SO GOOD IT'S SCARY : A Pampanga Alloween & Hall Saints Food Trip
The traditional way Halloween/All Saints Day
is supposed to be observed; but in Pampanga,
these two days are another horrifying excuse
for my family to enjoy terrifying amounts of food!!!
1. The. Best. KARE KARE. In. The. World.
My Tita Vedus' secret recipe;
the oxtails are simmered for hours
in the peanut sauce, and this results
in layers of the fat thickening the Kare-Kare,
a perfect melding of uric acid and cholesterol.
2. Double-Barelled BURO
On the left, more of a Balu-Balo,
slightly fermented rice & shrimp,
we eat it like lugao, our daily carb.
To the right, the smelly stuff: aged, hardcore Buro.
It's the Pampango Durian:
if you can stand the hellish smell,
you'll experience the heavenly taste.
3. BURONG BABI, a.k.a. Fermented Pork Belly
The preservative used for this delicacy
is now illegal: Salitre, a curing salt
so potent it's used for making explosives.
It's a good thing we have a secret stash
of this "Prague Powder #1", as it's essential
for the color, crunch, and salty-sour taste
of this Capampangan take on bacon!
4. LINDT CHOCOLATE Cheesecake
Not really a Capampangan Original,
but my cousin Charee, the family's genius baker,
always makes sure that we have all our
Basic Food Groups: Pork, Beef, Carbohydrates...
and Cheese and Chocolate,
in the form of this truly decadent meal-ender!