Bacolod Food Trip Guide
B.acolod City is the capital of the Negros Occidental Province in Western Visayas. This highly urbanized city is known as the City of Smiles and is known as the sugar capital of the Philippines. It gives visitors an idea of what local Bacolod City cuisine has to offer.
Food definitely plays a huge role in Bacolod City’s thriving culture and economy. What better way for visitors to get to know the city than to try the local cuisine? Food has always been closely tied to a place’s history, and culture and bacolod are no exception. A food trip to Bacolod is one of the must-see activities in town. With plenty of local delicacies must-try, it’s one of those effortless activities and a joy to partake in.
To make things even easier, we’ve created this Bacolod Food Guide featuring the best local delicacies in town that visitors must try. We have also included recommended local restaurants or eateries that offer the best of these bacolod delicacies.
1. Piaya (Piyaya)
Ube and muscovado piaya From Obsidian Soul – Own work, CC0, CC
Piaya or piyaya is a local bacolodnon pastry that is number one in the pasalubong centers. Piaya is a toasted flatbread made from dough that is filled with muscovado or a mixture of unrefined sugar and glucose syrup, and then sprinkled with sesame seeds.
This is the classic piaya. Many different flavors can be incorporated into Bacolod’s local flatbread. The most popular are eube and mango. But whatever the taste, piaya will always be sweet to the taste.
Where can I buy Piaya?
Boilon Food Specialties in San Sebastian St. is always highly recommended for the thinner version of the piaya with just the right amount of filling.
2. Chicken Inasal
Chicken Inasal by Eren A via Flickr CC
We can’t have an article on bacolod delicacies without chicken inasal. They say visitors never set foot in the town of Bacolod without trying the local chicken inasal.
There is something very special about the bacolodnons version of this dish. Bacolods Chicken Inasal uses a special marinade to marinate and baste the chicken while it is cooked over an open flame.
Where can you try Chicken Inasal?
Aida’s booth in Manokan Country often outperforms the restaurants that offer the best Chicken Inasal in Bacolod. Visitors can eat bacolod at Aida in SM City along Magsaysay Avenue.
3. Guapple Pie
Guapple Pie photo via El Ideal Bakery
Guapple pie is one of those desserts in Bacolod, which embodied its nickname as the sugar capital of the Philippines. Guapple Pie is, you guessed it, a cake made with guava and apple.
The name of the cake is simply a combination of these two fruits. The delicious result is the crumbly cake with guava and apple filling with just the right amount of sweetness.
Where can you try guapple pie?
El Ideal Bakery is highly recommended for serving the best guapple pie in the area. Although the bakery is located on Rizal St., Silay City, visitors cannot miss it on their journey between Bacolod City and the airport.
4. Half moon cake
Half moon cake photo via Pendy’s Facebook page
Visitors will be delighted to try Bacolod City’s half moon cake as a dessert after a filling meal, but this delicious light pastry can also stand on its own as a snack. Half moon cakes in Bacolod are popular with both locals and visitors.
Half moon cakes, known for their half moon shape, are sponge cakes topped with a creamy egg pudding. Every bite brings sweet pleasure to the palate.
Where can you try this bacolod delicacy?
Many restaurants are famous for their half moon cakes, but Pendy’s Snack Bar and Restaurant on 25th Street and Lacson Street are always high on the list of the best half moon cakes in town.
5. Barquillos and Biscocho
Barquillos photo about the Negros fair
Barquillos and biscocho, along with piaya, are among the best pasalubong delicacies in Bacolod City. Both treats can be eaten on the go as a dessert and snack. Barquillos is of Spanish origin, which Filipinos quickly incorporated into their cuisine.
It’s best described as a delicious rolled waffle that just melts in your mouth. Biscocho, on the other hand, is exclusively Filipino in origin. It’s a twice-baked crusty bread that is usually coated with butter and sugar.
Where can you buy barquillos and biscocho?
Sugarlandia on Lizares Yulo Street has the best barquillos and biscocho in town.
Napoleone’s photo via Merzci Facebook page
Bacolod City’s pastries called Napoleons will be the greatest find for those with a sweet tooth. These sweet pastries are sold in a box and are made up of thin layers of dough with a sweet custard spread between each layer of dough.
As a cherry on top, the Napoleons are covered with a sugar glaze. Visitors can find versions of this sweet, chocolate-flavored delicacy.
Where can you buy Napoleones?
Rolis Cafe on Rolis Arcade, La Salle Avenue, comes highly recommended for its exquisite Napoleons.
7. Calea’s cake
Calea Cakes photo by @chaolonglover via Flickr CC
One of Bacolod’s specialty products, which cemented its position as the sugar capital of the Philippines, is the province’s premium cakes.
Calea’s Cakes, in particular, have a reputation for producing the best cakes in town. Therefore, it is better to give the bakery its own place on the list. The bakery offers a variety of premium cake flavors, but the classic chocolate cake is a crowd-pleaser.
There are two locations for Calea’s Cakes in Bacolod, one on Balay Quince on Lacson Street at the corner of 15th Street and the other on Robinson’s Place Bacolod on Lacson Street.
8. KBL (Kadios, Pigs and Rare)
Kadios, pigs and rare
If you want to try what the locals eat in Bacolod, KBL, short for Kadios, Baboy and Langka, is a dish not to be missed.
It’s usually served as a bowl of sour broth made from pigeon peas, pork, and green jackfruit. Bacolods KBL also uses the native Batuan fruits, which give the dish a distinctly sour taste.
Where can you try this bacolod dish?
The best place to try KBL in Bacolod has always been Sandok Comfort Food. Visitors can find Sandok Comfort Food in the Capitol Shopping Center on Narra Avenue and the O Residences on Lacson Street.
Bacolod City Travel and Tour Packages
To help you plan your Bacolod trip, we have listed attractions and other amazing things to do in Bacolod City. We’ve also listed some of the best travel deals and tour packages, along with excellent flight deals and accommodations.
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