Today, at our school cafeteria, inspite of the array of “saucy” lunch dishes to choose from like menudo, adobo, linaga, bakareta, and spareribs, I still ended up choosing the driest dish,the most common, the most popular viand of all — fried chicken. That’s why I’ve come to conclude:

We Ilonggos are voracious chicken eaters. (Geez, that sounds frightening!) Give us plenty of food choices and we’ll still have chicken any day.

I know, I know. The premise is weak so let me just cite a concrete proof instead. Just how many chicken houses are there in Iloilo city? For regular chicken inasal( chicken barbeque on a stick), there’s Mang Inasal, Barrio Inasal, Chicken Sari-Sari, Jo’s Inato, Pecho Pak, the barbeque stands such as at Plaza Jaro, Plaza Mandurriao, along UP in front of Doctor’s Hospital, near the freedom grandstand, at La Paz Market….For native chicken inasal, usually served whole, there’s Tatoy’s, Breakthrough, Nes & Tats and Nato & Helen, Rawit’s at Central Market, Corning’s and co. at Valeria extension…For the “45-days” or “bantress” whole roasted chicken, there’s Andok’s, Pecho Pak, the roadside roasters like Mang Pedro’s, Buto’t Balat (also a resto). And for fried chicken, there are the food-chain giants like Jollibee, McDo, KFC, Greenwich, Kenny Rogers. There’s Andok’s (now more popular for its fried chix), JD bakeshop, and the rolling “Jollicarts”parked at busy intersections at downtown Iloilo. (This list is only partial; I need to scour the whole city still.)

I’ve always been fascinated by the Ilonggo’s predilection for chicken: be it fried, barbequed, roasted, stewed (adobo) or in a soup (tinola and binakol) . The only thing not done to chicken, I suppose is to make kinilaw out of it.

Given a choice of restaurants in the city serving Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Italian and Continental cuisines, most Ilonggos are still found eating at chicken houses.

WHY DO WE JUST LOVE TO EAT MANOK?

I’m throwing this question to Ilonggos out there who might happen to stumble upon this young blog. Let us know what you think.

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7 Responses to “We chicken-eaters”

  1. Mack Says:

    One of the reasons is we are fond of “bulang” (or cockfighting)…..hehehe!

    btw, nice blog! keep it up!

  2. iloveiloilo Says:

    mack, now, that’s something! thanks for reading my blog.

    joy

  3. Metropolitan_ILOILO Says:

    Btw, you forgot nena’s manokan… Maybe because chicken is so abundant in ILOILO. We are the number 1 producer when it comes to native chicken or Darag. Just imagine on weekends Tatoys being able to consume up hundreds of native chicken.

    Compared to pork and beef its cheaper and tastes better too. I imagine in my childhood days… when we want to eat chicken my Uncle would simply make “chicken litson” laced with “istiwitis” in our backyard skewered in young bamboo and cooked over charcoal! Maybe because chicken is everywhere… :D

    Btw, Great Blog Inday Hami! Count me in as one of your avid fans from now on. Nicely done blog, neat and superb detailing and meticulous writing yet not boring and offers fresh insights on things that we sometimes consider mundane.

    PS:
    I am asking permission to post your Tinola Recipe in our Forum at Skyscrapercity. Thank You. Hope you could join us there!

  4. Metropolitan_ILOILO Says:

    My my apologies…what I mean is the Laswa recipe… lol. We Ilonggos esp karay-a sometimes interchange Tinola with Laswa.
    :P

  5. Inday Hami Says:

    Met. oh, yes, by all means. Let’s spread the gospel of great Ilonggo cooking.thanks too for your compliment and your insights on our being manok lovers. I think i’ve signed up at skyscraper but web newbie that I am, I still haven’t gotten round to participating in the forums.

  6. Peejay Reyes Says:

    Maayong hapon!

    Nice blog!

    Would have a recipe for chicken inasal?

    Salamat gid!

  7. Inday Hami Says:

    Pls. wait awhile peejay ha? I’ll just finish my grades.grr! Now, I have reason to finish them.

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Today, at our school cafeteria, inspite of the array of “saucy” lunch dishes to choose from like menudo, adobo, linaga, bakareta, and spareribs, I still ended up choosing the driest dish,the most common, the most popular viand of all — fried chicken. That’s why I’ve come to conclude:

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