December 23, 2006
Staying in Ilocos Norte will never be complete if you have not tasted these fried empanada. Although, these empanadas are available in special outlets in Manila, it is different eating this in Laoag.
I recommend eating dinner in Dap-Ayan ti iLocos Norte food court which is located just near the Provincial Capitol building. As you enter Laoag, go straight in the Tres Martires plaza and turn left along Rizal Ave where the provincial capitol is located. The next corner would be V Llanes St and Dap-Ayan ti iLocos Norte is located in the corner.
If you go further down Rizal avenue you will arrive in one of the famous restaurant in Laoag, La Preciosa . This is another restaurant that you should consider eating when you are in Laoag.
Best Pasalubong from the North
1. Royal Bibingka
These royal bibingkas are the best pasalubong from the North. They are available along the main highway near Vigan. These bibingkas are different from the ones we know here in Manila. It is a mixture of ground glutinous rice, eggs, cheese or margarine, milk and sugar which is cooked in an oven at a high temperature for 30-35 minutes.
2. Longaniza (native sausage),
There is a constant debate about which is the best longganisa in the North -- Vigan Longganisa or the Laoag Longganisa? I decide to stay away from both for healthy reasons but this is a great treat / pasalubong for those who love this.
3. Garlic - Make sure that you buy your amulet of garlic which are available at a cheap price in the Laoag market.
4. Chichacorn -- Super Crispy Corn Bits.
5. Bagnet -- Ilocos' version of Crispy Pata. I don't find this any different.
Do you have any other suggestions?