Sunday, January 8, 2017

A Taste of Ilocos: Finding Ilocos Empanada and Pansit Bagnet at Maysan, Valenzuela City

One Valenzuela has wonderful memories of Ilocos with her family way back in college. It was a long road trip that took about twelve hours of driving and several stop overs for food and rest. It was during one of those stops that she had her first taste of Ilocos empanada. A tired Ilocos bound traveler and a brown bag of empanada? A memorable relief, indeed! From that moment on, the desire to eat some Ilocos empanada would kick in from time to time. 

A foodie friend, LC Acharon, tagged One Valenzuela on his latest food find. Ilocos empanada in Maysan! It is but a fact that one has to go to other neighbor cities like Quezon City and Manila to grab a bite of the crunchy and savory Ilocos empanada. 

Fret no more. At the heart of Maysan Road, a humble dining place has recently opened up this December to serve Valenzuelanos with authentic Ilocos food fare. The place has no name yet according to its friendly owner, Mr. Arnel Antonio, whose wife hails from Ilocos. Sir Arnel said that the cooks also have Ilocano roots and the ingredients also come from Ilocos. 

The dining spot was once a house of a priest. It has several wooden tables where you can eat al fresco.
The Ilocos empanada was piping hot when it arrived on the table. Drizzled with sukang Iloko (Ilocos black vinegar), the empanada was consumed with gusto! One of the servers also suggested that it also goes well with catsup. The pansit bagnet was also satisfying, finding several pieces of meat on top of the noodles.
Ilocos empanada for Php45.00. There are generally two types of Ilocos empanada and this one is the Batac empanada. You may ask them to double the egg, double the longganisa, or have more veggies in it at an additional cost.

Pansit Bagnet at Php50.00. The cook said that even the noodles come from Ilocos. Other than the empanada and pansit, they also sell dinakdakan, bagnet, and longganisa. 
Noticeably, several diners would come in, eat, and buy several empanadas for take out. Bringing some empanada as pasalubong from Maysan to your family is like bringing home a piece of far flung Ilocos sans the lengthy travel time. So the next time you pass by Maysan Road, make sure to drop by the Antonio's place for their Ilocos empanada. 

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Where to Get Your Ilocos Empanada in Valenzuela City:
Open Hours: 10:00am to 8:00pm daily
Location Landmarks: Beside CUZ Nail Salon and Spa and at the back of the Angel's Burger. It is across Petron-Maysan Branch.
Contact Number: 0995-1320272
Along Maysan Road, you will see an Angel's Burger joint across the Petron Gas Station. You will find the dining place a few steps behind Angel's and just right beside CUZ Nail Salon and Spa.

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