Dining Experience at G&B Restaurant in Nueva Viscaya

G&B Restaurant and Pasalubong Center is located just about a kilometer away from the G&B Pasalubong Center where we bought our buko pie and other pasalubong items.

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The restaurant had a spacious parking area with a sitting capacity of between 100 to 120 people at any given time.

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G&B signage

The comfort room is also large and clean. G&B Restaurant interior is large with chairs and tables made from local wood. The tissue holder is from local material.

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G&B restaurant interior

According to Mr. Jhong the server, The restaurant is one of the few accredited restaurants by the Department of Tourism. There is also a bar area where one can order liquor.

G&B Restaurant

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G& B Menu board

The group ordered two specialties of the region and took a quick late breakfast around 10:00 am. We ordered Pancit Cabagan and Pancit Batil-Patung platter which is good to share between 6 to 8 people.

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instant chocolate

We think it is a little bit cheaper to order the platter size compared to ala carte which cost Php 85.00 per order. We also ordered instant coffee mix, powdered chocolate and buko juice.

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Pancit Cabagan

Pancit Cabagan-local miki noodles with generous mix of vegetables, hard boiled chicken eggs, chopped spring onions leaves, and topped with deep fried pork.  This also comes with chopped onions, calamansi and chili paste.

This originated from the town of Cabagan, Isabela province.  This version did not use pechay, kutchay, hibi ( dried shrimp) and quail eggs. But used hard-boiled chicken egg.

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Pancit Batil-Patung– local miki noodles with julienne carrots, cabbage, poach eggs, minced carabao meat and topped with chopped spring onion leaves.  This also comes with batil soup, chopped onions , calamansi and chili paste.

The G&B version had a slight twist from the recipe. This is a good stop over since they have some dishes which are combination of Filipino, Chinese and local favorites.

We are planning to come back and try their other specialties.

G&B Restaurant and Pasalubong Center

Address: Tuao south, Maharlika Highway, Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya 3711

9 Foods and Places to Eat in Tuguegarao

Tuguegarao is such a fascinating place to stay and eat. In our short stay in the city. We were able to eat and dine at the famous delicacies of the city. Although we lack time exploring the city our group made a short list or guide.

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Cagayan peanut candy

9 Foods and Places to Eat in Tuguegarao

9.) Tuguegarao or Ybanag Longganisa – It is made with coarsely ground pork, black pepper, garlic, coarse salt. This is best paired with local cane vinegar or sukang iloko. some longganisa are dyed with achuete sold per dozen in market, hotels and pasalubong center.

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8.) Kakanins– Tuguegarao is also known for their different kakanins. Among their famous kakains are made from sticky rice, tinupig, corn.

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Alcala milk candy – Php 35 per small pack or 3 for Php 100

7.) Milk Candy– There are different kinds of milk candies made from carabao’s milk. One product that stands out is Alcala. It was hard for us to find a decent pasalubong center during our last night in the city. We have to visit a bus station where we bought some milk candies.

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chicharabao – chicharon from carabao skin

6.) Chicharabao– This is one of the most common peddled snack in the city. We were lucky to taste the chicharon in small packs which cost Php 25 with home made vinegar. We also bought a generic sopas chicharon which is also common snack item in Metro Manila.

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sopas chicharon

5.) Josh Papaitan and Laoya – When you are in Tuguegarao city, try to visit Josh Papitan and try to order their Laoya.

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Laoya is carabao meat and bones, innards which is slowly cooked with broth with spices. It is offered in many karinderia, eatery or even in some hotel establishments.  Some establishment would also offer unlimited rice meal along with Laoya.

Address : 152 Lecaros Street, Tuguegarao City

Contact: 0955 497 1238

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lugaw

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Jacob Mami House menu board

4.) Jacob Mami House – This is an affordable eatery which specializes on mami, lugao, pares, barbecue, lomi and tapsilog meals.

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Address: Stall #3 Joaquin Lim building, Diversion Road, Pengue Ruyu, Tuguegarao City

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Billy Jacks -Pancit Batil Patung ( special with chorizo, carabeef and longganisa)

3.) Billy Jacks Panciteria – Although their version of Pancit Batil-Patung caters to the eclectic taste . Try to visit this place for a sample of their pancit.

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chopped onions and calamansi

Address: Buntun, Santiago- Tuguegarao road, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan province

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supreme pizza

2.) Hotel Carmelita – Culinare restaurant is a fusion of Filipino and Italian cuisines. Their pizza was a fave among the locals. Becoming the number one pizza and pasta restaurant in Tuguegarao. Its unique brick oven-cooked chewy pizza is the pride of the town.

Address:  # 9 Diversion Road Balzain, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan 3500

Contact : 0917 572 2777 / (078) 844-1024

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1.) Boy Kanin (Tuguegarao) – All new 24/7 restaurant which offers well-loved meals like crispy pata, barbecue, silog among others.

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Boy Kanin – Tuguegarao restaurant was designed and build by Architect Cenon Cesar M. Lumor of Tier One Architects. The 6 red tubular pillars symbolize the number of years of Boy Kanin in the business.

One can also play the three types of board games such as Chess or Dama Board, Snake and Ladders, and Maze.

Address: # 9 Diversion Road Balzain, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan 3500

Dining Experience at Billy Jacks Panciteria in Tuguegarao

Billy Jacks Panciteria is famous for their Pancit Batil Patung. This is one of the must dine restaurant when you are in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan province. Is also favorite hang-out place for foreign tourists.

The panciteria is owned and managed by Mr. Billy Anchanzar Lim opened in 2014.

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Pancit Batil Patung ordinary Php 80

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Billy Jack’s Panciteria

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Billy Jacks Panciteria interior

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Billy Jacks Menu Board

Billy Jacks Panciteria sitting capacity is between 40 to 60 persons at any given time and it is always teeming with customers. We were lucky to visit this restaurant early mid-morning around past 10:00 am just before lunchtime.

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Billy Jacks Panciteria

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The vibe is mid -1970’s and 80’s with reggae/surfer atmosphere with poster of Bob Marley, surf, guitar with a lot of signatures from their customers and loyal clients.

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signature and autograph from customers

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Bob Marley photo collage

Pancit Batil-Patung

Pancit Batil-Patung (or patong) is the specialty of Tuguegarao city. Almost every carinderia, eatery or even in hotel serves this kind of noodle.

The name originated from Hookien and Ibanag languages- Pian e Sit- from Hookien-Chinese language “which means easy or convenient food”, “Batil “( to beat ) and “Patung” ( to put on top).iho

Before the 1970’s, Most of the pancit (noodles) serve in the province were miki, bihon guisado. It was in the early 1970’s when Theo’s Panciteria introduced this dish by adding carabao’s meat with poached egg. Triangle Panciteria offered this dish around 1972 and is one of the oldest known panciterias which still offers this well-loved noodle.

Out of the 160 or so panciterias in the province, Over 90 panciteria have sprung -up in the city. The city’s thus earn the nickname “Pancit Capital of Cagayan“.

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Pancit Batil Patung with chorizo for Php 100

The noodle was introduced by the Chinese immigrants and was localized by using ingredients which are available in the region.

This is an all in one noodle dish which is heavy, the original version had a hand pulled miki noodles topped with sautéed minced carabao meat (carabeef/ karahay) with poached egg on accompanied with a cup of soup made from carabao beef stock complemented with another egg cracked and stirred in the soup.

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It is also serve with chopped onions, chilies plus a dash of calamansi and vinegar to add taste.

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The group ordered two kinds of pancit batil patung, the ordinary one and the one with chorizo. This is the first panciteria to offer pancit batil patung with balut.

Other popular variations of the pancit-batil patung at Billy Jack’s Panciteria comes by simply adding on some of the available toppings such as: balut,Tuguegarao longganisa, tapa, chorizo, sisig, chicharon bulaklak among others.

Visitors from Metro Manila and other places, specially returning college students after the semester break and summer break flock to the panciteria for some bouts of the famed pancit with their own variations of choice.

The restaurant is just few kilometer away and within 1 ride away from Hotel Carmelita.

Address: Buntun, Santiago- Tuguegarao road, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan province

Operations: Mondays to Sunday from 9:00 am to 8:30 pm

Contact : (078) 304-1888/ 0975-363-5435

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