Here's How You Can Get a Taste of Pinoy Regional Dishes Without Having to Leave Your House
With hard-to-find dishes like Kandingga, Baka Tulasog, Zinagan, and more!
(SPOT.ph) What comes to mind when you think of Filipino food? Chances are, it's adobo, sinigang, lechon, or sisig. But what about kandingga from Bicol, or tinadtad na baka from Calamba? Sure, you've tried menudo, but have you tried menudong Nagcarlan from the eponymous municipality in Laguna? Filipino food is way more diverse than most of us think, and one purveyor aims to highlight these lesser-known Filipino dishes of our cuisine: Paabot, an online venture that delivers regional specialties around the Metro.
"We bring you a taste of travel and tradition from the different places in the Philippines that we’ve been to," writes Paabot.ph. They have a monthly-changing menu—the current version of which includes the Zinagan (P380), a Kalinga dish that's comparable to dinuguan. Love vegetables? Try the Venes (P480), a Batanes dish of preserved gabi stalks and squid.
If you're into curry dishes, you'll want to try the Baka Tulasog (P480)—a specialty from Davao with pineapple, cocoa, bagoong, curry powder, and beef. And if you're after a coconut-y, creamy, spicy bite, try the Kandingga (P380), a Bicolano dish described as a cross between Bicol express and bopis. Note that each of these dishes has its own specified delivery date, which you can find on their order form.
Paabot also takes special orders for other regional eats. Looking for a soup to soothe the soul? Go for the Tinadtad na Baka (P480), a sinigang-like dish from Calamba with beef, vegetables, and kamias. For a one-of-a-kind chicken dish, try the Chicken Piaparan (P480) from Lanao del Sur, which has chicken cooked with spices and coconut milk with grated coconut. Yet another intriguing offering is the Sinantomas (P480), a dish from Quezon that can be likened to pork caldereta.
You can place your orders through their form at least two days before the delivery date. Paabot accepts payments made via BPI or BDO bank transfer, or GCash. You can opt to have it delivered, or pick it up from their commissary in Pasig Green Park Village.
For orders, check out this order form. You can also check out Paabot's Facebook and Instagram pages.