Chicken Inasal is a popular Filipino delicacy. Inasal is the special way of how the Ilongos grill their meats, particularly chicken. The process of how the Ilongo people prepare the meat is the main difference of the Inasal to the common Filipino BBQ recipe, and even the Sinugba of Cebu.
What makes the Inasal special is it’s marinate. Meats like chicken and pork are marinated in a special Ilongo recipe. Annatto seed oil or achuete is also added to the mix to help the inasal have a beautiful orangey color.
But you don’t need to go for an Iloilo or Bacolod Field Trip just to sample this special dish. You could have this delectable Ilongo delicacy almost everywhere in thePhilippinesthanks to the success of the Mang Inasal chain of restaurants and other Inasal Restaurants like the Bacolod Chicken Inasal Restaurant and Pixies Sinugba, which specializes in Bangus Inasal or grilled milkfish.
The favorite inasal restaurant of Cecille and I is Mang Inasal. They are more affordable than some inasal restaurants plus they offer Unlimited Rice for their PM or Paborito Meals. This is the best place to be when you are really hungry. You can have all the rice you can eat, but for me, my limit is only two cups of rice, unlike one of our friends, who ate 4 cups of rice on one occasion. That experience still haunts me until this day. Hahaha
Spicy Chicken Inasal by Mang Inasal
Our usual order is the PM 1, which is a quarter of chicken consisting of the leg and thigh part. The price for the PM 1 meal is 85 pesos. But as of this week, Mang Inasal has made a spicy version of the PM 1 which they called PM 1.5 Spicy Paa. The spicy chicken inasal meal or PM 1.5 is priced at 90 pesos.
True to their claim, the chicken inasal is a bit spicy. But I won’t recommend it for those who want to eat spicy foods, for paying an additional 5 pesos is not worth it.
Vinegar, Soy Sauce and Chicken Oil
As you can see, fellow food trippers, inasal is meant to be eaten with a special concoction of soy sauce, vinegar, calamansi and chicken oil from the drippings of the inasal. If you want to pack your meal with lots of heat, just put one or two siling labuyo in your dipping sauce.
Chicken Inasal Sauce with Chili
But if you are on a food trip, a certified foodie, a food blogger, or just plain curious, might as well order this spicy version of the inasal just to taste the difference.
Mang Inasal also serves other popular Filipino dishes and delicacies such as Pork Sinigang, Sinigang na Bangus, Pork Barbeque, and Sisig. Some Mang Inasal stores also serve free soup to their dining customers