There are many places in the country to discover and visit when you talk about culinary dishes and food trip adventures. There are many food destinations when you travel across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao but there is one in Central Luzon that is truly the seat of wide culinary arts and tradition that the Philippines is known for.
Pampanga is the ‘Culinary Capital of the Philippines’ stemming back from centuries with flavorful dishes of epic proportions that satisfies the gastronomic adventures and palates of people with discerning tastes. Pampanga is the home of great chefs and cooks who share their love and passion when it comes to food traditions, be it from the favorite staple food on the table or exotic dishes; desserts and delicacies, Pampanga always have the best and rich variety of food to present on the dining table.
You wont spend the day and go home from your Pampanga trip without visiting Aling Lucing which is popular for its native and original Sisig dish. Regarded as to having the best Kapampangan Sisig dish, even all over the world, Aling Lucing’s is located in Angeles City and frequented by tourists and well-known personalities. Aling Lucing or Lucia Lagman, also known as the “Sisig Queen” is cited as the one who invented the mouthwatering Sisig dish.
Aling Lucing’s also offers other best-sellers on their menu but it’s really the sisig that people keep on coming back.
ALING LUCING’S – Glaciano Valdez St., Brgy. Agapito Del Rosario, Angeles City, Pampanga.
Mila’s Tokwa’t Baboy & Sisig
Don’t be confused with Aling Mila’s Lechon brand, Mila’s Tokwa’t Baboy & Sisig is different but it is also a household name in Angeles City and the whole Pampanga province for its superb dishes especially when it comes to their classic Tokwa’t Baboy since the late ’80s. Mila’s Tokwa’t Baboy & Sisig has also been vying to win the hearts of food lovers with their own rendition of the Sisig. Close enough, but Aling Lucing’s always get the top spot.
MILA’S TOKWA’T BABOY & SISIG – Brgy. San Angelo, San Andres St., Angeles City, Pampanga.
Located beside the busy main road in Bacolor, Apag Marangle is a Kapampangan restaurant that offers a variety of original homegrown cuisines that tummy travelers will surely enjoy.
The main branch in Bacolor sports a garden with fish ponds ambience and is considered as one of the best restaurants in Pampanga. Apag Marangle means ‘hain sa bukid’ when translated in Tagalog.
It’s another gastronomic adventure when you visit Apag Marangle. Some of the food served here are cooked in front of the guests to make their food journey more satisfying and appetizing.
Their signature dishes include Nasing Marangle, Ensaladang Manggang Bubut, Sizzling Balut, just to name a few.
Apag Marangle was established in 2008 offering authentic Kapampangan dishes that promotes culture and values through traditional passion-infused manner of slow cooking, culminating to the warm service to the table.
Apag Marangle was built on friendship by business partners Manuela Cherry Pasion-Tan and Mark Edmon C. Navarro who have been exposed to enriching culinary experiences as both come from families were old-fashioned cooking traces a rich history.
APAG MARANGLE – Jose Abad Santos Avenue, Sta. Barbara, Bacolor, Pampanga.
Teresita R. Razon’s Halo-Halo & Palabok
When you hear the restaurant’s name, there’s one thing that you will always remember – Halo-Halo!
Yup. Teresita R. Razon’s Halo-Halo & Palabok, which already evolved in many branches outside Pampanga and is an offshoot of the original Razon’s, has always been a favorite food stops of travelers for its native original flavored Halo-Halo – generally their best-seller. Teresita R. Razon’s Halo-Halo & Palabok serves this flavorful dessert in a glass with shaved iced over sun-ripened banana and Macapuno topped with Leche Flan and their own milk product every single day of the year and people never grew tired of it. And it’s no wonder that Teresita R. Razon’s Halo-Halo & Palabok, originally founded by three sisters (Virginia, Severina, and Elena), becomes the popular Halo-Halo destination in Pampanga.
Teresita R. Razon’s Halo-Halo & Palabok also served the classic Pancit Luglug and Dinuguan with Puto.
TERESITAS R. RAZON’S HALO-HALO & PALABOK – Jose Abad Santos Avenue, San Fernando City, Pampanga.
If you’re looking for affordably priced eat-all-you-can buffet style with all-Filipino Kapampangan selection, then Bale Capampangan is the one for you. The influx of customers in line at the buffet station means only one thing. They rock the house!
For P375, one person can enjoy a lunch or dinner buffet meal during weekends. Choices are overwhelming. They have grilled seafood, barbecues, soups, main course dishes, desserts, and drinks that are mixed of Tagalog and Kapampangan cuisines. You can go back to many plate changes as you want as long as you finished your first. Just make sure you have no left-overs or else you’ll be paying the P395 charge for it.
Bale Capampangan is a good place to bring your family, friends, and relatives. It’s a homey restaurant where food are presented in native set-up. Bistig Damulag, Camaru, and Adobong Balut are just few of the dishes that Bale Capampangan is known for.
BALE CAPAMPANGAN – McArthur Highway, Dolores, San Fernando City, Pampanga.
Comercio Central is the newest food hub inside the Clark Freeport, Clark Special Economic Zone in Calrk, Pampanga. It’s a weekend market place showcasing Pampanga’s best products, food and delicacies from different merchants inside the sprawling Clark Parade Ground. Comercio Central is part of Visit Pampanga 2018 tourism program supported by former Philippine President now Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and is spearheaded by Bessie Rustia of Creative Travel and Tour International.
According to Ms. Bessie, the lifestyle market is one way to attract visitors, foreigners and local tourists to the province. Comercio Central officially opened in December 2017 and after it showed progress and clamor, Rustia decided to continue Comercio Central to meet the demands from the guests.
Aside from the food, Comercio Central is also popular for the nightly entertainment featuring local bands in the province. As part of its success, Comercio Central recently opened the stage to budding artists to showcase their talents via Pampanga’s Got Talent – the 1st talent search competition from Comercio Central. Audition is still open and prizes are at stake for the winners. Pampanga’s Gpt Talent Opening Night was held last April 6 & 7 and will continue for the next three weeks until it commenced on April 29 for the Grand Concert Night.
Interested individuals and groups may visit Comercio Central on Facebook or log in at www.comerciocentral.ph to know more of Pampanga’s Got Talent contest mechanics and details.
Comercio Central is also supported by the Clark Development Corp., Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda, and the regional office of the Tourism Department.
Comercio Central is just a few minutes walk right across Royce Hotel & Casino.