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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Bicol Food Trip: Kinalas, Toasted Siopao, Pinangat at Iba pa...

Bicol province is always associated with laing and bicol express dishes, but we also have other foods which are uniquely Bicolano...
I haven't been to Bicol for a long long time, and as I had the chance to have a short 2-day visit I made sure to not miss the foods I've been imagining for years, too. My 2-day stay in Naga City was surely a delicious one!

Toasted Siopao

 Toasted Siopao .... Yes, you've read it right. It's not steamed or fried, as what we can usually find in Manila.We have this toasted siopao in Naga and other neighboring towns. But the best I have tasted are the ones from Naga Garden Restaurant. This is something you will always want for more and more and more...

Putong Bagas na may Bukayo

Putong Bagas na may Bukayo ... This is a made of "giniling na bigas" placed in a small coconut shell,thus the round form, with sweet "bukayo" filling - young coconut shreds simmered and cooked in brown sugar.
And there's this big steamer where the puto's are cooked.
This used to be my favorite merienda when we still live in Tigaon. At Naga City, you can buy this early morning (as in as early as  6:00am and not later) from Manang with her "kariton" beside San Francisco church. But if you happen to miss her, you can still find some puto sellers along Ateneo avenue in the afternoon, or in front of Master's square - which sells morning and afternoon

Pinangat or Tinuktok

Pinangat or Tinuktok ... Pinangat also known as Tinuktok is another delicious dish in Bicol. This is a mixture of minced young coconut meat, shrimps and spices wrapped in Taro leaves and cooked in coconut milk. Tan-ag leaves are also used in wrapping instead of taro leaves, but finding these leaves is not that easy.
There are several restaurants in Naga City which sells this dish. You can try the ones from Bob Marlin Restaurant and Grill, one of the best.

Kinalas with egg

Kinalas ... Perfect anytime of the day! This is a a local version of Naga for mami. This is a combination of  hot beef broth , a unique thick sauce,beef strips, fresh mami noodles, onion leeks and garlic. If you want a taste of one of Naga's best Kinalas, look for Aling Cely's Kinalas at Dimasalang St. corner Barlin St.
A visit in Naga is not complete without tasting this one.

Goto sa Bigg's
Goto Sa Bigg's ... During my college days in Naga, the one that sells this was Nald's restaurant, i think it was a franchise of Bigg's - a Bicol homegrown fastfood. They serve several delicious dishes such as laing, crispy chicken, tenderloin tips and some more... But their Goto is one of my favorite, it's so "masarap" and loaded with chicharon.

Laing Pizza

Laing Pizza ... Now this is something new! It's like eating our homemade laing sans the rice... And this tasted so goooooooood! A thin crust pizza topped with real laing, with pork, bagoong and rich topping of cheese.
You surely shouldn't miss this one! Try this at CWC ( CamSur WaterSports Complex).


i♥pinkc00kies said...

wow sarap nung puto ah!! whenever we go to bicol, we never miss buying Angko (glutinous rice cake with peanut paste inside), pianono (chiffon roll with ground pili filling) and panecillos (biscuits with ground pili nuts inside) :D

Anonymous said...

I am really interested to know the recipe of the toasted siopao and how to make it . i hope you can help me. thank you.

Pinoy Kitchenette said...

sure.would love to share the recipe. link me up.

ChopsueyRice said...

There's a place in Timog Ave. QC that serves Bicolano dishes. They serve a steaming bowl of Kinalas too! Read my post about it at http://chopsueyrice.blogspot.com/2011/08/kinalas-in-metro-manila.html

Anonymous said...

nothing beats steaming hot toasted siopao with matching ice cold coca cola..i tried to baked it but still hasn't find the foolproof recipe..still searching.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Toasted Siopao, it's now here in Manila. My friend move from naga to caloocan and brought with them their "baker king". Just got my first order of 50pcs TOASTED SIOPAO here in Makati. God! I missed this toasted siopao! I've been away from naga for 2 years! We're 10 in the office, and wow... there's only 19 left?? That's how good it is! Guys, honestly speaking you have to try this...they do deliver. try to search "toasted siopao" at sulit.com, they are the first in the results. :))

Anonymous said...

Greetings from Scotland. I was in Naga once and tried the puto. Wow! It is without doubt the best in the Philippines in my opinion. I hope to visit again some day. Tommy.

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