A Taste of Bacolod: The 40-year-old Chicken Inasal Recipe

, Negros Occidental

Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Nov 18, 2015
A Taste of Bacolod: The 40-year-old Chicken Inasal Recipe

Chicken inasal or grilled chicken is one of the well-known delicacies in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. In fact, its recipe has become a family heirloom for what is now known as Manokan Country, a row of food stalls along Fr. M. Ferrero St. in Bacolod City that has served the famous dish to many generations of Negrenses.

One of the spots frequented by locals and tourists is Aida's Manokan, a family-run business that was launched in 1975. It was located near the State Theater close to the Bacolod Public Plaza before it was transferred to its present  site at Manokan Country in 1982 when the food court was established.

Manokan Country; photo courtesy of Bacolod City Public Information Office

The 40-year-old chicken inasal recipe of Aida's Manokan has not changed since it started. It is now managed by the Tarrosa sisters, Marcelia T. Magno and Suzette D. Tarrosa, daughters of the family matriarch who started it all.

What keeps customers come back Aida’s Manokan? Aside from the delicious flavor, they use fresh and well-selected ingredients for the chicken inasal dish. 

Ready-to-grill Bacolod's chicken inasal; photo courtesy of Bacolod City Public Information Office

Want to prepare your very own chicken inasal? Here's the recipe shared by the owners of Aida's Manokan.

  • Chicken, cut into parts
  • Calamansi
  • Soy sauce
  • Vinegar
  • Ginger, cut into small pieces
  • Garlic, crushed
  • Salt
  • Sugar (preferably brown)
  1. Squeeze about five or more pieces of calamansi in a large bowl.
  2. Add ginger and garlic. Then, add salt and sugar according to your liking.
  3. Add vinegar and soy sauce. 
  4. Mix all ingredients using your hands.
  5. Use the mix to marinate the chicken for at least an hour.
  6. Place the chicken on a stick and grill it for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Remove from the grill and serve.
Chicken Inasal; photo by Belle Piccio

Bacolod chicken inasal is best enjoyed with garlic rice. You can also prepare your own “sawsawan” (dipping sauce) using soy sauce, vinegar, calamansi, and sili.

To complete your Manokan Country experience, eat with your bare hands!


How to Get There
Bacolod City is the provincial capital of Negros Occidental. 
  • From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (Php2500++, round trip, 45 minutes).
  • From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle (Php75-100 per head), or hire a cab (Php400 minimum) to go to Bacolod City.
  • You can also ride a tricycle parked outside the airport (Php10 minimum per head for at least 5 passengers, otherwise if you're riding alone you'll have to pay Php50) going to Silay City proper. From Silay City, you can ride a Silay-Bacolod jeepney (Php13) and get off at Lacson St. and ride a Bata-Libertad or Mandalagan-Libertad jeepney (Php7.50).
  • You could ask the jeepney driver if they'll pass by Manokan Country, if not get off at Bacolod Public Plaza in front of San Sebastian Cathedral Parish and you could just walk going to the venue by following the signs.
  • You can also go to Bacolod via ferry (estimated cost of Php2700++ with meal, round trip, 20-22 hours) from Manila. From the port, ride a trisikad (pedicab) or tricycle or if you're in for a walk, you can reach Manokan Country as it is just a few meters away right across Bredco Port.
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