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Ideal

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Living just a few minutes from Silay City, it’s a quick drive to one of the most iconic restaurants and bakeshops in Negros Occidental, El Ideal. Since Bacolod City Airport relocated and became known as the Bacolod-Silay International Airport, it’s just down the road from El Ideal and the restaurant has become a stopover for travelers both leaving and arriving to the area. It’s been around for many years, still housed in an old Spanish-style building, and was even featured in the Peque Gallaga film, “Namets,” which focused on the diversity of Negrense cuisine.

El Ideal offers a full menu, shelves full of packaged merchandise, and fresh-baked goods.

On visits to the place, guapple and buko pie are available regularly. Buko, or young coconut, is a traditional pie that can be found at many establishments around the country. At El Ideal, the pie is served warm in a deliciously firm pie crust. Coated with sugar on top, it’s a scrumptiously sweet treat for either traveler or just going out for a midday snack.

The mango shake is cool and refreshing and goes well with the pie and coupled together, somehow, not an overload of sweetness.

The mango shake is cool and refreshing and goes well with the pie and coupled together, somehow, not an overload of sweetness.

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Written by Paulo Loreto

September 11, 2015 at 1:09 AM

Cansi

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Shops throughout the province of Negros Occidental serve a rich soup dish called Cansi. Cansi consists of tender beef shank, with a soft marrow hidden within the bone, served alongside vegetables in a flavorful broth. Cansi may appear similar to other beef soups in the Philippines, but what sets it apart is batuan. Batuan is a local fruit, native to the region, which is super sour and adds an extra element to what is served as bulalo in other regions, but also, adding a sour element is what makes it fundamentally Filipino.

Local chef JP Anglo offers his spin on the dish by serving it sizzling. Essentially, it’s cansi without the soup. The tender beef shank is served piping hot on a cast-iron plate with the marrow serving as the dish’d centerpiece. The dish is also served with a sauce consisting of batuan.

Cansi is relatively inexpensive, this version was found at Careyn's Cansi House in Silay City.

Cansi is relatively inexpensive, this version was found at Careyn’s Cansi House in Silay City.

Written by Paulo Loreto

February 26, 2015 at 5:49 AM