Here’s Where You Can Find Ilocos Bagnet And Fresh Ilocos Empanadas!

You don't need to go on a road trip!

When in Ilocos, one of the dishes on your buck-eat list is the bagnet. Did you know that Ilocos bagnet is often referred to as chicharon by the Ilocanos? You can definitely eat this as chicharon and dip it in spiced sukang Iloko, but you can also pair it with a mountain of steamed rice for a heftier, heartier, sinfully delicious meal.

We can’t resist Ilocano bagnet, especially with a golden-brown crunchy skin.
Photo by Marco Polo Ortigas

If your busy schedule doesn’t permit you a trip up north in Ilocos, you can save yourself the long drive up north and experience Ilocos bagnet and the flavors of authentic Ilocos dishes at Marco Polo Ortigas.

This fried fish with a medley of vegetables is another Ilocano dish that will be served at Cucina.
Photo by Marco Polo Ortigas
Ilocano-style pinakbet typically uses a bagoong isda.
Photo by Marco Polo Ortigas

Marco Polo’s Cucina puts the spotlight on Ilocano dishes until November 4. You can find the famous Ilocos Bagnet, a deep-fried crispy belly; Dinardaraan, Ilocano-style Dinuguan; and Dinengdeng, Ilocano-style Pinakbet. There’s also a dedicated station for making freshly deep-fried Ilocos Empanada.

Don’t forget to dip it in suka!
Photo by Bianca Laxamana

For those who haven’t tried nor haven’t heard of Ilocos empanada, these are orange-hued crunchy empanadas that are filled with crumbled Ilocos longganisa, slices of papaya, and an egg. It’s a combination of a sweet and savory filling which, similar to Ilocos bagnet, is best dipped in sukang Iloko.

To make a reservation, visit Marco Polo Ortigas’ Cucina’s official page.


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