JT's Manukan is still our No. 1 chicken inasal

It's always a close fight with two delicious competitors.

JT's Manukan chicken inasal

 

(SPOT.ph) Food Wars Asia, the regional franchise of the Food Network's restaurant battle show, featured SPOT.ph's top two chicken inasal dishes. Our current No. 1, JT's Inasal, and close second, Negros Inasal Express, faced off in an intense head-to-head battle in an episode aired January 14. 

 

The show, which features two hotly contested gastronomic favorites, culminates in a blind taste test with five judges—a "super fan" from each contender and three experts. Food Wars, which quoted SPOT.ph's 2012 Top 10 Chicken Inasal story and spoke of how the competition between the two only intensified since then, ranked Negros Inasal Express the winner—in this round.

 

While the spices used by both parties are largely the same, Negros Inasal Express lets their marinade sit for several hours before using it to season their chicken. JT's Inasal, owned by Bacolod-born award-winning actor Joel Torre, marinates their chicken for six hours in room temperature then for another six hours in a chiller. The former soaks their rice completely in their chicken oil, while the latter serves garlic rice doused in that glorious golden oil. Both cook their chicken over charcoal. Classic Bacolod stuff. 

 

Negros Inasal Express

 

Both superfans correctly judged their favorite chicken inasal, while celebrity chef and Bacolod native JP Anglo voted for JT's Inasal. Chef Mitchie Sison and food columnist Icy Mariñas chose Negros Chicken Inasal Express. 

 

We weren't there, but we're sticking behind our No. 1. Both competitors are wonderful and it's always going to be a close fight. Mr. Torre said it best: "Chicken inasal is the real winner here."

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