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Cavite: Land Taste of the Heroes

Publish On 2014-06-04 , 4:43 PM

June 12, 2013 – Independence Day is nearly coming. It reminded us of patriotic Filipinos who offered their lives for our country’s freedom.  It is one of the most significant dates in the Philippine’s history that was celebrated annually because it marks the nation’s liberty from the Spanish rule on June 12, 1898. Cavite took a great part on our history. The first inauguration of our National flag together with the proclamation of our freedom was done in the house of Emilio Aguinaldo at Kawit, Cavite. Many of our country men especially Caviteno’s fought valiantly to Spaniards even if the cost will be their own lives.  Without their courage maybe we are still being dominated and reign under the cruelty of the Spaniards. 

Cavite is named as the Historical Capital of the Philippines. It is the cradle of Philippine Revolution, and the birthplace of Philippine Independence. It’s true that this town was popularly known for being land of the heroes and freedom. This place was also known for the hospitality and warmness of its people. Above all, we cannot deny the fact that from then on until today it is highly well-known with its local delicacies that will trigger and tickle you senses. 

Cavite Republic Restaurant was one of the Cavite’s prides. Its structural design was inspired by the Town’s history and a replica of Emillio Aguinaldo’s house at Kawit Cavite. It promotes the Town’s local delicacies not only to ease your hungry appetite but moreover it aims to remind everyone who taste their dishes the sacrifices of our heroes and the worth of gaining our freedom. The owner, Mrs. Cecilia Del Rosario Pacumio or best known as Mama Cely offers authentic Caviteño's cuisine inherited from the family.


Here are some dishes of Cavite Republic Restaurant that you will surely fall in love with:

• Cavite Express - also known as Ginataang Langka but it is a twisted version that uses only kalumbahin or a variety of coconut that produces a sweet and sumptuous taste of coconut milk. It is made healthier because ROC uses halaan (clams) and popular native tinapa from Salinas, Cavite.

•  Sinanglay na Pla-Pla - is known as a Bicol dish, where pla-pla, a kind of fish, is filleted, wrapped in pechay, and simmered in coconut milk. Again, kalumbahin, and another Caviteño ingredient, labong or bamboo sprout, are used in this recipe.

• Sinampalukang Inihaw na Manok (Grilled Chicken Sinampalukan)  - because sinampalukan is such an underrated Filipino dish, ROC made a variation to make it more delightful and enticing. Unlike the traditional sinampalukan, a soup-based dish with vegetables, the chicken is marinated in a secret sampaloc (tamarind) sauce and grilled to perfection. It is best served with sampaloc vinegar to enhance its flavor.

• Crispy Binagoongang Baboy - unlike the usual binagoongan, this one is essentially what we call "lechon kawali," served with grilled eggplant and topped with bagoong or shrimp paste. The crisp and crunch of deep-fried pork turned into a saucy dish is definitely one of the best things ROC can offer.

• Kilawing Puso ng Saging - the Banana Heart Vinaigrette with Mussels tastes a lot more like Ginataang Langka, but with fresh tahong, one of Cavite's main seafood products. It has a spicy kick that awakens the sleeping soul in you.

• Chicken Barbeque with Peanut Sauce - ROC made this chicken barbecue something that will please everyone's taste buds. With its creamy and not-so-sweet peanut sauce, not only the adults would love it, but also the kids who always crave for luscious, syrupy dishes.

• Crispy Dinuguan - just like the Crispy Binagoongan, the pork is deep-fried until brown and crispy. When served, the crispy meat, along with the chicharong baboy, is separated from the cooked and thickened pork blood-based soup. Long, green pepper is mixed with the sauce to remove the stench of blood.

• Lihim ni Lola - an original recipe of the catering company's matriarch, this is purple rice pudding, a smoother version of puto bumbong shaped like inverted puto or kutsinta. 

Let us go and explore the historical place of Cavite as we celebrate our country’s freedom. Have a taste of history at the Republic of Cavite Restaurant together with your family and friends. Surely it will become one of the greatest and memorable experiences in your life.