Food Trip in Bicol

Tinuktok and Mother Bangus
In Guijalo Port, my dad and my brother bought kinunot and fried saltwater milkfish from a canteen. Kinunot is made with shark or stingray meat cooked in coconut milk with malunggay leaves. The milkfish, or Mother Bangus as the locals called it, is a huge one and it tastes better that those grown in freshwater. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take photos of it :\

Bigg’s Diner
Bigg’s diner offered burgers and spaghettis since their atmosphere is somewhat like an American diner. But since they’re based in Bicol, it only seemed fitting that they offer Bicol’s delicacies as well, like laing and pili pie ala mode.

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Porkchop with laing

Porkchop with laing


Fried milkfish with pinangat

Fried milkfish with pinangat

Pili pie ala mode

Pili pie ala mode

Pinangat and Tilmok
The town of Camalig is known for their pinangat and tilmok and so of course, we didn’t pass the chance to buy some! πŸ™‚ Pinangat is made up of folded layers of taro leaves cooked in coconut milk. Tilmok consists of shrimp or crab meat wrapped in layers of taro leaves which is then cooked in coconut milk. Customers have the option of buying spicy and non-spicy ones πŸ™‚


We bought ours from two stores: Let’s Pinangat and a store near it but I forgot the name :\ it was cheaper in the other store though πŸ˜‰

Laing is somewhat similar toΒ pinangat except that the taro leaves are not layered and folded up πŸ™‚

Smalltalk Cafe
After our ATV adventure, my family had late lunch in a cozy restaurant called Smalltalk Cafe. They offer Western food with a Bikolano twist πŸ˜‰

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Laing pasta

Laing pasta

Laing ravioli

Laing ravioli

My dad and I had laing/pinangat pasta, my brother had laing ravioli and my mom had tilmok (no photo). We were asked if we wanted or dishes spicy or not. My parents and I said we’d want ours to be a bit spicy and my brother had his dish regularly spiced. To our surprise, our dishes were muh spicier than we expected!! Haha! And for someone like me who has LOW tolerance for any spicy dish, this was very overwhelming. Hahaha! Well, I guess these local cooks are very used to spicy dishes that what they served us was just a bit spicy for them. LOL πŸ˜›

On the way to Legazpi, we passed by locals selling maruya (banana fritters), kalingking (sweet potato fritters), etc. along the road. I got no pictures of those food though as I was driving when we bought and ate them hehe πŸ™‚


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