You might think that this is a typical Tinolang manok, but No. This is way much tastier than that. I first tasted “Binakol na Manok” when an uncle came to visit and demonstrated his kitchen skills – yes, I’m always happy with visitors who cook! Anyway, the taste of the broth is so different from tinolang manok that it’ll leave your buds wanting for more. The coconut water(or juice) is what creates a distinct taste – a tinge of sweetness – on this soup.
This is an original Ilonggo food, so what better way to sample the best Binakol na Manok but from IloIlo City itself. So we went to Plazuela De iloilo – a gorgeous place with a Spanish-Italian inspired building enclosing a plaza – where you can find a chain of restaurants. We chose this restaurant “Ponsyon by Breakthrough”. The Binakol na Manok here is truly delicious. Definitely on my top list of Filipino Food.
On Binakol na Manok;
- The traditional way of cooking Binakol na manok is by cooking it inside a bamboo (tube) over an open fire.
- Ilonggos are proud to claim that Chicken Binakol is an original Ilonggo dish
- Binakol is said to be an Ilonggo term(karay-a) for cooking inside a bamboo tube – thus the name Binakol na Manok.