A guide to the local Waray cuisine
Waray cuisine shares a lot in common with cookery of other Philippine regions, save for one important detail: a fondness for the tanglad, or lemongrass stalk, which finds its way into many everyday meals. One of them is the native chicken tinola (soup-based dish), while the other one is adobo — both ooze with the tangy, citrusy fragrance of lemongrass. Rutchel’s and Niño’s in Calbiga are two of the best eateries serving these delicacies. Seafood is also a major source of cravings, especially along the coastline. The community-run San Juan by the Bay restaurant in the town of Santa Rita (near the San Juanico Bridge) offers standard Pinoy favorites like fresh shrimp cooked in ketchup and Sprite, and vinegar-cured tangigue kilawin (mackerel ceviche) to go along with its sweeping views of the Samar shoreline.
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This article first appeared in the June 2018 issue of Smile magazine.