s to Lonely Planet and other publications. And what can I say? It’s well-deserved.
Lachi’s Mozzarella Chicken
Auntie Joy said this dish is popular among her pamangkins, so she suggested I try it, and the mozzarella chicken didn’t disappoint. Serving time was quite long, but it’s understandable: the sauce was made with real tomatoes, and the cheese wasn’t overly gooey and sticky.
The chicken was crispy and tender, making the dish perfect. It;s proof that great eats take time and are worth the wait. Will definitely come back to Davao for it!
The Boiling Crab Spicy Tahong
I like spicy food. And I like tahong. No kidding. So imagine my delight when I heard Uncle Dick and Auntie Gloria, who are my parents’ long-time friends, order this. 😀 Forgive the photo quality, but promise, it looked appetizing and was scrumptious in real life 😀
Tahong was juicy and not overcooked. The sauce was a bit spicy and made me tear up a bit, but it didn’t overpower the tahong’s taste, which is great. Points for Boiling Crab for this one. Oh, and I hear they have a branch in SM Mall of Asia! Maybe I can go for a visit soon. Hehehe.
Cafe Tavera Salted Egg Crab
Salted egg flavor is a very 2017 food trend. Pretty much everything, from potato chips to fried chicken, is paired with salted egg sauce. I never quite understood the hype, because I never really went along with it. So, Cafe Tavera’s salted egg crab is, in fact, my first taste of a salted egg dish.
It’s quite interesting, in a good way. 😀 Crab isn’t exactly my favorite seafood, but the one we ate here was fresh and meaty, and not very fat. Flavored with the buttery salted egg sauce, it spiced, or should I say, buttered, things up. One of those dishes you don’t forget easily, never mind that your hands are a mess after eating.
The Boiling Crab Cereal Shrimp
Also one of the things I’ll look for in Boiling Crab, MOA: the cereal shrimp! I do like shrimp, but I’m used to having it tempura style or with tomato sauce. I’m sure this isn’t my first time trying out cereal shrimp, but I know I like this one best, so far, because I actually remember how it tastes like.
The cereals aren’t flavorless breading; they’re kind of garlicky and even a little spicy. Shrimp’s also fresh though a little overcooked, IMO, but all in all, I still say it’s a must-eat!
As y’all can see, unlike my other food entries, there’s no mention of prices on this one. And just a heads up, there won’t be any on the next one, too. But I say there’s no dish priced beyond 800 pesos on this list, so they’re all on budget. 😀
Thank you to my uncles and aunties in Davao for making this entry possible! ❤ Mwah! When you come over to Manila, I’ll bring you around, too! Remember guys, this is just part one, so watch out for the next feature and do treat yourselves with these eats when you happen to be in Davao. ‘Til next time~