When FoodPrints went to shoot the famous cornik-making in Paoay, specifically at Victor Angel’s Food Products, a successful enterprise started by Dr. Angelina Tagay, I was more attracted to the rimas chips. Well, you know, I’ve been eating cornik since I entered school at the Holy Spirit Academy of Laoag and I don’t have any clue how the term marvic evolved into how it is known today as cornik, or cornick, or corniks. I should have thrown Dr. Angelina that question. I hope I remember when I see her next.
Rimas is breadfruit (of Polynesian origins). When my Chinese father-in-law was still active in the kitchen, he deep-fried bitso-bitso-like rolls made out of mashed rimas. The roll’s texture resembles starchy taro, and is deliciously different especially when dipped in sugar.
I read there are several kinds of breadfruit. Seeded pakak (from the same breadfruit family) with jackfruit-like spikes is incorporated in dinengdeng (inabraw). Ilocanos also cook it with gata (coconut milk) or transform the sappy fruit into a dinakdakan-like salad.
Victor Angel’s candied rimas is cooked like banana chips. The chips I sampled were freshly made. Absolutely fantastic! The flavor grows on you. There’s that lovely light quality which makes it not cloying at all. I can’t find the crunchy sweet chips in Laoag, so I better go back soon.
Victor Angel’s Cornick and Food Products Brgy. 3 Salbang, Paoay, Ilocos Norte Tel. No,: 09279967094
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