Old Pala-Pala: A Grand Seafood Feast in the City of Smiles

, Negros Occidental

Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Dec 04, 2015

Bacolod City is not only known for its delicious chicken inasal at Manokan Country. There’s also a place for seafood lovers which the locals call the “Old Pala-pala.”

Pala-pala is the “dampa” version of Bacolod. You’ll find series of eateries or “tulahan” that will cook your freshly bought seafood from the nearby wet market.

The Old Pala-Pala is located at San Juan St. corner North Capitol Road, Bacolod City. And just at the corner of the street, there’s a wet market (called the Pala-Pala Market) that sells fresh sea harvest such as scallops, fish of different sizes, crabs, shrimps, shellfish, and more!

Pala-Pala Market

Before, it was a wholesaler market. When the eateries started to bud around the area, Pala-Pala market sold fresh seafood that you can match your budget.

Pala-pala got its name from the Hiligaynon word for “shovel” which is “pala.” Shovels were used to gather small fish when placing them in a container for transport, from the port to the wet markets of Bacolod City and Negros Occidental Province.

This 2015, scallops and shrimps are the best sellers at the Pala-Pala Market. Seafood lovers flock to Pala-Pala market in October during the celebration of MassKara Festival and in December. The Pala-Pala Market is open at 3:00pm until 5:00am.


Old Pala-Pala

After buying your favorite seafood, you can then go to a nearby “tulahan.” The food in tulahan is priced according to the ingredients used and the cooking technique. 

Usually, the tulahan at the Old Pala-Pala offers the following dishes:

  • Shrimps – chili (spicy-garlic), buttered-garlic or steamed
  • Crabs – chili or steamed
  • Scallops – grilled, buttered and garlic
  • Squid – calamares or adobo
  • Fish – soup, grilled or sizzling (depending on the kind of fish)
Inside the kitchen at one of the tulahans at the Old Pala-Pala

Through time, the tulahan have already perfected serving Negrense its clean and delicious seafood, so if you’re on a budget and wanted to treat your friends or guests,visit Pala-Pala.

Enjoy your seafood feast!

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How to Get There

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 a cab (minimum of Php400) and ask to be dropped off at your destination.

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