Lanie’s Batac empanada: Deviating from tradition

Deconstructed Empanada

My most frequented empanadista in Batac, Lanie Simbulan (of Lanie’s Empanada), opens a Lanie’s Fastfood focusing on new forms of the uber popular orange turnover thingy while still maintaining her traditional empanadahan by the Batac Riverside.

We got curious. The old empanada is still offered, but as the diner from San Nicolas says, Lanie has made innovations. “Sa tinagal-tagal ko na sa Ilocos, ngayon lang ako nakakita ng ganito. Masarap.” He was referring to the tacos empanada laid in front his big group.


The tacos empanada is a semi-deconstructed empanada with a cheesy accent replacing the egg. Lanie also created the empanada burger with a green patty. I asked permission to photograph someone’s, so I really can’t make a precise description at this time. There’s also the bagnet burger.

Empanada BurgerEmpanada burgerLapitog:)shabu shabu

 In addition to the new ways of enjoying Batac empanada, shabu-shabu bowl, miki, lomi, bihon/canton guisado, silogs that include bagnetsilog, are on the menu. The turo-turo counter is filled with legit Ilocano dishes.

Ilocanos apparently are embracing the novelty. Manning the counter, Ceazar Torres says, the tacos empanada is the bestseller. Prices are good.

Lanie's MenuLanie's Fast Food

Lanie’s Fastfood Valdez St, Brgy. 1 – Concepcion, Batac City, Ilocos Norte Open from 8:30 to 1 AM. (Located near the Batac Shell station and the Immaculate Conception Church.)

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