Thursday, July 28, 2011

Your not-so-ordinary pizza....Pinakbet pizza

Our tour guide/driver in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte kept saying that we should try the famous Pinakbet pizza. Hmmm....I think everyone had their quiet moment at that time and was trying to visualize it on the top of our heads on how it looked like and how it tasted. Pinakbet, for those who is not familiar to this dish, it is a mixture of different vegetables such as Okra, bitter gourd, eggplant, tomatoes and shrimp paste. I think the Ilocanos claim this dish. Not a lot of people likes this dish especially when you are not a fan of veggies. Someone then decided to be creative and decided to put it on a pizza........

We went to Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant at Rizal St. in Laoag City where it's not really hard to find as it is a known place. We ordered just the medium size I think because we were still unsure if we would like it or not. I even told the security guard at our hotel, who has not tasted it yet, that in case we did not like it, I would bring him a slice. I like pinakbet but with rice and not on a pizza dough. So we ordered different pastas to go with it in case it did not work out. They have an interesting menu...a fusion of everything that you'd think would be weird for the palate.

While waiting, we observe the place. Of course, we had the never-ending I-was-here photo almost every tourist has. The place had a cozy look and atmosphere. Good place for friends and family to have a good meal.The place wasn't that big...a couple of tables which was good. I'm not into furnitures and all so I can't describe it that well. They also sell vinegars and other products. The staff who served the food was friendly. They have wi-fi too. The only negative thing I can say about the place was that we saw a mosquito or two who greeted us. 

The Pinakbet pizza turned out actually good. We thought it was just going to be a slice for everyone. I had two slices and so did the rest. It was loaded with cheese and I liked that because it gave some contrast to the bitter gourd. I'd say it's a MUST-try to every tourist who visits Laoag. Poor security guard. I was not able to bring him a slice.   



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