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SM Bacolod Foodcourt

  • Continental Flavors at SM City Bacolod Foodcourt
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    Deciding where to eat is such a pain in the butt. When you go around a mall you’ve been to a hundred times, I don’t really understand why deciding where to eat and what to eat is still a challenge for myself as well as for most people (especially for hungry couples who will most likely end up fighting because of the indecisiveness).

    I eventually found the quickest way to decide where to eat and that would be to visit the SM City Bacolod Foodcourt. It’s like a default choice if I don’t have specific cravings. What I love about the SM City Bacolod Foodcourt is that it  serves all kinds of dishes with all kinds of continental flavors and so picking what you want to eat is as easy as walking by a foodcourt concessionaire.

    SM Foodcourt recently invited media and blogger friends for a dinner of experiencing (or re-experiencing) the different flavors the foodcourt is offering:

    Continental Flavors at the SM City Bacolod Foodcourt

    1. Kimbob

    Kimbob is a popular choice in the foodcourt for people who want to eat Korean food. Usually, when you go to Korean restaurants, food can be pricey. But, at Kimbob it’s easier for us to taste our Korean favorite dishes without breaking our wallet.

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    Rice Cake

    Kimbob has their own version of the popular Korean street food. Rice cake is also known as Ddeokbokki (떡볶이) in Korea. Kimbob’s version has korean fish cake in the middle which is known as Eomuk (어묵) or Odeng (오뎅). If you like really spicy food, you’ll love Kimbob’s rice cake.


    Kimbob is actually Gimbap or Kimbap (김밥) in Korea. It is a steamed rice rolled together with other delicious ingredients like Korean meat and vegetables.


    This one is everybody’s favorite. I see a lot of people ordering Bibimbob which is actually bibimbab or bibimbap (비빔밥) in Korean food. Kimbob’s version stays true to how bibimbap is supposed to be cooked – in a hot pot or hot stone.

    2. Sbarro

    This brings back HighSchool memories. Did you know that there was a Sbarro at Robinsons Bacolod before? I don’t know why they closed, but I’m happy that they set up shop (again) at SM City Bacolod. Feeling a little bit Italian? Sbarro has your fix of the best tasting superslices of pizza.

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    Chicago Deep Dish Pizza (Red) & Chicago Deep Dish Pizza (White)

    This style of pizza has toppings that go “deep” and was popularized in Chicago (hence the name). I don’t really go for the red one because, to me, it doesn’t taste as good as the white one. Actually, anything on the Sbarro menu I can add “white sauce” to makes my list of must-eats at Sbarro.

    Green Salad

    With all the superslices you will consume, why not try something light as a starter. Sbarro has a green salad that you can eat together with your supersliced pizza.

    Chicken Macaroni

    Other than pizzas, Sbarro also serves other dishes like chicken macaroni. I haven’t tried it personally, but it looks good just from the picture. The pasta dish I’ve tried is penne with white sauce. This is really a must try when you visit the SM City Bacolod Foodcourt or any Sbarro outlet.

    3. Sizzling Plate

    I think most dishes at Sizzling Plate are topped with gravy and paired with java rice (maybe this is the Pinoy preference?). This, too, is very reminiscent of my Highschool years because me and my friends used to eat a lot of sizzling plate dishes back then.

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    My favorite from among the three would have to be the stuffed squid because squid is a no brainer for me. Squid meat is delicious!

    4. Tokyo Joe

    Tokyo Joe is another place at the SM City Bacolod Foodcourt that offers dishes that won’t break your wallet. Japanese food, like Korean, can also be expensive, but Tokyo Joe serves us with more affordable Japanese options.

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    I don’t really eat Japanese often, but when I do, anything Gyūdon (牛丼 ?), which literally means beef bowl, and cooked in teriyaki style is a YES in my book.

    5. Lechon H

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    New at the foodcourt! Let’s welcome Lechon H which serves the all-time Filipino favorite, Lechon.

    Here are pictures of the dishes that were served at the Continental Flavors Dinner:

  • 4 SM City Foodcourt Spots that Serve a lot of Asian Goodness
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat
    Media and Blogger Day at SM City Bacolod

    When you hunt for Asian food, where do you go?

    I personally go to Terra Dolce where that Korean place is (Do you know which place I’m talking about?), to Sodam (another Korean place) and to Pizzaro (yes, Pizzaro is also Korean). There are also a couple of places at the Central City Walk behind Robinson’s Place Bacolod and yes, they’re still, mostly, Korean. I’m a big fan of Korean food, if you can’t already tell.

    The Foodcourt Staff

    Yesterday, after attending the SM City Bacolod‘s Media and Blogger Day, I might have to add the SM City Foodcourt to my ever growing list of places to eat Asian food. I had the chance to sample a couple of Asian dishes being served by…

    Asian Goodness with 4 Foodcourt Restaurants

    Here are a couple of my recommended dishes plus my, hopefully witty and helpful, commentaries:

    Tokyo Joe – A Gyudon of Some Sort

    Gyu牛 means beef and don丼means rice bowl (with something on top). In other words, Beef Rice Bowl. (source)

    I have always loved a good bowl of Gyudon. Back when there was a buy 1 take 1 deal at L’Kaisei (SM groundfloor), I’d eat Gyudon every Thursday. I would have liked a sprinkle of sesame seeds on the one I ate from Tokyo Joe but, hey, a delicious bowl of Gyudon is a delicious bowl of Gyudon.
    Tokyo Joe – A Bento of Some Sort

    Bento (弁当, bentō ?) is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento holds rice, fish or meat, with pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container. (source)

    Hello, bento from Tokyo Joe! There are 2 reasons why I love this bento: 1. the shrimp, 2. the sauce you dip the shrimp in. All the other food items on the tray are, of course, tasty, but ultimately if it was just shrimp and sauce, I’d still eat it. I’m a squid and shrimp girl, what can I say?

    Kublai Khan – Mongolian Rice Bowl

    Mongolian barbecue is a stir fried dish that was developed in Taiwanese restaurants in the 1970s. Meat and vegetables are cooked on large, round, solid iron griddles at temperatures of up to 300 °C (572 °F). Despite its name, the cuisine is not Mongolian, and is only very loosely related to barbecue. (source)

    So that solves the question of Mongolian barbecue being Mongolian. Anyway, most of the dishes in Kublai Khan had catchy names like Warrior Pork, so, aside from the fact that I also love eating Mongolian rice bowls, I tasted the dish because, who wouldn’t want to eat food that’s been named “Warrior”? No one. That’s who. There were no regrets on the consumption of one of the Warrior dishes served – delicious!

    Four Seasons – I forgot what this one’s called but it’s wonderful on the taste buds.

    Hot pot is a casserole of meat and vegetables, typically with a covering layer of sliced potato. (source)

    The one that’s on the picture is a little bit different from what the description says but that doesn’t mean that it’s less yummy. Please sir, I want some more! (<<<Oliver Twist reference)

    Mr. Kimbob – HELLO Old Friend!

    Kimchi is a spicy pickled cabbage, the national dish of Korea. (source)

    This is a staple Korean side dish and just from me saying the word “Korean”, you should already know how I feel about Kimchi.

    Mr. Kimbob – I’d eat this everyday if I could.

    Dukbokki and Odeng are affordable Korean snacks sold by street vendors.

    I once saw a Korean movie where a teenage boy was forbidden to eat dukbokki by his mom. It may be because it’s considered junk food in Korea very much like how our moms tell us to avoid street food here in our country. But, what the hey, this rice cake-fish cake combo is a killer. I couldn’t give this up unless my mother sews my mouth shut.

    Mr. Kimbob – Meet another old friend of mine.

    Bibimbap is a Korean dish consisting of rice topped with sautéed vegetables, chili paste, and beef or other meat, sometimes with the addition of a raw or fried egg. (source)

    NO, Korean food isn’t the only Asian food I eat, just in case you were wondering. I just happen to love the culture and the cuisine! Bibimbap is one of my favorites. The one they serve at Mr. Kimbob is not exactly the Bibimbap I usually eat but it still tastes darn good.

    I had one heck of a time eating different Asian dishes from the SM City Bacolod foodcourt. I’m sure you’ve already seen a couple of these places I mentioned. Which dishes are your favorite? Are you a frequent customer of Mr. Kimbob too?