Two weeks ago, during my latest trip to Davao City, I went on a gastronomic journey with Mel's Davao Food Tour. It is a 6-stop, 5 1/2 hour foodie adventure that aims to introduce tourists visiting the city to Davao's food and drinks that locals enjoy. Covering breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks, it will give you an insider's peek into the daily lives of Davaeños, where they eat and where they shop for local specialties and delicacies. So if you're craving for something new to try in Davao City, join Mel's Davao Food Tour.
From my accommodation in Bahay ni Tuding, we took a jeepney to Bangkerohan Market to check on the freshly cut pineapples from what they call "Pineapple Samurai". I was amazed at the art of slicing pineapples using a very sharp knife which only took less than 30 seconds to slice from the whole fruit to chunks! Amazing!!! I think, I have to try this at home! Hehehe!
Our next stop is a local food stall selling Kinutil and Puto Maya. Kinutil is a local specialty of chocolate drink mixed with tuba (coconut toddy) and raw egg. We paired it with Puto Maya, a sticky rice cooked in coconut milk. Yummy!!!
Then we went to the flowers stalls to check on the fleshly-cut flowers which Davao is known for. Cut flowers is one of the export products of the city and is the centerpiece of the yearly Kadayawan Festival.
We then took another jeepney and went to Aldevinco, the haven for souvenirs in Davao City. We just roamed around checking on different products. Then we took another jeepney to Magsaysay Fruit Stands to eat one of Davao's iconic fruit, the Durian!
Durian is really an acquired taste, I have come to love it as I travel frequently to Davao and the rest of Mindanao where you could find this heavenly tasting fruit. You could find here some pomelo, marang, mangosteen and pasalubong items. So, you could buys some pasalubong here to bring back home.
A few steps from the fruit stands, we went to this local grilling kiosk known for grilled tuna and kinilaw. I met the owner, Nanay Luz who claimed to be in business for more than 45 years. This store is really an institution in Davao's food business. We bought grilled tuna which we brought back to Bahay ni Tuding's Resto where we had our lunch.
At the resto, I was served with Law-oy, a vegetables stew with fried fish; it was so flavorful! We also had Davao's version of kinilaw and of course the grilled tuna that we bought earlier. I also had fresh buko for drinks and ginanggang (grilled banana) for dessert. I was really full after our lunch that I have to take a rest for about an hour before we proceed with the food tour.
The last stop of the food tour is the afternoon snack at Sweet Spot inside Davao Crocodile Park. It is a local artisan ice cream shop that sells different flavors of ice cream. I had a scoop of their Durian Dynamite which is so creamy and has the right flavor of the durian. I really love it!
Beyond visiting the usual tourist spots and attraction in Davao City, a food tour is a delightful activity that you must include in your itinerary when visiting the city. Ms. Mel will not just let you taste the local delicacies but will also feed you with information about the food you're eating. Thanks to Ms. Mel Pangan for inviting me to join her Davao Food Tour. It's one unique dining experience!
Mel's Davao Food TourContact: Mel Pangan
Meeting Place: Bahay ni Tuding Inn and Resto
160 San Pedro St. Davao City 8000
Meeting Time: 8:30 AM
Facebook: Mel's Davao Food Tour
Mobile Number: 0947-361-3544
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 1 pax - Php 2250
- 2 pax - Php 1500/pax
- 3 pax - Php 1380/pax
- 4+ pax - Php 1200/pax
- Jeepney ride to Bankerohan Public Market
- Native bag (bayong) to carry fruits
- One bottled water
- Freshly sliced pineapples
- Breakfast consisting of drink and sticky rice cooked in coconut milk (puto maya)
- Lunch consisting of rice, grilled Tuna collar (grilled tuna), veggie stew (law-uy) and raw fish (kinilaw) - drinks not included
- Durian Frappuccino or Local Artisan Ice Cream
- Cheese tasting (optional) at the Malagos Gardens, for groups of 6 or more Php 300/person extra
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