1. FISH/SQUID BALLS
Give these suckers a try! Crispy and dipped in tangy sauce. They are so addicting that I had at least two-a-day. One stick has 10 fish/squid balls and comes out to 10 Pesos.
2. ICE CREAM
This is a great way to cool off from the hot and sunny weather. The ice cream man pushes a cart around town and offers several ice cream flavors. My favorite is the cheese ice cream. Yup, cheese! I promise you won't be disappointed! Other flavors include; avocado, ube (taro), and vanilla.
3. SISIG AND SQUID INK STEW
Sizzling sisig plate topped with an egg is great for a hearty breakfast. Squid ink stew is a traditional Filipino dish. Don't let the black sauce refrain you from trying this eclectic Filipino dish. I recommend Squidos Restaurant.
4. FRESH SEAFOOD
Can't leave El Nido without trying their fresh seafood. Most of the restaurants along the beach will have stands full of seafood (i.e. fish, crab, shrimp, squid, etc.) as the sun sets. You can pick whatever you want and have it cooked to your liking. Price is based on the weight of the item. Great for dinner!
5. BULALO AND CRISPY PATA
If you're feeling adventurous with your fat, go with these dishes! They are beyond delicious and scrumptious. Bulalo is cooked using bone marrow and beef shanks. It is served as a sizzling plate. The meat literally melts in your mouth. Crispy Pata is deep fried pig leg and served with soy sauce, onions, and peppers on the side. This is great when paired with beer. I recommend Big Mama's for these dishes. I guarantee you will come back for more because I DID!