Food has always been one of the top things you must try when visiting another place. Some of them may be too exotic for your liking, nonetheless, it’s a great way of experiencing what the place and culture have to offer. It’s also a great way to have a better understanding of its people.

In General Santos City or GenSan as the locals would call it, there are plenty of local food and delicacies visitors can find and try to get a taste of to experience GenSan at its best. Plus, it’s known to be the Tuna Capital of the Philippines, so you know pretty much that most of it includes some of the best and freshest tunas you’ll ever have in your life.

Tuna Kinilaw – This local version of ceviche is a must-try especially in GenSan. With the freshest catch of tuna for that day combined with the freshest produce in the market, you know that you’ll get an amazing burst of flavors even with just one bite.  

Photo source: Yummy PH

Sinigang na Tuna sa Miso – Sinigang is one of the classic Filipino dishes. This tart and sour soup usually uses pork, however, there are a variety of ingredients being used that are slowly emerging in the scene such as tuna.

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Balbacua – Looking for a change aside from tuna? Then look no further than trying Aweng’s famous Balbacua. This Filipino version of a beef stew is slow-cooked with beef, collagen-rich beef parts, and various spices, creating such rich flavors. Aweng’s Balbacuahan can be located in Barangay Calumpang in Gensan.

Balbacua - Ang Sarap
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Pineapple – In just a few minutes drive away from GenSan is the biggest pineapple plantation in the world, DOLE. So if you’re looking to find the best fruit to eat while you’re in the city, pineapples are your best bet.

James Dole – King of Pineapples – The Indigenous Bartender
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Lato Salad – Tuna is not the only seafood that’s great in Gensan. Pretty much all of the seafood you’ll be able to try there are some of the freshest and best – that even includes seaweeds.

Photo source: Yummy PH

Kakanin – Visitors may be able to try out Filipino kakanin pretty much everywhere in the country. However, it’s still worth trying out GenSan’s version of them to which the recipes and techniques were passed down from generation to generation, making them some of the most authentic and unique ones. Some of the kakanin in the Philippines you should try are suman, biko, puto, and bibingka.

Photo source: Cooking Pinoy

Though GenSan is pretty famous for its tuna, there is still plenty of local food this city has to offer. If you’re planning to visit this progressive city in Mindanao, you can check out local restaurants such Fligo by Chef Minerva in Lagao, General Santos City with its ever-changing menu depending on what’s currently available in the market; or you can take a food trip down Tiongson Arcade where you’ll find plenty of options to choose from.

While you’re planning your trip down GenSan, why don’t you also book your stay with us at RedDoorz. You’ll find that our hotels in the Tuna Capital of the Philippines are located nearby some of these restaurants and establishments, making your food adventure that much easier. Visit our website or download our mobile app now to book the best accommodation at the most affordable prices.


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