It bodes extremely well for a short trip to an unknown region, when your first meal after stepping out of a jeep covered head to toe in dust, is an utter slam dunk! A bit peaked after an early morning alarm clock wake up, a 7 am flight from Manila to Busuanga, followed by a dust filled 45 minute ride into the town of Coron, we settled into our â€œhotelâ€ and decided to get some breakfast/brunch before heading out to do some sightseeing. We perused a rather prosaic looking menu that had a list of pinoy favorites like tocino, tapa and danggit and I decided to order fried danggit, but at the last minute asked the cook what he had just purchased in the market that morning. I think I took him off guard, but he quickly responded that he found fantastic shrimps/prawns still alive and we agreed he could just sautÃ© them with garlic and some chilli for a substantial brunch with rice. What a smart stroke of luck that was!!! The medium sized prawns were sea caught (as opposed to farm raised) and their differing sizes also showed that they werenâ€™t raised in a pondâ€¦a good sign for flavor and freshnessâ€¦
The cook sliced the prawns down the middle lengthwise and sautÃ©ed them in a little vegetable oil with thin slices of garlic and chopped siling mahaba. The juices from the heads created a tasty and thickened â€œheadyâ€ sauce, and along with some seasoning, this dish did wonders to restore our sagging blood sugar levels. The combination of hunger, excitement and a spectacular dish meant that I would eat an entire serving (normally good for two) by myself! At an extremely reasonably priced PHP250 per order, I knew I was going to love Coronâ€™s foodâ€¦ As we were consuming the prawns, we also ordered a take-away picnic lunch of adobo and rice as we were heading to the port to meet up with our hired banca that would take us sightseeing at the nearby Coron (locally called Higantes, or Giants, island). Just to avoid confusion, the large island is actually named Busuanga, though the airport is sometimes referred to as Busuanga Airport, or by some airlines as Coron Airportâ€¦ then you travel by jeep to the coastal town of Coron, on the island of Busuanga, but you take a banca to the island of Coron, also referred to as Higantes island locallyâ€¦got it?