Article by Therese Justine Bruel
Pampanga is known as the culinary capital of the Philippines, and there’s no question why! With a long history of cuisine, Pampanga boasts of a lot of exotic dishes, as well as traditional Filipino dishes with a special twist! Here are some Kapampangan specialties you really shouldn’t sleep on (as well as traditional Filipino food that taste great with that Kapampangan spin!):
It’s no secret that Pampanga is best known for its sisig—and why wouldn’t it ? This tasty and forever iconic mix of different cuts of pig will surely quell your appetite with its sizzling goodness!
We’ve all had kaldereta before. This hearty stew is most likely a dish you ate growing up, but have you ever tasted kalderetang kambing? If not, then you should! Having this surprising meat in an incredibly familiar broth brings a lot of freshness to an old favorite.
A Filipino take on Japanese tempura, camaron rebosado is an easy-to-make, easy-to-eat finger food that tastes good with or without the rice! Just dip it in some sweet chili sauce and get ready to eat it without end!
If you haven’t gotten your fill of seafood yet, why not try ginataang suso? Snails cooked in coconut milk—a true exotic delicacy for those inland! No doubt, you’ll enjoy just how rich and creamy this dish is—and really, the coconut milk is such a great contrast to the flavor of the snails!
But wait… there’s more!
Aside from the ulam (side dishes), Kapampangan cuisine also finds ways to elevate our street foods and our desserts! From chicharong bulaklak to chicken isaw (intestines), betamax (grilled chicken blood) to adidas (chicken feet), buko pandan to turon, and everything in-between—the culinary capital has got your tastebuds covered!
The best part is you don’t have to go to Pampanga to get a taste of these delicacies because Pampanga’s coming to you this June 12 to June 24, 2018 at Crimson Hotel Filinvest City through their Kapampangan Food Festival! For only Php1,514 a head (Php1,729 with free-flowing drinks!), you get to eat all of these dishes and more! Don’t miss out!