They say that food tells a generation of stories about our culture and I cannot agree more.
Speaking from my experience as an Ilocano, it can be noticed that more than the distinct garlic of Laoag Longganisa, the bagoong of pinakbet and the meaty-improved taste of Bagnet, the other set of Ilocano dish that is most underrated due to its acquired taste reflect the value of frugality among the Ilocano people.
Take the example of the Pancit Lusay.
What is Pancit Lusay?
Pancit Lusay is a stir-fried noodle dish where it uses the Miki or Lusay noodles and is paired with Laoag Longganisa strips and flavored of tomatoes, egg, onions, and garlic. The final flavor comes from a spritz of ‘bagoong’ or the fermented fish condiment.