Let me get this straight first: humba is not the same with adobo. It is a completely different creature. It is usually characterized by a slow-cooking process, which yields a soy-based sauce that is darker and slightly sweeter.
The Zubuchon lechon (roasted pig), was one of MM's creative pursuits back in 2008. He wanted to recreate the Filipino staple sans the artificial flavors and seasonings or just like the way it was cooked before.
But looking back now, I would not want it any other way at all. My evening at KaLui was worth all the saving, the walking and the waiting.
Kinabuchs may look like an abandoned parking lot during the day but it becomes a lively wateringhole at night. What it may lack in terms of fancy ambience, this restaurant superbly made up with good food at surprisingly low prices as well.
The ‘saramsam’ in Saramsam Cafe is actually an Ilocano word that means ‘informal and constant dining or suggesting a fun atmosphere of friends getting together to eat.’
You can ask anyone from or who has been to Ilocos, and Herencia Cafe would almost always be suggested as an important destination.
We almost missed La Preciosa after our brief walking tour around Laoag. But looking back, I could say that it was indeed a wise decision, one which I would gladly do all over again.