lunch in sanchez mira, once more

I count my luck as blessings, every time I go with friends to our colleagues in Sanchez Mira, we are feted with the likes of this, our generous hosts always happy to serve something to “pagan-anusan, ta isu lat’ nabaelan” Ilokano hospitality thing:


This is slightly blanched pako, with tomatoes and a ready bugguong dip on the side:

A comforting soup, naalseman a padaw with camote tops:

And this, a kind of exotic fare, adobo a bisukol:

This is another lunch, in Atulayan, Tuguegarao City, with perfectly stewed veggies for a hearty dinengdeng:

In here, patani, paria, tarong, sili ken kabatiti, steamed dry by the bugguong:


gakka, udang, ken kappukan in sanchez mira

One day in Sanchez Mira, Cagayan, some Ilokano writers meet yet again, on their way to a writers group meet in Ilocos Sur, stopping over to partake some gastronomic blessing.

Well, well, well, the usual and ubiquitous kappukan (fresh raw beef kilawen) is there, and those are slighty scalded gakka (small sea shellfish still abundant in Cagayan coasts), and those are live udang (river shrimps) for kilawen:


These are unusually large gakkas bought in the tiendaan of Sanchez Mira. The usual gakkas being sold or hawked are smallish for the mouth to easily break open the tiny shell and suck out the tasty morsel of a meat (note: this is distinct from tukmem/bennek/dukiang freshwater clams):


These are “native” freshwater shrimps, udang it is called, caught in rivers, the raw live flesh is so delicious, tasty and sweety:


And this is yet another beef kappukan complete with trimmings (fresh liblibro, tualtualia and dalem):


Another serving:

What a bliss, indeed! Cheers!