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SJ Veloria’s Squid Rings Are Our Favorite Snack at the Yearly Negros Fair

October 19, 2018

The Negros Fair brings to Manila some of the region’s finest. At every turn you’ll find food typical to Negros like inasal or batwan. Flour-based cookies and biscuits stacked pile high on shelves. And of course, there is always a lot of seafood to look forward to. One stall that stood out to us from the rest was that which was selling a single product (in 2 variants, original and spicy): squid rings.

No fake stuff here.

SJ Veloria’s Squid Rings are not what you would expect. They are not freshly cooked and chewy like calamares (though they are made using fresh, authentic ingredients in Sagay, where the company is from), nor are they thick and intense-smelling like dried pusit. They are the embodiment of a dream squid snack—made from the real stuff, crunchy, tasty without being overwhelming, and so light that they could almost be described as wispy. You’ll want to stock up the next time you see these bright blue bags, because you’ll find that they just can’t compare—whether in taste or quality—to any other squid snack we can think of available in Manila.


SJ Veloria’s Squid Rings

A crunchy squid ring snack made in Sagay City, Negros Occidental.

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Bea Osmeña SEE AUTHOR Bea Osmeña

Bea Osmeña is a healthy-ish eater who is just as likely to take you to a vegan joint as she is to consume a whole cheese pie to herself. A former picky eater, Bea has discovered the joys of savory fruit dishes, but still refuses to accept pineapples on her pizza. On the rare occasion you catch her without food in her mouth, you are likely to find her looking at books she can't afford, hugging trees, or talking to strange animals on the street.

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