You've never been to Punong Restaurant if you haven't tried their specialty, soft-shell crab. These crabs are basically regular crabs which have molted their outgrown shell, leaving the crustacean with a new softer shell. Hardening of the new shell is then retarded to keep it soft. These crabs are then cooked and eaten whole, including the shell. From the restaurant's menu, you will see the different options you can have the crabs cooked. We chose the sweet-chili version.
These soft-shell crabs are raised and cultured locally by the Tagum-based Maningo Farm. The farm is also one of the stops of the Tagum City River Cruise, an eco-tourism project launched by the city government in July 2011 aimed at preserving the city's wetlands.
For those of you who don't eat seafood, Punong Restaurant also serves chicken, pork and beef dishes. We recommend their Pancit Canton with Pork, one of the best we tasted in the whole country.
|pancit canton with pork (left); sweet-chili soft-shell crab (right)|
We would like to thank Mr. Leo Timogan of the Tagum City Information Office (CIO) for touring us around Punong Restaurant and for assisting us during our day trip to Tagum City. To read more about Tagum City, please visit Mr. Timogan's blog: Tagum Exposure
For more information on the Tagum City River Cruise, please visit Mr. Timogan's blogpost: Tagum River Cruise: An Enticing Ride and Commune with Nature
|How to get there:|
from Davao City: at the Davao Overland Transport Terminal, take a bus bound for Tagum, Mati or Butuan. Tell the conductor to drop you off at Punong Restaurant. Travel will take 1.5hrs.
from Davao International Airport: walk towards the national highway, on the same side of the road as the airport, take a bus bound for Tagum, Mati or Butuan. Tell the conductor to drop you off at Punong Restaurant. Travel will take 1hr.
|How to get back: |
to Davao City: on the opposite side of the road as the restaurant, take a bus bound for Davao. Get off at the Davao Overland Transport Terminal.