The One-hundred-peso lunch for two at Kristina’s Carinderia

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Was actually billed 101 pesos, but made tawar (haggled) the 1 peso. And a plate of rice was included.

Kristina’s Carinderia (facing the Jehovah’s Witnesses church on the western portion of Rizal St., and near the Iglesia ni Kristo) was Brandon’s find. Local senior citizens, families, office employees and policemen were fixed on their food when we arrived. You enter through a kitchen, (neat, btw) and point at your chosen items from among a see-through cabinet of noticeably freshly prepared viands.

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Presko a baka (raw beef), also known as kilawen here, flavored with light papaitan, was delicious. The subtle use of seasonings such as sukang Iloko, salt, etc., let out the natural flavors of the main ingredients, like dinardaran was not overly sour, but rather naturally came out with that hint of sweetness (from the pig’s blood), and the katuday (katuray/corkwood flowers) salad was not too vinegary nor salty. I’m not sure, but I didn’t detect any use of MSG.

Yes, satisfying Ilocano food this cheap still exists.

Kristina’s Carinderia
Rizal St., Laoag City

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My typical case of usyus-ism (Choy Lin Fried Station)

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While I was enjoying pampering at The Nail Lounge yesterday (btw, they have a new location along Bacarra Rd./Gen Segundo Ave. cor. Provincial Hospital Rd.), noticed a recurring scene through the glass wall. Thought it was a dim sum stall, but it turns out Choy Lin is a fried food station for the audacious eater. Caught familiar faces picking up something from the store. Had to research furthermore and I got positive feedback. So for dinner, I went personally to buy crispy ulo, crispy pata and fried itik (duck). Lynne, our cook uttered while eating, “Scary.” (Hahah!) she meant all the cholesterol. We all had lemon-infused water, green tea, coffee, and yakon afterwards.

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Everything was seasoned and fried beautifully. There’s just one thing I noticed, whether duck or pork, the taste was the same. The dipping sauce was on the sweet side, so we had to enhance it with chili pepper and more soy sauce. I guess if you have to buy something from Choy Lin, start with just one. I recommend crispy ulo (pork head). They also have lechon kawali, sisig, and fried chicken.

Originating in Vigan, Choy Lin has a branch in Abra too. Prices are affordable.

Best with KBL (kamatis, bugguong and lasona).

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