This Resto's Coughin' Sisig is a Full-Blown and Delicious Dining Experience

Try it, then sample the other delectable street food choices on its expanded menu.

IMAGE Bea Faicol

There's a reason why the sisig is the best selling dish on the menu of Cargofish. The moment the flavorful sauce hits the hot sizzling plate, a powerful smoke erupts, causing a coughing frenzy around the table. But that shouldn't deter you. It's a literal smoke screen as the waiter presents the sliced-up chili, chopped onions, minced garlic, and the crunchy beer-battered fish, tofu, and chicken slivers which immediately soak the sauce up. It's already tasty on its own but each bite gets even better when seasoned with their delicious cucumber-infused house vinegar. This is why you have got to try its Coughin’ Sisig (P245)

The sisig, however, isn't the only dish you should have at Cargofish. It has an equally delicious fish and chips menu, and because its bustling branch in Uptown Mall in BGC has done so well, it has decided to expand its menu with the launch of its new branch in Citygolf in Pasig City. The menu, however, isn't exactly changing; instead, it's attaching another concept to it: Burnt Bamboo, a street food-style concept set in a bricks-and-mortar spot. 

Burnt Bamboo follows in the footsteps of Cargofish's concept of a customizable menu. This means you and your friends can find a flavor that suits everyone's palate because everyone can get precisely what they’re craving. It's that flexible. 

Cod is flaky and has a distinct flavor you wouldn't want to miss. Pair it with its best selling sauce: the sweet, spicy and tangy lime chili cilantro sauce.
Photo by Bea Faicol

At Cargofish, when making your authentic fish and chips meal, you can pick among seven types of meat (dory, tilapia, cobbler, cod, salmon, chicken or sausage), add two sides among five choices (sweet potato chips, onion rings, pepper chips, slaw salad or cargo rice), and finally, choose your preferred dip from a selection of seven (seafood barbeque, tartar, mushy peas, honey jalapeno, lime chili cilantro, roasted garlic or chip shop curry). Not keen on fish and chips? Flip Cargofish's menu to order from Burnt Bamboo. 

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Burnt Bamboo has an even wider range of choices, thanks to the partnership between chefs Matthew Hornsby-Bates and Matthew Lim, who, describe their palates to be “yin and yang.” Together, they’ve gone around Asia, sampling different meat skewers and never seemed to agree on what was “the best.” Instead of fighting over who was right, they decided to have all of it!  

Sausage and onions with white BBQ, pork barbecue with a Korean BBQ sauce, or the Betamax with herby Chimichuri? It's your choice! 
Photo by Courtesy of Burnt Bamboo

At Burnt Bamboo, you can choose from 12 different meat sticks and 11 sauces. It's hard not to be indecisive. The classic Filipino street food goes for P35/stick (Betamax, isaw, chicken feet, or garlic longganisa) and its meatier choices for P45/stick (pork barbeque, pork belly, sausage and onion, prawn, beef tenderloin cubes, beef kofta, chicken wing, or chicken breast).  

The 11 sauces are: the Original glaze, Teriyaki, and Sweet and Sour for the classics; three creamy sauces in the Yogurt (paired with the prawn is divine), White BBQ, and the Dirty Mayo (which is amazing with the pork belly); spicy heat from the Hot Sauce and Korean BBQ sauces; and spice- and herb-loaded sauces Chimichurri, Satay or Nuoc Cham. 

These skewers can be ordered ala carte or as a meal with either a salad or rice and (we highly recommend) a lemonade if you're not yet in the drinking mood.  

There’s so much to choose from at Cargofish and Burnt Bamboo, both nestled in their quaint little restaurant. From celebrating the ramped up, vibrant sisig to a world-expanding tour of glazed and sauced up street food, whatever preference your palate may have—you'll find your palate's soulmate here.  

You can find Cargofish/Burnt Bamboo at Unit C 106, 107, City Golf Plaza, Julia Vargas Avenue, Barangay Ugong, Pasig City. While they're still at their soft opening, they are open from 11 am to 4 am on Mondays until Thursdays. They're open until 6 am on Fridays and Saturdays and 1 am on Sundays.

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