Foods to try in Ilocos
Ilocos is truly the gleaming gem of the North not only for its awe-inspiring sights, thrilling adrenaline adventure and historic edifices; but also for its appetizing foods that will fill your senses.
- Hidden Garden- good food selection with good ambiance
- Max’s Restaurant- for bagnet
- Coffee Break- the only restaurant I know that opens the earliest at 7:30am
- Vigan Public Market- try here their sinanglao
- Tartaruga’s Hotel and Restaurant- the best poqui-poqui I tried
Almost all the eating places whether popularly recommended or not won’t disappoint you. I also observed that there is just a slight difference among the prices of some of these food establishments that I tried.
14. Sugarcane Toffee
13. Warek warek Ilocanos ‘ sisig version made from pig ears and loaded with spices. I am starting to wonder why Ilocos is not the cuisine capital of the Philippines . 12.Dinengdeng
It’s their pinakbet version without the squash that adds the sweet taste into it. It’s the wilder pinakbet version, just full here chicken choked of healthy vegetables.
11.Tinubong Glutinous rice flour, coconut milk and shredded coconut cooked in a bamboo tube. It is basically suman stored in a bamboo tube instead of banana leaves.
When you’re in Ilocos, you wouldn’t want to leave without trying it’s famous bagnet, a deep fry pork belly similar to Lechon Kawali.
6. Basi (local sugarcane wine)
It’s the wine version of the Ilocanos that is made from sugarcane.
5. Bibingka and other rice cake
Their bibingka is not the usual round shape cakey one. It looks like a buko pie or cassava cake to me at first.
4. Carrot cake
I love carrots,be it as a juice or salad.As a cake? Well,I was not convinced until I tried the carrot cake at La Preciosa in Laoag. The sweet taste of the carrots really came out.I have tried other carrot cakes since then but none tastes better. So for me this is the best carrot cake in the Philippines.
3. Vigan longganisa
The longganisa in Vigan tastes like some sausages I tried in Spain-peppery and salty. I love when longganisa or the sausage is salty and not sweet.
There were just a plenty of Ilocano food on the menu that sounds interesting to me but at a first look on this name of the dish, I got intrigued. In my dialect,poqui means the sexual organ of a woman! It must be an exotic food,I told to myself.After we got the order,I examined the food and saw nothing exotic in its ingredients,just the common eggplant, tomato and eggs which are also found in fried eggplant( tortang talong). When I got to taste it, I finally knew what makes it extraordinary.It has the balance of salty and pungent flavor and it tastes more creamy and savory than the usual dry tortang talong. Definitely a must try once in Ilocos.
the most well-known dish from Ilocos is the Empanada which can be found along the Vigan streets and normally priced at 35php. This well-loved street food is like a taco, only that the thin, crispy crust is made from rice flour which is mixed with atchuete(orange food color) ,salt and pepper. While its fillings are made from green papaya,raw egg and skinless Vigan longganisa. It is dipped with vinegar.