Saturday, December 5, 2009

Day Two in Pampanga: Glorious Food at Bale Herencia

On our second day of our vacation in Pampanga, which was quickly turning into a major food trip, we were invited by our hosts to a birthday party for lunch.

The party was held in Bale Herencia. It is one of the oldest houses in Angeles, Pampanga having been built in 1860. It is now being used as a banquet hall for parties and other events.

We were delighted to go. That is, until we realized that it was a Filipiniana themed party. None of us brought our baro't saya and barong for the trip!

But of course we will never turn down a chance to savor Kapampangan food, and a birthday party in Pampanga is simply the best anyone can get. True to the Filipiniana-theme, the buffet had all the staples in a traditional Filipino banquet- there was embotido, pako (fern tips) salad with red egg, fried tilapia wrapped in banana leaves, rellenong bangus, and shrimps, among others. They were all equally delicious. Kapampangan food is known to be very flavorful or in the vernacular, "malasa". I think I had more rice than I had intended to eat that day.

The star of the show is, of course, the Lechon. But for me, it was the dessert buffet of locally made kakanin.

Believe me when I tell you that the Maja, and Sapin-sapin in Pampanga taste different and a whole lot better than anything else you can get in Manila. And the Moche, which comes in its own sweet and rich sauce-- it's the first time I've ever heard of and tasted that kakanin. It was sticky, gooey and absolutely yummy.

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