Vigan longganisa and sinangag

First, I want to share with you what we had for brunch today. Then..I’ll tell you a story. 😀

In December 2007, my then boyfriend (who is now my husband) and I celebrated our first anniversary in Vigan, Ilocos Sur and I got to eat the famous longganisa — I loved it! You see, ever since I was young, I didn’t like longganisa — the Baguio, Lucban, etc! I was always forced to eat it because that was the food on the table until I got to taste the authentic Vigan longganisa. It has a very strong garlicky taste so I prefer to pair it with fresh tomatoes sprinkled with salt but in Vigan, they would dip this in sukang Ilocos (Ilocos vinegar).

I do not have a recipe for Vigan longganisa yet (and I am looking for one!) but I do have a recipe for the sinangag – the garlic rice. In the meantime, you could buy the longganisa from Centris’ weekend market (Quezon Ave) or Salcedo market (Makati) or Stoops (Malugay, Makati). I miss Stoops!! When we lived just across it, I would find ways to eat there by pretending that I’m lazy to cook so we could eat Bagnet and Vigan longganisa! Hahaha!

Sinangag

  • 2 cups of cooked rice (preferably white rice and a day old)
  • 3 Tbsp canola oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • Salt to taste
  1. With wet hands, break up the rice so each grain is separated.
  2. Wash your hands then finely mince the garlic (or use the garlic press for more intense flavor).
  3. Heat oil in pan then saute garlic until brown (please don’t burn the garlic!)
  4. Add the rice to the pan and mix well, make sure the oil and garlic are well distributed.
  5. When it’s almost done, add salt and serve while it’s still hot!

Makes 2 servings

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