Kimlo of Laoag

Last weekend, The “Pancit King” went to Ilocos for a conference held at the Centennial Arena of Laoag. After the conference, I went around the city to try out authentic and well-known varieties of Ilocano pancit. First on my go-to places as suggested by a tricycle driver is La Moda. Located at the corner of Lagasca and P. Lazano streets, this old panciteria is right at the middle of the city’s downtown.

La Moda Panciteria, Laoag City
La Moda’s Kimlo

Asking their staff, I was informed that their specialty is their Canton Guisado. They are also selling their very own made Canton noodles. What caught my attention is “Kimlo“. A short order is only Php.60.00. Kimlo is a misua noodle soup served with fresh egg and slices of bagnet, green onion, cabbage, carrots and chayote. Making use of misua as noodles, the soup is delicately light. Their recipe does not include soy sauce thus capitalizing on the richness of the broth and a little seasoning. The lightness of this soup is broken by the meatiness of the chunks of bagnet and a little crunch from the various vegetables. Making use of bagnet gives this bowl its Ilocano identity. The raw egg, which must be mixed immediately with the rest of the soup, completes this smooth soup dish. Two thumbs up!

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