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Friday, August 31, 2012

Bacolod Inasal (Grilled Chicken)


And so they dream of having the famous Bacolod Chicken Inasal (grilled skewered chicken), paa (legs) or pecho (breast) part, it does not matter. My friends from Iloilo and I also had chicken gizzard and liver.

At Bacolod Chicken House, Lacson Branch in Bacolod City, the chicken has a tasty flesh and the skin is not fatty but crispy. Aside from that, their garlic rice is superb.

As prelude to our recent trip to Dumaguete and Siquijor, we had our dinner at Bacolod Chicken House and my friends from Iloilo loved it.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Secrets in attacking Durian


For those who "love" Durian, they can eat this "King of Fruits" straight from the peelings or straight from the freezer and it does not matter. But for those who "hate" Durian, I can only ask why and grin at the same time, as one competitor's down. All I can say to the haters: they have to come near the Durian rather than go away in order to immerse themselves with the smell of the fruit.

According to one local expert, one has to wash his hands in the peelings and eat the fruit using his bare hand. I must guarantee, once you are there on the table, you won't go away. And you will find yourself saying, it has no "Durian" smell anymore.

Here are some information I have gathered which might help. According to the Durian experts, if one is a first-time Durian attacker, he has to be introduced to TD4 variety and I must say it is sweet, creamy and a bit crunchy in some portions. For those who wants some minty and a bit of bitterness, MN variety is recommended. This is creamy too but I don't prefer this one. TD1 and TD2 (bright yellow color) are all right for me, they are not sharply sweet and fibrous.

In Brgy. Araal, La Carlota City, they had an eat-all-you-can durian fruit in the past barangay fiesta and this recent fiesta held on August 26, they had durian ice cream which Ii can only wish to taste! The harvest season here is from August to November and one can buy the durian at the ECJ farms in Pontevedra.

Plump, creamy, a bit crunchy... Durian 

A pose before concentrating on the "attack."

Gone in sixty seconds???
Important facts on this Fruit.

Durian nutritional value.

Health benefits of Durian fruit

  • Durian, like other tropical fruits such as Bananaavocado, and jackfruit, is rich in energy, minerals and vitamins. 100 g fresh fruit provides 147 calories.
  • The fruit is made of soft, easily digestible flesh made of simple sugars like fructose and sucrose that when eaten replenish energy and revitalize the body instantly. Though it contains a relatively high amount of fats among fruits, it is free from saturated fats and cholesterol.
  • Durian is rich in dietary fiber, which makes it a good bulk laxative. The fiber content helps to protect the colon mucous membrane by decreasing exposure time and as well as binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon.
  • The durian fruit is a good source of antioxidant vitamin-C (about 33% of RDA). Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful free radicals.
  • The fruit is an excellent source of health benefiting B-complex groups of vitamins; a rare feature among fruits, such as niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and thiamin (vitamin B-1). These vitamins are essential for the body as it requires them from external sources to replenish.
  • Further, it also contains a good amount of minerals like manganese, copper, iron and magnesium. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Iron is required for red blood cell formation.
  • Fresh durian fruit is a very rich source of potassium. Potassium is an important electrolyte of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Additionally, it also contains high levels of essential amino acid, tryptophan (also known as "nature's sleeping pill") which in the body metabolizes into serotonin and melatonin; these neuro-chemicals have important functions like sleep induction and in the treatment of epilepsy.

More benefits of Durian, here.
More benefits. 10 vitamins and minerals. here.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Fried Chicken and Ensaladang Langka of JD!


Fried corn-starch coated chicken 

If I have to list Iloilo City's candy to the eye, I have to start with the New City Hall which welcomes travelers upon going down the ferry. Treading the city's business district called downtown, one cannot help but observe the continuing restoration of the old buildings which is part of the city's heritage.

I suddenly felt hunger. The candies for the stomach consist of old and new food establishments and even nooks. But all I think of was to drop by and have lunch at JD Bakeshop near my alma mater West Visayas State University. All West Vi studes and ex-Mission road residents would surely do the same thing. 

JD got a make-over and expansion but the usual favorites like baked mac, macaroni salad and chicken ala king openfaced sandwich are still on the menu. And so, I ordered my usual favorite: Fried Chicken with ensaladang langka (jackfruit salad) on the side.  

On the second floor of the JD Bldg., there's Hungry Ninja to try too. Next time for sure, as before I went out, I just bought the butter and brownie chewies which are my classic favorites.

As side dish, ensaladang langka, my favorite.

Made of patis and vinegar, a classic sawsawan
(dip for the fried chicken)
The pineapple-orange juice, also a favorite.