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Diotay's: A Palapala Alternative in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Having tasted the dishes from Nening's Tulahan at the more popular Old Palapala place in Bacolod City, an old friend who offered to tour us around the city suggested a place with a similar vibe but what looked like to be the more popular choice for the locals.

Butter garlic shrimps, tangigue fish steak, and sinigang na ulo ng tangigue at Diotay's Palapala in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Butter garlic shrimps, tangigue fish steak, and sinigang na ulo ng tangigue at Diotay's Palapala in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Diotay's Eatery

Diotay's Eatery was teeming with people, mostly locals late at night. They are probably their because they waited too long for dinner, will be having late dinner, or maybe grab a midnight snack. It's not in a very obscure place, just a stone's throw away from the Negros Occidental provincial capitol. Also not faraway from the more popular Old Palapala. It has ample parking space and is accessible through public transportation.

What's for Dinner?

We did not really order much for late dinner as we have been eating a lot during that particular trip. Just like at the Old Palapala, one gets to choose the items like how we do in market stalls. The difference here is that there is no cooking charge, you just pay for the items you bought either by weight or by piece. Prices are a little more expensive than the Old Palapala market but the difference is almost negligible considering that there is no cooking charge which is usually PhP 70 per dish at Old Palapala. Here are the dishes we ordered:

Buttered Garlic Shrimps 

We again settled for a seafood meal.  Our first dish was buttered garlic shrimp. Aside from the good taste, we had fun devouring the larger sizes of shrimps.


Buttered garlic shrimps at Diotay's Palapala in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Buttered garlic shrimps at Diotay's Palapala in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines



Tangigue Fish Steak

Our second dish was tangigue fish steak. Not as good as the one we had for lunch at the Old Palapala. Just the same, this was a good one.


Tangigue fish steak at Diotay's Palapala in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Tangigue fish steak at Diotay's Palapala in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines



Sinigang na Ulo ng Tangigue

Sinigang na ulo ng tangigue at Diotay's Palapala in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Sinigang na ulo ng tangigue at Diotay's Palapala in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Our 3rd dish was sinigang na ulo ng tangigue, mackerel fish head in a sour soup. The soup is also mixed with green onions, sliced red onion bulbs, green bell pepper, and tomatoes. The mackerel's head is more fatty than its body and I like it that way. I am also known to be fond of eating fish eyes, so this was really good. Plus sinigang happens to be one of my favorite soups whether it's sinigang na isdasinigang na hipon, or sinigang na baboy.


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