Empanadas, the savory pastries filled with a flavorful mixture of meat, vegetables, and spices, are a beloved delicacy in Ilocos Region.
If you're visiting this enchanting part of the Philippines and craving this delicious treat, there are several places where you can savor authentic Ilocos empanadas:
Vigan, Ilocos Sur
Calle Crisologo: This iconic street in Vigan is not just a historical gem; it's also a food lover's paradise. Numerous food stalls and small eateries along Calle Crisologo offer freshly cooked empanadas. These vendors often have secret family recipes that make their empanadas incredibly delicious.
Batac, Ilocos Norte
Batac Riverside Empanadaan: Located along the riverside in Batac, this area is renowned for its empanadas. Here, you can find empanada stalls serving the local specialty.
|Batac Riverside Empanadaan in 2014|
The unique blend of flavors in Batac empanadas, often including longganisa (local sausage) and egg, sets them apart.
Laoag, Ilocos Norte
La Preciosa is a well-known restaurant in Laoag that serves traditional Ilocano cuisine, including empanadas. Their empanadas are crispy, flavorful, and definitely worth a try.
Paoay, Ilocos Norte
Herencia Café in Paoay is famous for its fusion of traditional Ilocano recipes with modern twists. While here, try their empanadas, which are a blend of authentic flavors and contemporary creativity.
|Herencia Café 2019|
Local Markets and Festivals
Local Markets: Empanadas are often sold in local markets across Ilocos Region. Visiting these markets, especially in smaller towns, gives you a chance to taste homemade empanadas prepared by local vendors.
Festivals: During festivals like the Longganisa Festival in Vigan or town fiestas in various parts of Ilocos, you can find numerous food stalls offering a variety of empanadas. These events are not only a celebration of culture but also a food lover’s paradise.
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When in Ilocos Region, exploring the local markets, asking locals for recommendations, and being open to trying different empanada varieties will ensure you have a delightful culinary adventure. Embrace the flavors of Ilocos empanadas and relish the authentic taste of this regional delicacy.
If you think you wanted to make one, here's an Ilocos Empanada Recipe you can follow.
WHERE TO GO IN ILOCOS
- TOP 10 Must-See Sights in Ilocos Norte (Best Tourist Spots!)
- The Sinking Bell Tower of Laoag City
- Bangui Wind Turbines, the First Wind Farm in the Philippines
- Saint Augustine Church AKA Paoay Church
ACTIVITIES AND TOURS IN MANILA
Check out my Ilocos Travel Guide:
- Malacañang of the North and the Marcoses
- Patapat Viaduct - Connecting Ilocos and Cagayan Valley
- 4x4 Adventure at Paoay Sand Dunes
- La Virgen Milagrosa Chapel of Badoc
- Blue Lagoon, The Boracay of the North
- Kapurpurawan Rock Formation of Burgos
- Cape Bojeador Lighthouse of Burgos
- Marcos Museum and Mausoleum in Batac
Have fun, Juan!
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