Ilocos is also known for that roasted sticky rice cake called tupig, wrapped in I-need-someone-to-unwrap-it-for-me banana leaves. My favorite tupig are the ones with black lenga (sesame seeds) like this one, or the buttery kind like the ones from Irene’s in Currimao in this post. But there’s also this other tupig that has won a provincewide cook-off last year. I’ve tried it and excited to share it with you soon.
So, the photos will show you how the traditional tupig is made. Irene’s Native Delicacies is so conveniently located along the National Highway in Pias Norte. These ones are definitely special.
Here’s a tupig recipe if you are dying to have one and can’t travel to Ilocos. Maybe you can bake them instead.
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The anthracite-colored formations of Pagali.
There is more life in rustic localities than in the city.
In Burgos, where I ushered the TV Patrol Ilocos crew, we saw rocks of different types — a showcase of the earth’s surface. We went to Palpalokada and it gave me a feeling of Utah or Arizona. We also visited the salt makers in Pagali and the surroundings were surreal… kinda Hawaii… I was thinking where might have all the black formations come from? A bit eerie, a sleeping volcano must be somewhere, but then it probably was part of the ocean’s floor. We also did a bit of spelunking in the newly discovered Aba-Aba Cave. From where we parked, the same parking area near the Tanap barangay hall, it took us only a 10-minute hike and violá, a beautifully decorated cavern was waiting for the ohs and ahs! We commonly see rocks and stones as dull or dormant… we treat them pretty unfairly, but it must be in these creations that we can understand our roots… if only we open our eyes to the stories these rocks and stones are hinting at.
Read more about the newly discovered caves of Burgos in Burgos: Transformations through time, one among my favorite posts.
I’m not quite sure if they’re gecko eggs.
Jhonfel's Bibingka, National Highway, Burgos, Ilocos Norte
We had bibingka (sticky rice cake laced with cheese and coconut) and coffee to warm us after a brief encounter with wild winds in Palpalokada.
April Rafales, TV Patrol Ilocos news reporter
More on the salt making community of Pagali up next.
I’m on my way to another adventure in Burgos. She rocks!
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I was too early for tupig the last time I dropped by Irene Native Delicacies along the National Highway in Currimao. Even the bibingka was too hot to take home. I instead took photos to satisfy myself.
Tupig from Currimao is handsdown good. As I type, I can almost taste the, umnn, sticky cheesy rice cake. I cannot say much about their bibingka ‘coz I have yet to try it. If you are wondering just what tupig is exactly, look here. There’s also a recipe in the post.
Irene Native Delicacies Brgy. 8 Pias, Currimao, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
For special orders, call or text Irene via 0907 257 5593 or 0907 539 9705.
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