As vacationer locations start to open up once more, there could also be sure spots within the Philippines price visiting that you could be not have paid consideration to earlier than. One in all these areas is the town of Isabela in Basilan, Zamboanga Peninsula, a spot brimming with vibrant Sama-Tausug heritage and Muslim tradition.
Whereas Basilan could also be related to its earlier historical past of violence, the Division of Tourism needs to showcase a unique aspect of the province. They not too long ago highlighted on their web site a floating cottage within the village of Marang-Marang on the island of Malamaui that serves conventional Sama and Tausug dishes.
Located amid a mangrove wetpark, the Marang Marang Floating Cottage is a 20-minute boat trip from Port Isabela the place folks can get a style of Sama-Tausug delicacies, with spices influenced by its neighboring Malay peninsula.
The cottage is saved by the Marang-Marang Girls’s Affiliation as a part of the tourism circuit by Isabela Metropolis’s native authorities. Characterised by the ladies as “their easy meals,” their dishes are nothing however — that includes a medley of crabs, shrimp, shellfish, squid, fish, fruits, and sweets.
The meals is cooked with siyunug lahing or burnt coconut, leading to dishes such because the Oko-oko, that includes rice cooked in sea urchin broth.
Different noteworthy dishes in response to the Division of Tourism embody utak-utak, yellowfin or mackerel tuna cooked in coconuts, onion, garlic, black pepper and turmeric; chupa kulo, snails cooked in squash and coconut milk; junay, rice cooked with burnt coconut and spices in banana leaves; imbao or baked mangrove clams with garlic and grated cheese; putli mandi, or steamed rice muffins with mangoes, and panyalam, rice pancakes.
Vacationers focused on visiting are inspired to e-book a 1-hour and 45-minute ferry trip to Isabela Metropolis from Zamboanga Metropolis, or coordinate with Isabela de Basilan’s Tourism Workplace: a day at Marang-Marang Cottage prices PHP500 per head unique of the boat trip, the DOT mentioned.