Friday, February 7, 2014

El Ideal Bakery the oldest bakery in Silay City

Silay City is in Negros Occidental it is known as the Paris of the Philippines. It is famous for the Spanish old houses, which is the main attractions for the walking tour around the city. After the walking tour we were tired and hungry.

My sister told us that we should try the oldest bakery in the city was founded in 1920s; it is called El Ideal Bakery, pronounced as “el idjal”. It is a must try when in the city of Silay, home of the famous Guapple pie. El Ideal specializes on traditional Bacolod biscuits and delicacies such as quinamuncil, sinambag, biscocho, banadas, broas, galletas, pacienca, piyaya and more.

It was around 3:00pm when we were there. We noticed that during snack time, merienda, locals dine in there. It’s not just a bakery but a refreshment store too.

  We ordered guapple pie, buko pie, egg pie and batchoy.

Guapple pie is made of thin sliced guava fruit, flour blended with cinnamon powder, sugar and milk.  It is topped with powdered sugar. The sour taste of the guava and the sweet taste blended well plus that taste and aroma of cinnamon made it different from other pies. Since it can only be found in Silay City take time to enjoy and savor this sweet treat. At first we ordered two slices then we ordered two more. We wanted to bring some to Manila but we were scheduled to go to Iloilo first and the hotel that we were in had to fridge.

Buko pie is made of sliced thin of young coconut, flour with sugar and milk. The taste of young coconut and sugar made it refreshing. Although the buko pie of Laguna tastes better.

The egg pie was just okay.

I really love noodle soup. Any time of the day I can eat noodle soup. So I tried Batchoy, a famous noodle soup of Ilonggos. It is made of noodles, with strips of pork meat and green leafy veggies topped with crunchy chicaron, popped pork meat. I loved the taste of the soup itself, it was yummy.

El Ideal is located in 118 Rizal St., Silay City, and lower ground of the Cesar Lacson Locsin Ancestral house.  Negrenses treat this bakery as part of their lives.

118 Rizal St., 6116 Silay City, Negros Occidental.

Tel. No. 034-4954430

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