Best Bicolano Delicacies

Best Laing Delicacy
When we visited Caramoan islands in Camarines Sur, Bicol region, tasting their very own and unique delicacies was part of our itinerary. I am not chef or a cook but according to some friends, I have good and active taste buds. So for the first time I will be a food critic. First is the famous Laing. This is a spicy dish with dried taro leaves, siling labuyo, and coconut milk as the main ingredients.There's a linamanam factor and the texture is smooth inside my mouth.

Best Pinangat Delicacy
Second dish is Pinangat - one of the Bicol's best. It looks very similar to Laing and honestly at first I didn't recognize which is which, I only used the coconut leaf as a marker. The texture is the same because main ingredients are the same. For pinangat, there's some sort of a sauce or sabaw than laing (which is dry.)

Best Seafood Delicacy
Third, I really don't know what's the name of this dish. Cooked by our bangkero in Caramoan, these crabs look mouth watering. I asked him what's its name and how he cooked this deli but he just answered: "nilaga ko lang yan." I can't believe and am really curious because the crab meat tasted good; it seems that they were marinated first before cooking. Crab meat tasted great when dipped into a sauce (vinegar, soy and chili).

Best Sinigang Delicacy
Another dish cooked by our bangkero was this Sinigang. Tastes like sinigang but no vegetables and other flavors included - just fresh fish and tomatoes. Since the ingredients are still secret, I respect that and I thank Kuya for making such a sumptuous delicacy for us.

Sili Ice Cream
As what I mentioned, Bicol is prominent in terms of using coconut milk and spicy foods, so they made a unique dessert that showcases their culture and lifestyle. They add siling labuyo to most of their dishes to make it hot and spicy. If you’re traveling to Bicol, one of the must tried desserts is the cute-looking sili ice cream. It looks cute but when you taste it, you’ll be speechless because of it discriminating taste. There’s a level of spiciness, from 1 to 3, to gauge the capability of your tongue. How does Sili Ice Cream taste? It’s really cold because it’s an ice cream but as it melts inside your mouth, you’ll feel that there’s an after taste of siling labuyo – hot flowing in your esophagus and to your stomach.

 More photos of our Caramoan Adventure, click here: Caramoan | Camping by theOcean