The term “pungko” means to squat, which essentially shows what you would usually do when you eat at pungko-pungko stalls. A long time ago, pungko-pungko vendors used to lug around a basket full of fried food items from one location to another. These days, pungko-pungko stalls have sprouted all over the city. You can usually find them close to schools, universities, offices and other places where a good number of people converge. Some notable places where you can find a pungko-pungko stall include the Redemptorist Church, University of Southern Philippines in Lahug, and Cebu IT Park.
One popular pungko-pungko place in the Queen City of the South is the Pungko-Pungko sa Fuente. While the place is not exactly located around the Fuente Osmeña Circle, it is still very close to the area. True to the essence of pungko-pungko, the place has low benches where customers can sit in front of a basket full of fried goodies placed on top of a table. The place is relatively cleaner than a number of pungko-pungko stalls around the city.
The Pungko-Pungko sa Fuente is open every day from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Prices of the items at the place starts at PHP4 for the lumpia mubo up to PHP30 for the pork chop. Each puso is priced at PHP3 each. The place is located along J. Llorente Street, Cebu City. It is the street behind the JRG building, or the building housing Sampaguita Suites, and Dona Luisa Building where Kentucky Fried Chicken is located.
Since most of the food items sold at pungko-pungko stalls are fried, it is advisable for people with a history of hypertension or high blood pressure to eat in moderation.