Vigan Longganisa

1 kilo ground pork (30% fat)
1/4 teaspoon salitre
2 heads garlic, crushed
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
sausage casing or wax paper for skinless

Part 1
1. In a mixing bowl, put all ingredients except casing then mix well until fully combined. Refrigerate for at least an hour.

Part 2
1. Tie one end of sausage casing with a cooking twine.
2. Using a funnel, fill the sausage casing with meat mixture.
3. Once filled, tie the other end to enclose.
4. To form a link of sausage, tie around it every 3-4 inches interval.
5. Place the sausage in a container then refrigerate for at least 2 days.

Part 3
1. To cook, using a toothpick, prick a two holes on each sausage.
2. Place in a pot, then add 1 cup water.
3. Cook in medium heat for 10 minutes or until water evaporates.
4. Add a little oil if necessary then stir-fry until caramelized browned.
5. Transfer to serving plate and service with fried rice.

Vigan Empanada

Filipino Style Recipe: Vigan Empanada is a popular authentic delicacy from Vigan, Ilocos. The filling is made of grated unripe papaya and raw egg, we also add sauteed vigan longganisa to make it special. The Wrap consists of rice flour, butter, water and food coloring then deep fried until crisp.

This dish is commonly sold along the streets as meryenda(mid-afternoon snack) and usually served with vinegar. I tried a special Vigan Empanada somewhere in Sampaloc, Manila last year and it was also good. But of course, the authentic Vigan empanada from Ilocos is still different and it’s a good experience once you try it.

Estimated time of preparation: 25 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 20-30 minutes

1 1/2 cups rice flour
1/2 cup water
orange food coloring or annatto seeds(dilute in water)(optional)
50 grams butter
cooking oil for greasing and frying

4 pieces Vigan Longganisa, skin removed
1 unripe papaya, grated
1 onion, chopped
2 gloves garlic, finely chopped
6 raw eggs
salt and pepper to taste

Part 1
1. In a pan, heat oil and saute garlic and onion.
2. Add longganisa then season with salt and pepper, cook until brown.
3. Transfer in a bowl then add grated papaya then mix and set aside.

Part 2
1. In bowl, combine all ingredients then mix until dough is formed. Set aside.

Part 3
1. Place a plastic wrap on the table then brushed with oil.
2. Take 3 tablespoons of dough then flatten using a rolling pin.
3. Place 3 tablespoons of filling over flatten dough then make a small space in the middle for raw egg.
4. Fold and seal the sides then trim the edges using a plastic plate.

Part 4
1. In a pan, heat enough oil then deep fry empanada for 3 minutes or until crisp.
2. Drain on paper towel then serve with garlic vinegar.


Filipino Style Recipe: Bagnet is the Ilocano version of lechon kawali. This dish is the delicacy in Ilocos region. 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
1/2 liter water
cooking oil for frying
2 tablespoon flour(optional)

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. (Cook in pressure cooker takes 25 minutes).
3. Drain on paper towel and let it cool. Refrigerate over night.

Part 2
1. Sprinkle the pork belly with a small amount of flour to prevent it from drying.
2. In a frying pan, heat enough oil and deep fry pork belly in low heat for 30 minutes or until brown.
3. Drain on paper towel and let it cool.
4. Reheat the same oil and deep fry the pork belly once more for 10 minutes.
5. Sprinkle with cold water, this will help blister the pork skin.
6. Repeat the procedure until crisp and blisters on the skin.
7. Drain on paper towels and slice to serving pieces.
8. Serve with spicy vinegar.