I always liked the movie, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, but I can assure you that this “Breakfast at the Hacienda” was far, far more memorable. :) After spending an hour at the Murcia market, we drove on towards the fertile lands nearer Mt. Kanlaon. We turned off the main road and made our way through sugar cane fields, santol and guava orchards, rice fields, etc. to a resthouse in the center of a 500 hectare hacienda that belonged to the M family. Yes, M is a common first letter for folks from this part of Negros (back to the “pick from a list of names” times I suppose). At any rate, set out on tables out back in a verdant garden with a spectacular view of the hacienda and the mountains in the distance, was a FABULOUS breakfast unlike any I have recently enjoyed. I would coin the phrase “bucolic chic” for our setting, but “Breakfast at the Hacienda” really expresses it much better. And this wasn’t about a flashy, fancy meal. Just a hearty, delicious, satisfying, filling array of local delicacies… ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!
Grilling over coals on the ground were two chickens, fragrant with lemongrass and other spices…
… nearby several whole bisugo were also being grilled and laid on freshly harvested banana leaves…
Once the chickens were laid out on the buffet, they looked even more appetizing than on the spit.
A first for me, a platter of fried eel or “sili” that was simply fantastic. Meaty, flaky and of course fried, this freshwater eel (probably with quite a girth judging from the pieces) was one of my favorite dishes from the breakfast. There were also platter of takway, adobong pusit, a puso salad with mayonnaise…
A superbly done platter of calo-calo or fried garlic rice.
A platter of native rice cakes and delicacies.
A rice cake topped with a sinful coconut and sugar relish.
And finally, fantastic guavas picked from the farm’s own orchards. Washed and sliced, these were the BEST guavas I have had in years. Crisp and sweet, these were the ideal way to clear one’s palate after such a sumptuous breakfast. Many, many thanks to our host, Tita V for a wonderful tour and spectacular breakfast!