If you’ve never been to the City of Flowers in the southernmost part of the country, then (as the cliché goes) you are missing half your life. It’s not just because it is one of the closest places to the mythical Garden of Eden in the Philippines, but also, Zamboanga City offers some of the most flavorful and mouth-watering delights as tasty as they are colorful. Let’s have #GoodEats in this all-Zamboangueño menu:
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First off, tickle your palate with an appetizer of Mangga con Bagonggata. This sumptuous duo of the Philippine National Fruit and fermented fish/shrimp paste is common throughout these 7000 islands, but none so unique as Zamboanga’s version. Unlike other kinds of Bagoong, this one is prepared with coconut milk (gata), which gives it an irresistible savory sweetness, perfect for any time of day!
And for more tasty Zambo food, have a few (or more) sticks of the spicy Satti. The Western Mindanao version of the Southeast Asian Satay, this is often paired with rice balls (or cubes) swimming in the tangy sauce.
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Of course, no visit to Zamboanga City is complete without sampling its most famous dish, Curacha. This meaty, forward-swimming crab has become synonymous with this part of the Philippines. And as part of the experience of eating this plump crustacean, you use a plate to crack the shell open to get to the good stuff! Foodie heaven!