Laoag’s Christine’s Miki Haus

Looking for a place to eat delicious native food in Laoag can be quite tricky. If you’re raring to try something in particular, a good person to ask is a tricycle driver — he’s always out in the streets and is more or less familiar with the more frequented eateries in town. So if you’re aiming for miki, most likely he’ll recommend Christine’s Miki Haus. Christine’s Miki Haus has been around since 1995. The pagmikian used to be no more than one table, which can seat merely six people. It got bigger and bigger, and in 2001, owners Cora and Roger Cendaña modified their home (just right across the old location) to make room for a newer air-conditioned Christine’s Miki Haus, which can hold several large groups at the same time. For the not-so-closely-acquainted with Ilocano cuisine, miki is thick chicken soup consisting of homemade noodles, chicharon bits, and topped with chicken floss. Recipes will vary depending on the maker’s taste. Christine’s miki has consistently had the down-home style with classic appeal. Resembling the savory miki of yore, the noodles are not too thick and don’t turn soggy at all. There is that authenticity that only homegrown locals can easily discern.Very affordable, miki with lumpia (spring roll), puto (steamed rice cake) or pork barbecue will cost anywhere between 50-80 pesos. Note: Miki is best eaten with a drizzle of well-aged sukang Iloco with sili. Happy chow time!

Christine’s Miki Haus (Open from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM) 33 Paco Roman St., Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

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Dragon fruit flower lumpia

People keep talking about the odd-looking fruit that has taken Ilocos Norte by storm. Dragon fruit is not in season right now, but tourists and locals flock to REFMAD Farms to take a breather and enjoy the farm’s other products, authentic farm products, such as ice cream, baked goodies, tea, and, now, spring rolls, or lumpia, made from dried dragon fruit flowers. If it isn’t strange enough, the lumpia tastes like meat. It’s light, goes very well with sukang Iloco, and perfect for a summer snack. My Tita Lita and I had green tea with toasted rice (her baon, actually) in between bites of those flavorful sticks.

REFMAD Farms, Brgy. 1, Paayas, Burgos, Ilocos Norte

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