June 03, 2019

Hukad in Alabang: Home of Cebuano Flavors in Luzon

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    Hailing from Lahug, Cebu is the first ever modern and biggest Hukad Restaurant boasting Cebuano’s best cuisines in Luzon. Hukad Restaurant is tucked at the new wing of Festival Mall, featuring a traditional feast no one could ever resist!

    get your authentic Cebuano favorites here at Hukad!

    It has only been a year since Hukad in Alabang opened but everyone can tell that this branch is promising a slight edge among others. Unlike the traditional Hukad branches, the Alabang branch is a haven of whites and greens, accented with ‘puso’ or light fixtures inspired by rice wrapped in leaves in Cebu.

    a haven of white and greens, accented with ‘puso’ or light fixtures inspired by rice wrapped in leaves in Cebu.

    Of course, their best-seller would be everyone’s favorite Cebu Lechon belly, but one popular street food you probably don’t know is the ‘Ngohiong’ (Php 110), a spring roll with ‘niog’ or coconut bits inside.

    ‘Ngohiong’ (Php 110),

    Since seafood is also popular in Cebu, one should definitely try the Baked Bantayan Scallops (Php 255). It is topped with special cheese, bursting a distinct sea-salt flavor.

    Baked Bantayan Scallops (Php 255)

    If you want a different take on your regular seafood, try their Seafood Pancit Habhab (Php 285). It’s the traditional Filipino habhab or a noodle dish served with seafood as the main ingredients.

    Seafood Pancit Habhab (Php 285)

    They also have classic Filipino dishes like their Cowrie Pinakbet (Php 185). Unlike any other Pinakbet, Hukad’s version is made with only two to three vegetables, such as eggplant and ampalaya.

    Cowrie Pinakbet (Php 185)

    Of course, what’s a Cebuano feast without the famous Crispy Pata (Php 695) and Lechon Belly (Php 975/1kg)?

    Already good for sharing, the crispy pata is so crunchy you (ironically) would want to finish it by yourself. You can also ask it to be chopped, just ask the staff, and they will gladly do it for you. 

    Crispy Pata (Php 695)

    The freshly roasted Lechon belly, on the other hand, is sourced all the way from Cebu. It’s so juicy and has an even distribution between the meat and the fat.

    Lechon Belly de Cebu (Php 975/1kg)

    For desserts, the famed Filipino Halo Halo has three versions here: Ube Halaya with Macapuno (Php 165), Halo-Halomazing (Php 135), and Mais Con Hielo (Php 155).

    They’re not your typical halo-halo because Hukad’s secret is with the ice. It’s a hearty and creamy bowl of perfectly shaved ice with milk and sweetened beans, topped with ice cream! 

    Halo-halomazing (Php 135)

    Enjoy Cebuano cuisine with your friends or family as Hukad also has a function room good for 20-28 pax perfect for intimate gatherings or meetings.

    Weekday rates (Mon to Thurs) start at Php 6,000 while weekends (Fri to Sun) start at Php 9,000. Said rates come with consumable food and drinks, inclusive of a projector, mic, and speaker.

    Function room inclusive of mic and speaker

    Here at Hukad, you’re guaranteed to get the freshest seafood and lechon as all dishes served are true to the Cebuano tradition of cooking. Their chefs are also all from Cebu!

    Visit Hukad Festival Mall at the UG/F of Festival Mall Expansion, Civic Drive, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. They are open from 10 am to 10 pm. For inquiries, you may call them at 403-9293.

    How to get here: 

    • From Alabang Town Center, take the Alabang Zapote Road, then turn right to Bridgeway Ave and left to Spectrum Midway Extension. Then proceed to take the Alabang-Zapote Road, then turn right to Corporate Ave and left onto Civic Dr. Continue for about 500m and turn left. Hukad is located at the Festival Mall Expansion Wing.

    This also appeared in Philippine Primer Japanese Magazine’s May 2019 issue. 

                 
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