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The Kadayawan chickens flap for the win

Kadayawan season means bountiful harvest This year though, the fruits are arriving late, but the rest of the “festival ingredients” is flowing, like the food.

Pretty much like December, August is one of the months on the Davao calendar that should bear the “No Diet Month” sub-title. In my case, it’s breaking away from the no-meat diet “because I have to”. There will always be a dish you’d be tempted to try and say, “Just this once” (or JTO).

JTO, for me, opened a Pandora’s Box. All it took was one bite of red meat because I had to sample a dish on a food-tasting event. Then came more food tasting events and another.

Week 2 of the festival month came two more of those events at Rekado’s and RBG.

I have my favorites on the Rekado menu—the Tofu Sisig with Mushrooms, Gising-gising and the Rekado Chicken are my regular orders.


Kadayawan new dishes on REKADO's menu

Start your Kadaywan feast at Rekado with these must-try fresh fruit refreshers: Guyabano & Avocado shakes


Just as I thought nothing would top the chicken house specialty, Chef Pauline serves another winner—the Chicken Adobo sa Gata.

I love adobo and I love coconut milk, together it’s a fabulous! The classic adobo is made creamy with the distinctive natural sweetness of the coconut. How tasty? Let’s just say extra rice(s) is definitely in order.


My new Rakdo favorite- Chicken Adobo sa Gata


On the JTO moment at Rekado, highly recommended is the Crispy Dinuguan with Chicharon and Burong Mangga. This is a dish that will remind you of how mom cooks her dinuguan except that the consistency is denser, no innards as ingredients and Rekado topped it with crispy fried pork. You get that crunch with spoonful of the rich stew. To balance the richness of the dish with a sweet and sour flavor, a topping of homemade burong manga does the trick.


Kadayawan new dishes on REKADO's menu

Another just this once excuse- Rekado’s Crispy Dinuguan with Chicharon and Burong Mangga


Along with the two, four other dishes join the new dishes on the menu: the Oyster Dinakdakan, deep-fried oyster meat tossed in a seasoned creamy dressing with onions and chilis dressing; Corned Beef and Bone Marrow Bulalo with the broth of simmered for hours with aromatics and flavorful beef cuts, and served with a cut of bone marrow, which is seasoned finely and oven baked; Inihaw na Liempo; and the Davao Seafood Platter with tuna panga, bagaybay, bihod and imbao, all marinated in a spice paste and barbecued with a special marinade.


Kadayawan new dishes on REKADO's menu

Oyster Dinakdakan


Kadayawan new dishes on REKADO's menu

Corned Beef and Bone Marrow Bulalo


All the new dishes will be part of the regular menu.


Kadayawan new dishes on REKADO's menu

With this foodies, Chef & owner at the Rekado Kadayawan food tasting event


Meanwhile at RBG, Park Inn, the third installment of the Boodle Fight since 2015 will be served from August 15 to 30, from 11:30AM to 10:00PM.


Boodle FIght 3peat at RBG, Park Inn by Radisson

The baked chicken lording over the boodle spread with half of the basketball team presenting it


It’s a boodle fight, so expect the Pinoy favorites on the spread. No fancy preparations, jut well-cooked selections: Nilagpang na Bangus, Lato Salad with Salted Eggs, Crispy Pork Belly, Hang Dried Chicken, Fried Tilapia, Grilled Tuna Tail, Longganisa, Pancit Canton, Camote Float, Ube Turon, and served with rice and one pitcher of Samalamig drink. (Php 2,999net only).


Boodle FIght 3peat at RBG, Park Inn by Radisson

Tuna, fish, pork & corn to lessen the guilt tee-hee


The spread that can feed a bunch of 8-10 hungry media personalities or an entire basketball team of 8 to 10 members, both of which are represented in the food tasting event.


Boodle FIght 3peat at RBG, Park Inn by Radisson

A couple of RBG Boodle Fight servings to sate this much guests


Boodle FIght 3peat at RBG, Park Inn by Radisson

One big fight. The basketball team of 10 is ready


For me, the chicken stood out from the rest (literally and figuratively). The perfectly baked, crispy skin on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside stood tall at the center of the spread. Quite a fitting place for a winning dish.

The JTO moment? Ate a couple of favorites I missed- chorizos.


Boodle FIght 3peat at RBG, Park Inn by Radisson

Started my boodle meal with these. Mind the chorizo- because I had to


There are more establishments serving more of their Kadayawan dishes in the coming days. Expect more JTO episodes.

August is far from over and the Pandora Box will remain open.


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Also pblished in the SunStar Davao newspaper.


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