Best Exotic Dish 2015

CHOI CITY’S MONITOR LIZARD HOT POT. Exotic food here in the Philippines is best qualified as what is even more unusual.

Letting no animal part escape culinary treatments, boundaries are pushed toward what other species are possibly edible and delicious.

Enter the bayawak or hawo, the local monitor lizard. Often said to taste like chicken, it has more of the taste and texture of a deep-sea fish with a slight chew.

Braised adobo-style, this free-range reptile wasn’t quite the strange bedfellow for pork in the hotpot making it a rather curious take on the CPA at Choi City.

Choi City, Banilad Town Centre, Cebu City, 239-0999, 239-0800

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