A couple of days ago, I saw some photos of my relatives in Ilocos Norte, Philippines. One food in their photo caught my attention and intensified my longing for Ilocano food and cuisine.
Yes, it’s that Ilocano empanada, famous for its orange color and how it’s made on the spot as a to-go food for Ilocanos.
However, it amazes me that they bought the said Ilocano empanada in Manila and was equally amazed how this local favorite is making its way to the streets of Manila and I guess in many parts of Philippine archipelago.
I remember after school hours, I usually rush to the streets of Laoag and marvel at the sight of Empanada artists who prepare and create the delicacy in front of you. I could get lost in the process of how their hands flawlessly execute the initial circle of wrap and how they stuff the ingredients. It will make you amazed and your mouth water in anticipation!
It’s nice to see how a piece of Ilocano food is making its way to the palette of other Filipino people.
How was Empanada given an Ilocano Birth?
According to GoUNESCO, the Ilocano Empanada could be traced back to the Spanish colonial era: “The Ilocos empanada reflects history itself since the Spanish empanada inspires it. Empanada is a typical snack that originated from Spain and its former Latin American colonies. An empanada is made with wheat flour and stuffed with meat, carrots, corn, cheese, and peppers. There’s a lot of variation with the stuffings, depending on the ingredient