Our friend and fellow barbecue enthusiast Alex Paman of Sacramento, California, recently returned from a trip to the Philippines. He generously shared photos of his barbecue finds with us. Alex reports that Larsian’s, located at Fuente Osmena on the island of Cebu, is the region’s epicenter of barbecue. Larsian’s is basically an indoor warehouse where competing food stalls entice customers with grilled meats and seafood. Above are fanciful packets of boiled rice (called “puso”) enclosed in woven palm fronds.
If you pass this sign, you’ve gone too far.
Skewers of pork, sausage, chicken and seafood entice customers.
Orders are grilled on the spot and served with the standard Filipino banana ketchup base and spicy vinegar dipping sauce. Vendors issue customers plastic bags to fit over their dining hands to keep them smear-free.