Showing posts with label tramo food hub. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tramo food hub. Show all posts

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Where To Eat in Dagupan: Gino's Sisig

What is all these buzz about Gino’s Sisig Dagupan? Is it the Lechon de Cebu? The affordable price? Location? Or - all of the above? Find out here as I get to have a one-on-one interview with the man behind this successful food business!

Lechon De Cebu. It was March 2009 when the then 22-year old Gino Largo first came to Dagupan City from Cebu. His job as a sales representative of one of the industry’s most respected milk brands already brought him to many places in the country. He did well during his first few months stay here in Dagupan, but like everyone who’s been away from home for too long, he was already getting homesick. To ease the pain, he searched for restaurants that serve Cebu Lechon. He tried and searched again, but to his dismay, nothing seemed to satisfy his authentic taste. That’s when the idea to put up his own lechon business was conceived, and on December 2009  “Grill Hauz” was introduced to all Dagupenos.

Gino's Sisig logo - Home of the first lechon belly de cebu in Northern Luzon.
According to him, #GinosLechon recipe came from his father  - Mr. Rodney Largo. However, it never crossed his mind that he will someday be successful in the same line of business.

“When I was in college, my dad had a lechon business in Cebu. I was never interested in it, but I know all the ingredients and the prep procedures because I watch the workers do it every single day.” He added. 
But what makes their Lechon De Cebu authentic? 

“There are ingredients that only come from Cebu City, sent via courier or I, myself, bring from there.” He answered. “And we are very proud to be the first authentic Lechon Belly De Cebu in North Luzon.”

Photo by idol Jojo Tamayo during the grand opening of Tramo Food Hub.
I also learned that even the head cooks are imports from Cebu and are pure Cebuanos themselves. Today, Gino’s Sisig has two branches in Dagupan City alone. One at Perez Boulevard in front of Victory Liner bus terminal and the other is doing an outstanding sales performance at Tramo Food Hub. During the next years to come we will see Gino’s Sisig branches inside malls in Northern Luzon, and very soon in Quezon City.

Dealing with Business Competition. When Gino had stayed long enough in Luzon, he said he realized that clearly - not everyone can afford to have lechon on their dinner tables.  Saved for special occasions only, lechon is rare to many Filipino households.
A closer look! Check out their Facebook page here. 
 “This is why I decided to make our meals more affordable to everyone. [Because ] I want them to try the best-tasting cebu lechon without having to buy more than what they can consume and afford.” Gino stated. “Now, there is no need for a special occasion to enjoy lechon!”

A single meal order of lechon belly with rice costs Php89 only. Can you believe it? Plus you get to experience eating kamayan style! It’s what makes the eating experience more fun in Gino’s Sisig Tramo. Gino affirms that this definitely is not just a marketing strategy and it doesn’t apply within a promo period.

"The best Lechon de Cebu I've tasted so far." -Mayor Belen Fernandez, Mayor of Dagupan City.
According to Gino: "Competition is only tough when your vision is unclear and if you’re only working for yourself."
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Part 2 of this interview will be up next.
Cheers!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Where To Eat In Dagupan City: Tramo Food Hub

Where to eat in Dagupan City?

Welcome to the Bangus Capital of the world! While there is no doubt about how good and fresh the bangus are here, one still tends to ask, ‘Where to eat in Dagupan?’ This city’s gastronomic tourism has improved over the years and innovation is the only way up! There are lots of local restaurants where you can find yourself salivating and wow-ing on food taste and presentation. But if you haven’t quite decided yet, I suggest you drop by the new Tramo Food Hub just in front of Pantranco bus terminal along M.H. Del Pilar Street, Dagupan City. 

Inspired by Baguio’s Ketchup Food Community, Tramo Food Hub offers wide variety of food and drinks to choose from. They have 16 food stalls in total, each serving up unique dishes. You can add twists but never the same dish, that’s number one rule!

Tramo from the word 'tram' - a rail vehicle. The location used to be one of the train stops of PNR (Philippine National Railway) back in 1970s.
For first time visitors, I personally suggest that you guys try Gino’s Sisig. For 79 pesos, you can have chicken / pork sisig, chicken inasal, lechon belly, and lechon manok – with two cups of rice each meal! Yep, sulit! And did I mention that you get to experience to eat using your hands? Filipino-Cebuano style!

I would also like to recommend Res.to J One’s best seller – Sinigang na Kalabaw! That’s sour soup with carabeef in English, ain’t it? Or nah? Haha! Anyway, you should try it for 200 pesos - good for sharing. Res.to J One also added a twist on the classic Pigar-pigar of Mangaldan and Dagupan. I am guessing they sprinkled a bit of cumin powder in it? Ahhh, must-try!

Early bird! Haha
Speaking of classics, Beats by Kuya Max offers bangus sisig and bistek max for 90 pesos each meal. Plus batchoy and lugaw (porridge)!

Kanto Boy is where you’ll find classic Filipino street foods: isaw, hotdog, pork barbeque, tenga ng baboy, kwek-kwek etc. at a price range of 8-30 pesos only!

If you’re seeking for new taste and healthier options, you won’t be disappointed with Opa! Greek Taverna. One of my absolute favorite from their menu is Chicken Souvlaki! Oh, I keep craving for it! Also try Roka Salad, see photo below.

Roka Salad by Opa! Greek Taverna
So from Greece, let’s go to Korea! Try Ajusshi Korean Shack‘s beef bulgogi, gimbap and kimchi! Annyeong-haseyo!!

The food industry is now crazy over salted eggs, so head on to Fryday’s food stall and order chicken wings with salted egg for the ultimate tasty treat!

Now aren’t you a little thirsty? Let The Hungry Panda conquer your thirst like how it conquered Tramo Food Hub. Almost everyone is lining up for its freshly-squeezed lemonade and mixed berry yogurt smoothie! But wait there’s more, The Hungry Panda offers fruit shakes, mixed fruit lemonades and fruit cups. Plus the Vietnamese sandwich Bahn Mi and Pizza bread! Watch my The Hungry Panda vlog here :) 

The best lemonade in the city from The Hungry Panda
For manginginoms like me (haha) who likes to chill at Tramo Food Hub and listen to live acoustic music, Sides Grill and Raw Bar offers ice-cold local and imported beers! Last Christmas I was kinda sad because I miss my family and friends back in Singapore, so to cheer me up a bit I ordered Tiger Beer. It’s like Singapore’s national beer, so yeah, it kept me sane for a while. Anyway! Other alcoholic drinks available there include Asahi Beer, Evan Williams Bourbon, Brew Kettle Beer, Jack Daniels, and many more. Cheers! 

The other Sides haha! Imported beers available here
To get updates and see more photos, head on to Tramo Food Hub’s Facebook page now! P.S. to other stalls I’ve not mentioned in this post, it only means I haven’t tried your food yet haha! Will update this na lang when I get to try yours na so don’t worry.

Tramo Food Hub is open every day from 3PM-11PM! I heard they’re plannning to open from nine in the morning na SOOOOOOON! 

So guys.. thanks for reading, my Tramo Vlog will be up on my Youtube Channel next month!
x

Disclaimer: This is not a paid post.