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restaurant review

Painitan BreakfastAug 6, 2011

Painitan Breakfast

Rating: star star star star star 5 stars (out of 5)
Food Type: native budbud (suman), coffee and chocolate drink
Location: Painitan section, Dumaguete City Public Market, Negros Oriental, Philippines

A Breakfast Thing
For an honest to goodness bang-for-the-buck breakfast, nothing beats the budbud selection (traditionally, sticky rice rolled in a banana leaf like a cigar), puto (in the Visayas, this is actually sticky rice), native chocolate drink and coffee at Dumaguete Public Market's painitan section. The array of stalls number in the dozen, each serving its own blend of hot chocolate drink, coffee and its own recipe of budbud.

A Social Equalizer Thing
Early morning crowd could pile-in, spanning a broad social spectrum - from the laborer to the town mayor (yes, I was there when he showed up). It's a local melting pot. I've seen business men discuss deals, ex-pats whiling away time, markets shoppers filling their tummy, etc.

Food Hygiene?
You might think...a market carinderia? hygiene? Well, I've eaten to nearly every stall and I haven't been sick. Also, nearly everyone I know of have one way or the other tried the painitan...with no issues. I'm giving it my stamp.

For puto and native chocolate drink, it's Lourdes Teves stall. It doesn't scrimp on the sticky rice (according to friend, Brian Stockwell) and the chocolate is consistent in quality (according to a pineapple vendor). For native coffee, there aren't too many choices since not everyone serves it. My choice is Teofilo Sison stall. The coffee grounds are pulverized and mixed-in with the coffee drink - triple the caffeine intake on that! For budbud, I'm good with Manang Pina who shares the stall at Teofilo Sison. I usually order one chocolate drink, one native coffee and mix both of them up to concoct a mocha blend that blends perfectly with the budbud. Sometimes, I bring the Dumaguete special hot pandesal (Rene Abesamis recommends it) and dip it in the thick chocolate drink for that satisfying lining of the food pipe.


  • budbud cabog (made with millet...bird seed) P12.00/piece (others along this row charge as much as P16!
  • budbud tantay (sticky rice with chocolate swirl) P7/piece
  • budbud pilit (plain sticky rice) P5/piece
  • native coffee (no milk) P16.00/full cup
  • native chocolate drink P10.00/demi-tasse

--- TheLoneRider

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