Choobi-Choobi - shrimp boil
Cebu Restaurant Feature

Choobi-Choobi x GCash-Alipay

By on January 13, 2019

While there are many shrimp boil restaurants in Cebu, Choobi-Choobi for me, is a cut above everyone else.

For one, they have plumper and fresher shrimps. They don’t scrimp on the flavor of their sauces as well. That is why I am not really surprised with the restaurant’s tremendous growth over the years. It has now around 20 branches, and counting, across the Philippines.

What I am surprised with is that I featured them only this time. You see, I have visited their Mabolo branch a lot of times already, but for some strange reason it never made it to this blog. I do hope that will change this year as I try my best to address my terribly long backlog – write as often as I eat out (and maybe include some dreaded burpees in between).


My staples at Choobi-Choobi

Aside from the ‘shrimp-in-bag,’ I usually order these at Choobi-Choobi – Stan’s Fried Black Pepper Shrimps, Crispy Pata (deep-fried pork knuckles) and the delicate Cha Tao Miao (snow peas sprouts) which serves as my penance especially for the latter.

Choobi-Choobi - Stan Fried Black Peppper Shrimps

Stan’s Fried Black Peppper Shrimps

Choobi-Choobi - Crispy Pata

Crispy Pata.

Choobi-Choobi - Cha Tao Miao

Cha Tao Miao

If I’m in a mood to splurge a little bit, I’ll include a steamed pompano in the mix. But my former colleagues and I usually come here for shrimps, and the crowd-pleaser called ‘unlimited rice.’


Choobi-Choobi + GCash-Alipay

My recent visit to Choobi-Choobi was for a media event. I usually shy away from such these days but since the said launch married two of my favorite things- technology and food, I gladly accepted the invitation.

Choobi-Choobi - GCash and Choobi-Choobi Execs

For those who don’t know it yet, Choobi-Choobi now accepts accepts GCash-Alipay QR transactions. They are said to be first local restaurant chain in the city to allow for such convenient and safe cashless transaction. This will allow both local GCash users and foreign tourists who have Alipay, enjoy all the good, affordable dishes at Choobi-Choobi without having to worry of coming up with the exact cash afterwards.


While the Philippines is not yet a ‘cashless country,’ I still think that innovations such as this, especially in the restaurant industry, is a good first step in the right direction. I have already installed the GCash app by the way and I can’t wait to try it out in a Choobi-Choobi branch one of these days.


Choobi-Choobi Mabolo

F. Cabahug St. Mandaue City
Cebu, Philippines
+63 917 562 2587

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Disclosure: The blogger would like to thank Choobi-Choobi and Globe GCASH for the invite. Even so, he maintains full editorial control of this feature.



Brennan Mercado
The Philippines

Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play Pokémon GO or not.

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