I recently went to Bacolod and one of the highlights of my trip was indulging in the back ribs craze of the city. I love meat and a big bonus in Bacolod is that their food there is relatively cheaper. And it’s not as if they scrimp on size and taste because oh boy, they don’t.
I scoured food blogs about Bacolod and back ribs were popular posts. I tried two of the more popular ones and was so impressed.
First, Ribshack. I read it’s originally from Cebu and opened its first branch in the city in SM Bacolod. The one I tried is in the 2nd floor Food Court of 888 Chinatown Mall which is very near the inn I stayed at. Ribshack also offers other grilled foods like chicken and fish, but ribs are, of course, their specialty. My Instagram post said it all.
The next day I specifically hunted Lord Byron’s newest branch nearer the city proper. Lord Byron’s original and bigger one is in Homesite which is a place I haven’t gone to, but a jeepney destination anyway (which is one of the best things in Bacolod, imho, mobility-wise — almost all places can be reached via jeepney!).
I went to pray at the Redemptorist Church and walked a few minutes and found its location in San Agustin Street (basically an extension of the street opposite Colegio San Agustin – so if you see the school, turn right and you’re near the restaurant). A bigger landmark — Riverside Hospital. The restaurant is beside other dessert places which are also very popular in the city.
The disconnect between my steady stream of ideas and the urge to write them down is still not fixed but I got to push it, push it, push it real good, ‘no?
I checked my Media Library and discovered I uploaded most of my food shots when I had to give my old Android phone to my niece. So you might see plenty of food posts in the future JUST BECAUSE. For now, here’s my ramen dump.
Left to right, clockwise: (1) Yoshinoya‘s classic beef ramen. I bought it because I love corn. It was okay; (2) I tried Ersao along Pedro Gil almost two years ago, the kuchay did a lot in improving the regular ramen flavor; (3) Mr. Kurosawa‘s tonkotsu tempura ramen is one of the tastiest I had in recent memory; (4) it may not be as appetizing as it looks but this special Taiwan beef noodle soup from Suzhou Dimsum (one of the best hole-in-the-wall in Ermita/Malate!) is tops. This serving is for sharing but on days when you are really craving for tasty soup, one can finish it off just as easily, (5) this version of Maki Mi by Kwong’s Provisions (they used to be in Hole in the Wall in Century City Mall, too bad they closed down) was really good even with its kinda gelatinous consistency (lomi-like but better — sorry, I don’t eat lomi kasi); (6) oh Red King from Ramen Nagi! I tried it when my nose was stuffy and it worked wonders (as it should). I liked Nagi’s Black King ramen better though.
I remember a few more ramens I have tried but did not take photos of. If I have to round up and rank them, I will still go for Suzhou Dimsum’s! Not only their ramens and noodle soups, they also have good (but cheap!) xiao long bao. I suggest you try this long-standing hole in the wall along Mabini Street. They moved a few blocks from their original location near Music21 in Malvar St. ; they are farther down Mabini going the direction of Quirino Avenue.