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Tuesday, 7 May 2019

CEEeats: Pungko-Pungko na Zamboanga - a culinary experience~

My mom tagged along during our first visit of the local pungko-pungko.
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A different experience...

Hey guys! A new food place in our city peaked my interest due to its unique outward for and simple menu. I was able to read about them thru a Facebook friend's post. Additionally, I am a big fan of street food with rice so I asked my mom to accompany me in checking the place out.

'Pungko-pungko' is a Visayan term referring to the low eating set-up provided by the vendors to their patrons along the street in Cebu, Philippines. Such stalls sell different kinds of fried food such as chicken and hotdogs with rice cooked in a weaved banana wrapping called 'puso'. 

The food that you order is served with a tiny plate of onions. You are given the freedom to create your own sauce with soy sauce, calamansi or ketchup as dipping.

The food

The following are the food served this new restaurant with its corresponding prices as of today (all in Philippine Pesos):

Chicken neck  - 10
Chicken thigh  - 10
Chicken Wings - 20
Chicken legs - 12
Rice (puso) - 12
Barbecue - 25
Proven - 10
Hotdogs - 3 pieces for 10
Empanada - 20

Pretty affordable, right?

During my visit, I ordered a piece of thigh, a wrapping of rice, proven and a single empanada.

First impressions

Everything tasted good and it felt like I was cheating the owners of this place. The chicken was well-cooked and its coating was excellently seasoned, the empanada had an abundance of filling and its sauce was scrumptious.

My mom commented liked the rice in particular because it was soft and tasty. She asked for another serving after her first puso!

For those who are craving for finger food without hurting your wallets, I highly recommend this new restaurant. The place is well ventilated and cozy and the staff is very friendly and welcoming. Furthermore, the place is clean so you do not have to worry about any health issues while eating there, unlike when you buy from questionable food carts riddled along the center of town. 

Some recommendations

Despite my favourable opinions, I would like to suggest some changes for the improvement of the diner.

 Firstly, since they do not have any utensils for the customer's use, it would be great if a sink is available for hand washing so that the patrons would have the chance use their hands while eating thus reducing the number of the use of plastic gloves. People do it while eating at major restaurants so why not here, right?

Secondly, it would be nice to use more reusable plates for each serving of the food. This leads to less expenses and less wastes that harms the environment.

How to get there

Pungko-Pungko na Zamboanga is open from 11am to 8pm although sometimes they would change the closing hours due to the limited availability of their dishes (the supply sometimes cannot cope with the demands thus leading them to close up earlier than expected.)

LB Supermarket is the landmark that you should look for when going to the place.

Locating the pungko-pungko is so easy. Its exact address is Bel-Air Subdivision, Atilano Loop, Veterans Avenue Extension Tumaga, Zamboanga City and it is situated on the corner of the subdivision's entrance facing LB Supermarket. 

The bamboo-made structure can be easily spotted once you step in the correct subdivision entrance.

One can take a jeepney going to Tumaga and ask the driver to drop you on LB supermarket. For those who want to go by car, just go along Veterans Avenue until you reach the main Tumaga road and turn to the driveway leading to Bel-Air Subdivision the moment you reach LB supermarket. The place has a spot for relatively small cars for parking.

For more information, do visit their official page at Pungko-Pungko na Zamboanga.

What do you think of this new eating place? If you already visited it, what was your favourite aspect of the overall restaurant? Let me know what you think by commenting down below.

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