POSTCARDS: Ilocos’ Pinakbet Pizza

Pinakbet Pizza from Saramsam Restaurant, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte

Ilocos is known for its pinakbet, a native vegetable dish with bitter gourd, okra, squash, string beans, eggplants, and pork bits cooked in fish sauce, but definitely not sitting on a base of cheese, tomato sauce, and pizza crust.

We sampled this fusion pizza at Saramsam Restaurant in downtown Laoag, Ilocos Norte’s capital. The veggies are pre-cooked and topped on the crust, which also comes with tomatoes. You then sprinkle the whole thing with bagoong to complete the pinakbet taste.

Was it any good? Yes, until your second slice. We still love our pinakbet with rice. :P An eight-inch order (you can’t order by the slice), which has eight slices, is P190. Saramsam also has Crispy Dinuguan Pizza and Sizzling Sisig Pizza.

More photos from our Ilocos trip here.

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