EAT YOUR WORLD

guides you to the best local dishes & drinks in
150+ cities.
See map now

Join the Project

EYW wants your food photos!

Balut

Philippines
enricogala

Upload a photo now

Food Memories

EYW wants your food stories!

Edible flowers in Assam

Assam India
puranibhita

Bitter flowers are [eaten] in Asia. In Assam, northeast India, these flowers are used as food. It's simply made and tasty ; village people like these flowers. They are unique vegetables -- called... Read more

Write a Food Memory now

  • What to eat
  • How to burn it off
  • Where to Stay
<<prev  next>>

<< back to foods in Cebu

Utan bisaya

Utan bisaya vegetable soup from Cebu, Philippines.

What: Utan bisaya (“ooh-tan bee-sah-ya”), which translates as vegetables Visayan style*, is Cebu’s vegetable soup, generally composed of whatever veggies might be available in the larder or from the back garden. Expect okra, eggplant, snake beans, kamunggay leaves (moringa), alugbati (Malabar nightshade, a leafy green), taro, and squash with some ground pork or dried fish thrown in for flavor. We’ve long wondered how Cebu folk balanced out their meat-heavy meals, and this light, fresh soup is the answer—it’s the perfect foil to the usual fried and pork-heavy dishes so ubiquitous in Cebu.

*Good to know: Visayas is a geographic and ethno-linguistic area in the middle of the Philippine archipelago. Generally speaking, people in Cebu identify as Cebuano first, Visayan/Bisaya second, and Filipino third.

Where: Chika-an sa Cebu (63-32-420-9221, multiple locations including Parkmall, 168 Ouano Ave., Mandaue City, map) at Parkmall in Mandaue offers home-style Cebuano dishes in a family-friendly setting.

When: Daily, 10am-10pm

Order: In a restaurant like Chika-an, utan bisaya (Php 135) is a dish to share—the bowl that arrived was enough for four hungry people. The soup accompanied our order of lechon kawali (wok-fried lechon, usually the liempo, or belly, part), buttered garlic shrimp, grilled tuna belly, and steamed rice. The plentiful cubed vegetables—kamunggay, squash, eggplant, taro, snake beans, okra, sayote (chayote, or pear squash)—were just cooked through, and the base flavors (sautéed onions, tomatoes, salt, ground pork) were simple yet tasty. With so many vegetables in one bowl, we congratulated ourselves for eating such a nutritious soup. But, alas, the lechon kawali awaited…

Alternatively: The spectacularly situated Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant (Day-as Cordova, Mactan, map), extending out into the sea off Cordova, has utan bisaya on its roster of Cebuano and Filipino dishes. If you’re sticking closer to Cebu City proper, Boosog Lasang Pinoy restaurant (63-32-238-1600; The Gallery, Juan Luna Ave., Mabolo, map) serves utan bisaya in two versions—the usual, or with gata (coconut cream).


 

NYC Food Itineraries

NYC Food Itinerary! NYC's best classic foods in one day, by Eat Your WorldNEW! Let us do the heavy lifting on your next trip to NYC: Check out our new downloadable one-day NYC eating itineraries, or email us for a custom multiday itinerary.

View available NYC Food Itineraries




Forgot password