Experience Singaporean Cuisine in Bacolod
Have you fallen in love with Singaporean cuisine during your travels? You would be happy to know that we can reminisce the memories of our palate here in Bacolod City at Fafi’s Fusion.
- Read: Bacolod City Guide
Special Memories of Singapore
Hubby and I both have special memories of Singapore. But sadly, we haven’t yet gone there together yet. Not even our honeymoon, which is something I regret. Maybe in a few years, we can already bring the fambam and enjoy a grand family holiday there. Anyway, hubby went there for a church conference that lasted for days.
Meanwhile, I went there almost two decades ago and spent an entire three months job hunting there with no luck. Despite not being able to land my coveted job because of government restrictions, I did get to enjoy my food trip there.
Memories of Singaporean Cuisine
Singapore is a melting pot of three major cultures — Chinese, Indian, and Malay. Plus, there’s some hint of Indonesia there, too. That is the reason why Singaporean cuisine is rather pretty rich.
One of my favorite memories of food tripping in Singapore was having the chilli crab at Clark Quay. It was a beautiful December night. The air was cool and the stars were bright. We sat by the river and had a great time. Singapore chilli crab is expensive but since it’s a big dish, it can be shared by up to four persons. This is something that you don’t have everyday, for both health reasons and budgetary constraints. Afterwards, we took a stroll along the area, soaking in the sights and sounds of a gentle night in this progressive country.
But that was just a rare moment. On regular days, my feast would be at the hawkers in our neighborhood in Bishan, Orchard Road, or wherever my EZ-Link balance would take me. I was job hunting so my purse strings were really short. The hawkers are like the carinderia at the markets that we have.
I especially liked Laksa and of course, the famed Hainanese Chicken Rice. Sometimes, I would also eat noodle soup with dimsum. Or I would buy the soy sauce-based hor fun noodles. But since the Chinese are not very fond of salty foods, this dish is usually quite bland. I would then bring it home and cook it again, seasoned very well with more soy sauce and black pepper. I am Pinoy, after all.
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When in Bacolod: Fafi’s Fusion
Fafi’s Fusion is a homegrown Bacolod restaurant serving Singaporean cuisine. It is owned by Chef Ahbong (a.k.a. Fafi) and Dahlia (a.k.a. Mamu) Supnad, who both stayed in Singapore for a decade. They went back to the Philippines a couple of years back and decided to put up this restaurant.
Located at The Boxes by the Marketplace along the Bacolod Government Center, Fafi’s Fusion may be considered a restobar. It is one of many in this lively nighttime strip that’s made entirely of container vans. But what makes Fafi’s Fusion stand out is their food as well as the cooking.
At Fafi’s Fusion, food preparation is mainly done by Fafi and his daughter, Tonee. Their son Antonio handles operations while Nika is the dining supervisor. This is very well a family affair.
Home of Singapore Chilli Crab
Among the many Bacolod restaurants that I have been to, I think you can only find authentic Singapore Chilli Crab at Fafi’s Fusion. That is their specialty. But you have to make reservations before going there, as there are days that the crab is not very good and they do not serve this yummy dish.
Aside from chilli crab, they have the chili garlic chicken, the sweet cereal prawns, the spicy sambal prawns. Sambal chili is the chili paste usually served as a condiment in Singapore.
Recently, they added the Hainanese Chicken Rice to their menu, which will also require reservations. They make your orders fresh, that’s why. This Singaporean classic maybe shared by four people and is only P399.
When it comes to Singaporean cuisine, Fafi’s Fusion does not compromise. There is no fusion nor confusion there. They only use the appropriate ingredients to make their dishes authentic. So it’s either they import, grow, or make their own ingredients, spices, and condiments.
But for those who would just like to chill around this family-run Bacolod restaurant, don’t fret. Other Filipino dishes complete the menu of Fafi’s Fusion. They serve Pinoy all-time favorites like Kapampangan-style sisig, baby back ribs with barbecue sauce, adobo rice, bangus sisig, baked scallops, and many more. They also have hot and spicy ginataang alimango (crab cooked in coconut milk).
You are assured of the taste and flavor but this cooking family only wants to serve the best.
Since Fafi’s Fusion is a restobar, there are many kinds of drinks to choose from. Aside from regular beers and other hard drinks, they also serve cocktails.
Fafi’s Fusion offers open air dining, so there are no air con function rooms. But they have their own private and clean toilet, which is very important for me. As per our Bacolod City ordinance, smoking is not allowed within the dining area.
People go to Fafi’s Fusion for two things — authentic Singaporean cuisine and to chill out in this laid back bar run with warmth and smiles. Try them, too.
Located at The Boxes by the Marketplace
beside the Bacolod Government Center, Circumferential Road, Bacolod City
Mobile: (0906) 289 4738 | Follow their FB page: FafisFusion