Road Chow

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

WE’RE going out of town because my out of town trip didn’t give me much time to explore Davao City. But this is going to be fun.

The place is Pigcawayan in North Cotabato on our way to South Upi in Maguindanao… and yes, not the whole Maguindanao is at war these days. The gun battles are being fought in faraway Sultan sa Barongis and Datu Saudi Ampatuan, the canon blasts of which you can’t even hear.

What we saw were military men looking bored in their checkpoints – definitely no red alert stance sighted along the whole stretch of the long highways from Kidapawan City to the whole stretch of the highway crossing North Cotabato towns to Cotabato City and then to Maguindanao.


Pigcawayan is one town before Cotabato City. In between Pigcawayan and Cotabato City is Sultan Kudarat town in Maguindanao Province (as differentiated from Sultan Kudarat province).

The place…

Triple C Inn Resto and Catering Services. Apparently, it’s a popular lunch place for travelers as it’s right along the highway, and across it is another restaurant boasting it’s a kambingan with Muslim Chow.

Triple C also boasts of Muslim Chow. Meaning, don’t expect any pork. But then, you will get a long row of kalderos of fish, goat, beef, and chicken dishes, you will not even notice that there’s no pork.

It boasts of goat meat recipes, but I was on a fish mood and was easily distracted by the sight of a paksiw na ulo ng isda. I topped that with ginisang mongo.

Aveen got the same, while Jon had the adobong tuna.

Off to the other end of the table was Aveen’s driver Tata, who ordered bulalo. *Sayang!* The bulalo started off a trivia on how to recognize residents of Cotabato City in a mob of bulalo-eaters. How? They will order a side serving of toasted garlic. Oh. It’s a very common practice in Cotabato City, Aveen said, which they haven’t observed anywhere else. Definitely not in Davao…

The waitres served us free bowls of soup to go with our meal. Sinampalukang kambing soup. It gave us a hint on how good they cook their kambing. The soup was good.

It’s a regular wooden structure turo-turo with an electrical wiring layout that we can’t help but comment on… hazard is such a puny word. But it has clean toilets, and in long road trips like this, clean toilets are always a welcome sight. One other sight that elicited titters from us was the nearly one-year-old tarpaulin sign announcing the Triple C Hunks and Babes where you pay close to a hundred pesos per bottle of beer to watch the show. Night life, perhaps?

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 02, 2014.


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