Say hello to Alicia’s Empanada

Alicia's Empanada

Looking for a place to eat good empanada in Laoag? Here’s a find. Alicia’s Empanada was mentioned by celebrity chef Sandy Daza of Wooden Spoon and the Lifestyle Network’s FoodPrints, but I only remembered about it while hanging out with Eugene and Michael the other night. Chef Sandy was so accurate. I was super bannawag on this one.

I never liked cabbage in Ilocos empanada, so Alicia’s papaya empanada with flavorful Laoag longaniza makes the cut. The shell is crispy thin, but gets somewhat  messier to eat ‘coz part of the filling falls off every time you bite into it. Maybe they could improve the wrapping better and this empanada gets a perfect 10.

Alicia’s Empanada is at the Dap-ayan ti Ilocos foodcourt near the Provincial Capitol. You have to ask around ‘coz the stalls have taken down their placards.

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On Spotlight: Batac Empanada by Lanie’s

If I were asked to choose what my Last Supper would be, it’s got to be Batac Empanada by Lanie’s Empanada at the Batac Riverside Empanadan.

She wouldn’t tell me her secret, but I’m certain, there is something about Lanie’s empanada that makes it the best among the rest. The shell is crunchier and the over-all taste leaves you wanting for more. Even my visiting Manileño friends always have double or triple servings; and on one instance, we were asked to tranport her empanada all the way to the big city, but during re-frying, the shell didn’t come out well and the filling was everywhere in the pan.

Tokneneng (battered quail eggs) and pinais, much like Lucban’s kiping, albeit thicker, are among Lanie’s specialties.

How Batac empanada is done

How I wish the photos come with a recipe. All I know is that the shell is made from rice flour and it is anatto or atsuete that lends the lovely golden orange tone to it. The filling is made with balatong (mongo beans), grated green papaya and the optional malasado (rare) or well-done egg and Batac longaniza. It is best eaten hot with sukang Iloco ken sili (Ilocos vinegar with chili peppers). Others favor ketchup with their empanadas.

Special (with everything in it) is 33 pesos and regular is 28 pesos.

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