Tuesday, January 15, 2013 Food Ilocos Empanada
Ilocos Empanada - A Must Try!
What is an Empanada ? According to Wikipedia " Filipino empanadas usually contain ground beef, pork or chicken, potatoes, chopped...
What is an Empanada? According to Wikipedia
"Filipino empanadas usually contain ground beef, pork or chicken, potatoes, chopped onions, and raisins in a somewhat sweet, wheat flour bread."
However, "Empanadas in the northern part of the Ilocos are different. These usually have savoury fillings of green papaya, mung beans, and sometimes chopped Ilocano sausage (longanisa) and egg yolk. Rather than the soft, sweet dough, the dough used to enclose the filling is thin and crisp, mostly because Ilocano empanadas use rice flour coloured orange with achuete (annatto), and is deep-fried rather than baked."
I am not in love with empanadas really, so I don't mind not getting one when they are served at parties. But that all changed when I was asked by hubby to try out that newly opened Fariñas eatery near our place in Manila. They serve Ilocos Empanada and sell Ilocandia Original Sukang Iloko. He said he wanted to try it out because the Ilocos Empanada was featured in Kris TV (Oh diba hubby is watching morning talk shows!) We ordered and while waiting for the infamous empanada, I watched and documented how Ilocos Empanada is prepared.
Ilocos Empanada Ingredients:
Shredded Papaya and Mung beans
First, an orange Rice Dough is kneaded by a rolling pin to make it flat and thin.
The shredded papaya and mung beans are prepared and arranged in the middle of the flatten dough, somewhat to look like a bed for the next ingredients.
A fresh egg was put in the middle. Then the Ilocos Longganisa was cut into small pieces and generously sprinkled on the preparation.
The rice dough was folded into half moon to envelope the filling.
The dough was cut further closer to the enclosed filling and was folded at both ends to secure it.
Deep fry the Ilocos Empanada in hot cooking oil for a few minutes.
Finished Product: Ilocos Empanada
Best with Original Sukang Iloko
OR Catsup for kids, like my son W is shown enjoying here.
For somebody like me who's not a fan of empanadas and also for my 2 year old son, the Ilocos Empanada is a delightful try! It's not just flavorful, it's also nutritious because it's packed with not just meat and dough but also with vegetables.
I was actually surprised that both my sons liked it the first time they tried it. They put catsup while hubby and I bathed ours with Sukang Iloko (Ilocos Vinegar.) Pairing it with Sukang Iloko gives the delicacy a notch higher because the whole experience for the taste palette was euphoric! One serving of Ilocos Empanada could substitute one heavy meal for lunch or dinner. It's filling, satisfying and definitely mouthwatering.
If you have not tried one yet, I recommend that you do.
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