That’s grilled chicken in Ilonggo and the pride of Bacolod. Marinated with a reddish, sometimes yellowish hue from achuete (annatto seeds), this Bacolod delicacy is a hit not only in the south but has conquered the palates of Luzon as well, evident in the sprouting of several Bacolod Chicken Inasal food chains in Metro Manila. Nothing is as authentic though as having it right where it originated. And so we trekked to Chicken House and Chicken Deli (on different days, of course), the former slightly better than the latter but they say that the best would be the ones you find in Manukan Village. Here, one gets the whole experience down to the “not so clean” eateries and al fresco dining sans ambience. We however, never found our way there this time but not without trying, we simply ran out of days and time. Another reason to return.
Served by the parts in barbeque sticks, pecho (thigh), paa (leg) but the best (at least for me) is got to be the isol (ass). Yes chicken ass! Chicken House has the best, I was told and true enough, it perhaps was the best ass I’ve ever had. Crunchy on the outside and tender and juice just how it should be on the inside.
This grilled chicken with a little bit of sinamak (Vinegar the ilonggo way- vinegar, garlic, ginger and chilies), soy sauce, calamansi (our local lime) and fresh sili labuyo (chili)= YUM!