The King and Queen of CHORIZO
caterer extraordinaire and
the original foodie of the Hizon Clan,
swore by MARCA EL REY;
no other brand of Chorizo de Bilbao
was allowed into any of her famous dishes.
One of her, and my Lolo Ompong's greatest legacies
was to instill an appreciation in their family~~
nay, make that a DEMAND~
to have only the best ingredients in our food.
These large 4-lb. emerald green cans
were omnipresent in her house in
San Agustin, San Fernando, Pampanga,
because her kids & grandkids just had to have
DACAL A CHORIZO!
To this day,
my cousins and I violently grapple with each other,
Ultimate Fighting Championship-style,
to get first dibs at the chorizos
in our Paella, Callos, and Pochero!
Our Clan's CHORIZO Tradition continues,
and Ninong Raffy, the Krispy Kreme King of Seattle,
regularly sends us our Marca El Rey stocks
via overstuffed door-to-door boxes from Washington.
And around this time of the year,
after the green cans have arrived
in time for all the Christmas Cooking,
I'm able to steal a couple of chorizos
every so often, and make the most sozy "silog" ever:
the perfect meal for a Saturday DiBiDi Marathon!!!