Through the invitation of Micamyx, fellow travel blogger who hails from Dagupan, a bunch of us bloggers went to the northwestern province of Pangasinan to enjoy and discover what this beautiful place has to offer. Bolinao in Pangasinan is far, but interesting. Located at the tip of the province, it has history, culture, food and it’s own language.
Of course, I’ve been to Pangasinan before, passing the province enroute to my Ilocos destinations. When I had the chance to join Lakbay Norte, I was able to visit the beautiful colonial era Capitol of Lingayen as well as the Hundred islands. Thus, this trip is good to better appreciate the province.
It was Sunday when we arrived in the morning in Bolinao. The centuries old church is just beautiful and full of people hearing mass. However, what captured my attention were the series of stalls selling this Pangasinan delicacy, the binungey. By the way, binungey is malagkit (sticky rice) cooked with coconut milk inside a cut of bamboo tube.
The binungey is well known in Pangasinan. The first time I’ve tried it was during our Hundred Islands trip in Alaminos when it was served to us. While there is no major difference as with regards to taste, the Alaminos binungey only had grated coconut put on top while the Bolinao variant is sealed with banana leaves. Of course, the aroma is different for both.
Like what we do in my hometown of Talisay in Cebu where we have the same malagkit based delicacy sans the bamboo, pair it with ripe and sweet Philippine mango. The best!