Boasting of one of the best cuisines in the country, the Bicol region is best known for its Bicol Express, laing, sinantol (ground santol meat with gata), kinunot (manta ray cooked in gata), and pinangat or tinuktok (ground shrimp or crab wrapped in gabi leaves and cooked in gata), all of which have gata (coconut milk) and sili (chili) as ingredients.
Sinantol (Photo from: www.thepeachkitchen.com)
Pinangat also known as Tinuktok
In Camarines Norte, coconut trees are everywhere. Fresh coconut juice can be found at seemingly any place, and it remains the best summer drink to quench the heat of the sun. Healthy and delicious, coconut water and coconut juice are becoming popular drinks not only in the country, but all over the world.
Coconut Milk or Gata
Gata or coconut milk is almost always a part of a typical Bicolano recipe. The distinct taste of the gata adds so much flavor to the cooking. Bicolanos also love their sili. They like their sili two ways: hotter and hottest.
Some of the country's best dessert can also be found in the region. Ginataang bilobilo (coconut milk based dessert with ube) and banana turon with ube are but a delicious sampling of the many available treats.
Where to eat:
Where to eat:
Catherine’s Restaurant at Bagasbas beach
Chef Mama at Calasgasan, Daet which serves the best dessert
Paseo de Bienvenidas in Daet for the best home cooked meal
Provincial Tourism Office,Daet, call (054)721-3087 or email thru:Come2camnorte@yahoo.com