Something Local: My Bicol Food Trip!
It is not only the tourist spots that make Bicol famous but also its delicacies and specialties. Bicol is known for spicy foods and dishes with coconut milk (gata). I really love spicy foods though that makes me sweat bigtime! Aside from these, there are still best food-finds at Bicol. Mga pagkain na binabalik-balikan ko (namin)!
When we toured Legazpi, I asked my cousin if we can have our lunch at Bigg’s Diner and good thing they have a branch at Embarcadero. The first Bigg’s Diner I ever saw was in Pili. I thought they do only have 3 – 5 branches but I was wrong, this fast food chain is bigger than Jollibee and McDonalds. Bigg’s Diner is the biggest fast food chain in the Bicol Region. I was amazed of the fact that a fast food chain from Bicol becoming progressive and taking the lead among its competitor. And the price? Get prepare to spend at least PHP 150.00
I wanted to try something local so I ordered Bigg’s Bicol Special (porkchop and laing combo meal).
As expected, a true Bicol Specialty. Ang sarap! Bigg’s Diner offers a wide array of foods from sandwich, meals, pasta, pizza to salad. My two cousins ordered chicken meal and we ordered New York Roast Beef Pizza for the three of us.
There’s nothing spectacular about the chicken meal and the pizza but the hot sauce? Come on it was the hottest hot sauce I ever tasted! Indeed, it was a good dining experience at Bigg’s Diner.
The next day, before we went to the airport (and went back home), we dropped off at Pili Market and bought some Pili Nuts (for pasalubong) and two of my favorite food for snacks (merienda), sinapot (maruya) and halo-halo.
Wow sinapot (also known as Maruya in tagalog)! I liked it when it was newly fried and only coated with less flour (or none at all). Ayoko ng punong puno ng harina!
Moving on, we went inside the market and looked for the best halo-halo in town (according to the locals), the Pontilla’s Halo-Halo.
I found it good, and of course cheap and affordable. If I were to choose between this Halo Halo and Chowking’s? I chose this one, this is better than Chowking’s halo-halo (na puro beans – ayoko ng beans!). We left Bicol satisfied with all our cravings.