Native Delicacies You Must Try in Isabela Province
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Isabela Province is where the biggest supply of rice in Northern Luzon comes from. It’s also the biggest supplier of corn in the country earning its titles “Rice Granary of Northern Luzon” and “Corn Capital of the Philippines.” It’s in the Cagayan Valley region and in the middle of Cagayan Province, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Aurora, and the Philippine Sea.
It’s a province rich in fisheries, crops, forestland, and mineral deposits. Apart from that, Isabela also has their share of delectable delicacies and we listed some of our favorites here:
The thin Miki noodle recipe that is garnished with pork lechon carajay, pork or chicken liver, vegetables and quail eggs.
When in Isabela, don’t miss Binallay; a native suman delicacy of the province made of sticky rice flour and wrapped in banana leaves. Binallay is cooked in boiling water until done then serve with latik sauce.
This variety of rice cake (kakanin in Tagalog) is stuffed with latik or caramelized young coconut then steamed and wrapped in fresh banana leaf.
This Ilokano dish has a soup base made of bagoong isda (fermented fish paste) and mixed with local vegetables and some grilled or fried fish. It is also similar to Bulanglang and Laswa and the only difference is the addition of fish and fermented fish paste.
Whole glutinous rice that’s a bit sweet and wrapped in small cylinders made of banana leaves are cooked by steaming. They’re tied in batches; ten per batch and it resembles a magazine of bullets when tied.
Aling Belen Longganisa
Aling Belen is a household name in the province because of her Longganisa. She started mixing her own version of the Pinoy sausage in 1970. Her personal special recipe makes her Longganisa the best in Isabela.
Bibingkang Kanin is made of glutinous rice, coconut milk, white sugar, and young coconut meat. It follows simple cooking procedures like steaming the rice and adding the remaining ingredients then baking it.
This dish is a sumptuous combination of lamb lechon which is marinated in oyster sauce, lemon juice, and red wine. It’s also the same marinade that will be injected inside the lechon.
A mixture of white sticky rice dumplings and coconut strips are what make up this warm dish. The sticky rice dumplings is served in thick coconut latik cream.
Corn coffee in Isabela is popular because of the abundance of corn supply in the province. It’s as tasty as coffee and it has its own health benefits.
This is a native milk candy from Isabela which is made of corn, sugar, flour, powdered milk, and butter.
Pancit Batil Patong
Although it originated in Tuguegarao, Pancit Batil Patong is also popular in Isabela. This sauteed noodle dish is made from Miki noodles, bean sprouts, cabbage, minced carabeef, crushed Chicharon (pork cracklings), and fried eggs.
How to Get There:
You can take a bus ride to Isabela from Kamias, Quezon City. This is a 10-11 hour ride. There are plenty of bus companies to choose from like Five Star Bus, Victory Liner, and Florida Transport. You may also book a direct flight to Cauayan, Isabela with a travel time of 3 hours and 30 minutes.