Piaya – most famous Bacolod pasalubong
Part 1 of Bacolod pasalubong series
So what is the most famous Bacolod pasalubong? It is undoubtedly still Bacolod piaya.
In recent years, Bacolod City, the capital of Negros Occidental in southern PHILIPPINES, has seen the development of our Bacolod pasalubong items. Aside from baked goodies, we now have bottled preserves, articles of clothing from locally made silk, one of a kind fashion accessories, lighting fixtures, home decors, and even customized artisan furniture.
- Read: Bacolod City Guide
But despite all the innovations, one Bacolod delicacy remains a classic favorite — the Bacolod piaya.
What is Piaya?
The piaya is a distinctly Bacolod delicacy. The original piaya is a flat, circular, unleavened pastry filled with a mixture of muscovado sugar and molasses. It is just heated for a short on a griddle on both sides until it is slightly brown outside or when the piaya maker notices that the sugar filling has bubbled or popped. This tells them that the piaya is already cooked. It is then removed from heat and allowed to cool completely before packing.
Over the years, the sesame seeds were added on the surface of the batter as well as in the filling to make the piaya more flavorful and aromatic.
Moreover, new flavors have been introduced, such as the Ube (purple yam) and Mango. And then there’s the habok (or kinda rounded type) and the mini piaya (small bite sized ones) that are interesting as pica-pica or snacks with your coffee. It”s so easy to finish them because they can be devoured in a couple of bites.
This delectable pastry is considered a marvelous pasalubong item from Bacolod or coming-home gift even for those who are are from out of the country because it does not easily spoil, whether the weather is hot or cold. Since it is basically made of just flour and sugar, piaya also has a very long shelf life. It can stay good for months! But if you want to make sure, you can store them in chiller to make sure that they last even longer!
Piaya tastes best when hot, so you may opt to heat it in the toaster before eating.
Bacolod Piaya of Merzci Pasalubong
There are many kinds of Bacolod piaya, as there are also many makers around the city. One of the piayas that I like is that of Merzci Pasalubong. It is kinda wet in the middle and has a flaky pasty, just the way it should be. And since I have a sweet tooth, I prefer the Merzci Pasalubong Ube Piaya. It is actually very sweet and flavorful and smells good, too. I can eat a couple in one sitting, despite its sweetness.
Merzci Pasalubong Piaya has three flavors–the original, the ube, and the mango (which is least sweet and most mildly flavored among the three variants) in regular sizes, which is like the diameter of a regular hamburger bun. They come in plastic packs or in boxes, which makes for a presentable gift. They also have the mini piayas in plastic packs.
MERZCI PASALUBONG BRANCHES
Merzci 888- Bakeshop
888 Chinatown Square, Cottage Road, Bacolod City, 6100
(034) 709-0283 | Store Hours: 10:00am to 8:30pm
Merzci Banago- Full Store
Corner North Drive, San Juan st., Sto. Ni�o Stop, Banago, Bacolod City, 6100
(034) 703-1753 | Store Hours: 8:00am to 8:30pm
Merzci BREDCO- Full Store
BREDCO Reclamation Area, Brgy. 12, Bacolod City, 6100
(034) 704-2088 | Store Hours: 5:00am to 7:00pm
Merzci Burgos- Full Store
Burgos Street, Bacolod City, 6100
(034) 708-0955 | Store Hours: 7:00am to 8:00pm
Merzci Ceres- Bakeshop Ceres Terminal
Lopez Jaena St., Brgy. 39, Bacolod City, 6100
(034) 434-6113 | Store Hours: 7:00am to 7:30pm
Merzci Cuadra- Bakeshop
G/F Merci Pasalubong Gonzaga Bldg., Gatuslao St., Brgy. 21, Bacolod City, 6100
(034) 441-3743 | Store Hours: 8:00am to 9:00pm
Merzci Gaisano City- Full Store
Gaisano City, Araneta St., Bacolod City, 6100
(034) 435-0931 | Store Hours: 10:00am to 8:30pm
Merzci Gatuslao- Full Store
Gatuslao Street, Brgy. 13, Bacolod City, 6100
(034) 434-1488 | Store Hours: 8:30am to 8:00pm
Read other Merzci Pasalubong stories
Merzci Gonzaga- Full Store
Dr. 6 Dona Angela Bldg., Gonzaga-Locsin Sts., Brgy. 24, Bacolod City, 6100
(034) 707-0621 | Store Hours: 8:00am to 8:30pm
Merzci Libertad- Full Store
Libertad Street, Bacolod City, 6100
(034) 435-1180 | Store Hours: 6:00am to 8:00pm
Merzci Luzuriaga- Full Store
10-7 Luzuriaga St., Brgy. 13, Bacolod City, 6100
(034) 709-0556 | Store Hours: 7:30am to 8:00pm
Merzci Mandalagan- Pasalubong
Lopues Building, Mandalagan, Bacolod City, 6100
(034) 709-1788 | Store Hours: 8:00am to 8:00pm
Merzci Mayfair- Bakeshop
Rm. 108 G/F Mayfair Plaza, cor 12th & 13th Sts., Lacson Street, Brgy. 7, Bacolod
(034) 709-0390 | Store Hours: 8:00am to 9:00pm”
Merzci Plaza- Bakeshop
Gonzaga St., Brgy.12., Bacolod City, 6100
(034) 431-1105 | Store Hours: 7:30am to 8:00pm
Merzci Robinsons Bacolod- Bakeshop
Robinsons Place, Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod City, 6100
(034) 476-3213 | Store Hours: 10:00am to 8:00pm
Merzci Rosy- Bakeshop
Hernaez St., Brgy. 40, Bacolod City, 6100
(034) 434-7535 | Store Hours: 7:00am to 8:00pm
Merzci Sawmill- Full Store w/ on-site baking
Brgy. Bata, Bacolod City, 6100
(034) 441 6603 | Store Hours: 6:30am to 8:00pm
Merzci Singcang- Pasalubong
Door 15 A & B UTC Mall, Araneta St., Bacolod City, 6100
(034) 704-1065 | Store Hours: 8:00am to 8:00pm”
Merzci SM City- Bakeshop
062 Sm City Bacolod, Reclamation Area, Bacolod City, 6100
(034) 468-0053 | Store Hours: 10:00am to 9:00pm”
Merzci Sum-ag- Full Store
Purok Masagana, Araneta St., Sum-ag, Bacolod City, 6100
(034) 704-4064 | Store Hours: 8:00am to 7:30pm
Meanwhile, find Bacolod City on the map.