After a sightseeing packed day coming from Pagudpud to Laoag City the day had not ended yet because we were now hungry and ready to get something to eat after so much had happened. To experience as much as we can in the Ilocos region food was the next event. La Preciosa a well known restaurant that served signature Ilocano dishes was in our sights and we were exited to be there.
La Preciosa is restaurant found in Laoag city serving Ilocano dishes and a variety of naked goods. The building seems to be an older house from the 1920s era converted now into a dinning facility that gives off a sense of nostalgia from that era. A homey feeling and just good old fashioned Filipino hospitality greets you as you enter.
Being in Ilocos our first thought when food came to mind was bagnet. Bagnet a deep fried pork dish consisting of pork belly or pork rinds. To our amazement the menu boasted combinations of various other entrees that included the succulent bagnet. We chose a combination of two famous Ilocos dishes pinakbet and bagnet coining the nickname "bagbet". Another dish known throughout Ilocos is poqui-poqui which we were not sure of what it was. We even asked the waiter to pronounced the dish for us which was a funny conversation. Poqui-poqui is a scrambled combination of eggs, eggplant, tomatoes and onions. The dish is not very appetizing to look at to be honest be you'll be surprised about how good it tastes. Lastly for dessert we ordered a one of kind carrot cake made at La Preciosa. The cake was a hefty serving that needed two hands to initially slice down a piece. A generous serving off shredded chilled carrots covers the traditional white icing that goes around the carrot cake. All in all La Preciosa is delightful place where you can be sure to get an authentic Ilocos dinning experience.