Explore the cuisine of Iloilo City in this private food tour. Iloilo City is dubbed the “City of Love”, and is known for its century-old churches and mansions that stood the test of time. But aside from its rich culture and history, the city’s delicacies also draw people from all over the world.
Ilonggo cuisine is a blend of east and west influences due to the contact of locals with foreigners such as the Chinese and Spaniards. You will get to try the La Paz Batchoy, Iloilo’s most famous culinary contribution, which was a result of Chinese influence. The city is dotted by restaurants serving this hot bowl of egg noodles topped with fried garlic, crushed chicharon (pork crackling), pork meat, intestine, liver, and scallions. Netong’s is one of the restaurants in the city that serves authentic batchoy. It is located in the La Paz Public Market.
Madge Café, just a few steps away from Netong's, is where you can get your caffeine fix in the La Paz Public Market. This humble café gets its coffee beans from Guimaras and traditionally makes brewed coffee using a flannel sieve.
The city is also known for the flaky snack called barquillos. You will visit De Ocampo’s to see how these thinly rolled treats are made.
You will also head to Roberto’s Siopao, which serves huge steamed buns filled with unusual ingredients. The modest restaurant offers a variety of siopao from the regular pork adobo with egg to the Queen Siopao that has bacon, chicken, pork adobo, and Chinese sausage fillings.
Ilonggo culinary experience is not complete without tasting the popular pancit molo. Kap Ising’s in the Molo district is one of the restaurants that serve this soup dish made of meat-filled dumplings, shredded chicken, and thick broth.
When in the Molo district, you should not miss out on the coconut and dragon fruit desserts at Molo Mansion Café. You can buy pasalubong or souvenir at the Original Biscocho Haus. The popular toasted bread crackers with butter and sugar can be bought here.
Taste the flavors of Iloilo with this private food tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
- Not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs may be limited.