Woodfire Roasted Currimao Tupig

Lanit ti Tupig

Ilocos is also known for that roasted sticky rice cake called tupig, wrapped in I-need-someone-to-unwrap-it-for-me banana leaves. My favorite tupig are the ones with black lenga (sesame seeds) like this one, or the buttery kind like the ones from Irene’s in Currimao in this post. But there’s also this other tupig that has won a provincewide cook-off last year. I’ve tried it and excited to share it with you soon.

The Tupig Maker

So, the photos will show you how the traditional tupig is made. Irene’s Native Delicacies is so conveniently located along the National Highway in Pias Norte. These ones are definitely special.

Here’s a tupig recipe if you are dying to have one and can’t travel to Ilocos. Maybe you can bake them instead.

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Tupig: Oldie But Goodie

On December 26, the Convento Ruins right across the St. Augustine Church in Paoay was transformed into an arena for the first ever TUPIG COOK-OFF in Norte. The best tupig makers in a showdown! What better way to honor this old-age tradition than by staging the convergence in the Christmas Season when tupig-making gets busiest — for carolers, noche buena, presents, pasalubong, etc.?

A variety of tupig was showcased, from heritage to new. The different towns  and cities of Ilocos Norte were represented.

One among the recipes on display.

New-age tupig ingredients: margarine, condensed milk and cheese.

Tupig ladies in festive dresses.

Matching table covers and aprons.

Perhaps, muscovado sugar was added to this one.

Strange but novel tupig with gamet (local nori seaweeds) from the Burgos group.

Ready to bungon (wrap).

The wrapped raw tupig mixture.

Pre-dug abot (hole) with live coals and stones over the galba sheet.

Tuno (grilled) –the traditional way to cook tupig, before pa-urno at bakeries and conventional ovens were invented.

Bacarra represented by RIC.

The sold-out mountain rice from the Nueva Era group. Mixing business with pleasure:)

Binagkal samples were shared. Also from Nueva Era.

Karioka aka binuelos and baraniw tea as well.

The event turned out to be an attraction to walking tourists.

Manila tourists.

More Manila tourists enjoying the samples.

Manang Imee got to award the winners, Currimao, 1st, Banna, 2nd, and Paoay, 3rd.

My personal favorite was Pinili’s, a sticky traditional tupig with black sesame seeds.

Congratulations to each and everyone!

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