“Hey Don! Larga ko Manila next week! Anha ko puyo ha!“
“Sure Doi! Pagdalag ngohiong ha!“
A day before my departure, I get a text message reminder from him …
“Doi! Ayaw kalimot sa ngohiong!“
On a separate text message, I inform my brother that I’m going to Manila. His reply?
“ai, te yodod, dalhan mo ako ng ngohiong :-)”
Since bringing food for my bro means sharing them with his colleagues, we then call Cheaverz and ask them to prepare 150 pcs of half cooked ngohiong for take out.
That was normally my routine once in a while everytime I go to Manila. My friends who moved to Manila never failed to miss ngohiong and crave for this cheap and appetizing food since this is only available in Cebu. My brother’s colleagues got addicted to ngohiong too, especially those foreigner colleagues of his who loved the spicy sauce that’s accompanied with it.
Just like how we associate foods such as lechon, danggit, dried mangoes, otap and who could ever forget puso or hanging rice with Cebu, ngohiong shouldn’t be forgotten too.
So what is exactly a NGOHIONG?
Ngohiong is your oversized spring rolls except that it tastes different (but yummy of course), crunchier and a sure hit for vegetarians. Average price per piece of Ngohiong is P9.00 and this food is best served with puso or hanging rice while you use you bare hands to satisfy your grumbling tummy.
see all those chili seeds?
The real secret to this food’s delectable taste is through its sauce. Ngohiong is best enjoyed when you dip it in a sauce rich with chili and other spices that will make you sweat as you gobble up this food. It’s not ngohiong if you don’t get to dip it in that super hot and spicy sauce. Different stores came up with their own versions of this sauce and no matter how different each sauce tastes, you’ll still enjoy your sumptous ngohiong meal!
a peek inside ngohiong
I’ve seen different ngohiong recipes and it states that ground pork is a common ingredient. But looking closely makes you think otherwise, especially after you ate it as you won’t get any hint that you ate pork. I guess different stores have different way of preparing them.
This unique food is only available in Cebu and has been considered as one of Cebu’s staple food especially for students. At approximately P9 per piece, you get to eat this giant spring roll looking food with stuffed ubod or the pith – heart of the coconut, some singkamas or jicama and more.
Ngohiong is available anywhere in Cebu. This is very popular among students and those who scrimp. One of the sought after ngohiong place is the Chinese Ngohiong near University of San Carlos – Main Campus. Then there’s also Doming’s Ngohiong inside Fairlane Village in Guadalupe. But to me, the best ngohiong can be tasted at Cheaverz.
So if you are headed to Cebu, try to add ngohiong to your food trip list and let me know what you think of it 😉
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