For Rainy Days, An Authentic Ilocano Soup
Choose Philippines | Oct 07, 2019
Story by Dianne Dy
Photos by Lemuel Salvador
Visiting Vigan City soon?
As one of the country's most popular tourist destinations, Vigan City is not only famous for its century-old colonial structures and cobblestone streets, it is also a place where one can find authentic Ilocano food. For a dose of warmth during the rainy season, Vigan offers a comforting soup called Sinanglao, a dish made of beef innards, tenderized by long, slow hours of cooking and soured with kamias, onions, and a secret
The best place to enjoy a bowl of this famous Ilocano delicacy is 1st Sinanglaoan Carinderia, a food stall that has a small seating area, located inside the compound of Vigan’s Post Office. Due to its popularity, expect long queues of tourists and locals alike, with the line extending past the gate of the compound. The place opens at 5 AM and closes around 1 PM or until the dish runs out. One bowl of Sinanglaw costs 60 pesos with unlimited soup.
According to caretaker Martha Parpali, Sinanglao was first introduced in the 1970s and the locals kept coming back for another serving until it became popular.
Tourists like Manny Alquiza never miss out on eating Sinanglao when visiting Vigan. He said it is more special when sharing with loved ones. “I love it, the taste is different, and it’s delicious. A truly authentic Ilocano food,” he states.