Hearts break as 2ndâ€™s removes Bacon Chicharon from the menu
Another restaurant is stepping up to the challenge.
(SPOT.ph) The notorious Bacon Chicharon at 2nd’s is no stranger to the media. In fact, we’ve raved about it here and here and here. But we’ve recently learned that this longstanding Bonifacio Global City restaurant has removed the most delicious sin from the menu for reasons unknown. We console our taste buds by telling ourselves that this is one less thing increasing our chances of falling victim to cardiac arrest.
The Bacon Chicharon is made using lean (!) strips of bacon deep-fried to resounding crunchiness. In true chicharon style, it’s lip-smacking with spiced vinegar, but also great tossed in Buffalo sauce and dipped in blue cheese. It will definitely be missed.
Burgers & Brewskies
But when one door closes, a window opens, and another restaurant is attempting to fill that meaty chicharon void. Burgers & Brewskies, which recently opened its second branch in Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Pasig, has introduced their own version of this utterly dangerous addiction.
The burger joint, which is famous for its over-the-top combinations, deep-fries thin bacon-cut strips of pork belly and serves them with a side of spiced vinegar. There’s a bit more fat in there-an added decadence that we won’t complain about (we see those juicy trimmings as a reward). Burgers & Brewskies’ version is pretty similar to weekend market-regular and cult favorite Carlo’s Kitchen’s Pork Belly Chicharon, which has many loyal fans trekking to bazaars for the taste of the habit-forming crunchy pork chips.
In the South, a quiet and inadvertent competitor is KXP, Kulinarya’s hipper sister set up in Commercenter, Alabang. Their Crunchy Pork Belly Strips are powdery, seasoned, and battered curls of pork that are impressively crisp and not at all greasy. Instead of the bright tones of vinegar, it’s served with a special homemade sauce.
Which restaurant do you think can hold up to the bacon chicharon standard?
2nd’s is at 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. Burgers & Brewskies has branches at Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, and Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Pasig City. KXP is at G/F Commercenter, Commerce Avenue, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Follow Carlo’s Kitchen for bazaar updates.