If you’re looking for a “lutong-bahay” or home-cooked kind of meals, there’s a casual Filipino restaurant in Bacolod that specializes in Ilonggo comfort food and soups.
Sandok Comfort Food or simply called as “Sandok” is another restaurant that you should include in your Bacolod’s foodie list.
It’s a charming restaurant decorated with quotes in frames or painted directly on the wall.
“People who love to eat are always the best people.” ~Julia Child
The chairs and tables are made of wood but if your near the wall there’s a couch on one side. And, for waiters to know your table, they will be placing a wooden sandok with your table number along with the spoon, fork, knife and ladle you’ll be using for your meal.
The soup is served piping hot in a clay pot. So be extra careful, you might burn your tongue.
The soups served are:
Manok sa Ubad
Ubad comes from the pith of the banana tree. In order to get ubad, a whole banana tree is cut down and stripped to its center. The other ingredients of the tasty soup are native chicken, monggo (mung beans) and malunggay (moringa) leaves.
This soup is made of native chicken with coconut meat cooked in coconut water.
And the all-time-favorite and specialty of the restaurant is…
K for kadyos (pigeon peas), B for baboy (pork) and L for langka (jackfruit). These are the main ingredients of the soup. The souring agent used is “batwan” which is mostly used in Negros and Panay. Because of its distinct taste, Sandok is known to serve the best KBL in Bacolod.
The soups and most of the dishes are served on your table while sizzling or boiling. The ingredients used are bought locally.
The main branch is located at Narra Avenue, Capitol Shopping Center (along the cansi houses), Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. Open Monday to Saturday between 10:00am to 9:00pm. Other branches especially the one located in a mall is open daily during mall hours. They’ll soon have a branch in Iloilo!
Leaving you this to food for thought ---
“If we are not to meant to have midnight snacks, why is there a light in the fridge?”
(images by Sandok Comfort Food unless otherwise stated)
How to Get There
From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (Php3500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle, or a cab (minimum of Php400) and ask to be dropped off at your destination.