Kuya Miguel, the buko vendor at the foot of Ligñon Hill told me that if I really like to taste the best Pinangat, I should go to Camalig. So from Cagsawa Ruins, I hurriedly went to Camalig and when I saw Let’s Pinangat I asked the jeepney driver to stop.
Time check: 12:45pm. My tummy’s only request- FOOD!
Guess what I ordered?
Pinangat is made up of gabi leaves (taro), cooked slowly with lotsa coconut oil. They also put daing (dried fish) and of course green sili to add flavor. I love the smoky, creamy taste of the leaves plus the salty daing inside. The coconut oil just creates that umami tang and the spice somehow bites your tongue (like when you are having an intense French kiss). In Manila, we call this laing.
I ordered 2 cups of rice for a big serving of Pinangat and a softdrinks. If you are going to order one, try the spicy one as oppose to the plain as it’s not that hot.
I also noticed that travelers come and go to this establishment, a testament that they really serve good food.
Expenses: Pinangat- Php 35; 2 cups of Rice- Php24 and Pepsi- Php 12
*Let’s Pinangat is just along the highway- Camalig, Albay. Every jeepney drivers know where this is.
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BICOL SERIES. Happened last September 21-26, 2011, this series of short blog posts about my travels in Albay, Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur will surely whet everyone’s desire to try and visit the home of Mt. Mayon, CWC, pristine beaches and more.