The upside of the rainy season? It’s the perfect opportunity to slow down and savor comfort food that warms the body and soul.
We went around the Alsons Properties community to ask people’s favorite rainy-day dishes. Here are their top picks:
Dencia’s Lugaw and Tokwa’t Baboy
Dencia’s is a Davao institution for good reason: it’s home to arguably the best lugaw and tokwa’t baboy in town. The restaurant also offers other comfort food such as pancit and fresh lumpia, among other Filipino-Chinese favorites.
“Dencia’s is the perfect place to duck in and wait out the rain. The restaurant has been in Davao for decades yet people never seem to get tired of it. Their food always hits the spot.”
–Eric de la Costa
Dencia’s is located at Gen. Luna St., Davao City. Open from 7AM -9PM. Call (082) 227-6777 for inquiries.
New Davao Famous’ Gulame
Another rainy day staple is New Davao Famous Restaurant’s gulame. Packed with texture and flavor, this beef and tripe noodle soup has a distinct tangy and spicy taste.
“Not a lot of people may be familiar with this dish, but I’m sure the older Dabawenyos know what I’m talking about. One bowl of gulame will surely make you sweat away the rainy day.”
-Conrado De Jesus
New Davao Famous Restaurant is located at 401, R. Magsaysay St., Davao City. Open from 6:30AM-9:30PM and 5:00PM-10:00PM. Call (082) 227-1972 for inquiries.
Seafood Sate Soup
Myk, the chef-owner of Unit 206 Damosa, goes for a decidedly Asian take on comfort food with his Seafood Sate Soup. The sate paste adds garlicky heat to the heartiness of the chicken broth and seafood, while the cilantro lends the soup a distinctly oriental flair.
“This dish is always a bonding moment for me and my family.”
-Chef Myk Hao
Unit 206 Damosa is located at 2F Damosa Business Center, Lanang, Davao City. Open from 5:30PM-1AM. Call 0916 261 5001 for inquiries.
For Chef Morris, there’s nothing heartier than beef shoulder slow-cooked with tableya (native chocolate) and a variety of spices. Serve it with a side of fried potatoes and you have the ideal rainy-day indulgence.
“This dish is special to me because it was taught and shared by my mentor and friend, the late Chef Paddy Lascano. My family loves this dish, especially my eldest son who appreciates spicy food.”
-Chef Morris Uy
No time for slow-cooking? You can also enjoy this dish at Hungry Ape PH, which Chef Morris owns.
Hungry Ape PH is located at ATU Plaza, Gov. Duterte St., Davao City. Open from 11AM-2PM and 5PM-10PM. Call (082) 222-2273 for inquiries.
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