( Page 45 of Philippine Airline's PAL) Mabuhay Magazine March 2014 issue)
Question of its origin
These has been a question about the origin of Inasal in the Philippines , many areas claim as the source . The interrelation between a word usage and the cultural behaviour yields a compelling evidence that there's no other place in the Philippines except Iloilo as the very source of Inasal.
Iloilo Inasal versus regional
Iloilo designate the phrase “ Inasal nga manok “ from the Spanish word – Asar which means to grill while Luzon or Tagalog people call it “ Inihaw or litsong manok”. Bacolod used old Hiligaynon word “ Sinugba nga manok”.
Cebu normally done in a furnace of coal laid in a pit-like platform .
Inasal association with Iloilo as Bamboo Capital of the Phil
“Inasal nga manok” will be only called inasal because of bamboo-stick used to grill the chicken in an ember . . In Spanish times, the utensil that only could be used in Iloilo is “alasalan”is a grill-stick made of bamboo grass which is abundant in any part of Iloilo especially in Maasin , as bamboo capital of the Philippines. Bamboo stick does not insulates heat from the embers enabling a grip while turning the chicken to cook every side. However in modern times , mechanical grilling called rotisseries is used.
What is Inasal
It’s an ilongo dish by marinating native chicken called darag or bisaya nga manok using asian spices overnight. Spices includes ginger , garlic pepper and lemon grass. Grilling them until cooked while painting with achuete oil . It is served with sauce as combination of –kalamansi juice , vinegar , chilly pepper and soysauce.
Inasal in Iloilo
1. Mang Inasal
2. Barrio Inasal
3. Chicken Sari-Sari
4. Jo’s Inato
5. Pecho Pak in E. Lopez
6. Inasalan in Plaza Jaro, Plaza Mandurriao, along UP in front
of Doctor’s Hospital, near the freedom grandstand, at La Paz Market
7. Tatoy’s Manokan
8. Breakthrough in Arevalo
9. Nes & Tats in Diversion
10. Nato & Helen in Bolilao
11. Rawit’s at Central Market,
12. Corning’s and co. at Valeria extension