The city is teeming with restaurants that serve Chaolong, a noodle dish brought to Palawan by Vietnamese refugees who found home in the island in the 70s. One of the more popular chaolongans, as these places are referred to by the locals, is Bona’s. I have tried other chaolongans in the city but I find Bona’s Beef Stew with Noodles tastier and interesting.
This hole-in-the-wall spot also exudes that “locals-frequent-this-it-must-be-good” aura, which is an extra point for travelers who believe that getting acquainted with a new place starts with a food haven that is a favorite among the locals. With noodles that are inexpensive (PhP45-55) and a location that is not hard to find (tricycle fare should be between PhP8-10), Bona’s deserves a try!
- Bona’s Beef Stew with Noodles, Puerto Princesa, May 2011. Photograph taken with a Canon 550d.
- Juan in Port Barton, appreciate the local life (ameramor.com)