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Burping at Joed’s Lutong Hapon

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Familiarizing, knowing one’s neighborhood has a number of advantages.

A friend mentioned there is an affordable Japanese restaurant in the neighborhood. We basically live in the same area.

The Chef

“Imagine, sushi for P65.”


She wasn’t joking. With other nocturnal creatures mostly composed of artist friends, it became  a regular midnight rendezvous. Then it extended to workmates since there is no better conclusion for our nights than food.

Teriyaki Don for P65. "Don" means rice. Rice with chicken, egg, and sesame toppings. (Teriyaki is a cooking technique used in Japanese cuisine in which foods are broiled or grilled in a sweet soy sauce marinade (tare in Japanese). Teriyaki is served in most modern Japanese cuisines.)

Katsudon for P65. It has become a modern ritual tradition for Japanese students to eat katsudon the night before taking a major test or school entrance exam. This is because "katsu" is a homophone of the verb 勝つ katsu, meaning "to win" or "to be victorious". (Wikipedia)

Teriyaki Ramen for P180. For someone who follows Naruto surely knows what Ramen is. Trivia: The side dish in a spiral pink is called Naruto. In manga, Naruto saved the whole village from Zabuza, so the newly constructed bridge was named after him. I presume the bridge was constructed in Naruto Channel, which is a tourist destination for its whirlpool and perhaps the origin of Naruto's (food) spiral design. Konoha's emblem is a spiral too.

Onigiri or Rice Balls for P25. Wrapped in nori (seaweed) and filled with pork or other dishes.

I wondered why the owner called it izakaya (drinking bar). People frequent the place not for a drink but for its burp-worthy food with its pocket-friendly prices.


Juan Luna St., Mabolo, Cebu City. Within a walking distance from Mabolo Church, the next corner from Juvel’s Salon for Men and Women, before reaching Carmelites.

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Hi there, I’m Jona! I’m in my early 30s and is currently based in Ha Noi, Vietnam.I primarily write poetry and short stories in Cebuano and lengthy travel essays in English. Blogging has become an outlet to think out loud. I live the life I set for myself. I try to live an unapologetic life. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at Find me somewhere else!

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  1. Kai says:

    maayo unta madayon mi adto ani sa weekend, ma’am jo. 🙂 dghan na kaayo ko nadunggan good reviews ani nga kan-anan. salamat sa directions:)

  2. jonabering says:

    hi there, kai. kuyog nya ta sunod. either your treat or your treat. haha.

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