A Glimpse of Siquijodnon Cuisine

At some point, I have been a frequent visitor of the mystic island of fire, Siquijor province. And those visits to this central Visayas province have introduced me to the unique Siquijodnon cuisine. Seafood is abundant in the area and they have lots of local seafood dishes.

Let me share some of the dishes that I have tried while visiting Siquijor in the past:

Saang sa Alat 

Spider conch shells or saang is a popular seafood item in Siquijor. The popular way of cooking it is to boil it in seawater, a recipe they call saang sa alat.

Saang sa alat in Siquijor Philippines
Saang sa alat
Saang meat in Siquijor Philippines
Saang meat


Binas-oy is a pork stew with slices of chayote and seasoned with ginger and garlic. Some versions include pork liver as ingredient.

Cooking binas-oy in Siquijor Philippines
Cooking binas-oy

Kinilaw Binisaya nga Kulabutan 

One of my favorite foods in Siquijor is the kinilaw Binisaya nga kulabutan, a type of giant squid. Eaten raw with vinegar and salt, I could really taste its freshness. Another way to cook kulabutan is to saute it (ginisang kulabutan).

Kinilaw Binisaya nga kulabutan in Siquijor Philippines
Kinilaw Binisaya nga kulabutan

Ginisang kulabutan in Siquijor Philippines
Ginisang kulabutan


Sangkutsa is chicken cooked in coconut cream. Much like ginataang manok but with a lot less green vegetables.

Pan Bisaya

A humble baking shack in Enrique Villanueva town prides itself of its Pan Bisaya, bread with a filling of bucayo. In other parts of the Philippines, this is called pan de coco. The name of the establishment that sell this bread is called Lilybeth's Pan Bisaya. The place looks like a simple hut with the slightest hint of being a commercial place so it's  really easy to miss.

Siquijodnon cuisine in Siquijor Philippines
Pan Bisaya


Fresh sea urchins abound in Siquijor. And they are much bigger than the ones popularly eaten in Lilo-an, Cebu. Some Siquijodnons even eat this raw right by the beaches where it can be found in abundance such as the beach in Siquijor town's barangay Canal.

Siquijodnon cuisine in Siquijor Philippines

Lomboy Wine

Lomboy wine is made from the black plum fruit. Lomboy is the Cebuano term for the fruit while the Tagalogs call it duhat. Lomboy wine has that curious taste blending sweetness, bitterness, and aplod (astringent) taste.

One time at a party, I also came across a thick soup dish with budyong or the meat of a helmet shell. I decided not to eat it when I learned that it was an endangered species and was illegal to harvest, sell, cook, and definitely eat it.
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