Foodventure at surf town

While people visit Siargao for its water sports, many also come for its eclectic cuisine

Siargao's food scene is as mesmerizing as its surfing industry.

While people visit the island for the water sport, some are attracted to its eclectic cuisine that undoubtedly give a greater feel of Siargao's local culture.

Here are some of Siargao's specialties we indulged during a trip earlier this month.

KIPING or Salvaro, a crispy cassava cracker.
KIPING or Salvaro, a crispy cassava cracker.

'Kiping' or 'Salvaro' at Magpupungko Beach

Kiping or Salvaro is a natural delicacy in Siargao made from pure and grated cassava. It is commonly boiled in sheets with banana leaves before dried under the sun.

It can be stored for two to three months until ready to fry. It is best served with latik. You can eat it on its own, as a topping for desserts or dip for appetizers.

PHOTOGRAPHs by pauline songco for the daily tribune<br />HALO-HALO.
PHOTOGRAPHs by pauline songco for the daily tribune

'Halo-halo in a coconut' at Magpupungko Beach

Magpupungko Beach's Halo-Halo in a coconut perfectly captures the natural ambiance of the island.

The Filipinos' all-time favorite dessert is a great way to refresh after lingering in the sun, at the rock formations or tidal pools with your friends or family.

SALTED Buttered Prawns.
SALTED Buttered Prawns.

'Salted Buttered Prawns' at Del Carmen

Del Carmen, one of the most visited barangays in Siargao, is known for its fresh catches of seafood.

Eateries and restaurants commonly serve lobsters, prawns, shrimps and crabs. You can have it cooked the way you preferred it.

KING Mud Crab.
KING Mud Crab.

'Mud King Crab' at Emelia's in General Luna — Poblacion V

Emelia's Restobar & Seafood Paluto serves a mean King Mud Crab.

Diners can also choose from its menu including Fish Lapu Lapu (steam with soy sauce Chinese-style, sweet and sour, deep fry or fried tausi), Crispy Pata, Squid Salt and Pepper, Yang Chow fried rice, Emelia's Chicken Hot & Spicy, Lechon Kawali, Gambas, Pork Sisig, Bilao Pansit, Bihon Guisado, Sze Suan Eggplant with Minced Pork, Hototay, or Camaron Rebosado.

Emelia's also take in paluto or requests from its patrons.

Kermit Pizza in General Luna

Kermit restaurant and pizzeria serves what can be the best Italian food in Siargao.

In its website, Kermit Siargao said it "only uses the freshest, high-quality ingredients imported from Italy mixed with local fresh ingredients. Everything is made from scratch, no MSG or any flavor enhancer."

Its famous pizza and pasta are made fresh daily and are usually served with cold local craft beers, fresh juices and signature cocktails.

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