Food Crawl in Iloilo, Bacolod, and Palawan with SM Malls: Fiesta, that one tradition of gathering and celebration. It is said that the Philippines has the most number of celebrations or feasts that commemorate an event. With more than 7,000 islands, you can experience fiesta celebrations all year-round. And what comes with fiestas? Food, of course!
Fiesta Food Cravings at SM Malls
SM malls have a large selection of local food to choose from, either from the restaurants within or from the Pinoy Food Fiesta fair that’s part of the Independence Day celebrations all through the weekend. SM malls in the Western Visayas region, namely SM City Iloilo, SM City Bacolod, and including SM City Puerto Princesa in Palawan, are putting the spotlight on the food that is the pride of the respective cities.
Chicken Inasal. Ask any Bacolodnon what’s the dish best known in the City of Smiles, 100% of the answer is chicken inasal. Inasal means “grilled,” but the Bacolod chicken inasal has a taste so distinct because of the special marinade and basting. Chicken Deli has been specializing in this local favorite for close to 40 years.
- Chicken Deli, GF Northwing, SM City Bacolod
Piaya and Napoleones. Both are sugar-based and on the island of Negros, sugar is plenty. Piaya has a muscovado-based filling while napoleones has custard filling and sweet glaze. Both taste very good and one’s fill can be satisfied at Merzci and Bongbong’s for take out, or pair it with coffee at Felicia’s or Quan’s.
- Merzci Pasalubong, 3F Northwing, SM City Bacolod
- Bongbong’s Piaya and Barquillos, Southwing, SM City Bacolod
- Felicia’s Cakes and Pastries, GF Northwing, SM City Bacolod
- Quan Delicacies, Foodcourt, SM City Bacolod
Batchoy. This bowl of broth is an icon in Ilonggo cuisine. The ingredients: pork broth with strips of chicken, pork, liver, fried garlic, crispy chicharon, and egg, too. Different variations and takes on batchoy have been created, but none comes close to the original whose beginnings are in La Paz, Iloilo City. With 75 years experience in batchoy making, Ted’s Oldtimer Lapaz Batchoy is a certified Iloilo best. Read more: SM City Iloilo Celebrates 2nd Batchoy Festival
- Ted’s Oldtimer Lapaz Batchoy, Upper Ground Floor, SM City Iloilo
Aligue Rice. Fresh seafood is one of the best in Iloilo, foodwise. They come in abundance and recipes are something else. Take this special rice, for example. Fried in crab fat, also known as taba ng talangka or aligue, the result is a flavorful, aromatic rice dish. It pairs well with everything! Breakthrough Restaurant’s version is said to be the best in Iloilo.
- Breakthrough Restaurant, Lower Ground Floor, Foodcourt, SM City Iloilo
Baked Talaba. The freshest ones are from Panay Island. They are cooked by boiling; or baked and topped with cheese and garlic. Bistro Ocean City has perfected this dish to a T.
- Bistro Ocean City, Southpoint, SM City Iloilo
Chaolong. Inspired by the Vietnamese pho, this is a noodle soup tweaked for the Filipino palate. Any Palaweño will tell you it is their ultimate comfort food. The pho recipe that Vietnamese refugees brought in the ‘70s were quickly adapted into the Palaweño culture, hence the chaolong. Bánh Phở Chaolong has a flavorful and aromatic stew, allowing a taste of both cultures, Vietnamese and Filipino.
- Bánh Phở Chaolong, 2L SM City Puerto Princesa
Pinoy Food Fiesta
Aside from rounding up these Pinoy food icons that are available daily at their malls. SM is also featuring other local delicacies. Housed under one roof, the best local delicacies are treats that can be conveniently be shopped all at once. Bring a taste of all things local back home for everyone to enjoy. Having different Filipino favorites in one table setting – especially in this time where real fiestas and celebrations with people are on hold – can bring out some bouts of appreciation and pride in our wide and flavorful gastronomic heritage.