Why Bacolod's Kansi Could Be The Next Big Hit In Global Cuisine

Bacolod City may be known far and wide as the home of chicken inasal.  Nevertheless the popularity of a quaint yet yummy soup known as kansi is not far behind.  Kansi soup, a unique serving of beef broth with a "healthy" dose of bone marrow, stewed for hours with a local sour agent known as 'batwan' is slowly but surely catching up.  Our assessment is that this soup can soon be the next big thing in the global stage.

Here's why: Both
Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern are in perfect alignment on the thought that Filipino food is definitely the way to go. In separate interviews the two had one train of thought in terms of the next big thing in the culinary world.

A video interview with Business Insider showed Andrew Zimmern, the host of "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern" on the Travel Channel, talking about the next food trend in America. In the video, Zimmern said:

I think Filipino food is just going to keep getting more and more popular.

Andrew Zimmern of "Bizarre Foods..."

"We've been obsessed over the last 3 or 4 decades in America with appropriating foods of different ethnicities. Chinese food had its explosive moment in the sun when we discovered regional Chinese cooking in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Thai food …  Japanese food.

It's just going to keep getting more and more popular simply because of the variety of ingredients and European techniques that are found in that food.

Their use of acidity, the quality of their food has the best of Asian cuisine and the best of sort of what happens when really good Asian food ... island Asian food brushes up against Spanish culture. The Spanish had colonized the Philippines for almost 500 years at one point. So, the influences are heartfelt."

In an interview with CNN, Top Chef Anthony Bourdain, likewise predicted that the next big food trend is : Filipino.
Bourdain believes Filipino food is “underrated,” “ascendant” and a “work in progress.”


Zoom in to kansi soup of Bacolod.  Kansi recently made it to the top 50 list of the World Street Food Congress (WSFC) recently held in Manila.  Along with lechon, sisig, and pinangat, kansi soup wowed the judges and the WSFC visitors with the unique touch of sourness brought about by the batwan fruit, distinctly found in Western Visayas.

In Bacolod, Sharyn's Kansi is where people make a beeline to.  In Manila, some of the best kansi places are Aida's at Makati Cinema Square and Joel Torre's JT Manukan Grill.

There is also a mad dash for kansi at Glorietta every September when the Negros Trade Fair comes around.

This year's Negros Trade Fair happens on September 27 to October 1, 2017 at the Activity Center of Glorietta 2.

*photo of Kansi soup by Tey Sevilleno

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