Bacolod Chicken Inasal: Eat Like a Hero!

Today's the 114th anniversary of the Philippine Independence Proclamation, and what better way to celebrate this occasion than to feast on Filipino dishes and to eat like a hero. So in participation to the Department of Tourism's Kulinarya Kalayaan, Bacolod Chicken Inasal brings us new meal offerings inspired by Jose Rizal's favorite dishes.
Sinigang na Baboy

This Bacolodian gem is not a stranger to me as I've enjoyed my previous Bacolod Chicken Inasal visit to try its famous chicken inasal. However, for this trip to the One-Ecom branch, we were treated to a chicken-less but equally satisfying feast called Eat Like A Hero -- two sets of affordable dishes our national hero even mentioned on letters he wrote to his family.

Sinigang sa Batwan Bangus Belly

The first Eat Like A Hero meal offering is Ulam ni Rizal sa Paris (P379) which comprises of a choice of Sinigang na Baboy or Sinigang sa Batwan Bangus Belly, an Eggplant Ensalada, 2 cups of plain rice and 2 glasses of iced tea. This set is inspired by Rizal's letter from Paris back in May 16, 1869 where he details his longing for native sinigang and bagoong.

Batwan

Our group got to try both the Sinigang na Baboy and Sinigang sa Batwan Bangus Belly. And although I'm generally more partial to pork, I preferred the latter for its delicate sourness from the batwan -- a wild fruit commonly used as a souring agent in the Visayas region.

Ensaladang Talong

Although I don't normally eat bagoong (shrimp paste) with sinigang unlike in Rizal's time, I definitely enjoyed the smoky and refreshing flavors of the Ensaladang Talong -- a side dish of grilled eggplant, tomato and onions topped with bagoong.

The other meal offering from Bacolod Chicken Inasal is Merienda ni Rizal (P107) which is probably our national hero's typical snack during his exile in Dapitan. This Eat Like A Hero set includes a serving of Suman with Muscovado and an order of Bottomless Native Tsokolate. Yes, you've read that right. Hot and freshly-cooked native tsokolate, unlimited.

Suman with Muscovado Unlimited NativeTsokolate

If you're wondering, this set on the other hand, is inspired by Rizal's letter to his sister Trinidad back in October 23, 1895 where he confirmed his receipt of three sacks of tsokolate, and also shared how he enjoys the company of Josephine Bracken who makes delicious special suman.

Ulam ni Rizal sa Paris Merienda ni Rizal

THE VERDICT

I may have initially fallen in love with Bacolod Chicken Inasal for its succulent and flavorful chicken inasal, but with these two new set offerings especially the Merienda ni Rizal, I think I have more reasons to pay the Bacolodian wonder a sooner visit. A chicken inasal meal plus suman and unlimited tsokolate for dessert is my way to go.

Taste - 4/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Service - 4/5
Price - 4/5
Overall Value - 4/5


Bacolod Chicken Inasal, One-Ecom Center
Cor. Harbor Drive and Sunset Ave., Mall of Asia Complex
Pasay City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 556-4489; 556-4409
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34 comments:

  1. Special thanks to Stacy for lending me her camera to take the suman and tsokolate photos.. :D

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  2. Mouth-watering review! I feel like eating sinigang now :) Amazing photos too! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I'm wondering what Batwan looks like so I ended up asking Mr. Google. Well, I haven't seen such a fruit.


    BTW, the foods are mouthwatering, it made me miss Pinoy foods..

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  4. What a great concept, the merienda set looks delicious!

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  5. Nagutom akong bigla. Sarap naman. Thanks for sharing.

    Mommy Maye (http://momayes.blogspot.com)

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  6. Da best talaga ang Inasal ng Bacolod;) tsiken country offers the best inasal;)

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  7. wow, mouthwatering Filipino food. sarpa nung bulalo, actually lahat.

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  8. @Yannie: The 3rd photo is the Batwan.. :D Those were canned though.. ^^

    @tatess: Mami Tess, the first 2 photos are actually the 2 variants of Sinigang, baboy and batwan bangus belly.. ^^

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  9. haha tagal ko na iniisip ano na yung bunga they use in Negros pag nagsisinigang.. hehe batwan pala! dito ko pa na research sa post mo.. hehe. miss ko na sinigang sa batwan! ;)

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  10. I love the suman with muscovado, that's my favorite!

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  11. you've made me crave for Sinigang!!!

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  12. Amazing photos! Masubukan nga yung Merienda ni Rizal. :D

    Tin of ohhthat.blogspot.com

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  13. i want to eat it all. hahaha i think too much of the bottomless tsokolate can make my stomach in a alarming situation, if u knw what i mean. haha

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  14. Looks yummy and really affordable! I really want to have Sinigang na Baboy now and the suman. Not a fan of eggplant but it looks really appetizing in your photo.

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  15. are those meals available in all of their outlets? i would like to try the tsokolate :)

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  16. @aby ♥: Haha.. I definitely know what you mean.. :)) I didn't know that tsokolate can cause that though, so I learned it the hard way, after downing 4 cups of tsokolate.. XD

    @joy: Yes mami Joy, I believe their Eat Like A Hero promo is available in all of their branches :)

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  17. I like to try the last photo! I am in love with native tsokolate specially when served warm... hmmm.... :)

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  18. Ilike it.. parang same sila ng theme ng KKK..
    ilike the ulam ni rizal sa paris.. panalo..

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  19. i google up batwan, too. looks interesting, haven't seen such fruits here in central luzon.

    and, oh, i missed suman (suman inangit as we call here) paired with ripe mangoes.

    btw, the bagoong looks like shrimp paste to me. alamang, as we call it here.

    have a great weekend ahead.

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  20. I like to sip the seemingly hot soup of the
    Sinigang na Bangus Bally and The native
    tsokolate, kahit na hindi bottomless.

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  21. @imriz: I'm not sure if batwan grows in Luzon.. Anyway sis, now that you mention it, the bagoong's alamang nga! Correcting my post now. Thank you so much! :)

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  22. Superb again Sumi... Every time nagagawi ako dito lage na lang akong namamangha :D

    Herbert

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  23. Hearty meals! really miss our "sabaw" meals hihi, will cook nilaga nga with mais! hehe ;)

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  24. so delishhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh and I cannot wait to thy try this chicken inasal :-)

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  25. awww, gusto ko tlga matikman toh kahit Chicken inasal lang muna hehe

    :))

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  26. I will never get tired of BCI! that's for sure.

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  27. It looks delicious. I haven't tried Bacolod Chicken Inasal. May be when I visit my brother.

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  28. Truly, I love your photos. I like what's on the menu! Looks like I'm eating like a hero too LOL!

    Rizza (beingwell)

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  29. Wow! Will sure include this on my restaurant list to visit. Thanks for the reco.

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  30. I love chicken.. thanks for recipe tips.

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  31. I love to eat at Bacolod Chicken Inasal my favorite of course their Chicken Inasal!!!

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  32. Food lovers must try! Very delicious food that fits to your budget..it is one of the historical foods in the Philippines..

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