Our first stop of our food tripping in Laoag began in Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant. I was very eager to dine at this restaurant because of its popularity among gourmands. They also serve local Ilocano cuisine but they have created a buzz because their Ilocano – Western fusion dishes.
We went there on two separate instances so that we will be able to taste more of their dishes. Although food from this restaurant can be ordered from Balay da Blas, we still go to the restaurant because of the ambiance and food presentation. By the way, the restaurant and the pension house we stayed are owned by the same person, Mr. Samuel Blas. Here are the dishes that we ordered and we recommend you to try when you decide to dine at Saramsam.
Bagoong and Chili Oil for the Saramsam Pasta
The Saramsam Pasta is pasta topped with shrimps, cilantro, green and red bell peppers, fresh tomatoes, green and ripe mangoes drizzled with olive oil and grated parmesan cheese. Don’t be surprised if they serve you chili oil and bagoong (shrimp paste) because the taste comes alive when you drizzle those two on the pasta. The Saramsam Pasta is like eating Ensalada (green mango salad) but in a pasta form. The hint of bagoong and chili oil made it more exciting. You should never miss this.
Since we are in Ilocos, it is a must that we eat Bagnet (pork fried twice) with Kamatis, Bagoong and Lasona (onions). This was the first Bagnet we tried in Ilocos, I will not say that this is the best but it’s good.
Poqui-Poqui @ Php 110
To compliment our Bagnet carnivore feast, we always order a vegetable dish so that we’ll not feel so guilty afterwards. One dish that caught our attention is the Poqui-Poqui (pronounced as Puki) because it sounds like the Tagalog term for female private part. This dish is made of eggplant sauteed with onions, tomatoes and egg. It’s like Tortang Talong (Eggplant Omelet) but in a mixed form. This is the first Poqui – Poqui we’ve tried in Laoag and I would say that this is the best one.
One appetizer that was recommended to us was the Saniata (Dragonfruit Flower Spring Rolls). I’ve only tasted dragonfruit before but not its flower yet. Well it tasted like flower, imagine Jasmine Green Tea but in a different form.
Another interesting thing in their menu is the Chilled Mango Cream Soup. Basically this is mango shake combined with ginger. It’s actually good and interesting. It’s not very common in restaurants.
I would recommend you to try their Baraniw. I really enjoyed it because it’s not made of powdered iced tea. Basil gives the sweet taste that makes this drink more interesting.
Kalti is also known as the Ylocano Fondue. Fried bananas and sweet potatoes (kamote) are dipped in warm Muscovado sugar syrup mixed with coconut milk. Truly very unique.
How to go to Saramsam:
Every tricycle driver in Laoag knows this restaurant so you will not have a hard time going here if you don’t have a private car.
Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant and Bar
Address: N. Corpuz Building, Rizal Street corner Hizon St., Barangay 7-A, Laoag City
Phone: (077) 771 5825 or 0917 570 2110