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    Dagupan and Bonuan Bangus Belly Overload in Pangasinan

    After the some delay in Tarlac due to a direction-challenged colleague, passed by miles and miles of roads dotted with bangus (milkfish) fisheries and where “Guilon Guilon” or harvesting of the world famous Bonuan bangus can be witnessed, Tutubi finally reached his destination for the day in Dagupan City, and checked it at Star Plaza Hotel strategically located on the banks of the river. (This could have been a good nightscape picture but it was raining for two nights)

    Twin sharing room at Star Plaza Hotel

    As expected when in this city famous for the tastiest variety of bangus (milkfish), the Philippines' national fish, breakfast served offered choices of longganisa (Filipino sausages), tocino (sweet marinated pork) and boneless bangus (in ordinary and spicy). Being not like the usual Filipino averse to hot and spicy food, Tutubi opted for the spicy one that isn't really spicy at all. The bangus is just basted with a mild chili sauce similar to tabasco and preferred to be de-boned due to its being bony.

    Bangsilog, a typical Filipino portmanteau breakfast consisting of boneless bangus, sinangag (garlic fried rice) and pritong itlog (fried egg) with tomatoes on the side.

    In the evening, the group had dinner at Matutina Restaurant in Bonuan, Dagupan where they feasted on various seafoods e.g. nilasing na hipon ("drunken" shrimp) and calamares (fried squid with batter), in a nice ambiance though quite expensive.

    The following was the seminar where Tutubi was the last speaker (a slot he inherited due to resignation of one of his colleagues) and where his colleagues aver there were so many pretty Dagupeñas in attendance. In between breaks and meals, he washed down his thirst with soda, something he normally doesn't do these days.

    Hurrying out of the hotel right after the seminar, made a quick pilgrimage to Our Lady of Manaoag in Manaog town before heading to another feast in another famous restaurant in Calasiao town: Dagupeña Restaurant in San Miguel, Calasiao. The restaurant, which was quaint and homey with capiz windows and kawai chairs, started out as an eatery in 1928 owned by Ignacia Bernal.

    Interiors of Dagupeña Restaurant(below). Was only able to take pictures of this and not the food, again, due to fear of not being able to eat what's served. Highly recommend this restaurant for a sampling of Pangasinan cuisine aside from not being too pricey.

    The menu served for the night included: honey mustard bangus belly (recommended. wish to have their recipe for this one), tarragon honeyed crabs, fried hito (catfish) with buro (fermented fish paste), sinigang sa miso na hipon (prawns in Filipino style broth with miso), rellenong alimasag (stuffed crabs),and the house specialty binagoongang pata (pork knuckles with shrimp paste). Don't also forget to buy and sample Calasiao's famous puto (rice cakes).

    With tummies full, the group called it a night to rest while eagerly awaiting the following day's island-hopping adventure in Alaminos.

    Continued on Hundred Islands island-hopping post.


    Star Plaza Hotel A.B. Fernandez Avenue (+63-75-5234888)
    Official website here.

    Other "where to eat" places: Silverio's, Matutina, Dawel, Alimango

    Pasalubong Bonuan Boneless Bangus can be bought at cheaper prices at CBN Bonuan Boneless Bangus km 381 beside Petron gas station along the highway.

    Note also one of the best boneless bangus available near Manila is at LZM Restaurant in Silang, Cavite on the old highway near Riviera Golf and Country Club.

    How to get to Dagupan, Pangasinan

    Commuting to Dagupan is easy. Several buses have terminals of Dagupan Bus, Victory Liner and Five Star. In Dagupan, you can take jeepneys and tricycles around the city.

    Other information on Dagupan travel and tourist spots will be appreciated. Tutubi's planning an official return trip there soon.

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 11:04 PM,


    At Oct 12, 2007, 3:09:00 AM, Blogger pieterbie said...

    The beds look comfortable.
    The breakfast sounds good.
    The good life?

    At Oct 12, 2007, 7:22:00 AM, Blogger carlotta said...

    nakakagutom naman itong entry na ito as in! =) looking forward to part 2. =)

    this reminds me to post my long-delayed pangasinan entry ^^

    At Oct 12, 2007, 11:57:00 AM, Anonymous kyels said...


    I've never tasted Bangus before though I have heard and read about it. The breakfast looked good, seriously!


    At Oct 12, 2007, 2:26:00 PM, Anonymous Toe said...

    I am so craving for that bangsilog Tutubi! :) The Matutina Restaurant looks very quaint.

    At Oct 12, 2007, 9:02:00 PM, Blogger THE ANiTOKiD said...

    I loved daing na bangus! It's one of my favorites! Dagupan is very near Binalonan, home of Our Lady of Manaoag, but sadly I haven't been to Dagupan - YET!

    Nice pics kabayan! And oh! Nakakagutom talaga! And I kid you not!

    At Oct 13, 2007, 12:29:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    yummy travel, my kind. isnt it nice to try out different restaurants each time? my mother would not buy anything but bonuan bangus.

    At Oct 13, 2007, 4:30:00 AM, Blogger Mari said...

    The hotel looks okay; the foods look great, it makes me want to go there and have some. I've only passed by Dagupan a couple of times when I was a kid, about 12 years old.

    You sure had fun on your stay there.

    At Oct 13, 2007, 10:51:00 AM, Anonymous Ferdz said...

    Incidentally, I'm craving for a bangus now. Wah, everyone's seems to be going to 100 islands a lot lately. Gusto ko tuloy bumalik doon.

    At Oct 14, 2007, 3:40:00 AM, Blogger Dennis said...

    Wow, my favorite talaga is Dagupan bangus..I've been to Pangasinan also in Vinmalley, it's a beautiful province..
    Thanks for your travel stories :)

    At Oct 15, 2007, 11:58:00 AM, Anonymous paetechie said...

    pieterbie, the better life is when there's no work and all play :)

    carlotta, lalo na kung may pictures yan...sarap sa dagupena

    kyels, ask rhodora for bangus. she's from pangasinan

    toe, sarap nga as in 3 breakfast ko puro bangus

    anitokid, will post the manaoag part of the journey later

    photo cache, but dagpunena is one of those i'd love to return to

    mari, lots of fun even if we've very limited time

    ferdz, upcoming na yun...100

    dennis, iba nga lasa nya minsan kasi yung sa laguna ay maablir or lasang gilik (in paete, we call that taste/smell as liya)

    At Oct 3, 2008, 1:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    There's another restaurant in Dagupan which was featured by Jessica Soho, its Bahay Ni Tuna along De Venecia Hi-way. Imagine a tuna restaurant in the Bangus Capital of the Philippines.Its very affordable and very healthy pa!

    At Jan 30, 2009, 12:35:00 PM, Blogger Amihan said...

    Nagutom ako sa sinulat mo :-) I'm going to add dagupan to my list of places to go this year....the breakfsat looks yummy!


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