Mindanao's first and so far the only restaurant which celebrates the island's heritage cuisine, is taking a bold new step to introduce the heritage and history of its menu to more people.
Originally conceived as a showcase for Mindanao's heritage Filipino dishes, Cucina Higala is showcasing its signature flagship dishes in an affordable, easily transportable package gourmands can enjoy in the safety and comfort of their own homes and offices.
The four Mindanao Heritage Dishes showcased in Cucina Higala's Packed Meals include
· Kagay-anons' favorite Humba, Cagayan de Oro's well-loved slow cooked pork belly, complete with sweet soy black bean sauce, banana blossoms, crumbled toasted peanuts, hard cooked quail egg, picked onions, cherry tomatoes;
· Marawi-inspired Beef Randang, the signature aromatic beef stew of the Meranaws sauted with charred coconut, picked cucumber batons, spiced with that favorite Meranaw condiment palapa;
· Camiguin's Chicken Surol, the island's indigenous chicken stew with coconut milk and fresh native oregano; and,
· their version of Chicken Pastil, Cucina's version of the traditional Maguindanaon delicacy featuring grilled banana leaf rice infused with turmeric, savory chicken flakes, chicken liver, boiled egg topped with roasted coconut.
"Cucina Higala's Mindanao Heritage Packed Meals were developed to introduce our signature Heritage Dishes to more people so they can enjoy a more affordable portion which can easily be picked up or delivered straight to the comfort of their homes or offices," said Jan Uy, president and CEO of the TFC Group which owns and manages Cucina Higala.
Each packed meal only costs P120 (for Humba, Chicken Surol and Chiken Pastil) and P150 (for Beef Randang). Each 260 gram meal was carefully calibrated by Cucina Higala to be a delicious, filling meal in itself, or a group or family of four, for instance, can each buy one of each and share portions with everyone so all can share the experience of literally "eating history."
"Cucina Higala's Mindanao Heritage Packed Meals can easily be ordered through foodpanda, streetby and GrabFood, or directly through our Facebook page or direct landline," said Joe Jake Almbodobar, Cucina Higala Restaurant Manager. "We do advise our customers to consume their meals immediately to fully enjoy them while they are still fresh and warm. For the safety conscious, our meals are also packed in sturdy containers which are microwavable and re-usable to reduce waste."
For orders please call (088) 881-1570 or 0917-794-6118
For a more immersive experience for those who haven't tried Cucina Higala's Mindanao Heritage Packed Meals yet, you can click on this link to view this short video.
Incidentally, for those who'd rather enjoy their Mindanao Heritage Meals with the complete ambience of Cucina Higala, they are now open at 222 Gen. N. Capistrano St., Cagayan de Oro City as certified by the Department of Tourism Region X here.