BuDa or the Bukidnon-Davao Highway is an hour and a half road trip from downtown Davao City. Because of its cold climate, mountain resorts now dot its hills, offering a quick getaway and hideaway for city dwellers on weekends. In between resort hopping, a good and filling snack would be a perfect break.
Jolken’s Pasalubong is a highly-recommended stopover for your dine-in or take-out sweet break.
First on the must-eat list is the buko pie: tender young coconut meat filling that is slightly sweet in a flaky crust would sure take the edge off of your hunger. You can order the small pie or just take a slice off the big pie. This goes well with the piping hot and locally-sourced, unadulterated chocolate drink or sikwate.
When you see the cassava cake, you will be tempted to have a slice because it is cheesy and gooey and not too sweet. This uniquely Pinoy snack, made with grated cassava, eggs, coconut milk, and sugar is made even better with a generous helping of grated cheese!
If you want to have a unique taste of Davao, order the durian cake. This light puffy cake drizzled generously with durian ganache can be your first foray into appreciating durian!
The vegetarian fresh lumpia was a surprise as I initially thought it was crepes because of its thin wrapper. Upon biting, the sweet ubod (heart of coconut) with the gingery sweet sauce blend so well, you cannot help but have more! This is the snack for those avoiding meat and all the sugar from the delicacies.
Creamy chicken empanada is turning out to be a new favorite as the filling is really creamy and tasty mix of potatoes, carrots, green peas, and flaked chicken covered in flaky crunchy crust. Just be sure to blow on the empanada as it is hot but delicious!
Kids will enjoy their classic chocolate crinkles and chocolate cake.
Go ahead and have your fill! The delicacies range from Php 30 to 250. It is indeed a sweet stopover!
As Miss Jolken is constantly innovating and improving on her craft to offer more pasalubongs, you might just get to taste more offerings when you drop by Jolken’s Pasalubong.
How to get there:
Davao City is an hour and 50 minutes away from Manila and 50 minutes away from Cebu by plane. Major airlines fly daily from these two key cities to Davao City. The Bukidnon-Davao Highway can be reached in an hour and a half by private vehicles, rented vans, and public buses from the city proper. Jolken’s Pasalubong is in Upper Calinan, Baganihan, Marilog District, BuDa Highway, Davao City.
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