“Binanlay man”

Found something more interesting than a monstrous Narra butaka (armchair) in Butaka City, otherwise known as Ilagan City, in the province of Isabela. I heard a man say, “binanlay man.” I had to check what I heard ‘coz I’ve heard about binalay before. Anyways, the lady said it clear, “Binanlay.” I asked for one and she passed me a bundle. I opened one of the neatly folded banana wrappers and sampled the shiny white content. I thought it would taste like our very own tupig, but it was more like bilo-bilo. Maybe she read my confused reaction, so she handed over a tiny plastic bag with thick brown sauce.

She was right, the rice cake had to go with a dollop of panucha, like Ilocano inkalti.

According to my Ilagan insider, binanlay is an Ybanag specialty.

They also had patupat.

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A pork-laden guilt trip

Found Feli-Citas in Ngarag in the original home of Pancit Cabagan, Cabagan, Isabela. I got the opposite of  the previous Pancit Cabagan I featured here. My verdict: may noodle deficiency naman ata ito, but mamatay ka sa tuwa, lechon kawali to your heart’s content!

At your own risk, ha! The signage says…

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