Only a handful of establishments maintain the stamp of a foodie mecca in the city—you know where food is so good that people are willing to brave the traffic, because they know they will be rewarded with comfort food and their sacrifices will surely be worth it. With the traffic continuing to worsen, it’s nice to stumble upon establishments like Hukad (which means to serve up food on one’s plate when used as a verb and “ladle” when used as a noun) that brings well-loved comfort food from Cebu right in the heart of the metro. Yes, you don’t need to travel far to get a dose of your favourite Cebuano dishes.
Well-lit, with comfortable seats and cozy ambiance, Hukad brings to life to a time and place more subversive than its actual location in Trinoma Garden Restaurants. Hukad is part of the Golden Cowrie group of restaurants popular for their classic Cebuano and Filipino dishes served in a modern dining experience. They already have a cult following in the Visayas and Mindanao areas so now city dwellers are lucky that they are expanding its reach nationwide with new branches coming up in Luzon and Metro Manila.
The people behind Hukad also recently launched actor Gerald Anderson as its brand ambassador. “We’re very pleased to have Gerald Anderson as our official endorser for Hukad and Golden Cowrie,” sas Kenneth C. Kokseng, General Manager of Hukad and Golden Cowrie. “His passion in life and craft reflect our food and our service. Gerald is also part Bisaya (from Visayas, as the actor hails from General Santos City), so he’s really authentic. He knows and appreciates our culture, tastes, and flavour.”
Gerald says he is happy to promote Hukad which features Cebuano dishes. “When I eat at Hukad, I always remember how my mom took care of me when I was young. I brought my family here and they also loved it! Hukad brings us closer as a family,” shares Gerald.
Hukad takes pride on their Crispy Pata and Lechon Belly de Cebu. It was so good that the Crispy Pata won the People’s Choice in The Sun Star Best of Cebu Awards. The Lechon Belly is of course another showstopper with its tender meat and oh-so crispy skin over-roasted daily in savory seasonings and herbs. It’s good for sharing and is available in various sizes—yes, you can even treat and be able to feed your whole barangay!
Seafood lovers need not be disappointed. Hukad also had special dishes for you to try. You can feast on their Grilled Tuna Panga, Tuna Belly, Zarsuela de Mariscos, Stuffed Squid or Garlic Chili Shrimps. But don’t ever forget to try on their Baked Batayan Scallops. These are flown in daily from Bantayan Island in Cebu so you can be assured that they are fresh and for sure you will enjoy its mouth-watering goodness as it is topped with buttery cheese and garlic.
For carnivores, classic Filipino comfort foods are also available like Sinigang, Bulalo and Kare-kare. You may also try other regional specialties like Caldereta de Cabrito, Crispy Dinuguan, Chicken Halang-halang and Oxtail Humba.
Psst.ph highly recommends other savory dishes like the Cebuano favourite, Ngohiong (a cross between lumpiang shanghai and Chinese kikiam), Baked Tahong (mussels), and Seafood Pancit Habhab with shrimp and squid. For appetizers, we also enjoyed their Pomelo Salad with gusto.
Also worth mentioning are Hukad’s unique Filipino delicacies such as Bubud Turon and Biko Tsokolate. We were able to try their Ube Halaya Ala Mode—honest-to-goodness sweetened yam paste inside crispy fried lumpia wrapper with cheesy butter flavoured iced cream. It truly was a delightful way to cap off your meal . Wolf it down with their Agua Fresca pitchers in Pineapple Cucumber, Watermelon and Green Mango Cucumber.
Hukad has branches in SM Mall of Asia, SM Southmall, SM Sucat, SM BF Paranaque, SM Bicutan, SM San Lazaro, SM Bacoor, SM Dasmarinas, Trinoma, S Maison, and Ayala Cloverleaf.
In Visayas and Mindanao areas, they are located in Cebu, Robinson’s Place Dumaguete, Robinson’s Place Tacloban, SM City Bacolod, SM City Iloilo, Uptown Station 2 Boracay, Abreeza Mall Davao, SM Ecoland Annex Davao, Robinson’s Place Butuan, Gaisano Mall of Tagum, Gaisano Mall Digos, Royal Garden Hotel Ozamiz, Pagadian, SM Lanang, Veranza Mall Gensan, KCC Mall de Zamboanga, Mall of Alnor Cotabato, Prime Arcade Tagum, SM CDO Downtown Premier and Iligan.
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