SHOWDOWN OF BACOLOD CITY’S CHICKEN INASAL
I was invited for a very interesting event entitled “Inasal Throwdown 2015”. The event which was sponsored by the BS Entrepreneurship Students of the University of St. La Salle (Bacolod) was a showdown of the three famous Chicken Inasal in Bacolod City: Nena’s Rose, Masskara Chicken and Aida’s. Each restaurant made their own version of the chicken inasal and these inasal were color coded unknown to the guests which were invited to judge the best chicken inasal according to their choice. Amongst those that were invited were some members of the Negros Bloggers and Bacolod Skyscrapers.
In my one opinion, Chicken Inasal’s taste can vary caused by many factors and cooking techniques. Some of these factors may include the number of hours of marination, the ingredients used in marinating the product, the manner and timing of how they prepare and grill the product.
Judging these inasal were a bit of a challenge considering that while they all served chicken inasal, each has its own strengths. The winner was chosen according to the number of votes casted by the selected invitees.
Photo: 1. Yours truly casting my with Jeremiah Locsin, Project Manager. 2. Some of guests lining up to try the Chicken Inasal. 3. (L-R) Sirgrid Lo, Butch Erasmo, Bacolod City Tourism Officer, Romel Pasaporte and Dennis Lo
Even myself didn’t know whose chicken I was eating. I was only guided by the colors assigned from the chicken served to me. Here’s my personal evaluation of the three Chicken Inasal contingents:
- Yellow (Masskara Chicken) – my personal favorite, it was soft and juicy and really tasted very fresh. The taste was just perfect for me, it leaves a little room for the sauce which in Bacolod we normally use the soy sauce, vinegar and, fresh chili. I didn’t use any sauce because I would like to taste the chicken as presented by the contingents.
- Blue (Aida’s) – I guess, the most flavorful of all the entries. I can sense that their chicken was well marinated and it reached even in the bone part. But while marinating can give the desired flavor, in my experience at home, marinating the chicken too long can cause the barbecue to lose some of it juices.
- Red (Nena’s Rose)-Of the three entries, Nena’s Rose I guess strike a balance of what I have mentioned above. Though it was not as soft and juicy as the Masskara Chicken, their Chicken Inasal has the right flavor and softness one may look for a chicken barbecue.
Thank you Merci Pasalubong for the love gift and University of St La Salle for having us.
The verdict of the majority?
Bottomline. All the three entries were winners, they have their own distinct taste and attributes which may appeal to the varied taste of the eater. The Final verdict will just be according to our individual taste preferences. But I guess the biggest winner of all is the people behind the event. I would like to congratulate the organizers of the event: Lisel Lo, Tanya Gonzalez, Project Manager-Jeremiah Locsin and their class adviser Ms. Rowena Graciano of the University of St La Salle, Entrepreneurship Department.
Tell us your favorite Chicken Inasal, comment below 🙂