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Erwan Heussaff Went on this Exclusive Cavite Food Tour (and you can, too!) Edit

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Lorrianne Aryenz Valdecantos  • Contributor
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The Fat Kid Inside, Erwan Heussaff, is known for this YouTube channel of the same moniker. In his channel, he cooks up traditional Filipino dishes, do cook-off challenges, and he travels the country in search of authentic eats and culinary history to get to know the real taste of the Philippines. 

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Erwan Heussaff a.k.a The Fat Kid Inside (Photo from Erwan Heussaff's YouTube Channel)

On the quest to further understand the history of the Filipino food, Erwan ventured to Cavite City, one of the places in the country with best-kept culinary secrets. Accompanying Erwan is the famed ‘Republic of Taste’ author and a true-born Caviteño, Ige Ramos. Ige is a food historian with a mission of spreading the word and the flavors of Cavite to the rest of the world.

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City Hall of Cavite City (Photo from Lorri)

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Ige Ramos (Photo from Perry Sumakote)

Erwan’s journey to the scrumptious heart of Cavite started where most fresh produce in the province gets unloaded: the Cavite City Public Market. Here, he expressed his appreciation for the novelties of public markets, especially the carinderias where food can be exceptionally good. 

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Erwan sampling a Dinuguan dish from one of the carinderias in Cavite City (Photo from Erwan Heussaff's YouTube Channel)

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Erwan sampling a 'Quesillo' (Photo from Erwan Heussaff's YouTube Channel)

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Cavite's Bibingkoy (Photo from Erwan Heussaff's YouTube Channel) 

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Alin Ika Carinderia (Photo by: Perry Sumakote) 

Next, he ventured out to try Latin-inspired dishes that Caviteños made their own, he met Tita A of Cantina de Tita A’s to catch a glimpse of how the local Bacalao is prepared. “I’ve never tasted anything like this in the Philippines,” said Erwan as he tasted Tita A’s Labahita Bacalao, a Filipino rendition of the Portuguese cod dish. 

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Cantina de Tita A (Photo from Cantina de Tita A Facebook Page)

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Tita A's famous Bacalao (Photo from Erwan Heussaff's YouTube Channel)

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Tita A and Erwan (Photo from Erwan Heussaff's YouTube Channel)

According to Erwan, if you need a reason to drive all the way to Cavite, Baloy’s Ensaimada is a good enough reason to do it. This twirled bread bathed in butter, sugar, and tossed with cheese toppings has the right bread integrity without being too sweet. Erwan also accidentally dropped a huge lump of cheese while breaking into the Ensaimada which made us very sad but he didn’t seem to mind it that much, and still proclaimed the treat as a winner.  

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Baloy's Ensaimada de Cavite (Photo from Erwan Heussaff's YouTube Channel)

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This is Erwan encouraging everyone to drive to Cavite City for a taste of Baloy's Ensaimada (Photo from Erwan Heussaff's YouTube Channel)

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The exact moment right before that cheese mountain falls off the Ensaimada (Photo from Erwan Heussaff's YouTube Channel)

“It’s really comforting, it tastes like my grandma made it,” claimed Erwan as he bestowed the highest possible cooking honor to Lily Escobar’s Pancit Puso, Cavite City’s very own Pancit recipe. The last stop for Erwan’s Cavite food-venture is at a restaurant called Asiong for a taste of Pancit Pusit. 

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Pancit Puso (Photo from Lorri)

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Pancit Puso served in a puso (Photo from Erwan Heussaff's YouTube Channel)

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Erwan, Lily Escobar, and Ige (Photo from Erwan Heussaff's YouTube Channel)

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Asiong (Photo from Erwan Heussaff's YouTube Channel)

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Pancit Pusit of Asiong (Photo from Erwan Heussaff's YouTube Channel)

Ige made a really striking point about Filipino cuisine, “Why do we need people like Anthony Bourdain or Andrew Zimmer to validate our food? There’s something wrong. I don’t want Filipino food to be the next best thing, I don’t want Filipino food to be a trend, I want Filipino food to be up there with the Italian, with the Chinese, and the French. It’s a staple” 

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Ige explaining his love for Cavite (Photo from Erwan Heussaff's YouTube Channel)

Erwan ended the food tour with a single word that really sums up the experience they had traversing through the streets of Cavite City, as they went from the market to carinderias, to homes of people as they search for the flavor of Cavite, and that word was PERFECT. 

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The Fat Kid Inside (Photo from Erwan Heussaff's YouTube Channel)

Curious about what Cavite City can bring to the table? Join us and Ige Ramos in Lasa ng Republika Cavite City Food Tour! Book here.  

A sneak peek of Lasa ng Republika!

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