The “Tuslob Buwa” Experience
Also known as “The Poor Man’s Meal”, “Tuslob-Buwa” literally means ‘to dip in bubbles’ in the Cebuano Dialect. This exotic street food was named by the way it is eaten: dipping your puso (hanging rice) into the boiling mixture of all of the ingredients.
Geliebter mentioned that it originated in the streets of Pasil and Carbon. Created when the affluent gets the best part of the pig, and the least favored parts were used by the poor to make a meal out of it. Geliebter would always say that the best “Buwa” is in Pasil, but I’ve read from blogs and heard from some friends as well, that Pasil is a dangerous place to get lost in, and that there is a huge concern of sanitation because there’s only one pan (meaning all strangers hands dip to the same pan) shared by everyone. So you could just imagine all hands dipping on the wok of Tuslob-Buwa, to other people’s mouth, and then back to the wok. Yep, when it comes to sanitation it will definitely not pass the Department of Health’s standards.
I almost give up and planning to remove this one out on my “Cebu to-do list”, when Geliebter invited me out for lunch.
Enter Azul in the picture…
Located in Gorordo Avenue, Azul serves “tuslob-Buwa” exclusively for your group. They sit between Aerophone and InkinIan (which is a very cool shirt shop! You guys should check them out too!). Now before you dive into your “Tuslob-Buwa”, you have to read on their funny signs for the ultimate, and hazard-free experience.
Friendly reminder from Azul
(photo credits: http://tuslob-buwa.blogspot.com/)
- We are not responsible for your actions(?) as long as youre eating “Tuslob-Buwa”
- Be careful with the oil. (It’s hot!)
- Be careful with the burner. (It’s also hot!)
- Watch ut to those who have allergies with shrimps (I am lost for words on how to translate this one)
- Threatening to people with high blood pressure.
- Threatening to people with Arthritis.
- If it’s too salty, it’s your fault.
- If it’s too spicy, order another set.
- If short hanging rice is short, order another hanging rice.
Thank you very much and mabuhay family!
BY THE WAY, SELF-SERVICE is practiced here.
So go to the counter, wait on the queue (if there’s one), and get your order. You wont have a hard time remembering this because their staff is wearing that reminder at the back of their shirts. hehehe
What you will need:
Butane stove and Wok
Most butane stoves are already set on top of the tables. And the wok will be given to you by the crew. Do check the gas burners cause sometimes they need gas refill.
For Php 99.00 you get a tray of ingredients that includes onions, shrimp, pig’s brain stock, pig’s liver, pig’s brain, pig’s oil, 12 pcs puso, soy sauce, and oil. If you want it to be spicy, you can also ask for chili flakes for free.
How to cook Tuslob Buwa
If you’re so grossed out with the thought of pig’s brain as the main ingredients, don’t worry, you wont see it in your puso. Hell, as far as I can remember, it didn’t taste like pig’s brain.
If you’re not confident to cook your own “Tuslob-buwa”, even with the big signage, don’t hesistate to ask the friendly staff to cook for you. They’d gladly help you.
How to eat Tuslob Buwa
(video courtesy of SunStar Cebu Youtube Page)
“Tuslob-buwa” is best paired with an ice cold drink. Azul sells varieties of drinks from alcoholic (beer, brandy, gin, & tequila) to non-alcoholic (soda, bottled iced tea, & juice drinks). Just to give you a head’s up, plastic cups are sold at Php 3.00 each and a bucket of ice is at Php 10.00.
Chorizo Bungkag: P80.00
Azul also offers other food like this Chorizo Bungkag. They also have Siomai, Sisig, Kropek, Burger Steak, Pork Shogayaki, Beef Gyudon, , “pungko – pungko” style finger foods, & many more.
Before you go there:
- Bring along with you an alcohol or hand sanitizer. Also don’t forget a pack or tissue or wet wipes. Eating “tuslob buwa” can be a bit messy or sticky. They do have a wash area inside the shop.
- Peak hours start at 6 pm, so be prepared to wait in line.
- With other tables cooking near you and there’s no exhaust fan to catch the smoke/heat, it can be very hot. So bring handkerchief or face towel.
- Cologne or perfume will be your best friend after, if you don’t want to smell like food or smoke.
- Again, “Tuslob-buwa” is a high calorie, high cholesterol meal, so take it easy.
Map courtesy of Azul Cebu Facebook Page
Azul is located in Asilo, Gorordo Avenue (between Aerophone and InkinIan). They are open from 10:00 am to 7:00 am. They also have branches in Urgello Street, Mango Avenue, and Mandaue City (Tabok, and Guizo). Connect with them via these social media:
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