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Experience authentic Halal cuisine in Babu Kwan

Experience the rich and vibrant culture and cuisine of the Moro people right here in Cagayan de Oro, at Babu Kwan the newest and first of its kind Halal restaurant in Northern Mindanao that serves Moro Filipino and Asian cuisines under one roof.

From Left. Abdel nur Campong and Norkhalila Mambuay-Campong (Owners) with National Commission on Muslim Filipino Regional Director Abdulnasser P. Masorong, Jr. MD and NCMF Chief Jamaloddin P. Muti.

Babu Kwan stands for your favorite “Auntie (Babu) meanwhile the Kwan is a colloquial term for “something”. It represents the auntie that cooks for the entire clan/family, someone who cooks and brings pots full of food, and spoil you with her dishes.

Chicken Piaparan, a chicken dish that is cooked with coconut milk, turmeric and a special paste called ‘Palapa’. The cooked chicken is taken out from the soup and then cooked with additional grated coconut which makes this dish stand out.

Babu Kwan is a Moro Muslim born woman who is raised in Southern Philippines. She is an essential part of the community because she has so much to bring to the table and has so much to share to the rest of the world through her dishes.

chicken pyanggang, a Tausug dish from southern part of the Philippines. It is prepared, with the chicken being marinated in burnt coconut. Similar to a chicken barbecue only it’s black but not because it’s burnt.

During their soft opening they introduced a variety of dishes originating from the southern parts of Mindanao innate to the Moro people; and now we get a chance to taste a culture that is unfamiliar to some, and served with a smile.

We tasted Carabeef (Carabao) Randang, Chicken Piaparan, Beef Randang, Chicken Pyanggang among others and we recommend you try out these dishes along with their appetizer Sambal Mussels – it’s delicious. As everyone knows, Maranaos love their food spicy, even their rice is spiced, and for those who do not like spicy food, you do not need to worry, as you can tone down the spice if you wish without compromising the flavor and authenticity of the food.

In an interview the owner Norkalila Mambuay-Campong she shared her inspiration of putting up Babu Kwan. She explains that it’s both passion and advocacy for her. She would like to share their culture and cuisines to everyone, so that they would also enjoy the food that she grew-up with, regardless of your affiliatio. It is an effort of passion, necessity, and advocacy all at once.

Outside Babu Kwan

“Basically there is a need for advocacy and for passion; we would like to inspire the young once to pursue their dreams and bringing their home everywhere; through Babu Kwan we hope to share our cuisine to everyone here in Cagayan de Oro”, she said.

Balolon Dessert

Eating at Babu Kwan will surely give you a unique experience the same way that we did during its launching from the decors to its motif it has meaning and a history to tell, and what better way to know a culture, than through its food.

Visit them today, they are located at the GF, of Vines Pension house in Yacapin St., corner Aguinaldo st. CDO, fronting Willshire Inn. Starting today up to the 23rd Babu Kwan is open for lunch at 11AM to 2PM and again for diiner at 5 to 9PM and follow them on Facebook @BabuKwanRestaurant.

Sambal mussels
Carabeef Randang (Carabao) Cooked together with a spice paste and coconut milk until fork-tender, fried together with the remaining braising liquid until caramelizes around the beef, coating it with an insane amount of flavor.

About Dave Achondo

Dave Achondo
A person who enjoys doing what he does best – writing anything under the sun; strong-willed and straight to the point. Contributor at SOUTHWALL Magazine a Cebu-based company under Soline Publishing, A former Feature Editor, Business Editor, and Columnist of Mindanao Gold Star Daily, and is the currently its Digital Marketing Head.

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