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Usher in Good Luck This Holiday Season with Prosperity Pancit

For Filipinos, Christmas and New Year’s handaan do not only mean celebrations but are symbolic offerings to attract good fortune. Round fruits are served to bring abundance, while rice cakes represent close relationships among the family and ensure that luck sticks to all members.

Abundance and good fortune await Pinoy food lovers with Prosperity Pancit, a Sooo Pinoy dish that delights the taste buds and attracts holiday blessings.

The real star of holiday banquets, however, is pancit. Merging Chinese traditional cooking with Filipino flavors, it is believed to attract wealth, health, and long life. Since it was introduced by Chinese traders during the Spanish colonial era, pancit has become a staple on every Filipino family’s dining table, especially for special occasions. Generations of Pinoys have truly made this dish their own and have cooked up as many variations as there are towns and provinces in the country.

This holiday season, good luck is on every food lover’s side as Unilever Food Solutions has cooked up something delicious—the Prosperity Pancit, boasting a variety of ingredients that attract fortune. This scrumptious Sooo Pinoy dish is loaded with egg noodles for a long and happy life, eggs for rebirth and fertility, and a medley of vegetables for close relationships.

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Kusinero’s at Binggoy’s Gourmet | Sooo Pinoy Food Trip na Pilipinas in Davao City

When you go to Villa Margarita Hotel, you should never miss dining at Binggoy’s Gourmet which is the restaurant named after the husband of Davao Regional Tourism Council chair Mary Ann “Baby” Montemayor. She shared to us that the resto was named after her husband simply because everything in the menu was approved by Binggoy. Ms. Montemayor happens to be one of the organizers of the Mindanao Culinary Festival. Her tuna assortments as they say are one-of-a-kind as she uses traditional ingredients to create gourmet dishes at Binggoy’s.

The restaurant which appears like a small but comfortable, cozy place that gives you a feel of being homey but with fine-dining ambience located at the Villa Margarita Hotel along J.P. Laurel Avenue (near DLPC Plant) in Davao City. It is where one can savor a delectable cuisine with fine food and drinks which are especially prepared for one’s satisfaction.

Binggoy’s is known for fine dining of gourmet dishes from certain distinct local Davao dishes. Chef Gene Gonzales of CACS is the Chef Consultant in Villa Margarita since 1991.

During our visit for the Sooo Pinoy food trip, the Kusineros – an organization of chefs here in Davao, prepared several dishes for us.


Bungos na Bangus by the Kusineros


Chicken and Mushroom Bamboo Rice by the Kusineros

Durian Crepe Cake by the Kusineros… I love durian and this one is delicious!

And here are the gourmet dishes prepared for us by Binggoy’s Gourmet….


Davao Wow Kinilaw… this one is very popular in Binggoy’s according to Ms. Baby as it uses itlog na pula or salted egg, calamansi (lime powder from Unilever) and malasugue.

Adobong Panga… very flavorful! Loved how it tasted. A must try at Binggoy’s.

Pangga Fish Cakes with Pomelo Salsa

Pomelo Salad… with shrimp in a special vinegar concoction.


Tablea Leche Flan… It is my first time to this kind flavor in a leche flan being one of my most favorite dessert. It was a hit and a best seller among the group and some were still looking if there was more of this dessert actually.

Tuna Jaw (Panga) Meat Salad with Davao Mango Dressing

Davao Camote-Durian Roll… the camote taste would come first with the taste of durian at the end. This is an interesting dessert that I would love to eat once again. It is unique and truly delicious! A great way to end our visit in a Davao delicious way!

Villa Margarita Hotel. J.P. Laurel Avenue, Bajada, Davao City

Tel. (082) 221-5674 to 75 / 0922 890 0844.

Website: www.villamargaritahotel.com

Email: sales@villamargaritahotel.com

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This epic food trip in Davao City from June 25-29, 2012 is part of Unilever Food Solutions’ Sooo Pinoy campaign, in partnership with the Department of Tourism, to make more Filipinos aware of the richness and diversity of our cultural heritage with our Filipino dishes and cuisine in the Philippines and for this leg featuring the local dishes may it be their traditional versions or unique yet delicious fusion of Filipino cuisine that are popular in Davao City. Thank you Unilever Food Solutions and Stratworks for making us a part of this epic Davao food trip!

To know more about the campaign, please do visit the Sooo Pinoy Facebook Page and follow @SoooPinoy on Twitter.

Fiesta Dabaw | Sooo Pinoy Food Trip na Pilipinas in Davao City

Fiesta Dabaw at the Food Court of Gaisano Mall of Davao was our last stop (but definitely not the least in the list) of our 5th and last day of the Sooo Pinoy Food Trip na Pilipinas in Davao City.

This was the 26th resto/food establishment that we visited during the whole week of fun, delicious and epic food trip around the city of Davao. I feel blessed to be chosen to be part of this whole Sooo Pinoy food trip event in Davao City.

Fiesta Dabaw has been a long known restaurant in Davao even before 2007 when the new owners took over (focusing now on fast food set-up in malls) from the original owners that had a restaurant. There have branches in SM City Davao, NCCC Mall Davao, NCCC Mall Tagum, Gaisano Mall of Davao, Gaisano Mall of Tagum including one in GenSan.

They are now among the fast food chains in Davao offering delicious and affordable Filipino food. Among the 30-40 dishes they have, here are the six main dishes they served for our last dinner together with the whole Sooo Pinoy Team…

Sepo Guisado… mix of vegetables with shrimps and boiled quail eggs (both my fave!).

Beef Kare-Kare (Oxtail)… one of their best sellers.

Bulalo… a favorite Filipino stew among us Filipinos.

Pork Sisig (maskara)… a favorite Filipino delicacy and appetizer. If I may say, this is a personal fave of my husband and he influenced me to eat this dish.

Tuna Steak… this is delicious especially when it is freshly grilled tuna.

Paksiw na Buntot ng Tuna… their best seller. A fave among many Dabawenyos I know.

Meals range around P65-P75 per order. They offer budget meals and combo meals especially targeted for students who dine at Gaisano Mall Davao.

Fiesta Dabaw contact numbers: (082) 297 2154 / 224 5858 and their Facebook Page link is https://www.facebook.com/fiestadabaw.

ALL Photos by DAVAOFOODTRIPS.COM

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This epic food trip in Davao City from June 25-29, 2012 is part of Unilever Food Solutions’ Sooo Pinoy campaign, in partnership with the Department of Tourism, to make more Filipinos aware of the richness and diversity of our cultural heritage with our Filipino dishes and cuisine in the Philippines and for this leg featuring the local dishes may it be their traditional versions or unique yet delicious fusion of Filipino cuisine that are popular in Davao City. Thank you Unilever Food Solutions and StratWorks for making us a part of this epic Davao food trip!

To know more about the campaign, please do visit the Sooo Pinoy Facebook Page and follow @SoooPinoy on Twitter.

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