Food Trip Chronicles: Eating My Way Through Clark, Pampanga

It’s official, I will definitely be using this boring, unexciting title for all food posts to come. If you have any good suggestions, now is the time to speak up. If not, then we will be seeing this title regularly and probably even permanently. Gasp!

Back to regular programming, what started out as a Mt. Pinatubo Hiking Expedition became an Eating Adventure when local government announced that the volcano was unsafe due to bad weather. Our trip to Clark, Pampanga (that’s in Luzon, Philippines) evolved into a food frenzy with us trying as much of the local cuisine as possible.

For all ya’ll who don’t know, Pampanga is considered the best of the best when it comes to Filipino Cuisine – this province is the birthplace of the all-time favorite Sisig and other staple dishes around the country. It is also the place of exotic food like crickets and frogs and other creepy crawly creatures deep fried and served with secret spices. I couldn’t wait to get to eating, minus the weird crunchy munchies of course.

Betute or Crispy Kokak - Fried Frogs Stuffed with Pork Baybeh
Betute or Crispy Kokak – Fried Frogs Stuffed with Pork Baybeh

Authentic Kapampangan Cuisine at its finest
Authentic Kapampangan Cuisine at its finest
Pampanga's Most Popular Dish - The Morcon
Pampanga’s Most Popular Dish – The Morcon
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the ultimate drink – fresh coconut juice straight from the source
Fresh Lumpia - giant wanton wrappers stuffed with fresh vegetables and pork dipped in garlic sweet sauce. Totally a meal in itself
Fresh Lumpia – giant wanton wrappers stuffed with fresh vegetables and pork dipped in garlic sweet sauce. Totally a meal in itself
It's MORCON in the Philippines, get it? More Fun = Morcon? No? Okay...
It’s MORCON in the Philippines, get it? More Fun = Morcon? No? Okay…
Ground beef/pork, spicy spanish chorizo, queso de bola (sharp cheddar), hard-boiled egg and meat sauce in one delightful mini-loaf = HEAVEN
Ground beef/pork, spicy spanish chorizo, queso de bola (sharp cheddar), hard-boiled egg and meat sauce in one delightful mini-loaf = HEAVEN
Exotic food may not really be for everybody
Exotic food may not really be for everybody
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