Look at what I just discovered on twitter — Skip to Malou — a food blog from the heart. I have to thank Malou for her corned beef sinigang in her “riding the charcutepalooza wagon” post which awakened memories of my mom’s heavenly corned beef casserole. I never got the chance to copy my mom’s corned beef specialty which was like a less soupy “lauya” because Laoag is far from having whole corned beef slab in the market, so, now, I just need to find time to experiment on charcuterie and celebrate the Year of the Meat.
If you’re a fan of Vigan’s famous bibingka and want to have it anytime, but clueless like me, you’ll love Malou’s very own video on How To Make Royal Bibingka. She’s such an artist. Click to Malou!
Rick’s Café’s Rikka’s, located in Sison, Pangasinan, is the new stopover for Ilocos bibingka and other popular Ilocos products like bagnet aka chicharon, longganisa, pinapaitan, kalderetang kambing, kilawing kambing, boneless bangus, sukang Iloco, Romana’s peanut brittle, bukayo, bugguong and more. The location of the deli makes it accessible to south-bound travelers from La Union, Baguio and Northern Pangasinan. Laoagueño Richard “Ricky” Fariñas, the owner, proudly mentioned that his bibingka recipe was perfected by a chef. I totally agree with him that their bibingka is unforgettable. We brought some as pasalubong for friends in Manila a few months back and since then, they never fail to ask me to buy Rikka’s Ilocos Bibingka when they know I’d be going down south. These Manileño friends of mine have tried every single bibingka in Ilocos and it was Rikka’s that won their hearts.
Rikka's Ilocos Bibingka, a must-try
Photos downloaded from LC’s cell phone. Thanks😉