Known as the City of Island Adventures, Surigao in Surigao del Norte province is being flocked by hundreds of tourists because of its 17 panoramic islands blessed with untouched beaches, mesmerizing caves, rock formations, marine life sceneries, and mangrove forests. Considering the locals and the many tourists around these wonderful gifts of nature, Surigao also offers a wide variety of delicacies for everyone to enjoy. As the province promotes the One Town One Product program of the Philippines, here are the best delicacies that Surigao has to offer:
This is a well-known Surigao delicacy that is a rice cake wrapped in banana leaves. This is specifically made of glutinous rice, brown sugar, roasted peanut, calamansi juice, and coconut milk. For others, it is like a “puto” with added coconut milk.
A unique tasty treat of Surigao, this delicacy may be unfamiliar to most tourists and some Filipinos from the northern part of the Philippines. Poot poot ginamos is a flavorful delicacy that is made of “poot poot”, small fishes that are known locally and can only be found on the Philippine shores. It can be bought with fish sauce at a very cheap cost, making it more attractive to tourists.
Commonly known in most provinces, this dish in Surigao made a distinction among all others. It has an exotic flavor that can be found nowhere in the Philippines but in Surigao alone. In fact, travelers all over the world and those within the country would visit Surigao just to taste its unique and delicious Kinilaw. Basically, this is made of raw fishes, cooked in vinegar with ginger, onions, chili peppers, and salt.
If you have friends or family members who love to drink, this one might be the best giveaway you can give them when traveling from Surigao. Gigaquit Rhum is a well-known native beverage in Surigao, tasting so well that it ranked fourth on five of the bests of Surigao. Rarely found, this one is flavorful and is fermented at a tree found in the province called Sasa tree and is somewhat similar to the taste of “tuba”. Additionally, this is a famous export product due to its cost-effective price and good quality.