It is not only the tourist spots that make Bicol famous but also its delicacies and specialties. Bicol is known for spicy foods and dishes with coconut milk (gata). I really love spicy foods though that makes me sweat bigtime! ;)
Aside from these, there are still best food-finds at Bicol. Mga pagkain na binabalik-balikan ko (namin)!
First one, Toasted Siopao.
This is different from the usual steamed and fried siopao that can be found here in the Metro. The best one can be find at Naga Restaurant (Naga Garden at SM City Naga). Though I'm not a fan of siopao, my relatives found it really good. Whenever we visit Bicol, toasted siopao lagi ang gusto nila! Natikman ko na din naman sya and I must admit, masarap nga! ;)
The toasted siopao is best to partner with Lomi or Mami. So where else to find, but Naga Restaurant and Ice Blink.
The next day, before we went to the airport (and went back home), we dropped off at Pili Market and bought some Pili Nuts (for pasalubong) and two of my favorite food for snacks (merienda), sinapot (maruya) and halo-halo.
Wow sinapot (also known as Maruya in tagalog)! I liked it when it was newly fried and only coated with less flour (or none at all). Ayoko ng punong puno ng harina!
Moving on, we went inside the market and looked for the best halo-halo in town (according to the locals), the Pontilla's Halo-Halo.
I found it good, and of course cheap and affordable. If I were to choose between this Halo Halo and Chowking's? I chose this one, this is better than Chowking's halo-halo (na puro beans - ayoko ng beans!) ;)
We left Bicol satisfied with all our cravings.