The best way to get to know a new destination is through its delicacies. By understanding what the locals prefer to eat, you will have an idea of the city’s history and culture, and how food plays an important part in their everyday lives.
Bacolod City in Negros Occidental is one example of a place, where food is heavily influenced by its heritage. As the sugar capital of the Philippines, the City of Smiles will definitely delight you and tug your lips from ear to ear with its delectable desserts and other must-try dishes.
Should you visit Bacolod any time soon, here are some local favorites that you have to try and, perhaps, bring back home for your loved ones:
Locals would say that you haven’t really been to Bacolod if you didn’t get to taste their famous chicken inasal. It may look just like any other grilled chicken at first glance, but once you bite into its juicy flesh, you will know that it is something special.
It’s also easier to have chicken inasal in Bacolod because there is a one-stop-shop for your cravings — Manokan Country. Conveniently located along Magsaysay Avenue and across SM City Bacolod, Manokan Country houses different food shops specializing in chicken inasal. Make sure to come early as the stores, especially the more popular ones like Aida’s and Nena’s Beth, tend to get packed during lunch and dinner.
If you are looking for something aside from chicken that’s still affordable, then you may feast on fresh seafood in Bacolod. Many restaurants in the area have adopted the concept of “pala-pala,” where customers choose their preferred seafood and have it cooked in any way they want and with the ingredients they desire.
The most visited ones are Aboy’s, Diotay’s and 18th Street—all of which started out as small eateries that eventually turned into institutions flocked by both locals and tourists all year round. Highly recommended orders from these restaurants are grilled fish, garlic butter shrimp, and steamed oysters.
Probably Bacolod’s most popular pasalubong, piaya is a must-try for anyone visiting the City of Smiles. These thin, muscovado sugar-filled pastries stacked on top of each other are so delicious that you might finish a pack in one sitting.
Pasalubong centers like BongBong’s and Merzci have developed new flavors of this crowd favorite, but if you prefer a much thinner, almost wafer-like version, then head to Bailon Food Specialties on San Sebastian Street.
For those with a sweet tooth, another must try in Bacolod is their famous napoleones. You may take this home or give to your friends as pasalubong, but you can always eat it straight from the box as a treat for yourself.
Napoleones are small, rectangular-shaped pastries laced with custard cream in every layer. And if that’s not sweet enough, each one is topped with white sugar glaze. You may purchase them individually, but why bother when you can get them in boxes from Roli’s?
Bacolod is certainly living up to its claim as the sugar capital because rounding up this list are the famous cakes from Calea and Felicia’s.
No one goes back home without getting a slice of Calea and Felicia’s wide array of cakes and cheesecakes. These are perfectly paired with coffee, and probably the best way to cap off a sweet trip to this city.
If you are still not sure as to how to go about your Bacolod trip, you can book a private half-day tour with KKday. You will be picked up from your hotel, and from there, you’ll be taken to the city’s most notable landmarks and specialty shops and restaurants, so you can have a taste of some of the items listed above.
Book that ticket and fly to Bacolod now for a gastronomic feast like no other!