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Boss Chief Inasal is a newly opened inasal, or barbecue, house along El Grande that can boast the true Bacolod taste.  This cozy little nook, sitting no more than a dozen or so, is clean, cozy, conducive to hang around in -- and serves some mean inasal and La Paz batchoy. 
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Chicken Inasal
Chicken Inasal is a deceptively simple dish, being just chicken marinated in a pickle of vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, pepper and turmeric, but there are just some cooks who do it so right you'll remember them and come back for more.  Boss Chief has one of those cooks.  We both got a leg quarter each, and they were done just right, cooked through but still thoroughly juicy and flavorful inside and out.  They also added an innovation to the presentation of their inasal by serving it with a dip of bagoong (which they make themselves), calamansi, and chili in addition to the usual garlic-and-chili vinegar dip.  As I'm allergic to bagoong, it was Cat who tried her inasal this way and she finds it much to her liking.  "It's surprisingly well-suited for the dish, and I'm wondering if there is anyone else who's serving it this way," Cat says.  At just 90 bucks for a combo meal of a leg quarter or breast with garlic-topped rice and a soft drink, Boss Chief's price compares very well with other inasal houses.
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La Paz Batchoy
On top of our barbecue, Cat and I also shared a bowl of La Paz Batchoy, another of my favorites from the Visayas.  Boss Chief's batchoy comes in a surprisingly hefty bowl, easily enough to constitute a hearty eater's lunch all by itself.  The savory broth is apparently made using pork cheeks, the same flavorful cut used for making sisig, thus its rich flavor.  In the broth were generous portions of fresh noodles, meat, slices of liver, and a sinfully delicious topping of chicharon, green onion and fried garlic bits.  Now this is soup!  Mrs. Melissa "Ging" Matubis, Boss Chief's Inasal's chief,  is also testing the market by offering Manapla puto as an add-on for the batchoy, and she let us sample some.  Very hearty! Being an Ilongga herself, Cat says this is still her favorite kind of puto. I liked it that the noodles were cooked just right, and tasted fresh; the last time I had a craving for batchoy and bought from another store the noodles were horribly soggy and had a bit of a funny taste already.  Boss Chief Inasal is walking distance from my place, so I think you know where I'm getting my next bowl of batchoy.

As I like telling Cat, I know only four words of Ilonggo: Inasal, Batchoy, and Namit gid (delicious!).  At Boss Chief, that vocabulary is all I need.

Boss Chief's Inasal

malou soliman
5/9/2011

really good! authentic inasal and batchoy. it would be nicer though if they had unlimited rice :)

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7/24/2011

yes! natikman na namen ung puto, and were the first! its good!

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2/2/2012

If you want the best chicken inasal and authentic ilonggo batchoy, just drop by Boss Chief's. the wonderful aroma of roasting chicken entices everyone to try and get their mouth into these delicious chicken inasal served with a side dish of sweet chilli bagoong. good combi. just love the batchoy. you can get extra servings of the soup. if you are lucky, you can buy the heavenly pastries and peanuts from iligan city. i have been here thrice but i still couldn't get enough of the inasal and batchoy. looking forward to my next visit.

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