Marumpi is what we call to a kind of large sea snail commonly found almost in every sea shore in the Philippines. They are actually the spider shell. The flesh is edible as I have already tasted. As far as I know, this is not considered endangered species. It is common among the fishing village along the sea side.
Daligdig is a kind of mussel so common in our place Ilocos. I don’t know if this can be considered as exotic food or just a unique food. As I have said, daligdig is common in Ilocandia, well, particularly in San Esteban. It is gathered along the seashore particularly in sandy part of the shore where some sea grass grows. The fishermen gather daligdig in the grassy part of the shore which can be easily seen when the sea is in low tide.
Served during Begnas Festival of Ilocos Sur, kapet-kapet (sticky) is a delicacy in white glutinous rice rolled and sweetened in white sugar and grated coconut fruit and added the aroma of pandan leaves. It’s more than just a side dish in our table. It is best for our afternoon break.
Kapet-kapet may not be as popular as the ‘puto’ or ‘bibingka’ of the Philippine’s delicacies but you may also like the sweet taste which is usually made for some special occasion in our village.
We often call them the flowers of thunder and lightning because they often pop-out in the next morning after the overnight rain and when the lightning and thunder strikes.
The native mushroom which we often gather in the hillside of the mountains or in the decaying stalks of rice in the fields or around the plantations of bananas is what I’m talking about. The mushroom is like a chocolate-umbrella.
Ampig, a coral fish and abundant in Apatot, San Esteban. Catch through crossbow. The one in the picture measures at 10 inches. When small, you usually see at aquarium. Colors sometimes glowing green, yellow, black, orange, pink. They live in corals of seashore.
According to Manang Rosa, the whom i bought this, it can be cooked through steam, fried. Sinigang is not recommended.
Ampig, an exotic food… padasenyo.
Umaykayon makiparada… mabsogkayo!
Ay ket, no kastoy ti pagparadaan, nagimasen ‘bagis… mabsogka ken lumukmegka. Walo a pagadalan ti nagsasalip iti panaglutuan… agkakaimas a taraon.
Naisayangkat ti agtinawen a salisal iti panagluto ken panagiserbi a Chefs on Parade babaen ti panangesponsor ti Ilocos Sur Hotels, Restaurants and other Related Enterprise Association wenno ISHORE sadiay Quirino Stadium.
Karaman kadagiti nakipartisipar dagiti estudiante iti Hotel and Restaurant Management/Administration manipud iti Ilocos Sur Community College, St. paul College of Ilocos Sur, Divine Word College of Vigan, Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State college, Macro computer College, Data Center of the Philippines, University of Northern Philippines,STI-Vigan ken Naturales Training Institute.