The Sooo Pinoy Food Tour Iloilo Leg – Day 2
On the second day of the Sooo Pinoy Food Tour in Iloilo, the group started the day with a buffet breakfast at the Grand Tower along Iznart Street.
Right after indulging in such lavishness, we immediately proceeded to our second stop at Emilion Modern Filipino Cuisine in Roadhouse Complex along General Luna Street. We had some Vegetable Chips before sampling some of the Ilonggo staple Emilion prepared for us. Laswa, Dinugu-an with Puto and KBL (Kadyos, Baboy, Langka) captured us in this riverside restaurant.
Iloilo’s Lechon at Breakthrough
Then, the team hopped on to the next stop, Breakthrough Seafood Restaurant in Villa for lunch. Some of Breakthrough’s specialties made a satisfying lunch despite the excessive food that we have just eaten. These include Sinabawan na Managat, Sinugba nga Bangrus, Kinilaw nga Pasayan, Sizzling Crabmeat, Sinugba nga Pangat, Aligue Rice, Pork Sisig, Iloilo’s Lechon, Native Lechon Manok, Lukon and Talaba.
Pancit Molo and Tsokolate at Camiña Balay nga Bato
After that heavy meal by the beach the team went to the Camiña Balay nga Bato nearby for an Ilonggo customary afternoon snack that dates back to the 1800s. Before that, we had a heritage tour of the olden house which was built in 1860 with Eugene Jamerlan as our guide, who is a heritage advocate like Manila’s famed Carlos Celdran. After the house tour, we experienced the grandeur of an antiquated Ilonggo afternoon snack at the house’s main dining area itself. We had Pancit Molo with Kutsinta, Kinihad and Mamon Tosdado from the “Garapon ni Lola” paired with the house’s specialty – Tsokolate, just as what the Ilonggo elite do centuries ago.
Lengua Estofado at Esca’s Garden Restaurant
After that, we took a little rest and freshened up for a dinner at Esca’s Garden Restaurant, the last restaurant we had for that day. Chef Rafael “Tibong” Jardeleza presented the restaurant’s specialties in behalf of Chef Miguel Cordova, the restaurant owner who was out of Iloilo that time. We had Lengua Estofado, Kansi, Native Chicken Binakol, Crispy Pata, Caldereta and Linusgusan nga Pasayan nga may Itlog na Pula.