Food Trip: Delicious Ilocano Food from Vigan City

Every person who loves to travel, food will always be a part of their lists to have a full experience of the place. Just like every tourist in Vigan, it is not only the place and culture they are aiming for to know but also the food that the natives love.

BAGNET!! This is one of the favorite foods in Vigan that tourists love to eat and will even buy more to bring it home.  Bagnet and Lechon Kawali are somewhat similar but are different in a way that the meats are cooked to get the crunchiness of the skin and still have the juiciness of the meat. Bagnet is not complete without eating it with KBL (Kamatis, Bagoong, Lasuna or sibuyas in tagalog) or whichever you prefer to eat it with.

Next on the list is the Vigan Longganisa. Most of the Ilocanos eat longganisa during breakfast, it is their version of a sausage. Although it’s small in size, you’ll have a mouthful of slightly spicy, garlicky and a little bit of salty. It is best matched with steamed rice and sliced tomatoes or dipped it with iloco vinegar with crushed garlic and chili.

Okoy and Empanada are few from most favorite snack of tourists and Ilocanos. You’ll enjoy the crispiness and the savory filling of empanada which is a mixture of Vigan longganisa, cabbage, green papaya and egg.  Okoy-okoy is a deep-fried batter with shrimp. Empanada and Okoy-okoy are well matched with Iloco vinegar with shallots.

Dinoydoy is squash bisque made from puréed squash and stock, topped with meat, ampalaya or bitter melon, or you may replace amplaya with moringa. You will taste the mild sweetness of the dish that came from the squash and a savory flavor from the stock added to the squash. With only just 2 or 4 ingredients you can have a delicious dish like this. It is sort of similar to creamy pumpkin soup.

Poqui-poqui is a funny name for a food and if you’re not familiar with this recipe maybe you’ll laugh at it or may find it a foul- word if you’re from the other side of the Philippines. Poqui-poqui is prepared by broiling the eggplant until the purple skin turn into black; this gives the char flavor of the dish. After removing the skin of the eggplant, it is sautéed with tomato, onions and egg.

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  1. nakakagutom naman. naimas! nakakamiss ang vigan, ilocos sur

  2. Oh, highblood sa Bagnet!

  3. bagnet the best

  4. Naimas
    Masarap in Tagalog
    Delicious in English

  5. Masasarap lahat ng pagkain na pinakita ninyo galing vigan, ilocos sur. Natikman ko yan simula nung bata ako nung dumalaw kami sa bantay. Yung bantay ay katabing bayan ng vigan. Sarap talaga lalo na kung maramihan ang kain. Sayang nga lang may kamahalan pala ang bagnet kaya hindi lagi ako nakakauwi ng madami para maging pasalubong ko sa pamilya ko at kaibigan. Puro na lang chichacorn ang binibili ko kasi yun lang kaya ng budget ko. Sana makabalik ulit ako sa vigan para sa bagnet at iba pang pagkaing masasarap. di pa kumpleto mga pagkain dito wala pa ung royal bibingka at chichacorn. Sana magsulat din kayo para mashare ko din sa mga di nakakaalam na maraming masarap na pagkain sa vigan.

    1. ano ba pinakaiba ng bibingka sa royal bibingka? nakita ko na sa net pero di pa natitikman.

  6. Ellaine T********aMay 14, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    alam mo para matikman mo yung iba pang masasarap na pagkain ng vigan the best ang kumain sa mga karinderya. kasi karamihan ng sineserve nila ay ilocano food. pero yung mga restaurants din dun nagseserve din ng mga ilocano foods eh. nasarapan ako sa pinapaitan version ng vigan yung Sinanglaw o SInanglao not sure na yung sa spelling. Try niyo din yun.

  7. tasted 'em ol and i liked bagnet over 'em ol. bagnet is the most delicious and tastes better than bacon

  8. parang ang weird naman ng itsura ng poqui-poqui at dinoydoy. pero gusto ko pa rin itry yan.

  9. nakakatakam naman ang mga pagkain

  10. Bernadeth Marie CortezJune 21, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    wow! over sa high blood ang mga magkain sa vigan. pero sobrang pure veggies lang din yung dinoydoy at poqui-poqui

  11. Ang sasarap naman ng mga food.

  12. Harriot LaureteMay 6, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    I'm so craving for Vigan food right now.

  13. masarap kumain pero mahirap mahighblood hahahahahahahaha