You must not leave Cebu without bringing home the famous danggit. Danggit are small variants of salted (and unsalted) dried fish that is very popular in Cebu. Whenever someone goes to Cebu, we would always ask them to bring us danggit, dried mangoes or otap from Shamrock.
If there’s a good place to get fresh and cheap danggit or any dried fish for that matter, it would be the Taboan Market in Carbon Market, Cebu. Carbon Market is the biggest public market in Cebu. Taboan is just a couple of minutes walk from Carbon.
Taboan sells almost all kinds of dried fishes and other dried sea foods in Cebu. Taboan’s prices is relatively cheaper as compared to those being sold in malls and supermarkets. Aside from the cheaper price, you can always haggle with the vendors for a lower selling price.
Danggit is usually fried and served with garlic rice and tomatoes during breakfasts. It is paired with vinegar and chili pepper as its dip. My personal favorite is the pinakurat na suka from Iligan and Cagayan de Oro. Danggit best served right after it is cooked since it loses its crispness after a few hours. There are different variants of danggit being sold. Salted, unsalted and tocino are among the popular variants.
Aside from Danggit, as mentioned earlier, Taboan also sells different kinds of dried fishes and other sea foods. They sell bagoong (shrimp paste), hebi (dried prawns), bottled oysters, and dried squid among others.
Jehzeel ‘nomnoming’ a giant dried fish.
How to get there?
Using the public transport is very difficult especially if you’re not familiar with the public transport routes of Cebu. The best I can suggest is to take a cab from anywhere in Cebu. Tell the cab driver to bring you to Taboan. Since Taboan is very popular among Cebuanos, surely no cab driver can make a mistake of not finding the place. If you’re within Cebu City, cab fare won’t exceed 150 pesos. Taboan is only a few minute ride from the Osmeña Circle.