Anyways... I was just here last Saturday for yet another field trip. I was with Culture Shock Ph this time and our tour focuses on what the Kapampangans are really known for - food.
Saturday - December 15, 2012
It was around noon time when our tour group reached the Borromeo House, our first stop for this day's tour. Here, Atching Lillian, the carrier of her family's culinary flame, served us with traditional Kapampangan dishes (aaahh, sobrang sarap lang), which are heirloom recipes. All food are exceptionally good, flavors were not overpowering each other, tamang-tama lang ang timpla.
|Bringhe, sticky rice cooked in coconut milk, it has chicken and egg toppings. Tastes like arrozcaldo but a dry version.|
|Paksing Demonyo, pickled vagetables that tastes like atchara. I love this one.|
|Buro, fermented soft rice that is usually partnered to many other dishes. Smells awful, but has an interesting taste|
|Tidtad, the Kapampangan version of dinuguan, it is unique as it uses whole blood cubes instead of blood soup.|
|Sisig, probably the most famous Kapampangan Dish, it's made of chopped pig ears, brain, stomach and other internal organs. Works well with beer.|
|Atching Lillian as she prepares the cooking demo for everyone. She'll be making Panecillos de San Nicolas. By the way, this woman is one of the most outsanding Kapampangan of 2012. Awesome!|
|cookies on the making.|
|each cookie mold has a unique and intricate pattern.|
|and here's the finished product, Penecillos de San Nicolas|
For those who do not know, especially the younger generation who weren't born yet when the tragedy struck Central Luzon, the Province of Pampanga was one of the three Luzon Provinces (Tarlac and Zambales are the other two) that were badly devastated by the lahar that followed Mt. Pinatubo eruption in 1991. Major towns in Pampanga were sunk in lahar, including the town of Bacolor which for a brief time during the Spanish Colonial Period, served as the capital of the Philippines.
|San Guillermo Parish, the doorway you can see in the photo used to be the window of the choir on the second floor.|
This church was the one used in the famous teleserye, May Bukas Pa.
|Half of the church was eaten by the lahar|
|At the back of the church is a cemetery..|
|of course it was also eaten by the lahar|
|Betis is known for woodcarving|
|some of their work|
|creative and intricate|
|world-class and high-end export products|
|turon for mirienda, yummy!|
|they say it's the Sistine Chapel of the Philippines|
|Betis Church of Guagua|
|Everybody's Cafe for your exotic food cravings|
|Pako Salad, young fern head mixed with salted egg and tomato slices|
|Kamaru, or mole crickets. It has an interesting taste and texture, but I like it.|
Back in college, I was dissecting these little insects.
|Betute, or stuffed frog. Frogs taste like chicken they say.|
Still, I was dissecting these animals back in college.
Our day tour did not end yet. After the early dinner, we proceeded to the site of the Giant Parol Festival - I'll be creating a separate post for this one.
My big thanks to Culture Shock for letting me experience the food and heritage of Pampanga.
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