Whenever you visit Bacolod, you are expected to enjoy its famous Chicken Inasal, Calea's Cheesecake, Lord Byron's Baby Back Ribs, Cansi (not really a fan) and fresh seafood from Pala-Pala. However, after living here for more than 4 years. We're happy to discover some of the best food secrets that the City of Smiles has to offer. Some of which may be your first time to hear but rest assured that they are really good.
So, if you are planning to visit Bacolod soon, take time to experience more than the usual cuisines that you hear and read about and get a chance to enjoy Bacolod's Best Food Secrets.
Here the top 6 on our list:
1. Bar 21's Mashed Potato -- For only Php30, you can have the best Mashed Potato in town. You can pair with their fried chicken or tenderloin steak. The serving is also generous that's it is good enough for sharing. Just don't forget to ask for some extra mushroom gravy.
Bar 21/ 21 Restaurant is located at 21st Lacson Street, Bacolod City. You may also check other food recommendations, here.
2. Ann Puen's Ube Cake - If you are craving for "real" ube cake and not just coloring, then Ann Puen's Ube Cake will definitely satisfy your cravings. Instead of the usual icing, the cake is coated with ube halaya jam that will definitely make all ube lovers satisfied.
By the way, these cakes are not commercialized and must be pre-ordered. You may contact Ann through her facebook page or call 0922 850 0746 to order.
3. Kyle's Eatery Palabok - Cheap and delicious palabok? Yes, we have one here in Bacolod and it's available at a steal price of only Php 25 per order. No wonder we see a lot of customers driving all the way to Olympia Village in Alijis to enjoy the perfect Filipino snack.
Here's a photo that I grabbed from their FB page to let you know what I mean.
4. Bakerite's Pork Barbeque - If you studied in La Consolacion College or LCC, then I am pretty sure you are familiar with this establishment along Galo Street. We just love their barbeque because it's juicy and has an adequate amount of pork fat. Not to mention it's only Php 16 per stick. (Super budget-friendly!)
FOODIE TIP: For late-night cravings or if you are near the East/ NGC area in Bacolod, you can get these delicious Pork Barbeque at the Parrillador Grill located at Hi Strip 1 along Circumferential Road.
5. Bacolod House of Cashews' Fresh Lumpia - The secret to a great fresh lumpia is the preparation and we just found the one that we really loved. This all-time Filipino favorite is freshly cooked in olive oil egg wrapper embedded with the deliciously mixed ubod ng niyog, sweet basic and spices served with fresh lettuce and honey sauce with garlic and cashews.
Yup, you read that right. Instead of the usual peanut sauce, they use high-quality cashews that surely made a difference.
Bacolod House of Cashews is located along Lacson Street, infront of Starbucks. They'll be opening soon a full-service restaurant and a glamping site soon. So, stay tuned for more details.
6. Mushu's Baked Scallops - I super love scallops and this one is just on top of the list. It has the perfect blend of saltiness, creaminess and a hint of Garlic. Chef JP Anglo has definitely done a good job with this one.
Another must-try too is their sizzling cansi. You'll love this new take on the usual local favorite as you enjoy very tender meat and mouthwatering bone marrow served with a special batwan sauce.
Bacolod is indeed a perfect place to have a food trip. The adventure to discover the best delicacies and dishes is non-stop that you'll keep coming back to this beautiful city or better you'll decide to stay for good like us.
Do you any other food suggestions from Bacolod? Feel free to comment below. :)