Gate 5 Pochero Haus
As the Queen City of the South is starting to feel the effects of the rainy season, locals are also looking for different ways in keeping themselves comfortable. One of the best ways to keep warm is a piping-hot bowl of soup. While Cebu has an abundance of soup choices residents can select from to keep the cold away, one dish stands out as the best among the rest, the pochero.
The word “pochero” is based on a Spanish word for stewpot, “puchero.” Our kababayans up north call this dish “bulalo.” It basically consists of beef shanks, black peppercorns, pechay, potatoes and onions. Cebu is actually home to a number of eating places offering their own version of this favorite comfort food for the rainy season. The following are just some of the places where pochero is offered.
The Abuhan Restaurant can be considered as an institution in the restaurant industry of Cebu. In fact, when people mention the name Abuhan, pochero always comes to mind. But, Abuhan offers a different variation of the pochero since it is served with gravy and is placed on a hot plate. The sizzling pochero of Abuhan Restaurant is one of its best-selling items on their menu.
Marjo’s is another restaurant that offers among the best pochero in this part of the archipelago. This appetizing dish was described on the Best of Cebu 2015 list of Sun Star as a “no-nonsense pochero” as the beef shanks are boiled until they become oh-so-very tender. Diners typically lick their lips in anticipation of being able to get their hands on the pochero of Marjo’s.
Don’t let the façade fool you when you arrive at Ekit’s Foodhuas because behind the unassuming frontage of the place lies a mouth-watering version of one of the favorite comfort food of Cebuanos. The pochero of Ekit’s Foodhaus can be considered as among the best Cebu has to offer. Its PHP 60 price makes it more enticing for anyone looking for something to keep the cold away. The place has become one of the go-to places for residents and visitors wanting to have a taste of the renowned pochero of Cebu without having to pay a premium price for it.
Gate 5 Pochero Haus
Gate 5 Pochero Hais is a hole-in-the-wall eating place offering great-tasting pochero. The place opens early in the morning to cater to BPO professionals working at the Cebu IT Park. While Gate 5 is a small eatery, people flock to the place for their pochero. Located within a residential area, the popularity of the place was brought about by word-of-mouth marketing. Why Gate 5? Well, its address is No. 5 La Guardia St, Lahug, Cebu City.
Paul Prudhomme may have said “you don’t need a silver fork to eat good food,” you would definitely need a spoon to slurp in the piping-hot soup of a good pochero. What is your favorite pochero house in the city? Tell us about it on the comments section below.
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