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Boracay Island is not just about beaches and watersports, but also about the sumptuous food delicacies. The island is a gastronomic paradise that boasts of wide-ranging local and international food offerings that will appease the taste buds of every foodie out there. But, what’s a better way to showcase your Boracay experience than bringing food souvenirs (pasalubong) that will remind you of the island’s mouth-watering flavors?
To help you navigate through the maze of food paradise, we’ve compiled a guide to the best food pasalubong that you can take with you from Boracay Island.
The dehydrated banana chips are undoubtedly one of the most popular pasalubong items among tourists who visit Boracay Island. This tropical taste sensation that is labored over the desiccation period creates an addictively crunchy, healthy and tasty snack without sacrificing its nutrients.
There are a lot of different stores found around the island that sell these crunchy delights. But, the best and most original banana chips are from Mama’s Fruit & Souvenir Shop or here at Jocyl’s Food Products. You may also opt to purchase banana chips rolled in chocolate, caramel, and other flavors.
Boracay Island is considered as one of the Philippines’ top seafood destinations! The island’s daily fresh catch from the sea consists of various fishes, shrimps, crabs, and squids that are cooked and served in different styles – grilled, fried, steamed, and sautéed. As a pasalubong, you can buy bottled seafood such as danggit, dilis, tuyo, and pusit, which are perfect for your breakfast meals or your soups.
If you’re looking for a seafood pasalubong, your best option would be the D’ talipapa market where you can find a variety of seafood brands packaged and sold in beautiful bottles, perfect for pasalubong.
Calamansi muffin is a mini version of a classic muffin offering in which the tartness of Calamansi juice is mixed with its sweet and buttery pastry. The pastry experts of the island have been making pastries, muffins, and desserts that showcase the unique flavor of Calamansi, a citrus fruit that’s locally grown around the island. You can purchase Calamansi muffins in cafes, bakeries, and souvenir shops all over the island.
If you want a taste of the exotic Boracay Island flavor, then you must try Ube and Mango Jam! The colorful jams feature two of the most vibrant island tropical fruits – mango and purple yam locally known as ube. These jams are great for toast, sandwich spread, and as an addition to yogurts.
The best spots to buy these flavorful pasalubongs would be Pasalubong Center at Station 2, and D’Mall’s Souvenir Shops, which are known for their exhaustive selections of souvenirs and treats.
This is one of the famous Filipino desserts that are widely available in the country’s local delicacies. Buko pie is a baked pastry filled with its fresh Buko meat, a local term for coconut meat. In Boracay Island, they have perfected this dessert by serving it hot and fresh, making it a favorite dessert of every after-beach meal.
You can buy it in almost every bakery in Boracay Island. Still, you should try the freshly baked pies at Traditions Café and Bakery, located at D’Mall, where the Buko pies are freshly baked from their in-house kitchen.
Aside from these famous pasalubongs, you can also buy other souvenirs, such as Boracay t-shirts, keychains, fridge magnets, and wood figurines.
It depends on the country you’re going to. Every country has its regulation on importing food products. For example, if you’re going to the United States, you can bring certain food items such as dried fruits, nuts, and spices, but not fresh fruits or vegetables. Before bringing food pasalubong, you should check the customs regulations of your destination.
Boracay Island is a culinary haven for food enthusiasts, and the food pasalubongs that you can take to your hometown will keep your Boracay experience alive. From dried banana chips to freshly baked Buko pies, you’ll surely find a food souvenir that will take your taste buds back into the tropical setting of the island. So, make sure that you bring some of these food delicacies back home for yourself and your loved ones to savor and share.
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