Boosog Lasang Pinoy

>> Sunday, August 22, 2010

One of the best cuisines in the world is Filipino cuisine. Aside from the fact that some are based on a dare, Filipino cuisine is an explosion of flavors from different herbs and spices. There are a lot of reasons why it is considered as one of the premier cuisines in the world. One of which is the way the food is cooked and how the natural flavors of the dish comes out.

Filipino cooking is critical. Original Filipino dishes do not have measurement on their ingredients. Cooks from the provinces use their touch in cooking when it comes to adding the ingredients base only on their own tongue's estimate. If done perfectly, the food will be excellent. A little mistake would mean a disaster.

There are lots of Filipino restaurants in Cebu but few are worth visiting. One of these few is Boosog Lasang Pinoy Restaurant. Boosog may not be a household name just yet but the name itself is what we all aim for every meal. Boosog comes from the word busog, a term for being full in the gastronomic world.


One of the amazing things about Boosog is they serve the best pinakbet in town. I am not a big fan of the dish as I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to eat vegetables but the pinakbet in Boosog took my tastebuds by storm. The flavor of the shrimp and the squid blended so well that it somehow wraps the vegetables in a strong yet calm flavor. The flavor is so good, you can eat a copy of YES Magazine in it.

Tinolang Manok Bisaya

The crispy pork ribs on the other hand is above average. I like how they fried the ribs to the amount of tenderness that it is usually made. The meat is not too salty and contains just the right amount of fat. Don't get too busy with the ribs though, their tinolang manok bisaya (native chicken) is as legit as it looks. Cooked with the traditional malunggay (moringa) and sayote (chayote), the flavor of the manok bisaya really comes out and mixed very well with the soup. Even the aroma of the dish mesmerizes me like the Pied Piper of Hamelin.


A Filipino restaurant that does not offer kinilaw is not a Filipino restaurant. Another dish that Boosog serves is sinuglaw. Sinuglaw comes from sinugba (grill) and kinilaw. This is a fusion of grilled pork and marinated fish that is served with fresh coconut milk. The sinuglaw's tuna is well marinated with vinegar and the collaboration of the grilled pork gives a little bit of bitterness on it. With the sweetness of the fresh coconut milk all over, it sums up to an awesomely delicious dish.

Grilled Tuna Panga

From their array of specialties, nothing compares with Boosog's grilled tuna panga (jaw). The properly grilled tuna panga is stunningly delicious, it's like a beautiful woman on your table. The softness of the tuna is equivalent to excellent and the natural flavors of the meat just comes out in an instant. This dish takes the cake. Their grilled tuna panga is so delicious, it made me think about what I did in my life to deserve it.

Boosog knows that we cannot solve our major problems with potatoes. That is why they offer unlimited rice and bottomless iced tea to all their guests. With prices from P80.00 to P250 (varies from size and type of dish), Boosog is a must-go Filipino restaurant.

We do not need to go to classy restaurants to enjoy food. Most Filipinos don't like gourmet cooking or "this" cooking or "that" cooking.

We like good cooking.

Boosog Lasang Pinoy Restaurant is located at The Gallery, Juan Luna St., Mabolo Cebu City (in front of Carmelite Monastry)


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