SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – – It may not be officially recognized as a world record, but the dinakdakan, an Ilokano delicacy, spread 60 meters long on a table that stretches along Francisco Ortega Highway here is the world’s longest.
City Tourism Council Chairman Xavier Mercado, who presided over the presentation, said that the city was finding the best way to cook (boiled or grilled) the most delicious food that Ilokanos love to eat.
Dinakdakan is the Ilokano version of the sisig of Pampanga, which won the Guinness World Records in 2013, by cooking 600 kilos of the cuisine whose ingredients consist mainly of pig meat, ears, brains, liver, among others, with a souring agent, fried or grilled, and served on a sizzling plate.
The primary ingredients of dinakdakan include pork meat, cut in small bits, particularly hog’s ears, tongues, brains, liver minced with onions, garlic, black pepper, vinegar or kalamansi juice. There are innovations that instead of pig brains, mayonnaise is used.
It was learned that the food preparation–100 kilos cooked dinakdakan– and preparation was a dry-run in next year’s entry for the world record established by Pampanga in the food category (sisig/dinakdakan).
Residents and local tourists shared the dinakdakan, a feature of the food festival organized by the La Union Hotel Resorts and Restaurant Association. VA/NorthboundPH