Not Your Ordinary Viand: Tuslob Buwa (dip into the bubbles)

Let me start this blog with the questions in your mind; “What kind of title is that? That’s kind of bizarre. Is that referring to food? or a joke?” But to tell you honestly, I am also curious about the title and the food itself. So, let me tell you how I first discovered this very interesting food.
Two years ago, I heard from a friend that there is an interesting place in Cebu City, namely Pasil (a wide fish market) where people of different ages such as kids and adults eat this food (should I say food?) called TUSLOB BUWA (a vernacular term for dip into the bubbles). The name actually speaks for itself.

Because of poverty, workers, carriers of fish, seller and even street children eat this everywhere in Pasil. It is very convenient and cheap for them but on the contrary, it’s very dangerous because you might get diseases in this style. Do you want to know why?
Tuslob buwa (dip into the bubbles) is mainly just bubbles; bubbles from leftovers of pig’s internal organs such as the brain and the colon. The customers dip hanging rice (rice into the coconut leaves or c) into the bubbles or the soup itself. All the customers share from only one pan so everyone has a chance to get a slice of diseases from each other. Luckily, nobody gets sick!as far as I know.
We really wanted to try it but it’s quite a risk to go to Pasil.
Anyway, we discovered this tuslob buwa place where it’s clean but we can still experience the tuslob buwa style; it is called AZUL.

And this is the place
And this is the place

Originally, this place was a drinking bar but the owner was creative enough to expand the business and include tuslob buwa in their menu! It is located in Asilo near Ayala.
It was quite crowded when we went their but it did not stop us from eating there. When we arrived in the place, people from different ages went to have their tuslob buwa experience, even families!

This is how the place looks like.  That's us waiting for the dinner.  Credits to Mahjoy Madz for this picture.:)
This is how the place looks like. That’s us waiting for the dinner.

Look how crowded it is!
We had to fall in line first to have our orders then we waited for about 20 minutes because the line was quite long. After a long wait, we had our order and walah!!!

You have the pork oil, the krill, a little of the pig's intestine or brain, onions and the hanging rice.
You have the pork oil, the krill, a little of the pig’s intestine or brain, onions and the hanging rice.

I was totally amazed. This is it all! 😀 I was expecting for a lot of pig’s internal organs and I even waited for more!
Then my friends started cooking it.

My friend started cooking the TUSLOB BUWA
My friend started cooking the TUSLOB BUWA

There you go. That’s how you cook it. You can see the bubbles starting to form. You can add the soy sauce later on.
It was all our first time to try this food so we observed other people how they did it. It was actually really fun.
When we realized it was okay to dip the hanging rice, we started dipping.

And we started dipping on the pan.
And we started dipping on the pan.

That’s how you dip the rice! Imagine when you do it with strangers, it would be very dangerous but fun though.

The more we stayed there, the more I realized why tuslob buwa became a hit. It is cheap, it is fun to eat with friends, it is a Filipino food, it is delicious! Sometimes, when you have a little food, it becomes really delicious. 😀

If you want to go to this place and have your own tuslob buwa experience, here is the link.

Gorordo Avenue, Asilo, Cebu City

Near Asilo de Milagrosa church

~Have a sip of life, have your own tuslob buwa experience.

~TEA POT

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s