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Bagnet Recipe of Vigan -- Ilocano Foods and Recipes

Updated on February 18, 2011

Bagnet Recipe

The bagnet recipe that comes from the north of the Philippines is truly delicious and unique. The first time I tried it, I thought that it will be just like the typical lechon kawali I've always had but then I realized that I was wrong. The bagnet is somewhat the same as the lechon kawali only it seemed to vary in taste and crispiness. It is truly an absolute delight. But of course, those with high blood pressure or those sensitive to cholesterol better beware! You might not be able to resist this crispy and tasteful crispy fried pork belly!

Eating bagnet is truly an amazing experience. I love the local Filipino cuisine so much. I grew up in a family that loves Filipino food. Among them, the food that comes from the north is truly unique and reflects the culture and history in the Philippines. If you want to see my other food reviews or recipes or culinary adventures check out my personal food blog.

Bagnet of Ilocos
Bagnet of Ilocos

Ilocano Bagnet

Maybe one day I'll go to Vigan or Ilocos or something to get a taste of some authentic Bagnet recipe. Until then, I guess I'm going to have to stick to trying to make one myself. I found a video on Youtube on how to cook bagnet and it seems pretty good. I've always thought though that the way you cook bagnet is very different from cooking lechon kawali. Bagnet seems to be crispier and tastes different too.

The first time I tried eating bagnet was in this small place near Taft Ave. that sells bagnet. It came with side dishes that would balance the powerful taste of the bagnet like bagoong, green mangoes, kamatis (tomatoes), and many other things. I really loved it! I ate so much! But that's where you have to be careful! Especially in eating this too much for people who have high blood pressure. I got really dizzy after eating it cause I ate so much. My girlfriend couldn't finish her meal so I ended up eating hers too! But all in all, it was really an amazing experience and I am so glad that I got a chance to taste bagnet!

How to Cook Bagnet

Vigan Bagnet Recipe
Vigan Bagnet Recipe

How to Cook Bagnet Recipe

Maybe I should try out the recipe in that video that I found. Be sure to come back here or in my food blog because I am sure I will take a video of it and post it. Of course I want to be able to make bagnet myself. There are many other things I wanna learn how to make like the vigan empanada. That's another one of my favorites and it does go well with the crispy fried bagnet. It seems a bit complicated to cook thought with all the breading and stuff. But yea I will try it soon along with trying to cook bagnet.

I am sure there are a lot of recipes online that I can try out and that are easy to make. The ingredients are very simple too and can be easily bought at any grocery store. I really can't wait to try it out!

Filipino Cuisine

There are many great Filipino dishes out there. You would probably consider some recipes very unusual. I remember watching Anthony Bourdain's show, the episode when he went here to the Philippines. He was not afraid to try out the food that seemed unusual like the papaitan and even goat brain and eye. I'm really inspired by how such a great chef and traveler can appreciate Filipino food.

So what are you waiting for? Try out the Bagnet Recipe today!

Also you might enjoy my newest lechon lover's blog that contain's info about everything and anything lechon!


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      6 years ago

      What kind of "how to. ." is this? It's more of making a "dip" rather than the recipe.

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      7 years ago

      yummy!!!its great

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      7 years ago

      Yuck disgusting flips!

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      7 years ago

      i like it yummy

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      martin antonio 

      8 years ago

      super helpful! luv it! o_-


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