Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Hilaga, Pampanga and Food

Did you know that Pampanga has a tourist village called Hilaga? This village showcases the beauty and culture of the four Northern Regions of Luzon. Hilaga features each region through its exhibit walls and food booths, and it also houses a bird and botanical garden.

But this isn't the only attraction in Pampanga. What it is most famous for is its food. Which is not surprising considering that Kapampangans really take their food seriously – each dish having the right amount of spices and having the appropriate accompanying dip or sawsawan. In other words, if you will be eating Nilagang Baka, be sure to have patis with kalamansi on the side. Almondigas? Prepare toyo and kalamansi since that goes best with it. Fried Pork Chop? Chopped onions swimming in vinegar with a little siling labuyo thrown in for that added bite is the perfect companion.

Pampanga has produced some of our more famous dishes. This province gave us the longganisa (sweet and spicy sausage – pork, chicken or fish), kalderetang kambing (goat stew), and sisig (which is made from pork cheeks and ears)!

Now if you'll excuse me, I think I'm going to have some of that Kare-kare (partnered with bagoong alamang, of course).

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