again Davao city has it's version of the durian ice cream like the other south east asian nations of Malaysia or Singapore or Thailand and Indonesia. The Durian Ice Cream in davao is pretty standard durian flavor (they have other fruit mixes to the durian ice cream in malaysia and singapore). The most famous Durian Ice Cream in Davao City is the Brand Allegro and is available in the malls and shops all around davao city and one scoop of the ice cream is about 20 pesos while a durian frozen cone will costs about 25 pesos per piece. go ahead and try this heat buster.
the sweet and yummy mangosteen candies which are derived from the mangosteen fruit. the mangosteen fruit is a tropical fruit endemic in south east asia and has a hard shell but a soft and fleshy interior and a hard seed too. It is a sweet fruits and also is a favorite in davao but is not in season when we visited so we had to settle for the mangosteen candies, made from pureed mangosteen and skimmed milk and are available everywhere specially in souvenir shops and they costs 35 pesos per small plastic pack.
the local davao biscuits. In the National Filipino Dialect, Patatas means potatoes but here in davao city, in the local dialect, they mean the square and small tasty biscuits made from wheat flour, milk, eggs, sugar and some margarine and these patatas cookies are sold in the local groceries or bakeries and are not that visible in souvenir stores or shops. A small patatas plastic bag will cost about 40 pesos and are tasty and sweet but has a crunchy consistency.
this is another innovation to the Hopia or the Philippine version of the chinese mooncake this time instead of mongo fillings, it is filled with durian and is what I termed an exotic delicacy and the Durian Hopia is available is 4 pieces of buns at the assorted stores and souvenir shops all around davao city and it costs 50 pesos per order or the 8 pieces pack which costs 100 pesos per order. go ahead and try this delicacy.
most chicharonnes or chicharon (as it is called in the philippines) is made from pork cracklings but here in davao, they have a beef crackling version of the popular chicharon made from the beef skin so that the local muslim population can savor the savory cracklings of chicharon (pork is forbidden for muslims). This local delicacy in davao is available in the stores and souvenir shops of davao and has local vinegar as dipping sauce and costs 50 pesos for a small pack and 100 pesos for a big pack.
you can put this durian jam to your favorite bread and make it taste better? but again it depends if you are a durian lover or not heehehe. the durian jam is made again from pureed durian bits and is stewed in sugar and you can add pectin or careegeenan to make is jelly like and the durian jam is available in shops and souvenir stores all around davao city and cost 80 to 100 pesos for a small bottlle so buy one now when you are in davao city.
again, assorted sweets mixed with the king of fruits, the durian as the main flavor, the macaroon is a type of small cake which uses egg whites instead of egg yolks as the base ingredients and pureed durian is added to it. It is available everyhere in davao city and sell for 50 pesos a small pack. the pastillas is a creamy and chewy cake that has condensed milk as it's base and again durian puree is added and it costs 35 pesos for a small pack and is available all around the souvenir and candy shops of Davao City.
as in Malaysia and in Thailand and Singapore, Davao City has it's own version of the durian chocolate and there is only one brand here and one styleof Durian Chocolate wherein the chocolates are molded into curly tops with pureed durian flesh inside the chocolate tops and they come in 4 pieces and larger 12 pieces packs and costs 50 pesos per 4 pieces and 150 pesos per 12 pieces and are available everywhere and also in the Airport (but the Malaysian Durian Chocolates are more creamy, pls see my kuala lumpur page).
a more sweeter version of the Durian candy due to lots and lots of dulce de leche or condensed milk is added into this very sweet and very creamy soft and chewable candies and the yema candy also has egg yolks (the egg whites are not part of the yema) and finally you add the pureed durian bits into the mix and let is cool and viola! durian yema and the best durian yema are made by Lola Abon's and they will cost about 45 to 50 pesos per 10 piece balls and are available everywhere in Davao City. Try them and you definitely ask for more!
harder candy than the durian yema since skimmed milk is used in making durian candy instead of the more creamy and sugary condensed milk. The Durian Candy was the first Durian Fruit inspired product of Davao City and it wall all started by local Lola Abondia Raakin, wherein in the 50’s, she made the pastilles de leche for her family. Soon after, a friend of Lola Abon suggested to include durian in the pastilles since the fruit is indigenous in Davao. Thus, the durian candies were born. and is now copied by everone but still the most popular is the Lola Abon Brand and is available everywhere and one durian candy plastic pack will cost 35 pesos and the bigger candy bars also at 35 pesos.
an innovation, wanna want to try the durian pie? This is among the quaint davao foodie specialties wherein you make durian fruits into ready made pies that are either malodourous or fragrant, depending on who is smelling it. The durian pie was made by the local Ms. Virginia G. Sanz who had sensed that the famous buko pies of Laguna Province in Luzon were popular hence she tried to replicate the pies using durian here in davao and the rest is history. the Durian Pie taste what else but durian hehehe with a tinge of creaminess and a box will cost 150 pesos and is available in shops around davao city and at the departure terminal of the airport.
since davao city has a large area and with many parts located in the mountains, they grow assortef coffees here and they have their own mountain coffee and civet cat coffee versions. Their special coffee blends here can be the robusta variety or the Excelsa Variety and the more famous arabica variety and are grown about 2,500 feet or more above sea level the the flagship brand is called Altura Mountain Coffee. They also sell the World Famous Civet Cat Coffee (called coffee luwak in Indonesia or Weasel Coffee in Vietnam) and they will cost about 700 pesos for 100 grams and 1,400 for 200 grams while the regular Altura Coffee costs 250 pesos for a 200 gram whole bean pack. It is available in selected areas of davao city and at the davao Crocodile Park.
the nenita variety of Pomelo or Bread fruit is ay sweeter and more succulent than the regular sized pomelo with hardly having the slight tinge of the bitter aftertaste upon eating the regular bread fruits or pomelos and even the More famous Ruby red of subtropical grapefruits. The Nenita Cultivar is less ruby red and more greenish hue and is smaller and sweeter and costs 90 pesos or more a kilo and is available everywhere in davao city and may be ordered prepacked in 7 kilo carton bags so that you cann checkn it in the aircraft.
davao provinces in Mindanao Island is known for it's sweet Pomelo (asian grape fruit) and here in the philippines, the pomelo is more or a fruit snack unlike in vietnam or thailand or even malaysia wherein they are part of the ingredients of meals. The local Southeast asian Pomelo is a tropical variety of Citrus Fruit and is more sweeter than the sub tropical ruby red of the regular grape fruit and without the tinge of bitterness. There are several cultivars of pomelo in davao city but the most famous and most sweet is the nenita cultivar. Pomelos are available all around davao city and costs about 80 pesos per kilo.
this is a new invention and they say that is has a low glycemic index, meaning it does not digest fast hence does not overload the body in glucose production hence is suitable for diabetics. The raw coco sugar granules is dark brown in color like the moscuvado sugar from cane. It tastes like an ordinary cane sugar but with a difference, it smells like burnt coconut meat. The sugar particles look rough, but felt soft in one’s hand, easily melted in the mouth and tasted only slightly sweet.Coco Sugar is derived from the evaporating coconut sap or sweet toddy (tuba as it is known locally) through boiling in an open container where it is then allowed to cool and solidify. Coco sap if distilled, it turns into wine ( lambanog a local name which is commercially available). If it is fermented it turns into vinegar. If cooked it turns into coco sugar. a 250 mg jar will cost 145 pesos and a 500 mg jar will cost 290 pesos and is available in most shops in Davao City.