High up on the slope of Mt. Talomo in Eden, Bayabas, Toril, Davao City is a mountain resort with a fishing village. Eden Nature Park and Resorts’ ponds are stocked with Tilapia, Hito (Catfish) and Carp for guests to fish on.
You have the option to catch your own fish, have it weighed then cooked or just order from their delectable spread of fish dishes.
Aside from the usual grilled fish, the top dishes to try from the Fisher Grill are: pinaputok na tilapia, ginataang hito, sinigang na hito, and deep-fried hito.
Pinaputok na Tilapia is tilapia stuffed with tomatoes, ginger, and onions then wrapped in banana leaves. It is then grilled giving it a smoky flavor with meat that is juicy and tender.
Ginataang Hito. This is my favorite way of cooking hito where the fish is first marinated then infused with the creamy sweet goodness of coconut milk. The strong fishy taste is tempered with the addition of ginger and curry.
Sinigang na Hito. The Filipino all-time sour soup dish gets an added flavor with the distinct fatty taste of the hito. With the sleepy and cool mountain breeze of Ededn, the hot and sour sinigang really perks you up.
Deep-fried Hito. Although crunchy and crispy on the outside, the meat is still tender and juicy.
The best dish to complement the deep-fried hito is the Ensaladang Talong which was milky but not enough to overpower the natural subtle taste of the talong.
For dessert, try Eden’s lemongrass ice cream.
With these fish dishes, your need for fish is satisfied even in a mountain setting.
How to Get There:
Major airlines fly daily to Davao City from Manila and Cebu. From the airport, Eden Nature Park and Resort is an hour away by land trip.
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