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Kinilaw Na Tuna

Ida Damo
Ida Damo | May 02, 2013

Kinilaw comes from the Visayan word "Kilaw" or to eat as raw. That is why a Kinilaw is made up of raw ingredients which is prepared and served without cooking. The ingredient that “cooks” it is usually vinegar or kalamansi (native citrus).

Tuna kinilaw is a popular dish in Davao, GenSan and areas where tuna is fresh and readily available.

Tuna meat is filleted then mixed with strips of radish, cucumber, unripe mangoes, onions and ginger. Kalamansi or vinegar is poured over the mix right before serving to avoid “overcooking”.

Other regions would put green/red bell peppers or tomatoes depending on their taste. Still others pour soda like Sprite or 7-UP to put more zest.

However way the Tuna Kinilaw is prepared and no matter what additional ingredients are put in, the most important ingredient is the fresh Tuna.

Try Tuna Kinilaw now in Davao City or in the Tuna capital of the Philippines, GenSan!


From Manila, Davao City is an hour and 40 minutes by plane and 3 days and 2 nights by land and sea. Taxi Flag down rate is Php40 and Jeepney rate starts at PhP8.

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