Experience A Walking Food Tour In Cebu City
One of the things I absolutely love to do when traveling is to take part in a local walking food tour. On our recent visit to Cebu City in the Philippines, my wife and I did just that by booking a Street Food Tour With Backstreet Academy in Cebu.
This is an authentic walking food tour with a local guide born and raised in Cebu City.
Reasons To Choose Backstreet Academy Tours
I’ve always been in full support of businesses that give back to the community in one way or another and Backstreet Academy is no exception. Founded in 2014, this Southeast Asia tour company works with locals and small businesses to bring you unusual, ethical excursions.
“Meet people you’ll never get to meet, do things you’ll never get to do, with the friendliest people.”
The perfect way to find and explore local experiences when you travel and at the same time, helping to support local communities and people in your chosen destination. More than 400 attractions, activities and things to do in Asia, hosted by friendly local hosts.
Interact within the local community while discovering new skills and traditional crafts that have been handed down for generations.
Founded in 2014 and since then, the company has grown significantly winning numerous awards and accolades around the globe. They offer over 1,200 unique travel experiences in over 10 countries and 40 cities throughout Asia.
“We focus on alleviating poverty & preserving traditional heritage by empowering people at the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) to become micro-entrepreneurs who run their own unique travel experiences for travelers.”
Similar to other organizations I have had the pleasure of working with in the past, Backstreet Academy work with a variety of individuals throughout Asia who can offer unique local experiences to visitors. At the same time, opening doors of opportunity to showcase their skills and talents while earning additional income to help support themselves and their families.
A great business platform, helping others help themselves. I’ve had the pleasure of working with other great businesses and charities similar in the past such as; Better World Books, Stash Belt, Kiva, Uncommon Goods and more!
List of countries you can presently find and take part unique experiences with these individuals;
• Nepal • Laos • Indonesia • Philippines • India • Cambodia
• Thailand • Myanmar • Vietnam • Malaysia
Our Street Food Tour Experience In Cebu City
Prior to leaving Canada, I always research and read reviews when choosing who to select for our outings. When I googled “Food Tour in Cebu”, Backstreet Academy popped up on page one. After reading previous reviews from others, it was an easy decision and what turned out to be excellent as well.
After arranging and booking our tour prior to our arrival in the city, we were met at our hotel by our friendly local guide and host – Vincent. He was born and raised in Cebu and eager to show us some of the local dishes he was raised on in the Philippines.
We hopped in a cab and followed his lead on his motorbike to our destination to begin the tour. It was lunch time and we were ready to sample some of the local cuisine prepared by street vendors and local eateries in the older part of Cebu City.
Below is a sample of what to expect when taking part in this very unique food experience and what we enjoyed. This tour certainly gives you an opportunity to sample some extraordinary and very unfamiliar dishes unlike that of home in North America!
Local Street Food Vendors And Eateries
The tour also gives you a chance to get up close and personal with the locals and experience their daily way of living first hand. Our tour took place in Old Cebu, where many old buildings and residences are situated. There’s local shopping, restaurants, housing and much more in the surrounding area.
Entering a small corridor market area, our guide (Vincent) introduced us to a few tasty fruits to tantalize your taste buds for what’s about to come!
It was then on to a popular food stall that serves ginabot. This is pork intestines that are deep fried and served with corn rice and soup. Corn rice is a cheaper substitute to rice and is very popular among locals.
We have traveled to Vietnam and Thailand in past years, but this was the first time trying pork intestines. A little chewy, but not bad at all deep fried!
Next up, how about some barbequed chicken feet? Yup, had to try it, not much meat, but I learned from locals that’s it quite good for your cartilage in your knees.
We also sampled barbequed chicken liver which was ok, as I’m not a big fan of liver. 🙁
We then walked to a small but very popular eatery serving pork siomai. These small dumplings were absolutely delicious! Like eating candy once you start, it’s hard to stop. Siomai is a local favorite and for very good reason, they are amazing!
It was then on to another popular street food vendor preparing nilarang. This is a very tasty fish soup with a variety of spices.
Definitely one of our other favorites on the tour! The soup base and fish was very tasty! At this point, we were definitely getting full, but were told by Vincent that there was more to come!
Vincent then led us to a small side street vendor preparing a local snack favorite known as; puso (rice) dipped into tuslob buwa, (bubbling sauteed pig’s brain).
Yup, you heard that right, pig’s brain. Although extremely boiling hot, it was actually quite tasty and another first for me in foreign food sampling!
To finish up our walking food tour, we made our way to two very favorite local snack vendors and restaurants. The first serving Turon or caramelized bananas, which were great. As well, Vincent insisted we just had to try Halo-halo.
Halo-halo is a very popular cold dessert which is a mixture of crushed ice, evaporated milk and a variety of food items thrown in such as; ube, sweetened beans, corn, coconut julienes, sago, gulaman, pinipig rice, boiled root crops in cubes, fruit slices, flan, all mixed in with ice cream.
Quite a mixture, but a very tasty and surprisingly sweet snack!
Because of the size of the halo-halo dessert and the fact that we were beyond full at this point, we insisted that we all share just one, and it was plenty.
If that wasn’t enough, we had to wash down everything with fresh coconut milk! 🙂
This was a wonderful experience, giving us the opportunity to sample some local favorite dishes, step out of the box, observe and interact with the locals as they go about their daily lives in Cebu City. Our tour guide and host Vincent was excellent, informative and a lot of fun to be with during the food tour.
Of course, trying all these different foods and vendors during our tour, naturally, we were concerned about food safety. Vincent ensured they only use trusted vendors and eateries on their tours. We experienced no illness afterward whatsoever.
If you love food and sampling dishes in the country you are visiting, then I highly recommend Backstreet Academy In Cebu and other destinations throughout Asia.
Backstreet Academy is so popular, they have been featured in …
National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler, BBC Travel, Huffpost, Travel+Leisure and more!
Below, I have listed their official website for your convenience, where you can access much more detailed information on tours they presently offer, booking and more.
A Big Thanks to Backstreet Academy for Sponsoring our wonderful Street Food Tour in Cebu City. Of course, all content and opinions are that of the author and reflect my personal experience only.