Saturday Dinner at Hukad sa Golden Cowrie, SM City Iloilo

Change is inevitable.

If you’ve never been to Iloilo for a couple of years or so, you might not have seen how progressive it has become. New business establishments are sprouting everywhere and the existing ones have been renovated to cater to the growing needs of the people. One of those establishments that has just gotten a facelift, or at least an expansion, is the SM City Iloilo in Mandurriao.

The expansion gave way to various shops, service centers and restaurants including Hukad sa Golden Cowrie. Hukad, which originated in Cebu, offers all time Filipino favorites such as lechon kawali, kare kare and adobong pusit along with many Visayan menus.

The other week, we tried their chicken pandan, ngo hiong and bulalo soup.

Chicken pandan (Php 146), deep fried marinated chicken wrapped in pandan leaves.

Chicken pandan is a favorite of mine but this one is just okay. I think the one we got was thoroughly fried hence the chicken was a bit dry. Juicy chicken pandan is more delicious for me than dry ones.

Ngo Hiong (Php 79), sliced heart of palm (ubod) with vegetables and covered with flour.

I don't have any picture of bulalo soup (Php 75) as it arrived late and we were already enjoying our chicken pandan and ngo hiong.

To sum everything up, our experience at Hukad sa Golden Cowrie has been good. The staff and servers are friendly and accommodating, fast service and price is reasonable.

Hukad sa Golden Cowrie is located at the ground floor, SM City Iloilo Annex.

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