Bagnet (Isabela Style)

Filipino Style Recipe: Bagnet is the Ilocano version of lechon kawali. This dish is the delicacy in northern part of Luzon. Normally the pork belly boiled and deep fried until crispy and blister on skin then serve with vinegar.

1 kilo pork belly(liempo), slice into 2 inch thick
5 gloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon peppercorns
2 tablespoon salt
1 bay leaves
3/4 liter water
cooking oil for frying
salt for rubbing

Part 1
1. In a pot, arrange pork belly and pour water, garlic, peppercorns, bay leaves and salt.
2. Bring to boil for 45-60 minutes or until tender.
3. Prick the skin using fork then drain and let it cool. Refrigerate over night.

Part 2
1. Rub pork belly with salt then set aside for 10 minutes.

Part 3
1. In a frying pan, heat enough oil and deep fry pork belly in low heat for 30 minutes or until brown. Drain and let it cool.
2. Reheat the same oil and deep fry the pork belly again for 10 minutes.
3. Sprinkle with cold water, this will help blister the pork skin. Continue frying for 5 minutes.
4. Drain and slice into serving pieces.
5. Serve with spicy vinegar.

Denengdeng na Labong at Saluyot

Filipino Style Recipe: denengdeng na labong at saluyot is a native ilocano dish from Northern part of Luzon. It is a simple and easy yet healthy vegetable dish consisting of bamboo shoots, jute leaves, bagoong isda boiled until tender.

Estimated time of preparation and cooking: 20-30 minutes
Good for 4-5 persons

500 grams bamboo shoots(labong), sliced
2 bundles jute leaves(saluyot) , trimmed
4 slices milk fish or tilapia(fried or grilled),(optional)
3 tablespoons fermented fish(bagoong isda)
1 onion, chopped
4-6 cups water
salt to taste

Part 1
1. In a pot, pour water then add bamboo shoots. uncover and simmer for at least 40 minutes or until soften. Drain and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a bowl, dilute bagoong isda in 2 cups hot water, strain and reserve the juice.

Part 3
1. In a pot, boil 4 cups water then add onion.
2. Pour the juice from bagoong isda and simmer for a minute. Remove the scum that rises.
3. Add labong and simmer for 3 minutes. Add jute leaves and fried fish then season with salt.
4. Simmer for a minute then turn off the heat. Serve with steamed rice

Jelly Seaweed Salad

Filipino Style Recipe: Jelly seaweed salad or kinilaw na potpotlo is another Filipino delicacy in Northern region. Jelly seaweed AKA(also known as) pokpoklo is another type of seaweed that normally eaten raw and toss with onions and tomatoes. In my experience, we eat this jelly seaweed salad as side dish together with fried fish and garlic rice.

Estimated time of preparation: 5-8 minutes(plus refrigerating time)

2 cups fresh jelly seaweed
1/4 cup onions, chopped
1/4 cup tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons spicy vinegar or calamansi juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, ground
1/2 teaspoon sugar(optional)

1. Wash seaweed thoroughly then drain. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
2. In a bowl, combine seaweed, onions and tomatoes.
3. In a small bowl, combine spicy vinegar, salt, pepper and sugar. Serve as dipping sauce or combine in seaweed salad.
4. Serve immediately top with sliced salted eggs, fried fish and garlic rice.



Filipino Style Recipe: denengdeng or inabraw is a native ilocano dish similar to pinakbet. It is a tasty yet healthy vegetable dish consisting of different fresh vegetables with bagoong.

Estimated Preparation and Cooking Time: 20-30 minutes. Good for 4-5 persons.

1 cup string beans(sitaw), cut into 2 inch
6 pieces okra
1 cup squash(kalabasa), cut in cubes
1 ampalaya(bitter melon), sliced
1 onion, sliced
2 large tomatoes, sliced
1 thumb-sized ginger; crushed
3 tablespoons fermented fish(bagoong isda)
1 milk fish or tilapia(fried or grilled), sliced
3 cups water or rice washing
1 cup squash flower(bulaklak ng kalabasa)(optional)
1 cup patani (lima beans)(optional)
1 cup jute leaves(saluyot)(optional)
1 cup malunggay leaves(optional)

1. In a big pot, add water and bring to boil.
2. Add onions, ginger and tomatoes. Cook for 3 minutes.
3. Add fermented fish and simmer for another minute.
4. Add vegetables and cook until crisp-tender but not overcooked.
5. Add fried fish. Adjust seasoning according to taste.
6. Remove from heat then serve.

1. You can also use or add other vegetables..