Food Stopover: Nanding’s yummy native chicken barbeque

TACURONG CITY (MindaNews/1 November)—For locals of Tacurong City in Sultan province who are craving for native chicken, there’s a food house just along the national highway that provides them with the juiciest native chicken barbeque in town.

Nanding’s Lechon Manok and Native Barbeque has become a hit not just among the locals but also those regularly traveling the Koronadal-Isulan-Cotabato or Koronadal-Buluan-Kidapawan highways.

Spiced with the owner’s secret ingredients, the chickens while being grilled over charcoal are basted with margarine, unleashing an aromatic smell that will make one even hungrier while waiting to be served.


A choice of either paa (leg) or pitso (breast) costs only P80.

They also have grilled baticulon (gizzard), atay (liver) and li-og (neck together with the head) at much lower prices.

Aside from its grilled menus, Nanding’s also serves native tinola, adobo and fried chicken.

It also cooks litson manok, but this one is not of native chicken variety although still saleable at P150 each.

Lately, the food house includes grilled and fried hito (catfish) as part of its menu.

“We’re basically a halal food store, we don’t offer pork,” said a staff worker who wants to be identified only as Macmac.

The store only serves lunch and dinner from Monday to Sunday and closes at around 9 p.m.

Fernando Bernato Jr. owns Nanding’s, which is the name of his late father and namesake who originally established the store in the city.

For first timers, Nanding’s is located beside the Land Bank of the Philippines, just a few hundred meters away from the rotunda or round ball of the “City of Goodwill,” as Tacurong City calls itself. (Bong S. Sarmiento/MindaNews)

First published in the October 21, 2013 issue of Our Mindanao, the weekly news magazine of MindaNews