Utak Utak

Utak Utak Tausug dishes deserve the spotlight for their rich diversity of flavors. Utak utak is a spiced fish cake made of shredded tuna meat mixed with spices and grated coconut meat. Ingredients are shaped either by hand or by using banana leaves then coated in a flour-egg-water combination for frying. Each bite is a … Read more

Tausug Pastil

Tausug Pastil Zamboanga is a repository of ethnolinguistic groups from Mindanao, enriching the destination’s foods and cultures. Meet the Tausug pastil, which resembles an empanada in a savory version. Call it a vegan empanada filled with sauteed mung bean sprouts encased in crispy dough. What makes it exciting? It is served with a bottle of … Read more

Tamal de Zamboanga

Tamales have always been referred to in plural form but not in the case of Zamboanga. What makes their version unique? Use ground glutinous rice mixed with coconut milk, hibe (dried shrimp), glass noodles filling, and a slice of egg. All ingredients are delicately wrapped in banana leaves for steaming, best eaten as breakfast or … Read more

Ensalada Chamba

Ensalada Chamba Meet the contrasting flavors of something smokey, sweet, and salty. La Vista del Mar captures the palate of every discerning foodie. Every serving comes with a generous amount of ingredients from grilled eggplant, sweet mangoes, and salted eggs – beautifully placed in a bowl that seduces the eye, inviting you for a bite! … Read more


Locot-Locot Don’t they look like crispy rolled pansit? This crunchy wafer is an artisanal snack made of galapong and thin syrup. We hope you can experience watching this theatrical presentation where the cook masterfully glides in motion. Locot-locot is also known as Jaa, Tagaktak, Tinagtag, Tinadtak, and Amik. To make this, one must use “ulayan”, … Read more