CAVITE, home to the vanguards of the Philippine Revolution, is not known for its cuisine. Those from Manila often bypass the other towns of Cavite and instead, opt for a little R’n’R session at Tagaytay. You are mistaken if you think Cavite does not have any notable culinary treasures.
One of the reasons why Caviteño food is overlooked is because even local restaurants opt to serve westernized foods like pasta, pizza, and steaks—the reason being that Caviteño food can simply be made at home.
This makes tasting local cuisine more challenging for hungry visitors.
In collaboration with Food Writer Ige Ramos, and Cavitex, here’s how you can get to know Cavite through its food and history…
A typical Caviteño breakfast (referred to as Magdiwang breakfast by our guide), can consist of Salsa, Tapa, Tinapang Salinas, Tortang Itlog with burong mustasa, sibuyas at kamatis. Tableya Chocolate from Alfonso, Cavite; Fruits from Amadeo Cavite (Pineapple, Watermelon and Papaya).
Malen’s Restaurant - Malen Bunda
9025 Magdiwang Highway, Noveleta, Cavite
Telephone: +6346 438 5027 and +6346 438 1634
Amadeo Coffee (Cafe Amadeo Pahimis Blend) and Organic Rice Sinangag
Bio Reis Trading - Arnold Arevalo
Blk66 L40 Starling St. Grand Catalina Gate, Antel Grand Village, General Trias, Cavite
Telephone: +63 917 623-6524
Robinson’s Tamales - Ellen Guevarra
P. Burgos St., San Roque, Cavite City
Telephone: +6346 431 0315 and +6346 431 1285
The flavors are well balanced and not too heavy on the garlic, making way for the other ingredients. These tasty sausages are all-natural and contain no preservatives or nitrates.
BIG BEN’S KITCHEN (Gene Gutierrez)
385 Medicion 1st-D Imus, Cavite, Philippines
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Telephone: +63 46 435 1967
Mobile: +63 915 137 1888 / +63 918 505 5886
Facebook: D'Famous Imus Longganisa
Cavite was primarily made of Friar lands like the ones in Naic. The Spanish colonizers would force the Filipinos to plant sugar, coconut, and rice, which have historically come to be known as the “crops of oppression.”
Since most of the harvest and profit would go to the Friars, the Filipinos used the food ways of the Colonizers as a form of protest—this is how Kakanin was born.
Sinudsod, Alikaya, Muche
Aling Julia’s Kakanin - Julia Manalo
Barangay Makina, Naic, Cavite
Telephone: +6346 856 1011
CAVITEÑO LUNCH at CALLE REAL
A Calle Real, or “Camino Real”, is historically a street that leads to a church during colonial times.
Many Caviteños benefited from the agrarian reforms made by Governor William Howard Taft, creating a very comfortable mercantile class.
This dish was inspired by an age-old funeral practice where food offerings to the dead were mixed up in a huge pot and cooked!
The Paella Negra is an ode to Cavite’s rice and fish-producing period.
It has a stronger smell and is more umami than regular patis.
CALLE REAL RESTAURANT
Sta. Cruz Street, Tanza, Cavite
Telephone: 046 5052836
Mobile: +63 917 628 1692 / +63 922 883 9532
Facebook: Calle Real Restaurant
MERIENDA IN CAVITE
The Sopas were made by Kaibigan Bakery of Tanza in the 1920’s after the revolution, before WWII. Since many notable businesses popped up during the 20s, it shows how peacetime leads to prosperity.
Considered the pride of Cavite, Asiong’s “carienderia-style” dishes have attracted food lovers from all corners of the Philippines. Over the course of more than 50 years, it has become a must-see (or eat) destination in Cavite.
Paterno Street in Caridad, Cavite City
Mobile: +63 926 713 9400
This tunnel cuts the travel time to Nasugbu, Batangas from 2.5 to just 1.5 hours.
Casa Hacienda de Naic is one of the last standing Hacienda houses erected by the Friars and where the Naic Assembly was held in April 17, 1897.
Also called Our Lady of Assumption Church, Maragondon Church is a national heritage built by the Jesuits. It gets its name from an onomatopoeia for thunder!
At the Museum, you can learn about the life, death and capture of Andres Bonifacio.
Bonifacio Trial House (Museo ng Paglilitis ni Bonifacio)
Curator: Melanio Guevarra
Considered one of the must-see destinations in Kawit, Cavite, this is the place where Philippine Independence was born.
National Historical Commission of the Philippines
Aguinaldo Shrine (Dambana ni General Emilio Aguinaldo)
Officer-in-Charge: Gina Ayran
Museum Guide: Lean Samala Alcantara-Aldea
Cavite El Viejo Heritage Tourism Association
Mabuhay ang Pilipino!
Live an Awesome Life,
Sheila of Team Our Awesome Planet
Disclosure: Our experience is courtesy of Cavitex, Easytrip, and Ige Ramos. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights.
P.S. When in Cavite, don't forget to try the Quesillo (a cheese made from Carabao's milk).
Naturally, Mangrove seedlings are meant to fall from branches and penetrate the soil below the water. Unfortunately, there is so much garbage along the coast that volunteers must manually plant the seedlings.
Cavitex Infrastructure Corporation
Off to Cav(eat)te!