Davao City is famous for many things, from being the largest and arguably one of the safest cities in the Philippines to being the home of Mt. Apo and the Philippine Eagle Center. But while a budget traveler checked into one of the cheap hotels in Davao City might want to visit landmarks and tourist attractions like beaches and water parks, the Davao experience would not be complete without sampling some durian.
Even before you arrive at your Davao hotel, you will probably be greeted by an abundance of durian imagery. This famous fruit is said to have been magically created from milk and the egg of a mythical bird. The durian is protected by a tough skin covered with thorns, but those who are brave enough to get past it – and the durian’s equally famous smell – will be rewarded by the rich taste of its creamy, pungent pulp. The recommended manner of eating durian for first-timers is to hold your nose and just take a bite, bypassing the odor.
There are many fruit stalls selling durian in Davao, from those in the public market to the stalls in MagsaysayPark. True durian aficionados like to eat the fruit fresh matched with a glass of Coca-Cola. But for those who find the fruit too strong –smelling, it’s possible to enjoy durian flavour in many other forms.
Of course, there’s durian candy, the most popular pasalubong from Davao. It’s found everywhere, from the public market to the stalls at Aldevinco’s. There are many brands out there, with the best one’s reportedly being Lola Abon’s or Rosario’s. Some people like their durian candy very sweet, while others like to taste more fruit and less sugar.
Several cafes and restaurants in Davao also sell different durian products, including durian tarts and pies. Durian pie is generally has a sweet, milky filling, but in a recent cooking contest the top prize went to an innovative you chef who made a savory durian-and-chicken pie. At the Blugre Cafe, you’ll even find a most unusual drink – the durian cappuccino, which combines the distinctive flavours of durian and coffee.
There’s no doubt about it, the durian can give your taste buds quite an adventure. So after you’ve checked into one of the cheap hotels in Davao City, make it a point to go out and hunt down some interesting durian products to take with you to your Davao hotel.