Friday, September 17, 2010

Goodies from Vigan

One of Mamu's friends who's from Vigan gave us some goodies from her recent trip home.

Chichacorn is a snack made from a special variety of corn then popped making it very crunchy.  It comes in a variety of flavors like garlic, spicy, adobo, barbecue and cheese.  I prefer the classic garlic. Believe me, once you start popping, you just can't stop.  It's that addictive!  Perfect with a glass of ice cold coke.

Ilocos Royal Bibingka is a sticky rice cake native to Ilocos Sur.  This type of bibingka is different from the simbang gabi staple which is more cake-y or breadlike.  Royal Bibingka is stickier, more like the consistency of sapin-sapin or kalamay.  This goes so well with coffee or hot chocolate. 

I saved the best for last.  Vigan longanisa is something I always ask as pasalubong whenever I hear of someone planning a trip to Vigan.  These local sausages are flavored using Ilocos' native and very potent garlic and Sukang Iloko, a local dark vinegar made from sugar cane.  Because of the presence of Vigan longanisa in our house, I've been having garlic rice these past few days.  The cholesterol laden kind, fried in the rendered longanisa fat.  Dip the longanisa in Sukang Iloko with chilies, throw in a sunny side up, over easy, please. is good.  Walang diet-diet. 

We also have a gallon of Sukang Iloko.


*MrsMartinez* said...

I have not been to VIgan but the longaniza sure looks interesting. I hope it's good stuff!


Maja said...

Mrs. M,

It's really good stuff, the kind that breakfast dreams are made of. :-)