Just my luck! Drove to San Nicolas for some Red Ribbon chicken and pork pies, but they didn’t have ’em. Can’t believe no one sells baked empanadas here in Ilocos! Perhaps, it’s the fried Ilocos empanada that Ilocanos are accustomed to. Don’t get me wrong, love Ilocos empanada too!
Dropped by Robinsons and went straight to the second level to buy a cup of gulaman until I saw Sam’s Everything on Sticks. The display was tempting. Got crab claws, crab nuggets, crab eggroll, kikiam and sandwich tofu with sweet and spicy sauce. The tofu was light but tasty. Loved the kikiam and crab nuggets the most. Was expecting Pinoy fishball sauce, like Tayamen’s, but their sauce tasted fairly much like Jufran Sweet Chili Sauce which was overpowering the subtle seafood flavors, though I like Jufran with spring rolls (lumpia) a lot.
On a very humid day, the gulaman was ideal, not overly sweet. 177.00 pesos for something more sosyal than palamig, fishballs and squidballs is rather steep, especially for someone who eats like me. I hate to think that I paid so much for the styro and plastic containers.
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