How to brew daing na pusit

Indulging in a great breakfast is the best way to start your day, and that's pretty consistent no matter where in the world you are. Here in the Philippines, staples like tapa and tocino come to mind, but you'll find way more options for early birds as you travel across our islands. Here are some of them:

Ilocos - Longganisa

No visit to the Ilocos region would be complete without a serving of their famous Vigan longganisa. Small, savory, and bursting with garlicky flavor, it's a far cry from the sweeter sausages that are more common place in our country. Don't forget to dip this insukang Ilokofor an Ilocano dining experience that'll have you sayingnaimas(delicious)!

Cordillera - Pinuneg

Pinuneg is the Cordilleras 'answer to their neighboring regions'longganisa.They may look similar, but this one's a bit more hardcore, with pig's blood as its main ingredient. Chow it down with some native rice and a mug of steaming Cordillera coffee!

Batangas - Tawilis

When in Batangas, you should definitely havetawilisfor breakfast at least once. This freshwater sardine can only be found in Taal Lake, and you can eat each fish in its entirety; no need to look for peskytinik! It's usually served alongside some rice, eggs, and diced tomatoes.

Sarangani - Bangsi

If Batangas has theirtawilis, Sarangani province at the southernmost end of the country has theirbangsi. It's a kind of flying fish that's usually served salted and deep-fried,there-style. Pair it with some tomatoes, eggs, and a nice heaping of rice, and you're good to go!

Cebu - Danggit

Cebu is known for theirbuwad(dried fish), the most famous of which is the smelly, but oh-so-deliciousdanggit.Cebu City's Taboan Market is the best place to buydanggit,as well as a whole slew of other dried marine life likepusit, spada,otherdulong.

Iloilo - Bas-uy

Soup for breakfast? Why not? Take your cue from the Ilonggos and have somebas-uy,a pork and liver soup cooked with lemongrass, ginger, and a host of vegetables to start your day. Eat it with rice and fried dried fish, as ourkababayans in the Panay island do.

Negros Oriental - Budbud

Do as the locals do in Dumaguete City and head to thepainitanat the public market. There, you have to orderbudbud, their version ofsuman. There are differentbudbud variants depending on the main ingredient, but if you want something a bit more extraordinary, get thebudbud kabug, which is made of millet instead of rice. Wash it down withsikwate(native hot chocolate) for a breakfast to remember!

It seems like each province has its own sweet dish made of sticky rice, and the Bicol region is no different. Bicolanos havebinutong, a creamy, banana leaf-wrapped delicacy made of glutinous rice and coconut cream. Add a bit of sugar for a filling andmasiramon(delicious) meal!

Laguna - Kesong Puti

You know what goes really well with yourpandesal?A nice chunk ofkesong puti,fresh from Laguna. Made from unskimmed carabao milk,kesong putiis usually wrapped in banana leaves and is sold fresh from the factory. Its usual shelf life is only about a week, but come on, can you really wait that long before giving in to the urge to finish the whole chunk?

Davao - Kinutil

If having alcohol first thing in the morning is your thing, you shouldn't miss tryingkinutil,an energizing hot chocolate drink mixed withtubaand a raw egg. Get this at the Bangkerohan Public Market in Davao, where you could also buy durian, mangosteen, and pomelo for a more nutritious start to your day.