Thursday, August 17, 2006

Ilocos Road Trip Part 5 - Paoay & Batac Empanada

Another great place to visit is Paoay Lake & the church. These are two places I've only seen in pictures before. As a kid, I remember seeing Pres. Marcos waterskiing on this lake. From where we were, it seemed to be so serene & peaceful despite the noonday sun.

We also had to stop over the old Paoay Church. It was an opportunity to have the kids see an actual baroque inspired structure - part of their home-school learning.

Batac was the next stop. We simply had to try the Ilocano version of the empanada. It actually contained chopped longganisa, egg and mongo sprouts. The crust was crunchy after being deep-fried. People here say you've got to eat it "bagong luto" or just cooked. They say it just wouldn't be the same if it wasn't hot anymore. You could have it with sukang Iloko or banana ketchup - depending on your taste - but I noticed the younger kids like the ketchup better.

Mine was the "seedless" version - no mongo sprouts - have to maintain that ideal blood uric level you know. One sells for just P32!

Of course, while in Batac, we had to check out the Marcos Museum & Mausoleum which was another experience altogether.

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