5 Best Restaurants In Pampanga That Serve Authentic Filipino Cuisine

The province of Pampanga is known as the culinary capital of the Philippines.
The province of Pampanga is known as the culinary capital of the Philippines. (Photo: Roland Tanglao/Flickr)

The province of Pampanga is known as the culinary capital of the Philippines. It is famous for its sumptuous cuisine, given that it has a colorful gastronomic history. Kapampangan, which is the locals called, is also known as one of the best cooks in the country.

If you want to go on a Filipino food trip that is only a two-hour drive from Manila, here are the five the best places that you should visit. Surely, it will satisfy your cravings to have a taste of the authentic Pinoy cuisine.

Aling Lucing's Sisig

If you're a Filipino, you probably know that the place to find the best sisig is in Pampanga. Aling Lucing is known for creating this iconic real Filipino dish in the 1970s.

She invented this recipe using leftover pig parts, but it is actually made of fatty pork bits served on a sizzling plate topped with an egg. However, sisig means the Kapampangan way of cooking meat with seasonings like Philippine lime or calamansi, onions, and chili peppers. Since then, Aling Lucing was dubbed as the Sisig Queen.

Binulo Restaurant

Binulo means the way the indigenous Aetha cooks their food inside a bamboo stalk. Hence, all Binulo dishes are served from bamboo stalks, where they are also cooked in, per Red Planet Hotels.

This place is famous for serving authentic Kapampangan cuisine and grilled steaks from the United States. Some of its signature dishes are paco (fiddlehead fern), pangat na ulang (giant freshwater shrimps cooked in creamy, sour soup), and more Filipino food.

Everybody's Café

Kapampangan cuisine is also known for its exotic dishes, and that's what you're going to find at Everybody's Café. Here, you can try betute (fried stuffed frog), kamaru (fried crickets), and tapang kalabaw (cured carabao meat).

If exotic food is not your thing, this place also serves Filipino comfort food, like mami (Filipino noodle soup with flour noodles and meat or wonton dumplings), sinigang na sugpo (sour soup with shrimp), embutido (cured, dry sausages), and tsokolate batirol (chocolate drink). But, you can also try its best-seller, which is morcon, WK Adventures noted.

Mila's Tokwa't Baboy

Mila's Tokwa't Baboy began operating in 1989. It also served one of the best sisigs in Pampanga. However, their version is crispier than usual.

But other than sisig, it's also known for tokwa't baboy, a Filipino appetizer composed of pork ears, pork belly, and deep-fried tofu served in a mixture of soy sauce, pork broth, vinegar, chopped white onions, scallions, and red chili peppers. Mila gave this dish a different kind of twist by using its special sauce made from soy sauce, celery, and tomatoes.

The Original Razon's

It used to be a refreshment parlor until it became a household name, serving the best halo-halo (a concoction of crushed ice, evaporated milk, and various ingredients) and pancit palabok (noodle dish topped with shrimp gravy, shrimp, smoked fish flakes, pork cracklings, and eggs).

These two are the Filipino favorites that make The Original Razon's famous. In fact, its owners use the tagline, "The Halo-Halo & Palabok that Made Guagua Famous." Guagua is a city in Pampanga.

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