Negros Occidental Food Destinations
NEGROS OCCIDENTAL FOOD DESTINATIONS FOR EveryJUAN
Food will always be a significant factor that people consider visiting a place as a tourist destination. The area, along with its unique and palatable dishes, plays a great combination in enticing visitors and tourists alike to come and visit the place.
Being a Negrense, one of the places which I could think of that bests suits the beauty of the site and the taste of cuisine is, of course, Negros Occidental. In this province, you could experience a real once in a lifetime food trip at its finest.
Meat Carving Station at L’ Fisher Hotel, Bacolod (Negros Occidental Food Destinations)
Being a permanent resident of this province, I can say that you will surely have a unique gastronomic experience when you visit us.
Many readers of this blog sent messages or querries before they visit various places in the province. They usually seek for recommendations on which area to visit, and most importantly, which specific food to try. Well, it is convenient to make their itinerary since right away, they had the target before their arrival.
Seafood Platter at May’s Organic Garden and Restaurant, Bacolod (Negros Occidental Food Destinations)
Experiencing the Negros cuisines is genuinely beyond impressive. One will surely have a unique taste of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between! Not to mention, the foods that most Negrense Restaurants offer are indeed within a reasonable budget range. So, there is no need to worry in terms of spending because you can get very delicious meals at a very reasonable price. This is one of the factors why guests got to try almost everything.
Meat Carving Station at Vikings, Bacolod (Negros Occidental Food Destinations)
The authentic local Negros cuisine varies depending on the focus or specialization of each restaurant. Aside from the regional cuisines, Negros Occidental also has different foods originated from other places but were presented and prepared with a twist or a touch of Negrense cuisine. The variety of meals and food that Negros Occidental offers can cater to anyone, regardless of age and preference. May it is the meat, pork, or seafood, Negros Occidental will always have something ready for you.
The author enjoying cakes and coffee at C’s (L Fisher Hotel)
FOOD DESTINATIONS AROUND NEGROS OCCIDENTAL
At this point, let me give you a tour of select places in Negros Occidental and its culinary specialties.
Bacolod City, apart from its famed Masskara Festival, it is also famous for its delectable cuisines. Piaya, Napoleones, and Chicken Inasal are just a few of the famous foods that the city is known for. But more than these highly promoted delectable foods, there more cuisines that you should try when visiting the City of Smiles as manifested in various restaurants dotting the place.
Famous Kakanin by Quan Delicacies (Negros Occidental Food Destinations)
Native Delicacies by Quan. The place is known for its “kakanin” served level up a restaurant. One must try their cassava cakes, cuchinta, puto tak-tak, bibingka, and much more. Of course, you should try their original puto-pao. Puto pao is an original recipe of the Quan created when flour was very expensive. Quan has many outlets around the city as follows:
- MC Metroplex, Northdrive – (034)4339987 or 7090677
- La Salle Avenue – (034)4346379 or 7085055
- Gaisano Araneta – (034) 7078440
- San Juan Street – (034) 7041253
- Veranda at EastBlock Circumferential – (034) 7089095
- Robinsons Supermarket – (034)4761518
- Metro Ayala Talisay – (034) 7023466
- SM Food Court – (034) 2138678
- Phoenix Gas Station Locsin/San Sebastian St – (034) 7042132
Famous Kansi (Negros Occidental Food Destinations)
Kansi. Kansi is Bacolod’s version of Bulalo. You can visit Eron and Sharyn’s located at Bacolod Capitol Shopping Center.
Chicken Inasal (Negros Occidental Food Destinations)
L-R: KBL Kadyos, Baboy, Langka and Batchoy (Negros Occidental Food Destinations)
KBL (Kadyos, Baboy, Langka) and Batchoy. Most Filipino restaurants in the city serve this famous Visayan cuisine which is made even more special with its special souring agent, the batwan. Also, while Iloilo is famous for its batchoy, the City of Smile also has its own Super Batchoy House located in the central market and served a truly delightful batchoy that could rival and even surpass the Iloilo’s best.
Kwakoy, famed delicacy of Brgy Sagasa, Bago City (Negros Occidental Food Destinations)
Bago City is one of the places in the Province that are still producing rock salt through manual labor. The art of salt-making begins by pumping water from the sea, filtration, and transferring of the filtered saltwater into salt beds. Through the process of evaporation, rock salt is produced.
Brgy, Sagasa in Bago City, is also known for its sweet delicacy called kwakoy. This delicacy is made of rice flour, and sugar cut into rectangular shapes, perfect for your coffee or favorite soda.
Dried Fish of Cadiz (Negros Occidental Food Destinations)
Cadiz is not only known for Lakawon Island. They are also known for their dried fish products and one should never leave the place without buying some. Cadiz is a coastal community, and many fisherfolks processed their excess catch into dried fish.
Don Salvador Benedicto is known for their cooler climate and sweet pineapples grow abundantly in the area (Negros Occidental Food Destinations)
DON SALVADOR BENEDICTO
Don Salvador Benedicto is not only known for its colder climate but its produce, the pineapples. The pineapples of the place are not only sweet, but they are so cheap. So, never leave the area without pineapples.
Moreover, many cafes and restaurants are dotting the place with their unique specialties.
Blue Crabs and other seafood are abundant in EB Magalona (Negros Occidental Food Destinations)
Love Blue Crabs and shrimps? These are abundant in EB Magalona, Negros Occidental. Their town’s fiesta held every summer showcases these famous delicacies and are served in many restaurants and eateries.
You can enjoy a variety of seafood in the municipalities of Himamaylan, Hinobaan, Hinigaran, and Ilog (Negros Occidental Food Destinations)
The famous potato cake and bichokoy of Milas in Hinigaran
HIMAMAYLAN, HINOBAAN, HINIGARAN, AND ILOG
Himamaylan, Hinobaan, Hinigaran, and Ilog are coastal municipalities in the southern part of Negros Occidental. These places are famous for their talaba oysters and other freshly catch fish.
Moreover, you will also find Milas’ a restaurant known for their potato cake and bichokoy found in the highway of the Municipality of Hinigaran. Many travelers would drop by this place to dine in or to buy their famed products.
The famous Puto Manapla (Negros Occidental Food Destinations)
Manapla is famous for its Puto (rice cake). The town’s fiesta is even inspired by this delicacy, the Pinta Puto/Manang Pula Festival. If you are passing the coastal road of Northern Negros, you will see many vendors selling puto along the highway.
“Ginamos” or shrimp paste of Pulupandan (Negros Occidental Food Destinations) Photo by Hminandar
Ginamos or fermented Krill (shrimp paste) is the famous product of Pulupandan. Ginamos is known for its undesirable smell, yet it is a very popular flavoring ingredient for many dishes in Negros and Panay Islands.
Seashells of various kinds are a must-try in Sagay City (Negros Occidental Food Destinations)
Sagay City is a haven for different kinds of seafood. Enjoy various types of seashells and fresh catch fish sold at the market in Brgy. Vito, Sagay, and you can ask the small eateries nearby to cook them for you. When you visit Suyac Island, takes pride in their fish kinilaw, while Molocaboc Island even offers an eat all you seafood (by appointment) for their guests.
Top: Bandi, a peanut-base product and Bukayo; Below: Pan Bisaya of San Carlos City (Negros Occidental Food Destinations)
SAN CARLOS CITY
San Carlos City had perfected the method of cooking peanuts. They produce peanuts in various preparations like salted, baked, bandi, etc.
If you will visit Sipaway Island in San Carlos, you should also try their Pan Bisaya with coco jam filling and baked in an improvised oven.
San Enrique is known for their kakanin sold along the highway and now getting so much attention from many commuters (Negros Occidental Food Destinations)
San Enrique is famous for its kakanin. You will see along the highway of the place various stores selling delicacies like Buko Pie, Alupi, Suman Latik, Bayi-Bayi, and much more.
Top: El Ideal’s Buko Pie and Emma Lacson’s Lumpia and Empanada; Below: dishes served in Punong Gary’s Place (Negros Occidental Food Destinations)
Silay City is also famous for its delicacies like the Guaple and Buko Pie of El Ideal; pili nut squares, empanadas, and lumpia ubod of Emma Lacson and their native kakanins sold at the public market every morning.
You can also savor their seafood when you visit Brgy. Balaring or experience exquisite dining service al fresco at Pung Gary’s Place.
Some seafood offerings waiting for you in Sipalay (Negros Occidental Food Destinations)
Sipalay City is famous for its beautiful beaches and diving sites. The place, however, is also renowned for its freshly caught seafood, which you can buy at a very affordable price in the market. If you are staying in a beachfront during your visit, you can wait for some fisherfolks’ arrival in the morning and in the afternoon to buy direct from them. You can then ask them to cook them for you. Some resorts or households nearby also accept cooking services for the tourist.
Top: The fruit bounty of Talisay; Below: Talaba (Negros Occidental Food Destinations)
So close from Bacolod City, Talisay City’s talabahan is now getting frequented by people who would want to enjoy talaba (oyster).
Talisay City is also famous for its Marang, Durian, and Lanzones. The Brgy. Concepcion, where most of the orchards are found even, has the Maradula Festival, a celebration for good harvest of this produce. Visit Brgy. Concepcion, Talisay every October and experience the “eat-all-you-can” of their famed fruits.
Stop anytime along the highway of Valladolid and taste their fresh fruit products sold along the highway (Negros Occidental Food Destinations)
Fruits abound in Valladolid, Negros Occidental. Many commuters would stop along their highway to buy mangoes, watermelon, and much more.
Victorias Products (Negros Occidental Food Destinations)
Victorias City is home to Victorias Milling Company, one of the biggest Sugar Central in the Country. The place is also producing the famous VMC Food Products like the bottled Bangus in Olive oil and much more.
As a Negrense, I highly encourage you to come and try our local cuisines. This food trip of a lifetime is difficult to forget and will undeniably raise your standards when it comes to trying out different food. But I am telling you now; this is going to be worth it, try out the Negros cuisine now and be ready to experience all its wonders.
HOW TO GET TO NEGROS OCCIDENTAL
Negros Occidental is serviced by Silay-Bacolod Airport. Cebu Pacific is flying direct to Negros Occidental on the following routes:
For more check https://www.cebupacificair.com/
Piaya in Bacolod City (Negros Occidental Food Destinations)
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