CAVITE: LASA NG REPUBLIKA Food & Cultural Tour with Ige Ramos! (Photo Essay) @CaviteXpressway

Untitled CAVITE, home to the vanguards of the Philippine Revolution, is not known for its cuisine. Those from Manila often bypass the other towns of Cavite and instead, opt for a little R’n’R session at Tagaytay. You are mistaken if you think Cavite does not have any notable culinary treasures. One of the reasons why Caviteño food is overlooked is because even local restaurants opt to serve westernized foods like pasta, pizza, and steaks—the reason being that Caviteño food can simply be made at home. This makes tasting local cuisine more challenging for hungry visitors. In collaboration with Food Writer Ige Ramos, and Cavitex, here’s how you can get to know Cavite through its food and history… CAVITEÑO BREAKFAST Untitled A typical Caviteño breakfast (referred to as Magdiwang breakfast by our guide), can consist of Salsa, Tapa, Tinapang Salinas, Tortang Itlog with burong mustasa, sibuyas at kamatis. Tableya Chocolate from Alfonso, Cavite; Fruits from Amadeo Cavite (Pineapple, Watermelon and Papaya).

Malen’s Restaurant – Malen Bunda 9025 Magdiwang Highway, Noveleta, Cavite Telephone: +6346 438 5027 and +6346 438 1634

Untitled Café Amadeo’s “Pahimis Blend” can substitute the Hot Tsokolate—it’s a kind of coffee with cinnamon-like undertones.

Amadeo Coffee (Cafe Amadeo Pahimis Blend) and Organic Rice Sinangag Bio Reis Trading – Arnold Arevalo Blk66 L40 Starling St. Grand Catalina Gate, Antel Grand Village, General Trias, Cavite Telephone: +63 917 623-6524

  Untitled The Tinapang Salinas is made of herring (Tunsoy) and should be eaten with a lot of garlic rice, as the smoke and salt are quite overpowering.   Untitled The Caviteño Tamales are made with steamed rice flour (galapong), pork, chicken, chickpeas, and egg. These are a lot sweeter and nuttier than the varieties I’ve tasted in Pampanga.

Cavite Tamales Robinson’s Tamales – Ellen Guevarra Orence Restaurant P. Burgos St., San Roque, Cavite City Telephone: +6346 431 0315 and  +6346 431 1285

  Untitled The “Salsa” concoction made of mangoes, peppers, salted egg, and cucumbers is a colorful play on very Filipino flavors—sweet, salty, and sour.   Untitled The Tortang Itlog with egg, tomato, and mustard greens are a classic combination to the sweet-salty Tapa.   Untitled The star of the show, however, is the Imus Longganisa made by the Reyes Family of Cavite. The flavors are well balanced and not too heavy on the garlic, making way for the other ingredients. These tasty sausages are all-natural and contain no preservatives or nitrates. BIG BEN’S KITCHEN (Gene Gutierrez) 385 Medicion 1st-D Imus, Cavite, Philippines Email: gene.gutierrez888@yahoo.com / imus.longganisa@yahoo.com.ph Telephone: +63 46 435 1967 Mobile: +63 915 137 1888 / +63 918 505 5886 Facebook: D’Famous Imus Longganisa   KAKANIN Cavite was primarily made of Friar lands like the ones in Naic. The Spanish colonizers would force the Filipinos to plant sugar, coconut, and rice, which have historically come to be known as the “crops of oppression.” Since most of the harvest and profit would go to the Friars, the Filipinos used the food ways of the Colonizers as a form of protest—this is how Kakanin was born. Untitled Kakanin are snack foods or desserts made from the “crops of oppression”: coconut, sugar, and rice.   Untitled The Sinudsod is crepe-like snack made of fermented rice (eaten by farmers then) that is submerged in sweet, cold coconut milk.   Untitled It gets its name from the cooking process where the rice batter is spread on heated banana leaves and scraped off.

Sinudsod, Alikaya, Muche Aling Julia’s Kakanin – Julia Manalo Barangay Makina, Naic, Cavite Telephone: +6346 856 1011

  Untitled The Alikaya is made of purple rice and topped with “Latik”, a sticky byproduct of cooking coconut milk.   Untitled This tasty snack, called Muche, is made of rice flour tinted with annatto seeds and stuffed with sweet Mongo bean paste.   CAVITEÑO LUNCH at CALLE REAL Untitled Along Calle Real in Tanza, Cavite is a mom and pop restaurant that Ige used to serve tasty local dishes. A Calle Real, or “Camino Real”, is historically a street that leads to a church during colonial times.   Untitled Owners, Mr. & Mrs. Tahimic, gave up their jobs in pharmaceuticals to run the establishment.   Untitled This house was built during the American period, which explains the modern, yet modest architecture. Many Caviteños benefited from the agrarian reforms made by Governor William Howard Taft, creating a very comfortable mercantile class.   Untitled Inspired by the American period, we also got to try out the Tofu Sisig, which makes for an interesting protein substitute for the typical Pork jowls.   Untitled The Dried Pusit Salad has mango, tomato, cucumber, squid, and peanut brittle. Very refreshing!   Untitled Drizzle the salad with a dash of Tamarind dressing to make it tangy.   Untitled A Calandracas is a wet noodle dish (sometimes very soupy) made with glass noodles, shrimp and sweet potato. The taste and consistency is quite similar to Sotanghon. This dish was inspired by an age-old funeral practice where food offerings to the dead were mixed up in a huge pot and cooked!   Untitled Cavite is well known for its fishing culture—it is especially abundant in squid, shrimp, mussels, and oysters. The Paella Negra is an ode to Cavite’s rice and fish-producing period.   Untitled Because shrimp is highly abundant in the area, it used in this tasty Pork Binagoongan.   Untitled Cavite also has this very flavorful kind of fish sauce called “Patis Tanza”. Instead of it being made from your typical fish, it is made from Alamang, or small shrimp. It has a stronger smell and is more umami than regular patis. CALLE REAL RESTAURANT Sta. Cruz Street, Tanza, Cavite Email: callerealrestaurant@yahoo.com Telephone: 046 5052836 Mobile: +63 917 628 1692 / +63 922 883 9532 Facebook: Calle Real Restaurant   MERIENDA IN CAVITE Untitled For second “merienda” or snack time, you can enjoy some robusta coffee with a side of “Sopas Tanza”, a kind of tamarind-shaped dry biscuit. The Sopas were made by Kaibigan Bakery of Tanza in the 1920’s after the revolution, before WWII. Since many notable businesses popped up during the 20s, it shows how peacetime leads to prosperity.   Untitled Cavite serves up this delicious Pancit Pusit (rice or bean noodles cooked in squid ink) from Asiong’s. It’s one of the most flavorful I’ve ever tasted! Considered the pride of Cavite, Asiong’s “carienderia-style” dishes have attracted food lovers from all corners of the Philippines. Over the course of more than 50 years, it has become a must-see (or eat) destination in Cavite.   Untitled The Halo-Halo from Asiong’s is a summertime favorite made with Leche Flan Yema, pure Ube paste and milk. ASIONG’S Paterno Street in Caridad, Cavite City Mobile: +63 926 713 9400   NOTABLE DESTINATIONS Untitled Kaybiang Tunnel at Ternate This tunnel cuts the travel time to Nasugbu, Batangas from 2.5 to just 1.5 hours.   Untitled Casa Hacienda de Naic Casa Hacienda de Naic is one of the last standing Hacienda houses erected by the Friars and where the Naic Assembly was held in April 17, 1897.   Untitled Maragondon Church Also called Our Lady of Assumption Church, Maragondon Church is a national heritage built by the Jesuits. It gets its name from an onomatopoeia for thunder!   Untitled The church was built in the 1600’s and still fashions the original doors made of ornate woodcarvings.   Untitled Museum of Andres Bonifacio At the Museum, you can learn about the life, death and capture of Andres Bonifacio.   Untitled The tour begins with a short film viewing of Bonifacio’s life. UntitledYou also get an overview of how the two political factions of the Katipunan, the Magdalo and Magdiwang, were formed.   Untitled Dramatic vocal reenactments of of Andres Bonifacio’s trial and death can also be played at the museum.

Bonifacio Trial House (Museo ng Paglilitis ni Bonifacio) Maragondon, Cavite Curator: Melanio Guevarra

  Untitled Aguinaldo Shrine Considered one of the must-see destinations in Kawit, Cavite, this is the place where Philippine Independence was born.   Untitled Inside you can have a guided tour about his life, death, and presidency.   Untitled The museum includes Aguinaldo’s memorabilia,   Untitled … weapons,   Untitled … the rooms of his children,   Untitled … medicine box,   Untitled… office,   Untitled … and dining area.   Untitled The shrine is full of secret passages and escape routes added to the mansion early into Aguinaldo’s presidency.   Untitled It’s interesting to note how cautious Aguinaldo was. The family water tank is indoors since water tank poisoning became a popular modus operandi.   Untitled When you’re done with the guided tour of the mansion, make sure you catch the light show at around 6PM to fully appreciate the experience!

National Historical Commission of the Philippines Aguinaldo Shrine (Dambana ni General Emilio Aguinaldo) Kawit, Cavite Officer-in-Charge: Gina Ayran Museum Guide: Lean Samala Alcantara-Aldea Cavite El Viejo Heritage Tourism Association

  Untitled Congratulations to Ige Ramos, Cavitex Infrastructure, and Easytrip for organizing such a culturally enriching trip. Mabuhay ang Pilipino!   Live an Awesome Life,   Sheila of Team Our Awesome Planet Disclosure: Our experience is courtesy of Cavitex, Easytrip, and Ige Ramos. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights P.S. When in Cavite, don’t forget to try the Quesillo (a cheese made from Carabao’s milk).  GETTING THERE Untitled First and foremost, getting to Cavite is less time consuming thanks to the Cavitex Infrastructure. You may avail of a reloadable RFID tag by Easytrip to reduce the hassle of tollgates.   Untitled Not only does Cavitex make travel quicker, but they also have an eco-friendly CSR (headed by Julius Kinol) to go along with the development.   UntitledPEATC (Public Estates Authority Tollway Corporation) has implemented a program made up of volunteers to promote environmental awareness and the preservation of our mangrove forests along the coast.   Untitled Due to the rapid urbanization of surrounding areas, our mangroves end up catching any floating debris—as much as 10 sacks of garbage per day.   Untitled Mangroves are beneficial to the ecosystem, as they not only provide a habitat for fish, prevent erosion and flooding, but also desalinate water.   Untitled Naturally, Mangrove seedlings are meant to fall from branches and penetrate the soil below the water. Unfortunately, there is so much garbage along the coast that volunteers must manually plant the seedlings.   Untitled The garbage is often repurposed into containers for seedlings.   Untitled Garbage that cannot be repurposed or recycled is burnt in an eco-friendly manner.   Untitled The PEATC built a custom carbon filtration device to help reduce toxic fumes from the burning—black smoke that enters the filter becomes white, or completely disappears from the exhaust!   Untitled Residual waste is then transformed into a thick, moldable substance…   Untitled… that is then used to create pylons, flower pots, and even tiles!   Untitled Cavitex is a great way route to take if you want to experience Cavite the most convenient way.

Cavitex Infrastructure Corporation hrorais@cavitexpressway.com Telephone: 165-8888

Off to Cav(eat)te!  

One thought on “CAVITE: LASA NG REPUBLIKA Food & Cultural Tour with Ige Ramos! (Photo Essay) @CaviteXpressway

  1. Such mouthwatering dishes, would definitely a get a bite at Calle Real as every dish is just worth every money spent.

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