Kakanins, anyone?

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By Mimi Olarga

Points of View

Saturday, July 12, 2014

LOOKING for snack items or kakanins? In Talisay City, you don’t need to go far. At the main lobby of the public market, you can see all of them—from viands to snack items.

The main food items range from raw jackfruit salad (ensalada), gabi leaves stewed and creamed with coconut milk and spiced up with siling labuyo (pinangat), pork and liver barbecue, and (steamed pork dumplings (siomai).

Snacks choices start with the noodles (bihon guisado), to sandwiches (burgers, cheese pimiento, egg), to gluttonous kakanins like bayi-bayi, suman, linugaw, kalamay-hati and puto, to the fried empanadas, empanaras, lumpia, bitsokoy with cheese and to the sweet cassava cake, egg pie, brownies and butterscotch.


From a range of P10 to P20, or a pack of five pieces for a price of P30 or P35, the food items in the stall owned by Nelson and Gemma Susarno are hot cake items every early morning, Mondays to Sundays.

The items are sold as early as 6:30 in the morning up to late 10 in the morning. When you come in late, there might be one or two a piece left.

Their stall is swarmed by vendor-retailers every morning I pass by. Moreover, friends from Manila who were on tourist mode discovered the place, bought fresh spring rolls (lumpia), pinangat, and ensalada. Much to their delight, they really recommended that I, too, should try the food items sold in the place.

Thus started my regular trip to this stall of wonderful, not expensive, healthy, and nutritious food items.

For 20 years now, the Susarno couple have kept the place, started with some few food fares until the stall had expanded. The couple have been able to send their five children to school from the meager income of the store.

From the “wholesale price” set by the kakanins maker, the Susarnos are charging only one or two pesos mark-up on the food items. Added to this is the fact that the perishables are transacted on consignment basis, the Susarno couple return the items not sold to their “wholesalers.”

And like the inspiring stories on hard work and determination, the couple’s food retailing business prospered and lingered with time. Just like the food they’re selling for a common man’s simple fare of a meal or a snack.

So, the next time you’re near Talisay and you’re looking for empanaditas, empanadas or fresh lumpia, just drop by the kakanins store at the Talisay public market. It’s worth the visit.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 12, 2014.


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