Filipino food with a twist at Choobi Choobi

Stan's Fried Black Pepper Shrimps. 
Image: Choobi Choobi Facebook

If you have a huge appetite for good Filipino food, then another restaurant should be on your list – Choobi Choobi Restaurant.

Choobi Choobi is a Fookien word which means ‘lingaw-lingaw’ or to enjoy. The owner, Stan Tanchan explained that his grandfather used to say choobi choobi whenever he enjoys a great meal.  In fact, the family loves to cook and some of their recipes were passed on for generations and were given a twist and served at Choobi Choobi.

Choobi Crispy Pata. Price: P405 (large) Highly recommended

During the opening of their branch in SM City Iloilo, the public was given the chance to see actress and brand ambassadress Erich Gonzales in person.

“Choobi Choobi serves good quality food, has good ingredients and affordable, and provides good service. At Choobi Choobi, sobrang sarap ang pagkain,” said Erich, who admitted that she eats a lot but thanks to her genes, she does not gain weight.

Shrimp in a Bag. Price: P350 (1 pound) and P185 (half-pound) Highly recommended

Invited guests were given a chance to try their signature dishes such as the crispy-on-the-outside-but-soft-and-juicy-on-the-inside Choobi Crispy Pata and Stan’s Fried Black Pepper Shrimp.

We also had a fill of the Tanchan matriarch’s original recipe - Lola Pepang’s Fried Manok as well as Stuffed Grilled Squid, Cha Tao Miao (fresh and organic Snow Peas sprouts available only at Choobi Choobi), Pork Barbecue, and most of all, Shrimp in a Bag, their house specialty.

Stuffed Grilled Squid. Price: P195 (medium), P 215 (large). Highly recommended

Shrimp in a Bag is prepared different ways and what we had during the opening was the Barkada Seafood Bag that was buttery and garlicky in taste. These fresh shrimps are prepared in different flavors; Butter Garlic, Sauteed in Garlic, Spicy Gata (coconut milk and spices), Whole Choobang (cajun sauce) and Salted Egg Shrimp (Singaporean style).

Their export-quality shrimps are sourced directly from their farms in Pinamungajan (Asturias) and San Carlos City (Negros Occidental), thus diners are assured of their freshness.

Patrick Star's Baked Scallops – fresh scallops topped with butter, cheese and garlic. Price: P165. Image: Choobi Choobi Facebook 

Choobi Choobi’s other specialties are Crispy Adobong Kanding, Mama Pina’s Fried Herbed Spring Duck, The Belly Dancer, Sizzling Boneless Bangus, Lobster Fish (Monkfish), Giant Bamboo Clam and Baby Lobsters (Scampi).

Tanchan revealed that they will add more dishes in April or May.

Cha Tao Miao. Eric Gonzales said this is the food that best describes her. 
Highly recommended
Source: Choobi Choobi Facebook

At Choobi Choobi, you have a whole lot of choices may they be appetizers, soups, grilled or fried, vegetables, rice and noodles, healthy juices and shakes, desserts or frozen delights.

If good food is your definition of enjoyment, choobi choobi it is!/Kathy Villalon

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Choobi Choobi opening in Iloilo City. Photo shows Santiago Tanchan, Shiela Tanchan, brand ambassadress Erich Gonzales, Rufina Tanchan and Stan Tanchan

Iloilo Today's Nonoy Taclino, Virtual Basket's Ted Ong, Joeboy Agriam of Cream Magazine, Choobi Choobi's official photographer, Zedrick Seneres of the Daily Guardian and Greg Flores of Cafe Ilonggo.

Bloggers Jessa Tamayo of Simply Iloilo and this writer, Kathy Purr

Bloggers Tisha Arnaldo of A Day in September, Apple Ochon and Rosmar Villalon

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