It’s the 7th of January and Maia has ended her hunger strike. Ate Beng is home! And what I like best about people coming back from Iligan are these goodies which they bring back, in the picture below:


Pinakurat is a traditional Iliganon dish made from wild boar meat “sulop” cooked only by a flame-shut pot of boiling coco vinegar, chilies, and spices. Since the taste of the vinegar is very similar to that of the dish, it was then named after it.
Another surprising but practical reason is that the product presents a pleasant surprise that excites the senses to a taste long desired. “Kurat” in vernacular means to be surprised, hence, the name Suka Pinakurat.

Click on the picture to go to the Suka Pinakurat website and check out their products page.

Avelina Bago-ong is actually a product of Cebu, but since it’s distributed only in the Visayas and Mindanao there is none to be had here in this sad, sad metropolis. Now if only Ate Beng had brought home some palapa, which is an appetizer consisting of locally-grown spring onion, chili and fine salt, the best of which is made in the Islamic City of Marawi.

Not included in photo: Cheding’s Peanuts (kasi inubos na ni Kuya Maui by the time I took this picture) and Joy starch mix (for Mama Maring, as far as we know this is not available in Manila).

Goodies from Iligan

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