Panagbenga is an occasion when the people of Baguio pay them humungous tribute to the natural beauty and foods of the city of Baguio. Baguio is also known as the city of pines, or the summer capital of Philippines is a place that you must pay a visit once in your life.
Nature has blessed Baguio in every possible way when it comes to natural beauty. This place is loaded with colorful flowers whose fragrances can make your olfactory sense pleasant. Especially when the festival of Panagbenga comes, the street of the Baguio city become overloaded with floats of parade and flowers in every shape and style. Although the parade of floats is the most important event of Panagbenga festival, however, this sight is tiring too. After watching the colorful and fun-filled parade, the next most thing that you want to do is to sit in a quiet place and be relaxed.
As we are talking about relaxing, then one of the best ways to get rid of your tiredness is to have some delicious food to eat. Panagbenga is a festival, and like every other festival, it has plenty of food to serve to its visitors. Some of the most demanded and delicious food available in Baguio are discussed below:
- Chicken Balls
- Strawberry Taho
- Sundot Kulangot
- Strawberry Shwarma
- Lechon chop suey
- Garlic buttered chicken
So, the first in our list is a dish which you can have in Panagbenga festival and it may serve as a starter. The deep fried amazingly delicious chicken balls a treat for junk food lovers. There is a variety of chicken and fish balls available and you can either enjoy eating them either standing on the stall or have them on a foil platter along with tasty sweet and sour sauces.
Taho is a warm white bean curd having soft sago in it. However, what makes the strawberry taho delicious and delightful is the fresh strawberry syrup on it. This strawberry flavored curd dish can be seen on the streets of Baguio during the whole time. Combining with the cold weather of Baguio this warm dish can make your evening in the Burnham Park even more delightful and memorable.
Another highly famous delicacy of Baguio is Sundot Kulangot. This sweet delicacy is a kind of a must try when you are in Baguio. Basically, Sundot Kulangot is a minor version of Calamy. The Sundot Kulangot is served in small sea shells which exactly look like coconut shell which is very much similar to Calamy as Calamy is served in an original coconut shell. These seashell are so small that some time you have to dig out the sweat Sundot Kulangot by your finger. This is where it got its name Sundot Kulangot in pinoy.
Strawberries are one of the most famous and renowned fruits of Baguio. The whole of the Cordillera region is known for its strawberry growth, so it is quite normal when you find strawberries in abundance not only on the streets but also in most of the dishes that are made locally and are the identity of the region.
One the most amazing and quite shocking addition to this year Panagbenga festival is undoubtedly the strawberry shwarma. You must be shocked by the name, but yes it is true. Now you can enjoy a shwarma which not only tastes like strawberry but also contains strawberry in it. This street food gains popularity this year, and it became a new favorite of the people of Baguio.
The whole shwarma is made with using a strawberry flavored pita bread. The beef used in making of shwarma is also marinated with fresh strawberry juice and last but certainly not the least fresh strawberry sauce put on the top. Yeah, that’s definitely a lot of strawberries.
Lechon Chop Suey:
If you are in Baguio, then you must not waste a single not having fresh locally grown veggies with every meal. The same is the best when coupled with Lechon. Although you may feel a slightly sweet taste that’s too because of the fresh and crunchy veggies.
Garlic Buttered Chicken:
Who does not love junk food? Especially when it’s chicken, then we have to calm down our taste buds. This utterly mouthwatering dish will make you lick your fingers.
Baguio is not only a heaven for the nature lovers but also equally serve mouthwatering and highly nutritious dishes when it comes to serving food. If you are in Baguio, then the above mention foods are the must-have ones.