Romblon Food Trip: 8 Local Dishes You Should Try!

Romblon: Tablas Island

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Here are the top 8 dishes to complete your Romblon experience…


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1. Sarsa

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Sarsa is a local dish found only in Romblon.

The dish is made out of small shrimps caught in streams, mixed with young coconut and chili. It is then wrapped in coconut leaves, giving it that local touch. You eat the dish paired with rice.

Best to buy early in the morning before it runs out. It can be found in their local carinderia and wet markets.


2. Taghilaw

Romblon: Tablas Island
Taghilaw is pork meat and intestines cooked in vinegar sauce. A dish similar in preparation to “dinuguan” but minus the blood.


3. Gayabon

Romblon: Tablas Island
Gayabon, is Romblon’s version of Laing. But what makes it different is that they use fresh gabi cooked until the leaves are mashed into a pasty texture. It is very chunky and is not spicy like the Bikolano version.


4. Sihi Shell

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Sihi, a local edible shellfish. One cannot normally eat by sucking it out of its shell, but instead, with an aid of a pin, you slowly pick the meat out.

When fishermen aren’t able to get a good catch of fish for the day, they would often resort to looking for these shells by the shore.

Often cooked in coconut milk, you can find them in carinderias in Looc Town.


5. Inaslum

Romblon: Tablas Island
Inaslum is a healthy vegetable soup that makes use of any available fresh vegetable in season. It is not sour like what the name suggests, but actually very bland. Good for those who are health conscious and for seniors.


6. Longganisa, Tocino, Tapa

Romblon: Tablas
Odiongan is known for its preserved meats like the longganisa, tapa, and tocino that can last outside the fridge up to 5 days.


Romblon: Tablas

Romblon’s longganisa would probably be the sweetest one we’ve tasted so far. It’s made using quality pork cuts with only sugar, garlic, asuete as its preserving agents.


7. Locally made peanut butter

Romblon: Tablas
Romblon makes a good blend of peanut butter spread. We liked that the oil doesn’t separate from the mixture.


8. Freshly Caught Seafood

Romblon: Tablas Island
Whether its shrimp, squid, or fish, you’ll never go wrong ordering something from the sea.


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Full Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. We paid for our meals. We are not connected with the owners or the organizations promoting these restaurants.  

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5 thoughts on “Romblon Food Trip: 8 Local Dishes You Should Try!

  1. In Carmen, part of San Agustin in northeastern Tablas Island, we have Young Jackfruit chopped finely and cooked with dried dilis fish and bago (lumbay) leaves in coconut milk. We have also kari-kari na manok, not the normal kare-kare of Luzon but a different version, because this one is very spick and the chicken bones in chopped finely and cooked together with the meat. We have also sampayna, almost related to menudo or apritada inbetween. But what I love most is our inasluman version (similar to Diningding) but this contains mushrooms, kuyamamis leaves, in-season vegetables, fried or broiled fish, alugbati leaves and calamansi juice. We still have a lot of Romblomanon food in Carmen.

  2. For me “Sarsa” is the best appetizer for young and old…i love the “Gutaw” and “Dinuguan with green Papaya” of my Lola Saning in Looc, Romblon.

  3. Another delicacy in Looc, Romblon that I always love to eat…..”Suman”…..any occassions or gatherings that “suman” will always be on the food table. I’ve tasted all kinds of suman all over the Philippines but nothing beats the “suman” in Romblon…a must try!

  4. Speaking of delicacy or a must try in Romblon is this delish afternoon snack sold by an old woman yelling outside—Inday2x, Pinindooooowt!😄

    Inday-Inday is like a “palitaw” covered with white sugar and sprinkled with sesame seeds while the famous Pinindot is like a ‘Binignit’ in Cebu—served hot and creamy (with coco cream, sweet potatoes, sweet langka, colorful ‘sago’, and the sticky ‘bilo-bilo’). Two thumbs up for you, Nanay

    Nanay will always be remembered by her legacy of selling Inday2x, Pinindooowt!😍

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