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Ikasoomen refers to a popular Japanese dish made of finely cut fresh squid which looks like somen nooodles. It is a kind of Sashimi from Hakodate that is often eaten for breakfast. Squid should always be fresh and if so, it taste sweet. It is usually eaten with with wasabi soy sauce or ponzu sauce.

Impanadas d’anguille also known as Panada di anguille are puff pastry from

Inkalti refers to an Ilocano's molasses-based dessert; sweet snack made of rice balls which are dipped in boiling molasses. Bamboo sticks (usually used for barbecues) are used to take the rice balls out of the pan and in dipping process. It is the Ilocano version of "Swiss Fondue".

Other varities of foods dipped in molasses are sliced Saba (banana), Camote (sweet potato) and sliced male papaya trunk dipped all dipped in boiling molasses.

Inkalti is essentially foods cooked on the table a la Fondue, as in rice balls (Inkalti nga Bilo-Bilo) , trunk of papaya (Inkalti nga Papaya), banana (Inkalti nga Saba) .

Personal Note: I think I must go back to Ilocos and find out more about this food. I have been to Ilocos Sur several times, I spent one Christmas in Vigan, but I have never seen this food presented on any restaurants. Maybe I have to go farther north and visit again Ilocos Norte. I hope somebody can enlighten me, too about this Ilocano sweet snack. I am really very curious about this, especially the Inkalti nga Papaya as I didnt know that papaya trunks can be used as food.

Indiappa also known as "String Hoppers" refer to tangle of thin, steamed rice noodles served with coconut and curry in Sri Lanka. Indiappa are small spaghetti-like strings of rice-flour dough squeezed through a sieve into small woven trays, which are steamed one on top the other. Indiappa are light and lacy and used as a substitute for rice.

It is also served with Kiri Hodi (White coconut gravy), Pol Sambola (Coconut Mix with Chili), Maalu Ambulthiyal or Chicken Curry.

Moreover, Indiappa is made from rice noodles curled into flat spirals. It is served for breakfast and dinner with a thin fish or chicken curry, containing only one or two pieces of meat, a Dhal, and a spicy Sambol or fresh chutney.

Indiappa is only made from 3 ingredients; rice flour, water and salt. To prepare it, an Indiappa maker and Indiappa Watti, special small round trays used for making string Hoppers) are needed.

Inartem refers to an Ilocano food made of available local fruits soaked in Sukang Iloko. Among the fruits made into Inartem are slices of green Mangos (Manggang Hilaw) , Karmay, Singkamas (Jicama) Siniguelas, Papaya (the maniba lang quality), green Balayang bananas, Santol, among others.

Inartem is an Ilocano word which means "soaking" , as in fruits are soaked in local Ilocano vinegar (Sukang Iloko). Some refer them as "drunken fruits". I myself ate it the last as is, but it is said that they go well with grilled or barbecued or friend pork, fish chicken, etc.

Ilocos is located in Luzon Island of the Philippines.

I consider Inartem as as pickled or fermented fruits, much like the pickled cucumber available here in Europe called Cornichons or Salzgurke (in German). It is an Ilocano version of Achara.

My favorite Inartem which evokes lots of childhood memories when my father brought me to his birthplace, Santa, Ilocos Sur was Inartem nga Karamay (or Karmay) . I can still clearly remember the Inartem nga Karamay being sold in big glasses near the Vigan Church. It is nice to research about the food which my father used to eat as it is always nice to remember the good old days.

Igado - which is one of the popular Ilocano foods that you must try! This is a combination of pork tenderloin and liver which is cut into strips together with red bell pepper and green peas to add color! This is actually perfect with rice for a lunch or dinner (either of the two) and you should right away ask for extra rice because surely one is not enough!

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