Albay is one of the tourist destinations in the country, it offers natural attractions and an abundance of diverse cuisines. The province has a lot of delicacies that many people do not know about. The local food in Albay province is rich and flavorful. There are many food fanatics who flock to the province to experience the local flavor. Here are some native delicacies you should try when you visit the province:
The Famous Bicol Express
Experience the world-famous Bicol Express – pork cooked in coconut milk and shrimp paste with a lot of long chilies! It is most often served during special occasions and gatherings. Its predominantly spicy and tangy flavors are achieved with the generous use of onions, ginger, garlic, coconut milk, and fish or soy sauce. If you are “Uragon” (brave), you can eat this without any hesitation. A warning though… The curry sauce is so hot and spicy that it will make your mouth sizzle and water with satisfaction!
Pinangat is a traditional Albay dish made with taro leaves and meat cooked in onion, garlic, and coconut milk. Of course, hot chili or Siling Labuyo will never be absent when you eat Pinangat because aside from coconut milk, hot chili is Albayano’s signature when it comes to dishes.
Pili is most known in Sorsogon but Albay is known for it too! You can find pili nuts in Albay made candies, tarts, desserts, toppings, and munchies! These are commonly found in Souvenir Centers or restaurants.
Ligao’s Rice Puto
Made of ground rice with coconut candy as a filling, Ligao’s Rice Puto is the most popular rice delicacy of its kind in Albay. Wrapped in a banana leaf, both children and adults can enjoy this sweet specialty of Ligao City.
The pride of Guinobateños. It is smaller than the regular longanisa but has a rich distinct taste. Infamous in Guinobatan Albay and known to be delicious by anybody who has ever tried it!
3D stands for 3rd District and 3 different kinds of Pancit. These pancits are the Pancit Negra (cooked in octopus ink that made its color black), Pancit Puti (cooked in garlic and salted egg), and Pancit Sigla (cooked with sisig and lada or chili pepper) can be found in Nory’s Restaurant only which is located in Ligao City in 3rd District of Albay. Try it as soon as you visit Albay and you will surely crave more!
Muscovado Sugar is free-flowing and moist with a soft texture and natural molasses flavor. This sugar is made by slowly evaporating the juice of freshly pressed sugar cane. Muscovado sugar is a product from Polangui Albay. Eat it as it is or cook it with coconut milk and pili nuts to make a spread for your bread!
Marcasotes are a Bicol traditional steamed cake cooked in handcrafted paper bags. It’s most well-known in Tabaco City. The traditional method of cooking is lining the bottom of a large clay pot (which also functions as an oven) with sliced banana bark to produce steam for cooking. The faint smoke flavor comes from the smoke beneath the clay pot, which gives the native delicacy its distinctive flavor and aroma.
I’m sure you already know about the famous Sili Icecream. It is the hot but cold signature product of 1st Colonial Grill which originated from Albay. You can also try other flavors of Bicol in this Icecream series and you will never regret it!
- Baduya – Banana fritters
- Biniribid – Twisted caramelized glutenous rice
- Binutong – Glutenous Rice Wrapped in a banana leaf cooked in coconut milk
- Tablea – Native chocolate
- Ibos – Steamed glutenous rice wrapped in a coconut leaf
- Balinsuso or Binamban – Casava cake wrapped in a banana leaf
- Aruyo – Grind glutenous rice cooked in a banana leaf with chocolate, plain, or ube flavor
- Kalingking – Sweet potato fritters
- Latik – Glutenous Rice wrapped in a banana leaf with coconut jam
And many more!
Any vegetable dish with coconut milk and chili can be called Albayano Dishes when you are in Albay. What sets Albayanos apart from others is that they cook food in coconut milk, unlike other Filipinos who cook their food in plain water.
If you have been to Albay, which of these delicacies is your favorite? If not, which one thrills you to try right away when you visit the province?