On my visit to Bona’s Chaolong last August 27, 2013 I was already full from our lodge’s breakfast, but when Jherson arrived we just had to bring him to Bona’s Chaolong before his flight our of Puerto Princesa. Along with Lai, we went almost immediately.
I did not want to order anything but since I do not want to be the one just sitting there while they both are munching and sipping food I had to order. I wanted a fruit smoothie but what they only have is the Yakult Shake. So I reluctantly ordered and paid 30 Pesos for it.
It was different from my first try of the drink. It now was inside a metal glass and it now had a texture of almost liquid but the ice was still there.
When I sipped it, now I could really taste the the Yakult! And it was great!
Perfect for the Tuna French Bread that Lai ordered. Yes, I took one. 😛
I think the difference now is that they put on more Yakult. And I loved it’s texture, the almost liquid but the ice was still there. It was now perfect for the Chaolong Noodle Soup and the French Bread.
Even when I first came to Palawan I’ve noticed that on almost all the municipalities there are vietnamese restaurants. Apparently, in the past there were many Vietnamese who went to Palawan and shared their cooking to the locals.
When I asked one of my friends where to dine in Puerto Princesa other than the famous spots like Kalui, Kinabuch, Balinsasayaw and Badjao Seafront Restaurant she told me that I should try the Chaolong Noodles of Bona’s Chaolong. She also told me that the price range for her highly recommended dish was just around 50 Pesos. Since it was relatively cheap compared to the famous restaurants in Puerto Princesa I was highly interested. But what sealed the deal was when she told me that she was treating me there for dinner. Thanks Val! 🙂
Since Val was the one who knows what’s best in the restaurant I let her order for me. She ordered Buto-Buto in Beef Stew Soup (50 Pesos) – when you say this it’s automatic that you’re ordering for Chaolong Noodles.
It was not in the menu so she had to specifically order it to the waiter. After adding some toge (monggo sprouts) and dipping the mint leaves I was ready to dine. Val was not joking! It was really good!
I ordered French Bread (10 Pesos) to accompany my Chaolong. A little dip on the Beef Stew Soup and it was a perfect combination.
We then saw a sign of their newest refreshment, the Yakult Shake. Unfortunately, it was a bad decision on our part to try it. I only had a small hint of Yakult on the shake that it tasted more like water shake. I suggest sticking to the normal drink for this restaurant.
Note: I tried again the Yakult Shake and it was now good. You can read about it here.
Would I recommend Bona’s Chaolong?
Definitely! I’ve tasted different Chaolongs around Palawan and this is by far the most delicious of them all.
How to get there
From any point of Puerto Princesa City Proper ride a tricycle and tell the driver that you are going to Bonas. Depending on where you are in the city the fare would range from 8 to 10 Pesos.
By the way, the restaurant is not aircon. But it has electric fans around.
I’m not sure whether if the restaurant is open 24 hours.