Here’s a Glimpse of What Pinoys from Other Provinces Have for Breakfast

An adventure awaits anyone who travels around the Philippines. Our country is home to countless dialects, a topography that goes from the top of a mountain to the deep blue sea, and ingredients that have been cooked according to a province’s own preferences and resources. Breakfast is no exception to this rule and the different parts of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao have their own ways of starting the day.

1. Jolo, Sulu


In Jolo and Bongao, locals “break their fast” with an assortment of food. Their junai iban itlog is composed of steamed rice with coconut milk and ginger. The rice itself is covered in banana leaves and is usually served with a hard boiled egg. You can also have their own version of soft bread that is stuffed with sweetened coconuts.

2. Bulacan

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Tsokolate is an essential part of most Filipino breakfasts, but each province prepares this drink differently. In Bulacan, the tsokolate is made with either cashew or peanuts. The drink uses 2 cups of boiled water, 3 tablespoons of tsokolate, and ¼ cup of full cream or evaporated milk. The viand typically served with this hot drink is tapang kalabaw, which can be eaten with sinangag and a side of quesong puti.

3. Bicol

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Bicol is home to one of the country’s spiciest cuisines and their breakfast of pinangat or tinuktok, known to us as laing, packs in enough heat to kickstart your morning. Pinangat is presented as two taro leaves layered with ground pork or shrimp filling. The sauce is composed of not just coconut cream, but also lemongrass, spring onions, garlic, salt, and shallots.

4. Iloilo

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In Iloilo, Chef Rafael “Tibong” Jardeleza II prepared a heritage breakfast that was served back in 2011 for the 1st Western Visayas Ilonggo Heritage Competition and Food Fair, which paid homage to what Ilonggos ate in the morning. One dish he served was the sinabawan nga dalagang bukid nga may baluggay kag patola or dalagang bukid with moringa and sponge gourd. He also served lato and dilis, a savory dish made of ginisang bihod or fish roe served with sliced tomatoes, onions, and salted eggs.

5. Dumaguete

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Cebu is not the only province home to budbud kabug. Dumaguete is also known for selling and serving steamed millet wrapped in banana leaves for breakfast. Their variation is usually made using balanghoy (Filipino for cassava) or malagkit (Filipino food term for sticky rice). In the market, they also sell budbud kabug or bod-bod kabog with mango or chocolate. Travelers recommend having the budbud kabug at the market along with a cup of sikwate or chocolate that is prepared with cacao tablea.

6. Angono, Rizal

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In Doreen Fernandez’s “Breaking the Fast”, she recounts being served a breakfast of kare-kareng kanduli (Filipino for catfish) and paksiw na kanduli that was flavored with crushed dilao (Filipino for turmeric) in Angono’s Balaw-Balaw. Another breakfast viand she mentions from Balaw-Balaw is the tapang usa or deer meat, along with the usual comfort food of suman and the local coffee.

What do you have for breakfast back in your province? What do you miss having from back home? Let us know in the comments section below.

1. “Breaking the Fast,” Doreen G. Fernandez, Tikim: Essays on Philippine Food and Culture
2. Going Dutch
3. Filipino Food Glossary 
4. Inquirer.net 
5. Journeying James 
6. Kagay-an 
7. Iron Wulf En Route 

12 Responses

  1. As a Bicolano, I think its unusual to have pinangat for breakfast. I was expecting binu-tong or binamban

  2. I like visiting Dumaguete’s market for my share of budbud kabog and people watching. The only downside is that the stalls do not serve brewed coffee.

  3. In order of mouth-wateringness: Angono, Bulacan, Bicol, Jolo, Dumaguete, Iloilo. I’d die for any of them right now, though #BreakfastFoodRocks

  4. Jolo’s soft bread stuffed with caramelized coconut (more often than not) is called “daral.”

  5. My maternal grandmother was from Tacloban, Leyte and, whenever she came back to Manila from a visit to our southern kinfolk, she’d feed us sumang minuron – heavenly cylinders of steamed galapong flavoured with tableas de cacao and roasted peanuts – alongside thick Spanish hot chocolate for breakfast. 😀

  6. kanduli!!! i’m from angono so i grew up having kanduli,,, sinigang na kanduli, pritong kanduli.. but i haven’t tried kare kareng kanduli… good idea…

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