Davao city is awesome. Just the mention of Davao city and you know it’s a clean urban setting, people are disciplined and their leaders have political will. Davao city is one of our favorite cities in the Philippines. We were so amazed by Davao city, especially their taxi drivers who are very honest and always helpful when it comes to queries about what to do in Davao city. The tourist locations in Davao city are also quite accessible, since the roads in Davao city are well-paved and very smooth. Did we mention “clean” already? Sorry for bombarding you with “Davao city” keywords, but we really want to share our lovely experience when we were there.
One of the main reasons why we visited Davao city is to sample their exotic dishes there. We did a lot of prior research on “exotic foods in Mindanao“, but some of them are politically incorrect or they belong to the endangered species list, so we had to abstain from eating them.
However, we were able to savor three exotic foods in Davao city, namely: Bulca Chong or Bull meat stew, Crocodile sisig and last but not the least Andrew Zimmern’s archenemy – Durian. We’ve already eaten croc meat at Kinabuch in Puerto Princesa and in Cebu‘s Out of Africa restaurant (now defunct), so we weren’t intimidated or grossed out by it.
The taxi ride going there cost us only P150. We would have wanted to go sightseeing as well in the Crocodile farm but the entrance was P150 per head, so we declined and saved our money for lunch at their exotic food restaurant. That’s the drawback about going around Davao, with its enormity one will have to spend a lot on transportation, because there are no jeepneys headed to such a location. We even skipped going to Jack’s Ridge because of that same dilemma alone. Going back to our food adventure, we came upon the restaurant, its name is “Kaonanan sa Tribu K’ Mindanawan“.
We loved the tribal theme and background music going on. The Sarimanok, kulintang and other symbols or items portraying Mindanao’s cultures set the mood for an exciting lunch to be. A costumed waitress handed to us their menu. We asked if Ostrich omelette was available, she answered negatively. So, the only exotic food item on the list was their Crocodile sisig. We had no choice but to order it at P460 per serving which is pretty steep. We also asked for Pinaputok na Tilapia just to make it more interesting.