I’m currently drawn to this pork barbecue which Brandon suggested I should try. Just this afternoon, I went again to Edrotin Joy Store for a fill. The one-year old barbecue place, with about 8 tables, occupies what used to be the Tarlaqueños Welding Shop, so don’t expect a nice, cozy ambiance. Along with smoke emanating from the grill, the dissonance on Gen. Luna Street make a streetwise ambiance.
The waiting line for take out orders is rather long. I saw a customer order 50 sticks of pork barbecue after another one just got her 75-piece order. Manang Eva Ancheta’s (the owner’s) sidekick says that about 50-60 kilos of skewered pork, bara, balat, bagis, and occasionally, isaw are sold daily.
The pork slices are quite chunky. The little fatty piece at the end is just a bonus for the taba lovers. I prefer to eat my barbecue with their dipping sauce made of vinegar, chopped red onions and sili. One stick is only 10 pesos. It’s hard to find good barbecue that cheap nowadays. At the public market, I guess 20 pesos is the standard price. At the end of the day, it’s not about the price… it’s the taste that counts.
Edrotin Joy Store • Open daily from 3:30-8:00 PM • Gen. Luna Street (in between A.P.Santos and Gov. Flor Streets), Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
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