Summer is usually the time for families in the metro to go home to their provinces or discover new places. The imposed quarantines however have changed many of our immediate plans, whether it is a much-awaited trip, an event, or your annual visit home to reconnect with relatives, cousins, and childhood friends.
If you’re missing out on a trip home this summer, why not a food trip to Quezon Province with us? Here are some of the delicious dishes you might find in Quezon Province that you may or may not know about:
1 Pancit Habhab
Arguably the most popular merienda in the province is the pancit. A mainstay of many meals, whether it’s as a snack or light meal, this version of the noodle dish from Lucban is perfect for those with busy lives. That’s because this is literally eaten on the go. There are no spoons and forks served with this pancit. Instead, you use the banana leaf to push the pancit to your mouth.
In case you do visit the province, stock this in your memory banks because you might be offered this for merienda.
You might be more familiar with its common name: cassava cake.
3 Lucban Longganisa
You can’t go anywhere near the province without hearing about the Lucban longganisa. This garlicky, oregano-seasoned local sausage is a classic pasalubong. Links of these longganisa hang from numerous stores along the streets of the town so you can’t miss it. Drop by Abecede for a chance to taste it yourself.
4 Puto Bao
This puto is not like other puto. Instead of being a fluffy white rice cake topped with melty cheese, this is sticky purple rice stuffed with coconut. In short, it’s a puto bumbong with bucayo, sweetened coconut.
This embutido-like or meatloaf is quite special. Not only is it made in leche flan llaneras, but it’s also quite a process to cook and prepare. The biggest difference between the hardinera and other embutido is the pork. It’s cooked and diced instead of ground up, so it’s much chunkier.
You may think this might be pinangat from Bicol from the looks of it, but it’s not. While similar, there’s no taro leaves in this version. It’s just tiny shrimp fry wrapped in banana leaves cooked in garlic, onion, and shredded coconut. If you love coconut and seafood together in one dish, you’ll love this simple dish.
This is known by another name that you might know: nilupak. Just like that version, this is mashed cassava, banana, sugar, peanuts, and buko alangan. Buko alangan is old coconut meat pureed. This is different from the usual buko that you may know.
8 Yema Cake
Did you know that the famous Rodillas yema cake originated from Quezon province? In Tayabas, a bakery called Monica and Jett Bakeshop is where the original was created. Super soft cake sandwiches are topped with a creamy and cheesy yema topping. It’s this sweet and salty addictive flavor that made it famous!
There are many kinds of pancit all over the country. In Quezon, another kind of pancit they call theirs is chami, fried miki noodles with pork and stir-fried veggies in a soy sauce-based sauce.
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