Bacolod pasalubong comes in many forms. It can be native delicacies, bottled preserves, candies, cakes, accessories, masks (for we are the home of the MassKara Festival after all) and even furniture.
While we still have our traditions and old-time favorites, Bacolod City, the capital of Negros Occidental in southern PHILIPPINES, has gone a long way in terms of our Bacolod pasalubong products. New items have been introduced, as enterprising businessmen keep on developing new products for different tastes, especially those that can stay longer on the shelves and those that can withstand handling and cargo.
In our family, it is not really just our favorite pasalubong item from Bacolod to bring to family and friends. It’s one of our favorite snacks at home, too! Despite being very lenient with our sweet tooth, sometimes, we also want to eat something else– like a new texture or a new flavor with a hint of something.
Made with a cheese base, this tart is unlike any other of the tarts at Merzci Pasalubong. It has a sweet-salty taste so it’s not cloying. The toasted cheese mixture is cupped in a crispy pastry and topped with a dab of meringue. It’s pretty good and affordable, too. Nice to stock up on this as comfort food and also as kids’ snacks for school.
Maria Sigrid D. Lo is a multi-awarded Bacolod lifestyle blogger and social media advocate. It is her desire to make the city known to the world through her online presence. She promotes Bacolod restaurants, food tourism, social media etiquette, breastfeeding, and a greener Bacolod City in her blogs and talks. She loves taking photos, mostly of her children and of food. She is a proud member of the Negrense Blogging Society Inc. (NBSI) or the #NegrosBloggers.