Food for Thought

April 7, 2018
Around The Philippines In 12 Plates

Region I (Ilocos): Ilocos Empanada


Image by Ilocos Norte from (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)


Other than the infamous crackle of the “putok batok” indulgence that is Bagnet, another not so stroke-inducing delicacy whose crisp melody is enough to mesmerize you to travel up north is none other than that bright, golden orange pocket of happiness, Ilocos Empanada.

Distinguished by its iconic bright color, there are many different ways to experience the levels of satisfaction this deep fried snack can provide.

From Ordinary (sautéed monggo sprouts and grated papaya), to Double-Double (sautéed monggo sprouts and grated papaya, two Ilocos longganisa, and two eggs); don’t forget that Sukang Iloko with chili to bring out the taste and flavors waiting inside to bite back at you as you sink your teeth into the hard shell.

Mark your calendars and book your tickets now and get ready to join the population of hearts and stomachs throughout the country that this Ilocos delicacy won over. Be part of the food celebration with the Empanada Festival in the Municipality of Batac, Ilocos Norte every 23rd of June.