Guaranteed Authentic Ilocos Empanada, Bagnet, Pinakbet, Longaniza in Metro Manila


If you’re from the Metro and want to discover what makes Ilocos a popular food adventure destination. Check this out. Pinned the ultimate Ilocano food porn from the FB page of Fariñas Ilocos Empanada. I guarantee the purveyors are genuine Ilocanos.


Bagnet (chicharon) and longaniza meal.


Their pancit bagnet and dinakdakan (not in photos) are likewise making me drool bigtime.


On the shelves of the empanadahan are basi, bawang, Ilocos suka, cornik and a lot more.


There’s a fresh, relevant twist to this original empanada. Other than the fact that Fariñas Ilocos Empanada uses Ilocos produce like balatong (mongo) and grated papaya, rice powder and genuine Ilocos longaniza and salt, they fry the empanadas in 100% organic, cholesterol-free oil. Hmnnn.


Fariñas Ilocos Empanada has branches on 56 Visayas Ave, Project 6, Quezon City (12noon to 10pm), 140 Kalayaan Ave cor Mayaman St., Diliman (10am to 8pm), Maysilo Circle, Mandaluyong City (11am to 10pm), Tomas Morato, Lansbergh Condominium ( 11am to 10pm ) Short Horn Corner Road 20, Project 8 (11am to 10pm ) 77 Stotsenburg, 10th Ave. Kaloocan, 58 Katipunan Road White Plains ( 12noon to 11PM) Mobile: 0917 817 314.

Photos courtesy of Fariñas Ilocos Empanada

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Tayamen’s: Street food outside of the streets

Street food can be found all over the world. New York wouldn’t be New York without hotdog and pretzel stands. Can you imagine the Arab countries without the ubiquitous shawarma stalls? Or  Japan without the curb-side ramen and soba places? What if Hong Kong’s popular Mong Kok area lost all the dimsum and Peking duck food-booths? And what if esoteric isaw, quec-quec, betamax, helmet, tokneneng and adidas could no longer be found in the streets of Manila? Most definitely, a  bland world for someone who wants to have a taste of  the culture of a particular country or region he, or she, gets to visit.

There are fish ball vendors roaming the streets of  Laoag — the capital city of the northernmost province in the Philippines. But there is also Tayamen’s, which started as a makeshift  food stand in front of the owners’ home. In 1997, the owners receptively opened their home to  their regular habitués, who have become accustomed to calling them “tiyong” and “tiyang”, uncle and auntie in the vernacular.

No risky business when it comes to common Filipino street food — that is what Tayamen’s is all about. Freshness and safety is their foremost concern. Plus, its homey feel makes the place a magnet for school kids and young professionals, who want to let loose and enjoy  their food.

Fish Balls, fish nuggets, kikiam, chicken feet, isaw and  barbecue are the bestsellers of Taya, short for Tayamen’s, and a term popularized by their regular patrons. They also make the best take-out Ilocos longaniza which is sold by the kilo.

Isaw (pig intestines)

Fish nuggets and kikiam with sweet dipping sauce and the ever-present suka ken sili (vinegar and chili)

Once in a while, drinking ice-cold soda, especially after having fried food, won’t hurt *burps*


Tayamen’s Don E. Ruiz St. Laoag Ilocos Norte Philippines

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