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What to Eat in Quezon Province particularly in Lucban town

Quezon Province is only 3-4 hours from Manila. This place reminds me of my hometown in Bicol where the main source of living is agriculture. I am definitely recommending this to anyone who wants to get out for a while from the stressful sight of Manila and experience a quaint living in a province. I love seeing the vast rice fields, roads without traffic and when the whole town seems to sleep as early as 9pm! 

Whenever I am in a new place, the first thing I always discover are the local dishes. These native food are not just designed to fill our stomach but also to give us the glimpse of the history of Quezon province particularly what plant, fruit or vegetable is the most abundant that they always use them for cooking.  You don't go to Lucban or any other part then eat at Mc Donalds or Jollibee right? That's crap!

I would like to share five must - try snacks in Quezon Province. In case you decide to go for an impromptu road trip there. I hope this can give you suggestions and bring some back home. Your family and friends will be delighted!

1. Pancit habhab is usually eaten without using a fork and served only in a fresh banana leaf.  Forget your table manners for a while my dear. You need to use your mouth to eat it. Just be carefule not to let the noodles end over your face.

2. Lucban longganisa is made of ground pork, mixed herbs and garlic. Best eaten with garlic rice and + fried egg dipped in vinegar or paired in one serving of pancit habhab.

3. Kesong puti is a white cheese from unskimmed carabao's milk, salt and rennet. This is best during breakfast  as filling to a pan de sal (local bread) and hot coffee.

4. Pinipit is made from fried squash fritters, sticky rice and coconut milk coated with sugar.

5. Kiping an edible leaf - shaped rice wafer that can be eaten grilled, fried and use as a decoration! I made a separate post on how to make one, you may click here for more information. 

The two other local deserts I would like to recommend are the yema cake and leche puto.  Forgive me for not taking photos of these, the reason is I wanted to take a bite of these first but it tastes so good I did not stop until nothing is left in the table.

Yema cake, a Filipino cake custard known as a fluffy sponge cake with icing, filling and grated cheese topping.

Leche puto, is a mixutre of steamed rice cake and leche flan (caramel mustard).

I know you felt hungry after reading this, if you notice these food are just light snacks and there are a lot to eat in Quezon Province for lunch and dinner. If you want to check them out, you may read this.


  1. I haven't been to Quezon in such a long time but I think I'll be going there soon, so thanks so much for these tips. Will definitely try each one. They have Lucban longganisa here in Manila and I really love it, but I'm sure it's different when you're actually in Quezon. :)

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