Dish is more delicious when ingredients are done with almiris. Ingredients like pepper, garlic, lemon grass, and other kinds of kitchen condiments that need to be crush, squeeze and pulverize.
This is what we called almiris or mortar and pestle. Ilocano prefer to use stone rather than plastic, wood mortar and pestle. We believed that ingredients done in almiris bring out the true taste of the food.
But more than that, the making of almiris is a tradition. One municipality in Ilocos Sur that have been crafting this long before the modern kitchen wares are widely used. Almiris are made from limestone and crafted only with the skilled artist. Look at the picture, only hands of an artist can beautifully sculpt that thing.
The best almiris are being made and sold in San Esteban, Ilocos Sur. It’s more than just a kitchen thing but a story line of culture and family tradition.
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