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  • Mekong: Tasting Vietnamese Street Food in Bacolod
    Posted in: Budget Eats, Where and What to Eat

    Mekong is a river in South East Asia that runs from the Tibetan Plateau through China’s Yunnan province, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Although it passes through many regions, people commonly associate it with Vietnam.

    In Bacolod City, we now have our own version of Mekong. It’s not really a body of water, but a street food stand that serves palatable Vietnamese food. And, it has an interesting back story.

    Ton and His Merry Men

    Vietnamese Street Food in Bacolod City

    Ton-Trong Ho, Proprietor of Mekong

    Ton Ho has been in the Bacolod City for years. Having seen the need for jobs, he put up this stand to continue helping the children who he has helped through outreach and charity works before. Well, they’re all grown up now and they’re the ones running this Vietnamese street food stand. They’re in charge of everything from the cooking, to purchasing ingredients, and even serving. Ton Ho says that running a business (their business, as he says) is a better use of their time and I agree 100%.

    It is businesses like this that I hope really make it and I’m not just saying this because of sympathy. The food is excellent! Ton Ho is a French chef who believes in the slow cooking process and in healthy eating. Through his teachings, he’s imparted this view to the team running the stand so you know that you get quality food, with interesting flavors, at an affordable price.

    Mekong’s Vietnamese Street Food Menu

    Speaking of quality food with interesting flavors, here are some dishes that you can look forward to tasting when you visit Mekong.

    1. Pot Stickers – Highly Recommended

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    These pot stickers are pork dumplings that have have been steamed and then fried. They’re really delicious and flavorful.

    2. Papaya Salad – Highly Recommended

    Mekong's Papaya Salad - Vietnamese Street Food Stand Bacolod

    I’m a fan of salads and I’ve tried a couple in my lifetime. This, however, didn’t taste like the salads I’ve tasted before. It’s different, but refreshing. Just delicious!

    3. Phad Kee Mow Chicken & Shrimp – Recommended

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    Phad kee mow is a flat rice noodle with vegetables and meat. The dish is of Chinese influence and was popularized by Chinese people living in Thailand and Laos. The meat can be chicken or shrimp in this dish.

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    4. Lad Na – Highly Recommended

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    Lad Na is another stir fired dish on the Vietnamese street food stand menu. It has cabbage, chicken and other ingredients. I like this better than the Phad Kee Mow because of the crunchiness of the cabbage.

    5. Amok Chicken – Recommended

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    Amok is a Southeast-Asian dish that’s originally cooked in banana leaves. The taste of this dish is pretty interesting. I invite you to try its texture and flavor when you visit Mekong. I can’t really describe it through words, but it’s pretty tasty even if you have the most pinoy taste buds.

    6. Beef Curry with Rice – Highly Recommended

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    I love a good curry dish. There have already been a few in the city that caught my attention. The beef curry at Mekong is savory and flavorful, fantastic if you’re craving for a satisfying lunch.

    7. Grilled Chicken Lemongrass – Recommended

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    Grilled chicken is a no-brainer for most Bacolodnons because this is what the city is known for, among other things. This dish, however, is actually popular in Thai and Vietnamese cooking. Try this if you’re tired of the usual inasal.

    8. Vietnamese Coffee and Thai Iced Tea – Highly Recommedned

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    To wash down all of the food you’re going to order, you have a choice of beverages from Coke, iced tea, coffee and beer. Three Vietnamese coffees and one Thai Iced Tea were served. Y’all know how much I love coffee so the darkest one was given to me.

    8. Lao Sticky Rice and Mango – Highly Recommended

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    Although this sticky rice looks green and sweet, it actually tastes very similar to our version of sticky rice. This was served for dessert and yes, it’s still rice, but this variation and style of cooking is something that you need to try because it is interesting. It’s not too sweet too.

    Where is Mekong located?

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    Mekong is at the side of the Robinsons Triangle. It’s at the alley that’s beside Pan de Manila. You can’t see it from the outside, but you’ll never miss it when you go to where the tables are.

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    Nice to Know Facts About Mekong

    • The chicken and beef they serve is HALAL approved.
    • Their dishes are GLUTEN FREE.
    • The prices are affordable (below P100 for most).


    • Lopez Jaena, Triangle Island Plaza, 6100 Bacolod City, Philippines
    • 0909 865 9692
    • mekong.streetfoods.bacolod@gmail.com
    • http://www.mekongfresh.net

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  • Eat Cheaper at Vikings with the Latest Promos
    UPDATED: 7 Ways to EAT CHEAPER at VIKINGS Bacolod
    Posted in: Guides

    Eat Cheaper at Vikings Luxury Buffet – Vikings seems to be getting along very well with the locals of Bacolod City. Whenever I pass by the branch, there’s always a good number of folks enjoying  the buffet. Bacolodnons love to eat  and there’s finally a place for us to do so to our heart’s content.

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    There are still some, however, that think that P638 per person (+5% service charge; 2017 rate) is a bit much for one person to pay even if you have your fill of food. It’s true, especially for the budget-conscious person (basically every other Bacolodnon out there), but you DON’T always need to pay full price. There are 7 ways to eat cheaper at Vikings and it’s not even a secret (Updated to 2017 promos and discounts):

    Eat Cheaper at Vikings Bacolod Banner

    1. Go with a Big Group

    Guests who dine in big groups are entitled to receive a special discount:

    • 25% off for 30 pax
    • 27% off for 50 pax
    • 30% off for 70 pax
    • 40% off for 100 pax


    2. Go with 4 Full Paying Adults on your Birth Month

    You can actually eat for FREE for an entire month if you always go in with 4 full paying adults during your birth month. Full paying here means without a senior citizen discount or any other discount. You don’t have to pay anything when you find 4 friends who already have reservations to the Vikings Luxury Buffet during your birth month. You can also celebrate with your family and get that one person discount.

    Sample Calculation:

    • You – FREE
    • 1 person – P638 (+5% service charge)
    • Total – P638 (+5% service charge) x 4 people = P2552 (+5% service charge)


    3. Go with 1 Full Paying Adult on your Birthday

    On the day of your birthday you can eat cheaper at Vikings as long as you come in with a partner. So if your birthday is on January 21 (this is mine, by the way) and you make a reservation for two at Vikings Bacolod on that day, you don’t have to pay for yourself as long as you’re with 1 full paying adult.

    Sample Calculation:

    • You – FREE
    • Your partner – P638 (+5% service charge)
    • Total – P638 (+5% service charge)


    4. Eat with Just Kids

    If you go in with just the kids, you can pay lesser because you don’t have to pay full price for children. The following are the rates for kids:

    • Kids below 3 ft: FREE
    • Kids 3 ft – 4 ft Weekday Lunch: 238 (+5% service charge)
    • Kids 3 ft – 4 ft Weekday Dinner: 238 (+5% service charge)
    • Kids 3 ft – 4 ft Weekends/Holiday Lunch & Dinner: 238 (+5% service charge)
    • Kids 4 ft – 4 ft 6″ Weekday Lunch: 438 (+5% service charge)
    • Kids 4 ft – 4 ft 6″ Weekday Dinner: 438 (+5% service charge)
    • Kids 4 ft – 4 ft 6″ Weekends/Holiday Lunch & Dinner: 438 (+5% service charge)


    5. Don’t Forget your Senior’s Card

    Of course, seniors don’t have to pay full price as they get a mandatory discount when they present their senior citizen’s ID. So for all you seniors out there, always have your ID handy.


    6. 10 + 2 Promo

    1. Guests whose reservations of 12 guests and above are entitled to a special promo (10+2 Promo):
    2. For every 10 guests, 2 other person may eat for FREE.
    3. This promo cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions or discounts.
    4. Special Gift Certificates will not be honored with this promo
    5. This promo is only available at Vikings Marikina, Lanang, Jazz, BF, Bacolod, Pampanga, and Cebu.


    7. Look for Latest Promos

    If none of the above applies to you, your best bet to eat cheaper at Vikings Luxury Buffet is to watch out for the latest promos.

    Might as well BOOKMARK this page so you can easily get back to it when you want to know how you can PAY LESS but EAT MORE at the Vikings Luxury Buffet Bacolod.

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    Contact Numbers: (034) 431-3888, (034) 431-4888, (0998) 988-3888, (0917) 846-6888

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  • Vikings Bacolod: 17 Different Foods I Consumed
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    At Vikings Bacolod, I ate 17 different things – first of all, don’t judge me. As a Bacolodnon, I have an innate desire of tasting and experiencing every type of food you serve in front of me. Naturally, when I saw how vast the Vikings Bacolod spread was, I immediately formulated a technique in my head on how I can taste everything. I’ll tell you my techniques as we go through the list of 17 foods I consumed.

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    Although this spells out more bad news for my diet (as the City of Smiles is already filled with places that offer a fantastic gastronomic experience), I am thankful that people need not go to different places to savor international dishes. So let’s get to the list! I’ll be rating the taste of each dish from 1-10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 the highest.

    Warning: Do not view if you’re hungry.
    Disclaimer: I am not a connoisseur of food. My ratings will be based on how my taste buds interpret the taste. They have a mind of their own.

    The List of the 17

    1 – Deviled Eggs

    These tasted a little spicy but overall, they made good appetizers. I think I had one or two pieces.

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    Rating: 7

    2 – Bruschetta

    Because I focus more on the eating rather than the researching and learning of food, I have to ask, are there different kinds of bruschetta’s? I could sort of distinguish different ingredients used in the toppings but the cheese…it was the cheese that made me grab one.

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    Rating: 8

    3 – Pomela & Shrimp Cocktail

    This one is for the adventurous. If you like tasting new things, try this one out. It was a bit bitter and the taste was really new and different.

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    Rating: 6

    4 – Lamb Souvlaki and Roasted Potatoes

    Imagine how this tastes like based on the picture. If this photo brings about salivation and hunger pains, then you know that this will bring you to cloud 9. The chef will ask if you want your portion rare, medium rare or well done.

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    Rating: 9

    Eating tip #1: Because meat is heavy, make sure that you only get a small serving of this. Skip the roasted potatoes.

    5 – Pizza Ala Vikings

    Let me just reiterate that my ratings are very subjective. To me the pizza was delicious – the taste is slightly above average compared to the other pizzas I’ve tasted in the city.

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    Rating: 7

    6 – Crunchy Seafood Thermidor

    I Googled “Thermidor” and I found out that the word is French, referring to the 11th month of the French Republican Calendar. Not sure if it has anything to do with the dish. Nevertheless, the taste of this one was A+.

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    Rating: 8

    7 & 8 – Bakes Scallops & Crispy Lapu-Lapu

    I’m a chubby girl who likes scallops, no big deal. I ate a lot of scallops when I visited Vikings Bacolod, ok? I admit it. I also ate a few slices of the deep fried, crispy lapu-lapu found in the picture. I had choices of wasabi mayo, peanut chili and cucumber mango sauces. The scallops, to me, were a lite bland but I didn’t mind.

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    Scallops rating: 7 Lapu-Lapu rating: 8

    Eating tip #2: It’s tempting to stuff yourself with your favorite food but remember that you won’t have any room to taste other menus if you do this. Exercise self-control (ironic because you’re at a buffet but you know what I mean).

    9 – Tofu Cubes

    I love tofu. I don’t know how they cooked this one but it the flavors were just right. You probably can’t even tell its tofu if it didn’t have a label.

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    Rating: 8

    10 – Lobster on a Stick

    Beat that! Vikings Bacolod even showcases some Japanese street food delicacies. I must go back to taste the rest!

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    Rating: 9

    11 – Seafood Teppan

    This was in the Japanese station. It looked pretty appetizing but the taste was so-so. Probably not my favorite but tasty nonetheless.

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    Rating: 6

    12 – Chicken Teriyaki

    This is how Chicken teriyaki should taste like. Delicious!

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    Rating: 8

    13 – Japanese Siomai

    I fell in love with the Siomai.

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    Rating: 9

    14 & 15 – Pineapple Roll and Mt Apo Roll

    My sister-in-law Gina knows how much I love rolls. Of course, I wasn’t ging to pass up the opportunity to eat some during my visit to Vikings Bacolod.

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    Rating: 8

    Eating tip #3: Don’t skip meals and then go to Vikings. It’s best that you’re not on the verge of dying of hunger when visiting there. You will binge eat and it’s not healthy if you binge eat on a very empty stomach.

    Rating: 8

    Rating: 8

    16, 17 & 18 – Banana Cake, Creme Brulee, and Bong-Bong’s Caramel Tart

    I actually ate 18 things! After everything I ate I still had room for dessert and coffee.

    Banana cake rating: 8 Bong-bong's tart rating: 7 Creme brulee rating: 9

    Banana cake rating: 8
    Bong-bong’s tart rating: 7
    Creme brulee rating: 9

    Eating tip #4: Huwag masyadong uminom ng drinks. They have unli coffee and beer. Retrain yourself so you get to taste everything – or at least most things.

    Rating: 7

    Rating: 7

    Eating tip #5: CONSIDER GOING TO VIKINGS BACOLOD ON YOUR BITHDAY. They have special surprises waiting for you and you get to eat for free as long as your with one full paying adult.

    Let me just extend this post a little and tell you what I like about Vikings:

    There toilets are very private. Because, well. I don’t need to expound on this but it’s still good to know.


    You get to dine with the site of the Manhattan skyline. They also have a Great Gatsby feel to the place with velvety blue couches and counter designs that will remind you of the movie.

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    They have several wine choices as well as seating in the waiting area.

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    Vikings Bacolod has function rooms that you can make use of. I think the deal is this: if the number of people you’re eating there with reaches the minimum needed to book the function room, you can reserve it with no extra charge.

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    Stations are clearly labelled and appropriately decorated. Food presentation is also amazing!

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    For Bacolod peeps, please LIKE the Vikings Page on Facebook to get updates on discounts and promos. The Facebook page, according to Ms Raquel Bartolome, Vikings Senior Manager, is also the best way to reserve a table.

    L-R: Exec. Corporate Chef of Vikings for Mindanao and the Visayas, Chef Anton Abad with Ms Raquel Bartolome, Senior Manager.

    L-R: Exec. Corporate Chef of Vikings for Mindanao and the Visayas, Chef Anton Abad with Ms Raquel Bartolome, Senior Manager.