|Sisig. Source: Robyn Lee|
Anyways, the word "sisig" is Kapampangan (language spoken in Pampanga, Philippines) for "to snack on something sour". But, it also refers to the method of marinading meat or fish in something sour before seasoning it with spices. Often times, sisig is prepared as sizzling sisig, where pig's head and liver are seasoned with calamansi (Philippine lime) and chili peppers, then served on a sizzling plate. The dish is said to have originated from locals who bought leftover pig parts from the Clark Air Base in Angeles City, Pampanga. Since the leftover pig parts were usually thrown out, the locals were able to buy them cheap. With a little bit of sauce, seasoning, and creativity, the locals were able to create the sisig we know today. So. Resourceful. Lucia Cunanan of Angeles City, a.k.a. The Sisig Queen, is credited with inventing sisig. Her famous sisig consists of boiled pig ears and cheeks seasoned with chicken liver, chili peppers, vinegar, onions, and calamansi over a sizzling hot plate.
|Sisig. Source: Chip Sillesa|
Interested in trying sisig in New York City? Check out these great Filipino restaurants below:
1. Maharlika: Pig ears, snout, cheek, and belly cooked three ways with garlic, bird's eye chili, red onions, and calamansi. For $16, it also comes with a side of garlic rice and egg mixed into the sisig.
2. Grill 21: Uses chopped pork belly with egg and "special spices" for $17.
3. Pig and Khao: Decent serving. Uses pork head, chili, and egg for $15.
4. Krystal's Cafe: Pretty big serving for $12 and it's still really good.
5. Ugly Kitchen: Nice big serving for $13. It's not super greasy and fatty but it's just right.
Do you live in San Francisco? Try Señor Sisig for some sisig tacos or sisig nachos.
|Sisig and San Mig Light. Source: C4Chaos|
1. Food and Wine: Recipe by Andrew Zimmern. He uses this intense marinade that makes me want to draw the recipe all over my body for the world to see. Basically, he chooses to marinade some pork belly with a beautiful mix of sexy flavors, including orange juice, peanut oil, lemongrass, Chinese chili paste, and garlic. Then, he roasts the pork belly in pineapple juice, bay leaves, cilantro, leek, carrots, and celery. At this point, the pork belly could be a meal on its own. BUT NO. He creates a sisig mixture consisting of celery leaves, shallots, scallions, calamansi, cilantro, vinegar, serrano chiles, salt, pepper, garlic, and peanut oil. While the mixture marinates, the pork belly is chopped up and cooked until brown on a skillet. Then, the pork belly is mixed into the sisig mixture and served. This is madness.
2. Kawaling Pinoy: Simple recipe. Follows the steps: Boil, Grill, Sauté.
3. Cooking Channel: Another simple recipe. Follows the steps: Boil, Grill, Sauté.
4. Chow: Complicated. Follows the steps: Boil Shoulder, Grill Shoulder, Braise Shoulder, Boil Pig's Ear, Grill Jowl, Broil Jowl, Cut and Grill Shoulder, Grill Everything.... I think? It's just really complicated.
By the way, my uncle makes the best sisig in the world. FACT.
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