Going to Ilocos via land takes about eight to nine hours on a good day. But last Sunday, I got a taste of Ilocos food – empanada, longganisa, and my favorite bagnet about twenty minutes away from our place. We had dinner at Farinas Ilocos Empanada in Marcos Highway, Antipolo City.
My dad has seen the small restaurant which serves authentic Ilocos food during one of his biking trips. He said that we should try it, seeing that the place is crowded especially during Sunday afternoons. My mom got pretty excited because it’s hard to look for empanada which really tastes like the ones made in Ilocos.
My dad and brother ordered their Bagnet Meal (Php99). It comes with crunchy slices of the deep fried pork, salted egg and tomatoes, and a cup of rice.
There’s no way I’m eating a meal without bagnet, too, but I was also craving for longganisa. I got their Combo Meal (Php140) which is almost the same as their Bagnet Meal, except that it has two pieces of longganisa. I dipped it in their sukang Iloko. Yummy!
The Ilocos Miki appealed to my mom, so she got their Supreme Ilocos Miki (Php115). It has toasted garlic, onion leeks, egg, chicken strips, chicharon, and crunchy bagnet.
Of course we had to taste their specialty, their empanada. They make it in front of you as you order, so it’s fresh and hot off the pan when served. We tried their Extra Special empanada (Php69), which is stuffed with egg, longganisa, and vegetables.
We were satisfied with the food as they all brought back memories of trips to Ilocos. The bagnet was crunchy on the outside but tender on the inside, making it braces-friendly. The empanada was yummy and was truly similar to what’s sold in the streets of Ilocos. Apart from these delicacies, the famous Ilocos chichacorn and sukang Iloko are also available in Farinas Ilocos Empanada.
Farinas Ilocos Empanada (Antipolo Branch) is located at 28 Marcos Highway corner Samsonville, Antipolo City. You can contact them at 09983629192. They are open everyday from 10am to 10pm.