KABILIN Heritage Merienda: The home of a Local MERIENDA with the Royalty Cebuano EXPERIENCE. 

There are times when our tongue is then used by tasting a foreign cuisine and foods that we usually have it on our table, we certainly look for a food that eventually speak the essence of being a Filipino. In a bustling City like Cebu where everyone is constantly busy and always in a hurry, we tend to disregard the presence of our very own food, maybe because we got no more time cooking or finding those foods, especially the traditional Merienda in our home that we usually have it way back before. We all know that Cebuano has a rich food culture and with that, Sugbo owns a spread of traditional food that we really can be proud of.

Just very recently, I was able to find out the cultural Cebuano traditional Merienda at Golden Prince Hotel. They provide a boatload of Merienda food that have satiated my crave for a traditional Cebuano Merienda. What earns it the best when you spend your time and try the traditional Royal Merienda at Golden Prince Hotel is the natural Cebuano vibes that gives you a true comfort and hospitality.

Going here is only a few meters of walk from Ayala Center Cebu. It is located along the left side of the reception area of the Golden Prince Hotel. The place provides a good space to chill, there are well, garnish tables and the chairs is made from a beautiful adorned bamboo. The elongated table where they put all the luscious local Merienda’s and decorated in a well set up table cloth.

I would really love to taste all the Local Merienda they offer, but I have limited stomach space so I only tried those that made my saliva drop. I filled my plate with Puto, Torta Cebuana, Kutchinta, Banana Cue and a local Hot chocolate drink or locally known as Sikwate.

The Puto has a twist with a touch of a strip, slice of  sweet mango and a presence of sugar cane. The Torta Cebuana is similar to a sponge cake, but it owns a small and very thin strip of cheese and a bit burn up on its side to get the perfect brown color. The Kutchinta is also a local food made from a  tapioca flour and mix with brown sugar and they combine it with lye water to achieve the  sticky and yet chewy when you have a bite with grated coconut on top. The banana cue is a fried banana from a well ripe banana and combine it with a brown sugar in the boiling oil. The local hot chocolate drink is made from a 100% premium Cacao beans and are being processed to form a thick coin-like shapes and that what they usually boiled to make a Hot Chocolate drink and this is best partnered with the rice Puto.

Torta Cebuana
Banana Cue

They also have a noodles kind of Merienda or locally known as Palabok. It is a boiled thin Chinese rice noodle with a  special tinge of a local sauce. You can always make your own topping, there is fried garlic, strip chicken meat, spring onion, boiled eggs, Chicharon and you can also squeeze some lemon on top of it to make it more delectable.


They provide a lot of different kinds of Local Merienda or locally known as Kakanin in (Tagalog), that eventually would replete your crave for a Local Merienda with a touch of a Cebuano way. They have  Bam-I, a stew noodle that is blended with a local ingredients, a rice porridge or locally known as Arozcaldo, Maja Blanca, Puto Cheese, Camote Cue, Binignit, Taho and you can also have a cup of coffee and juice.


If you want a dependable place to try the Local Merienda food, then this place is something you should visit and try. They offer a Local Merienda buffet at PHP228 from 2PM to 6PM everyday. They likewise have a reliable and fast internet connection that is a sure thing to make your Local Merienda experience complete.


Adress: Acacia Street corner Archbishop Reyes Avenue 6000 Cebu City. Telephone numbers:  (032) 230-1500/ 230-1555/ Fax: 230-1560. For more details please visit their Facebook page Golden Prince Hotel & Suites. You can also reach them through email at sales@goldenprincehotel.com / reservations@goldenprincehotel.com


  1. traditional Filipino merienda reminds me of my childhood and a great part of my time spent with my family… I’d love to try the Kabilin Heritage Merienda sometime


  2. So this is in Cebu? Cebu City is very close to my heart as this is where my Mom’s clan hails. We got plenty of relatives here and we used to hold reunions in the island of Kawit. Those food you shared looks good! Im a fan of “kakanin” and everything native! Will have this mind when we visit Cebu again…


  3. I’ve not been to Cebu nor any part of the Philippines, thank you for giving us a peek into the unique food and culture of Cebu! The cakes and dishes in your post however remind me of the Malay and Nonya cuisine in Singapore, some similarity there 😉


  4. The food looks so yummy! I am always searching for traditional food when I visit a place and these days it is so hard to find. I would like to try the Polobak and the torta cebuana, they sounds really delicious.


  5. Wow this made me hungry haha… It’s still half an hour before our lunch break. Anyway I love Filipino merienda, pretty much everything you posted here. My favorite are banana cue and maja blanca. I like that our local snacks are savory and satiating.


  6. I don’t know much about Filipino food or merienda but these photos have me drooling! Asian food is my favourite cuisine so I’m sure I would love everything over there! I’m from Malaysia & a lot of this looks similar actually, looking forward to going crazy on the food when I visit the Philippines next year!


  7. Hi my friend! I wish to say that this post is awesome, nice written and include almost all significant infos. I’d like to see more posts like this.


  8. OMG! All these food reminds me of childhood! I can clearly remember my mommy buying these local desserts during the afternoon so we can have it for merienda. The kutsinta and banana cue were my all time favorite! Such fond memories. 🙂


  9. I have not tried those desserts. But they look very tasty. I should try them if I ever go over there. The photo’s are beautiful also.


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