You don’t leave a place without bringing home something for friends and loved ones. Food, for me, is the most appreciated representation of the culture of a place.
Cagayan de Oro is the hub for everything in Northern Mindanao, making it so convenient to choose from among the best pasalubong around CDO, Bukidnon, Camiguin, Iligan and other neighboring places.
A wonderful discovery is Joji’s Delights peanut butter by Joji Ferrer. She makes them in Bukidnon. What led me to her creations was the malunggay (moringa) peanut butter. I like the unexpected added flavor which doesn’t rob out the character of quality peanut butter. Really nice, love it in pan de sal. I also bought the creamy variation which the family tried with kare-kare last night.
If you live in Manila, you can also find them at health and specialty shops such as Connie’s Kitchen, Healthy Choice and The Green Grocer.
Biscochos in the south are so much different from those that we have in Ilocos. Theirs are the sweet and creamy kind. The muron (in photo below) is a cross between buchi and suman. A filling made with chocolate and peanuts makes it unique.
Pasalubong places such as Vjandep along the highway going to the airport houses the best food products of the region. They offer a wide selection of Camiguin pastel. You’d be surprised to see buns filled with durian, langka, apple and so much more. I like the yema kind, though buko is also nice.
I got bañadas, a specialty of Bukidnon, which are like broas, but with a thicker layer of frosting. The house cheese sticks are milky and chewy, lovely with a cup of coffee.
Not to mention the Iligan peanuts, which come in different kinds. Toasted cashew nuts are also abundant in CDO.
Something I failed to bring home is the hamon specialty of Cagayan de Oro. They make them real good.
But what I regret not being able buy more of is the seaweed shing-a-ling by Libertad Coast. It’s distinct.
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