The swift mushroom-like expansion of Mang Inasal fast food chain in Metro Manila and in many parts of the county, however, makes this Ilonggo dish very common, so common that you can easily find it at every corner of the streets in Metro Manila or in every poblacion in every town in the provinces. And I take this negatively as it kills authenticity of the dish.
That's why when I set foot in Bacolod city (birthplace of the dish), one of my objectives was to taste the original Chicken Inasal.
Tuesday Night - April 16, 2013
Searching for the authentic chicken inasal isn't really a problem when in Bacolod City, just ask anyone and he'll surely lead you to one place—Manokan Country.
After we completed the traverse hike in Mt. Kanlaon and then had a relaxing break at Mambukal Resort, our team headed back to Bacolod City. We only have one day left in Negros Occidental as we were all scheduled to fly back to Manila the following day. Anyway, that night, right after checking in at Bacolod City, we decided to have chicken inasal for dinner (not from the fast food ha, but the real original Chicken Inasal).
A friend of mine once told me that if I would visit his hometown, Bacolod City, and wanted to try the authentic Chicken Inasal, we should go to Manokan Country in Ferrero Street (beside SM City Bacolod).
Manokan Country is one of the city's most famous landmarks, so getting there won't be an arduous task, just ask anyone from the city and you'll surely reach the place in no time. There were at least 10 restaurants situated side by side in this food hub, all serving the original Chicken Inasal.
|Manokan Country in Ferrero Street, Bacolod city|
When our orders came in, not a second was wasted, we dug the food like there was no tomorrow. And to have a complete experience of the food, we ate with bare hands. Yummy! I think I had 5 cups of rice that night.
|It's time to feast on inasal meal. Isul (pwet), Paa (leg), Heart (heart) and garlic rice with chicken oil!|
So how does an authentic chicken inasal dish taste? Here's an answer from a Manileño kid's point of view:
- Unlike the ones being served in the fast food chain, authentic Chicken Inasal from Manokan Country tastes natural. You'll know that fresh ingredients were used in the marinade and not a powdered mix of flavoring. I know I'm not eating preservatives.
- Manokan Country offers more options (chicken parts) to customers and they're really generous in serving sizes.
- It's juicy and grilled just right.
This food is certainly not to be missed when in Bacolod City!