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Filipino Food

  • Kubo sa Lawn Squid Sisig
    Kubo sa Lawn: The Sisig that Fortified Friendships
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    Have you ever watched F.R.I.E.N.D.S before? If you have, you’ve probably noticed that they always seem to hang out in just one cafe. To me and my friends Kubo sa Lawn was our sitcom cafe; well, one of them, at least. We weren’t there everyday because we didn’t have much money back then when we were in highschool and college, but we were there enough to consider the place and the food part of our essential, developmental years.

    Photo credit: Prayitno (Flickr.com)

    Photo credit: Prayitno (Flickr.com)

    It was always a no-brainer when ordering meals because, most of the time, we would order the Kubo sa Lawn (KSL) Sisig, which can either be squid or pork, plus extra rice. Talks, drinks, jokes, and gossip became our mandatory pairings while and after we eat. And, it’s been the same routine every time we visit Kubo sa Lawn. Over the years, I’m glad to say that my friendship with the ladies I grew up with still hasn’t changed and the sisig at Kubo sa Lawn is still the same sisig I’ve known since I was 110lbs.

    My Favorite Kubo sa Lawn Squid Sisig

    I don’t know if it was the conversation or the presence of my best friends that made the Kubo sa Lawn sisig taste so damn good, but, to me, it’s possibly the best tasting sisig in Bacolod City.

    Quick Sisig Tip

    Kubo sa Lawn Sisig - Mea in Bacolod - 2

    As soon as your plate arrives, use your spoon to sort of move your sisig around. It won’t get burned this way as the sisizling plate is still cooking your sisig.

    Filipino Favorites at Kubo sa Lawn

    Kubo sa Lawn Porkchop and Kinilaw

    Your eye may be on the sisig right now, but don’t forget to try out other Filipino favorites on the Kubo sa Lawn menu. This one is porkchop and kinilaw which I forgot the specific name of. It’s not just the sisig that’s a must try.

  • Kuya J Bacolod: Favorites ni Kuya plus Jericho Rosales
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    About a week ago, Kuya J invited the Negros Bloggers to dine and meet Jericho Rosales. As the restaurant is new in the city, I was looking forward to experiencing Filipino food, the Kuya J way. It was also during this rare time that I wore full coverage foundation – para presentable man mag tubang kay Echo.

    Kuya J Bacolod - View outside the restaurant before Jericho Rosales arrived.

    Anyway, back to Kuya J. Contrary to popular belief, Jericho Rosales doesn’t own Kuya J. His name starts with J but he is the restaurant’s endorser. Kuya J is actually a restaurant franchise that first started in Cebu. Kuya J serves familiar Filipino dishes that have the taste of home, love and family in it. As Filipinos, we may all know the dishes the restaurant serves, but one would really need to dine here to experience the Kuya J signature taste in each dish.

    Ka-on first before meeting Jericho at Kuya J Bacolod.

    The inside of the restaurant filled with media partners.

    In case you were interested, Kuya J started out as a humble eatery along the streets of Cebu. WOW. There are also a lot of Kuya Js in the Filipino community – your neighbor, your brother, your cousin, the manong selling bbq sa inyo subdivision – hence the name. In my case, Kuya J is my husband’s former basketball coach.

    Dining while Waiting for Echo

    Serving at Kuya J

    This is what Kuya J served each table during the event.

    Appetizers (Favorites ni Kuya)

    Kuya J grilled scallops

    Kuya J’s grilled scallops! Bacolodnons love scallops. All the more that locals will love this because of the cheesy buttery topping! Highly Recommended.Lumpia preska from Kuya J arranged beautifully

    Kuya J’s Lumpia Presko has sauteed crabmeat and bamboo shoots filling – an interesting combination that works. The wrapper is malunggay-infused and is partnered with sweet garlic sauce. Highly Recommended.


    The Kuya J Danggit Rice

    This is the Danggit Rice – fried rice with danggit bits, oil, chives and fried danggit. Danggit is one of my favorites so I definitely enjoyed eating this one. Highly recommended.

    Mea in Bacolod - Kuya J - P6

    The next rice dish is the Humbinagoongan Rice – another kind of fried rice with bagoong. Humba meat, green mangoes, bell peppers and red onions sit atop the pile of rice. Another highly recommended rice dish. Conclusion? Kabalo si Kuya J magluto namit nga rice.


    Kuya J serves Mango shake.

    The restaurant offers different kinds of drinks. I had the mango shake. In the near future, I want to try the Kuya J fruit shake which is a combination of, I think, two or three fruits.

    Main Dishes

    Kuya J Relyenong Talong - Photo Credits Dha Dha Garcia

    a Photo by DhaDha Garcia (www.blueink.com)

    I wasn’t able to take a picture of the Relyenong Talong so I grabbed a picture taken by fellow Negros Blogger, Dhadha Garcia. This is a Filipino-style omelette with inihaw na talong, ground pork and egg.

    Kuya’s Favorite Main Dishes

    Battered, deep-fried catfish ni Kuya J

    This is the restaurant’s battered deep-fried catfish, seasoned with spices and served with chili tuba sauce and bagoong mayo. I didn’t get to try the mayo dip but the chili tuba sauce goes very well with the catfish. The Crispy Catfish is a Must-Try.

    My favorite! You have to try this one. It's soooooo goood!

    This is Kuya’s favorote as well as mine. This Kare-kare has been reinvented with peanut sauce. I can’t really put the taste into words so all I can say is: ay ambot kanamit sing Kare-kare ni Kuya J.

    Mea in Bacolod - Kuya J - P9

    The Crispy Pata that’s so good, it deserves its own hashtag: #crispypataislove. This the dish with the perfectly deep-fried pork skin and juicy pata meat. Highly Recommended.


    Kuya J Mango Pandan and Tablea Coffee Flan

    I only had the Table Coffee Flan but the Kuya J Mango Pandan looks really nice and delicious with its golden strands of mystery.

    Meeting Jericho, Finally

    When Jericho arrived, the crowd outside the restaurant began to gather for a chance to meet him face to face. Lucky us in the inside because we got to meet him first. Thank goodness I wore full-coverage foundation because I was about a stride away to where he was sitting. When time came for each table to take a photo with Jericho, it wasn’t my “full-coveraged” face he noticed but fellow Negros Blogger, Dhadha Garcia’s new fujifilm camera.

    Whatever the case, Kuya J is a good restaurant option for when you want to taste foods close to home. They’re located at SM City Bacolod’s Annex building so drop by anytime for lunch, snacks or dinner.

  • Bacolod 18th Street Pala-Pala: 7 Dishes That Will Make You Remember Bacolod
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    I don’t know if people notice this about my city but there’s an abundance of places to eat that will make you say you’ve arrived in the City of Smiles. One such place is the well known 18th Street Pala-Pala. Bacolodnons know this restaurant for its seafood menus and it’s Tinola (a Filipino soup-based dish). Guests of the city are often familiar with the restaurant because of the same reasons.

    18th Street Pala-Pala Bacolod - 1

    I, along with my fellow bloggers, was invited for lunch one day and we got to experience the restaurant’s Asian cuisine merged with the Bacolod flavor. Although I’ve been to the restaurant a couple of times, just like every other Bacolodnon, I was happy taking in each bite because it tasted just like home.

    Memorable Dishes You HAVE TO Try

    18th Street Pala-Pala Bacolod - Grilled Blue Marlin - 2

    Grilled Blue Marlin – P640/Kilo or P.64/g

    Anything grilled – this is Bacolod’s signature cooking method. You should try at least one grilled something before leaving the city. Try this 18th Street Pala-Pala dish – grilled blue marlin with flakes of roasted garlic.

    18th Street Pala-Pala Bacolod - Lapu Lapu Fish Head in Bell Pepper Sauce - 3

    Lapu-Lapu Fish Head in Bell Pepper Sauce – P800/Kilo

    Every Pinoy knows that the best part of the fish may not always be the body (wink). Personally, I’m a picky eater but even picky eaters cannot resist the appetizing appearance and taste of this dish. I would highly recommend this to balik-bayans who miss eating savory fish heads. Try this if you want something totally different from the usual fish heads we prepare at home.

    18th Street Pala-Pala Bacolod - Steamed Shrimp in Lemon Butter Sauce

    Steamed Shrimp in Lemon Butter Sauce – P870/Kilo

    This one is a classic. Almost all Bacolodnons know how this dish tastes. Everytime Bacolodnons go to a restaurant that serves seafood, this menu is almost always ordered. I don’t know if the dish or the recipe is originally Bacolod, but it’s a must-try if you’re visiting the city.

    18th Street Pala-Pala Bacolod - Peppered Shrimp - 4

    Peppered Shrimp – P1070/Kilo

    This dish is a good alternative to the classic shrimp in lemon butter sauce. Some people prefer a shrimp dish that has more flavor and this is exactly what it is. With its piquant taste, this dish will leave you wanting more. It’s actually one of the restaurant’s popular menus.

    18th Street Pala-Pala Bacolod - Kinilaw na Tanguigue - 5

    Tanigue Kinilaw – P700/Kilo

    Most of the dishes here, including this one, are old Pinoy favorites. What’s a Pinoy feast without Kinilaw, right? This is another one of the restaurant’s famous dishes. If you try this once, you may never want to eat Tanigue Kinilaw anywhere else so eat at your own risk of “dimat” (a Hiligaynon expression which means craving for the taste of a certain food long after eating it).

    18th Street Pala-Pala Bacolod - Squid Rings with Special Sauce - 7

    Squid Rings with Secret Sauce

    Just from looking at the picture of the dish, you can tell right off the bat how the squid rings will taste like but what makes this dish special is it’s tangy yet familiar secret sauce which is Japanese inspired. You’d have to taste it for yourself to really tell what dominant ingredient you can identify in the sauce. You’ll quickly be able to tell what it is if you’re a foodie.

    18th Street Pala-Pala Bacolod - Fishermans Delight - 6

    The Fisherman’s Delight – P750 per order good for 5-6 people

    This is more like Mea’s delight. This is my favorite among all the food I tasted at the Bacolod 18th Street Pala-Pala. It’s basically mixed seafood with gata or coconut milk. The sumptuosity of this dish was overflowing out of my ears, seriously. Here’s a GIF that best expresses how I feel about the Fisherman’s delight:

    18th Street Pala-Pala Food Will Make you Go


    Customizing Seafood Picks and Portions

    From the Grilled Marlin all the way down to the Fisherman’s delight, with the exception of the shrimps and squid rings, you can actually choose the kind of seafood you want. For example, if you’d prefer some other kind of grilled fish, it’s possible. Having learned this information, I asked if it was possible to have a Fisherman’s Delight that can be purely squid. The restaurant owners said it’s possible but not advisable as the flavors come from the variety of seafood in the dish. It won’t be called Fisherman’s Delight if it’s only squid, they said, which makes sense.

    18th Street Pala-Pala Bacolod - Fish Display - 8

    Because 18th Street Pala-Pala has fresh seafood coming in almost on a daily basis, you can customize the type of seafood you want (as mentioned earlier) as well as the amount of serving you want for each dish. The prices I posted may seem steep, but you can actually just order 250g or 300g so it actually saves you money and it allows you to taste whatever you want with smaller dish portions.

    Post Meal

    18th Street Pala-Pala Bacolod - Coffee

    After all the good food we had, we were given coffee as well as desserts to cap off the experience.

    Other Details About the Bacolod 18th Street Pala-Pala

    18th Street Pala-Pala Bacolod - Lunch is Served

    Turo-turo style lunch is served daily. You’ll be glad to know that their famous Tinola is one of the menus they serve during lunch time.

    Function Room Options (the restaurant currently has 3):

    • 20 pax – P8000
    • 40 pax – P14,000
    • 60 pax – P20,000

    EVENT TIP: The kitchen is willing to work with the budget you have as long as you agree on the dishes that will be served as well as the number of people attending. When inquiring about functions, ask the representative what they can do with the budget you have.

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  • Tropical Snack in this Tropical Heat: Halo-Halo
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat
    Eat this. You’ll feel better!
    It’s HOT and everybody’s complaining, myself included. This was taken on Monday when I decided to have a little dessert to cool off from the heat. Presenting:

    Dana Buko Cocktail


    Full Menu – They mostly have snacks.

    Assembly Station

    Assembly Station
    The crew wrapping my treats 🙂

    The Halo-Halo

    I did not put ice cream on mine. All they had was Ube which I unfortunately don’t like.
    All done. Stripped of its coconut meat.