All over General Santos City there are many different choices of eatery but for many people the Kambingan sa Depot is the place to go. Situated to the south of the city on the Bula Road, this was the choice eatery for the staff of the Fuel Depots but unfortunately the Depots have all been relocated outside the city for safety reasons.
This Restaurant was started some 10 years ago by Joel and Cora Serenas and even with the closing of the Depots is still doing well quite simply because when customers eat quality food they remember it and keep going back! Cora does most of the work while Joel spends most of his time diving with me.
The Main Menu consists of mostly Goat and Chicken. Pork is excluded because many customers are Muslim so in order to avoid problems and keep the customers happy Pork was excluded, a sensible decision I think! If a person really wants to eat pork, there are no shortage of pork serving restaurants around the city!
The Restaurant Building itself is a Native style structure which creates a more comfortable atmosphere for the customers because several menu’s have bones so eating with hands is the easiest way to go.
Many people give compliments about the food here as in many other Goat Restaurants old male goats are used and the meat has a very strong taste which many people do not like. One Goat Restaurant has been closed down recently because they were mixing Dog Meat in with the Goat Meat so the staff made a complaint and the Restaurant was closed down.
The secret to serving good tasting goat is choosing the best kind of Goats to use. Young Female Goats have the best taste and there flavor is sweet compared to the Male. Also the spices and other ingredients are chopped very fine so that they give out the best flavor during the cooking process.
Goat Meat dishes are very tasty and are usually served on the bone, many people enjoy eating with their hands and say that it makes the food taste better. It can be quite fun wrestling the meat from the bone, you will fail using a knife and fork but using your hands makes it easy!
Just about all the goat can be eaten, all parts have their own flavors, one of my favorites is a soup called Papaitan which is made up of cartilage and intestines and has a very special tangy flavor which is added be bursting in the contents of the gallbladder to give its special kick! Other tasty dishes include, Kilawin, Kaldareta, Sinigang, on different days there are different menu’s all of which are very tasty.
There is a very nice and shady area outside the main building where many people including myself prefer to eat, I find it much more natural and comfortable eating outside among the nature there are also Hammocks in between the trees where you can relax and let your meal digest.
Joel and Cora also do take away meals, many time the wealthier class of people will bring live goats to be slaughtered and cooked, goat was said to be a poor mans food but many wealthy people like it so it must be a food for all classes of people!
If you like Goat Meat then the Kambingan sa Depot is the place to go, If you have never tried Goat Meat then I recommend that you try it!
Please excuse me if my spelling of the dishes in not correct, I am thick at languages and even worse at spelling in them!
Chris Dearne, aka "GenSan Chris" is a long term resident of the Philippines. Chris has been living in General Santos City since 1992! Chris owns a hotel in General Santos called Cambridge Farm Hotel, and also the Cambridge Dive Center, formerly Tuna City Scuba Center. Chris' interests include Scuba Diving, Instructing, and Formula 1 Racing.