April 13, 2012 – Sooo Pinoy Food Tour Day 3 in Cebu – Previous Post : H Cafe Cebu.
Our next stop was in one of the delectable food stalls in SM Cebu called Island Grill Express. Food Court in any SM Mall is also one of the favorite destination of foodies not only because of its affordability but also because of the never ending food choices. For our visit in Island Grill Express, they served a popular dish in central and western Visayas called Balbacua.
Cebu offers a never ending food trail, if you cant go to small eateries mostly found in city sidewalks then head to where you can find authentic, affordable and wide variety of Cebuano Food Choices – The SM Food Court.
This popular dish has so many versions much like our favorite Pork Adobo where each destination may have another way of preparing Balbacua. In Cebu, Balbacua is very similar to Kare-kare when it comes to the taste. It has more or less the same ingredients except that it has no blanched vegetables and shrimp bagoong on the side. Balbacua is very popular among Cebuanos especially in the Carinderia scene.
My Favorite Bami Noodles
It is a no-frills kind of dish but is very tasty when eaten with rice. What I like about the Cebuano’s version is the thick and sweet flavorful sauce that is mixed with ox tail and feet that is cooked to tenderness. They also served Tinolang Isda – a Jack Fish in Tamarind Soup.
Island Grill Express SM Cebu Food Court
One of the best selling dishes in Island Grill Express are Grilled Pork Belly, Crab Relleno, Grilled Squid and Calderetang Kambing. For dessert, they served their best selling Manggo Buko Pandan and their famous Leche Flan.
Owned and Managed by Hedy Sarrosa and Nino Bascon, Island Grill Express opened its first branch in 1994 followed by their Ayala Branch in 1996. They are now have a franchise in Davao and Cagayan de Oro.
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