25 Delectable Ilocano Dishes That Define Northern Philippine Cuisine

Journey through the taste of the North! 🌄 “25 Delectable Ilocano Dishes” – where tradition meets flavour in every savory bite. 🍲 #IlocanoCuisine.  Discover the soulful flavours of the North with “25 Delectable Ilocano Dishes.” From Bagnet to Dinakdakan, each bite is a taste of rich tradition. 🏞️🍽️

Embark on a culinary journey through the lush landscapes of the North with “25 Delectable Ilocano Dishes That Define Northern Philippine Cuisine.” The Ilocano region, known for its rich history and vibrant culture, has bestowed upon us a treasure trove of flavours that dance on the taste buds. Join me as we explore the diverse array of dishes that make Ilocano cuisine a culinary masterpiece.

From the savory delights of Bagnet to the exotic allure of Dinakdakan, each dish tells a tale of tradition, heritage, and the culinary prowess of Ilocano kitchens. Let’s delve into the heart of Ilocano gastronomy, where each bite is a celebration of local ingredients, meticulous preparation, and a deep-rooted connection to the land. As we savour the distinctive flavours, let’s pay homage to the culinary artisans who have kept these traditions alive for generations.

Igado: A savory pork dish featuring liver and vegetables, a flavourful symphony of Ilocano taste.

Miki ti Batac: Egg noodles in a rich broth, a comfort food staple in the town of Batac.

Kamatis Bagoong at Lasona: A unique salad of tomatoes, fermented shrimp paste, and shallots, bursting with bold flavours.

Inabraw 2

Inabraw: A nutritious vegetable stew with fish, highlighting the Ilocano love for fresh produce.

Poqui Poqui 1

Poqui poqui: Smoky grilled eggplant with tomatoes and eggs, a delightful Ilocano side dish.

Pinapaitan 1

Papaitan: A robust and spicy beef or goat bile soup, a must-try for those seeking bold flavours.

Pinakbet: A vegetable medley cooked in shrimp paste, showcasing the farm-fresh produce of the region.

Bagnet 3

Bagnet: Crispy deep-fried pork belly, a culinary icon that perfectly embodies Ilocano indulgence.

Vigan Longganisa 1

Vigan Longganisa: Garlic-flavoured sausages, a breakfast delight with a distinctive Ilocano touch.

Dinakdakan 2

Dinakdakan: A savory grilled pork dish mixed with liver and spices, a flavourful local favourite.

Dinardaraan: A savory blood stew, a culinary adventure for those with an adventurous palate.

Kilawin: A ceviche-style dish featuring raw fish or meat, marinated in vinegar and spices for a zesty kick.

Sinanglaw 2

Sinanglaw: A hearty beef soup made from innards, a warming and filling Ilocano comfort food.

Insarabasab 2

Insarabasab: Grilled meat mixed with spices, a smoky and savory Ilocano delicacy.

Buridibud 1

Buridibud: Another vegetable medley that showcases backyard grown produce.

Tupig 3

Tupig: Grilled rice cake filled with coconut and sugar, a sweet and chewy Ilocano delicacy.

Warek Warek 2

Warek Warek: A traditional Ilocano pork offal dish of twice cooked pork ears and collars, first boiled then broiled, seasoned with lemon, ginger, onion, garlic and chillies, a symphony of flavours.

Ilocano Empanada: Deep-fried turnover filled with longganisa, vegetables, and egg, a tasty street food classic.

Vigan Chicken Pipian 1

Pipian: A chicken and pork dish cooked in peanut sauce, a nutty and hearty Ilocano specialty.

Pinikpikan: A distinctive chicken soup with a smoky flavour, prepared using a controversial traditional method.

Yusi 1

Yusi: A stew made from fatty chopped pork neck, pork, liver, chives and a dark seaweed, a burst of Ilocano flavours.

Batso nga Tabungao 1

Batso nga Tabungao: A vegetable dish prepared with bottle ground and small shrimps sautéed together with garlic, onions, tomato, and annatto, a humble yet delicious Ilocano offering.

Hi-Bol 1

Hi-Bol: From the word “High Voltage,” this dish will definitely shock your taste buds, sour and bitter soup best served really hot with chillies., a delightful blend of flavours and textures.

Imbaliktad 1

Imbaliktad: A medium rare, stir-fried beef on garlic, onion, ginger and vinegar, a savory and tangy Ilocano delight.

Dinaldalem 1

Dinaldalem: A pork, liver and chickpea dish, a rich and indulgent Ilocano comfort food.

As we bid farewell to this gastronomic adventure, may the flavours of “25 Delectable Ilocano Dishes That Define Northern Philippine Cuisine” linger in your memory, inspiring your future culinary explorations


3 Responses

  1. Deep-fried pork belly is my absolute favourite!

  2. It was interesting to see that so many of the dishes were soups or stews. I think I’ll start with the empanadas and then have the chicken and pork with the peanut sauce.

  3. A beautiful collection of dishes, each more mouthwatering than the one before. I have saved this email, and also shared it with one of my Filipino students. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Raymund!

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