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Demystifying Ilokano food exotica and other rave and rants on food and cuisine of the Ilokanos and on Philippine culinary scenes.
A feast of Ilokano food exotica

A feast of Ilokano food exotica

Of course, there’s still a sort of exotica when it comes to Ilokano food, whatever being exotic means. And although these are common fares specially in the away or in the barrios/farming communities, it becomes a rare delicacy or exotic even, when these are featured for all the uninitiated world to see, taste,  or simply to be squeamish. And usually,...
"The Dinengdeng Debate: Authencity and Cuisine"

“The Dinengdeng Debate: Authencity and Cuisine”

An authentic Ilokano dinengdeng: prepared by an Ilokano, and cooked in bugguong no less. You’ve here tarong, sabong-kabatiti, kubay (bilonak, alugbati). So, the so-called debate on the “originality” or authenticity of regional dishes or cuisines, rages on. Still. Specially and specifically, this time around, on the venerated Ilokano dinengdeng… I’m surprised and apparently awed when I found this out featured by one of the most...
Pinapaitan brewing

Pinapaitan brewing

A crude way to cook, using the most basic Ilokano ways and tools, this is a pinapaitan cooking in its own bittery goodness and essence.
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Pancit chronicles, episode 3: batil patung @ eva's panciteria, tuguegarao city

Pancit chronicles, episode 3: batil patung @ eva’s panciteria, tuguegarao city

Eva’s Panciteria (a.k.a. Annafunan Panciteria) is one of the most famous panciterias in Tuguegarao City, it being one of the most secluded that only the pancit batil patong “addicts” in the city can easily locate to satisfy their pancitly urge. Seclusion, or perhaps even secrecy (they don’t even have signages or billboards), made some panciterias...
What's cooking: Ilokano cooks are the best

What’s cooking: Ilokano cooks are the best

Ilokanos, the lowly folks, can cook, and cook extraordinary dishes right in their backyards in simple makeshift stoves and with only firewood. Especially in some festive occasions where large amount of food are to be prepared, the Ilokanos are experts, they can make the most palatable and even most presentable dishes, out of even the most crude or most unconventional way, the “cowboy” way....
Dinengdeng, glorious dinengdeng!

Dinengdeng, glorious dinengdeng!

Dinengdeng (also inabraw [although inabraw is more often referred to on veggie leaves, as in inabraw a saluyot or inabraw a marunggi, etc.]; vegetable, fruit and/or leaves boiled/stewed in/with bugguong) is a staple in every Ilokano home or community (be it in his house or in any dining place like in a summer picnic by the river, in a lunch in a pakarso (cogon shade) in...
Various authentic, exotic, Ilokano pinakbets

Various authentic, exotic, Ilokano pinakbets

More on and about pinakbet, this time, I’ll show/present/feature various concoction or variations, most of it I cooked myself, trying-hard to be an authentic ilokano-pinakbet creator, utilizing the Ilokano-ness in me, my ever finicky Ilokano taste (literally, that is) to produce what’s I think is real and kind of exotic Ilokano dish, of this ever ubiquitous vegetable stew. This...