Aside from its hidden travel gem that is Minalungao National Park, Nueva Ecija surprised us even more with its very own delicacies.

I must admit, all I was looking forward when I hear Nueva Ecija was Minalungao National Park. Apparently, the Rice Bowl of the Philippines has so much more to offer. We tried some unique treats in the place that will surely astonish your palate as it did with ours.

Harvest Hotel

Harvest Hotel

Check out these five must-try Nueva Ecija eats!

1. Chanos Chanos’ Bangus Spaghetti

Chanos Chanos is a brainchild of the student Alexander William Alfon. From Alexander’s personal savings, the first Chanos Chanos branch opened in July 2015 followed by a second one in January 2017. They started selling Baked Bangus and to encourage the young ones to eat fish, they made the unique Bangus Spaghetti recipe.

Chanos Chanos Food Stall

Chanos Chanos Food Stall

The Bangus Spaghetti is served in tomato sauce with bangus flakes. It’s a delectable and healthy snack you would want to try. Chanos Chanos food stall is located near a gas station along Maharlika Highway. Grab some to eat while you travel!

Chanos Chanos Bangus Spaghetti

Chanos Chanos Bangus Spaghetti

Chanos Chanos

Address: Maharlika Highway cor. Bayuga Street, Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija
Contact No.: 0925-7372152
Page: www.facebook.com/chanoschanos

2. Milka Krem’s Dairy Products

Near the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) compound is Milka Krem, an outlet selling fresh buffalo’s milk.

Milka Krem

Milka Krem near Philippine Carabao Center

Milka Krem, with the assistance from PCC, intends to support local farmers by providing an avenue to offer their milk products. They mainly retail pasteurized and homogenized milk that comes in various flavors like Choco Milk and Coffee Milk.

Milka Krem's Fresh and Natural Milk Products

Milka Krem’s Fresh and Natural Milk Products

Milka Krem also sells yogurt, cheese, pastillas, and sylvannas. You can definitely hoard lots of pasalubong from the place.

Milka Krem

Address: Philippine Carabao Center, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija
Contact Nos.: 0975-210-4273 | 0908-952-8229
E-mail Address: milkakrem@gmail.com
Page: www.facebook.com/MilkaKremOfficial

3. Puno’s Ice Cream and Sherbet

If you are an ice cream person like me, rejoice! Puno Ice Cream and Sherbet offers some of the most unique ice cream flavors I’ve tried like Cheese Cashew Macapuno and Buko Sherbet. Unlike the typical ice cream, sherbet has buko juice in it instead of milk. Though I would still prefer their ice cream, the sherbet is absolutely worth a try.

Puno’s Ice Cream and Sherbet

Address: Maharlika Highway, Bitas, Cabanatuan City
Contact Nos.: (044) 464-8694 | 463-0818 | (0932) 881-4249 | (0922) 533-4987
E-mail Address: ice.cream.sherbet@gmail.com
Page: www.facebook.com/icecreamandsherbet

4. Batotay and Cabanatuan Longganisa

Longganisa is the Philippine version of sausage that is often served for breakfast. You can find it almost anywhere in the local market and Nueva Ecija is no exception. The province actually offers two varieties – Batotay and Cabanatuan Longganisa.

Batotay and Cabanatuan Longganisa

Batotay and Cabanatuan Longganisa at Harvest Hotel

Fortunately, we were able to try both during our breakfast at Harvest Hotel in Cabanatuan. Batotay is actually made from beef and has a sweet taste while Cabanatuan Longganisa is prepared from pork and has a garlic flavor. I know many would prefer the garlic one but I personally like more the Batotay. Drop by the local market if you want to take some home.

5. Tilapia Ice Cream at Central Luzon State University (CLSU)

After trying the crocodile ice cream in Davao, I never thought that I’d be able to try another peculiar ice cream flavor, the Tilapia Ice Cream from the College of Home Science and Industry, CLSU.

CLSU's Tilapia Ice Cream

CLSU’s Tilapia Ice Cream

You might expect it to taste oddly “fishy” but surprisingly, it’s not. It was like a vanilla ice cream cake with fish flakes. Tastes good!

Disclosure: This Lakbay Norte trip was organized by North Philippines Bureau (NPVB) in partnership with Manila North Tollways Corporation / NLEX-SCTEX, Victory Liner, Inc., Nueva Ecija Convention and Visitors Associations (NECVA), and Cagayan North Convention and Visitors Bureau (CNCVB).  Lakbay Norte is an annual media familiarization trip aiming to promote Philippine provinces in the north.

Photo Credit: Unwatermarked photos by Martin San Diego of North Phililippines Visitors Bureau (NPVB).

Sponsored by: Department of Tourism – Region 2, Department of Tourism – Region 3, Petron Corporation and Prifood Corporation. 

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