Look for Aling Azon, a friend told us, who swears by the longganisa she makes and sells in the Calumpit local market. Whether you like it garlicky (white) or hamonado (red), it's delicious especially when dipped into Bulacan's famous sukang paombong.
She laughed when as we entered the market, we asked for Aling Azon. "Ako iyon!" she declared proudly, leading us to her stall. Her neighbors teased her lovingly, "sikat ka na talaga. parang artista!" She smiled widely as she chose the longganisas we ordered from where they were hanging.
When asked how they should be cooked, she shyly offered her advice, "kung ako, hinahayaan ko munang kumulo sa konting tubig, bago sya tusukin sa tatlong lugar. Minsan naman," she gestured, "tinatanggal ko yung lubid sa baba para hindi lumobo."
The longganisas are P180 a kilo and they are served with a big wide smile.