Going on a Pampanga food trip? Try these potato dishes
MANILA, Philippines – When in Pampanga, one of the first things we look forward to is tasting their famous sisig.
However, Pampanga has a lot of hidden gems undeservedly eclipsed by its more mainstream counterparts.
Aside from Pampanga's well-loved delicacies, there are other delicious things to try when in the area.
A new way to cook potatoes
Potato dishes aren’t known as a Pampanga specialty – but over the next few months, they could be taking over the culinary spotlight in the city.
Potato Safari, a yearly campaign by Potatoes USA, challenges local restaurants to put their own spin on various recipes using US potatoes.
“Through Potato Safari, we would like to introduce innovative uses of potatoes in different dishes – from appetizers to desserts. At the same time, we encourage our partner restaurants to expand their menu and delight their customers with unique offerings this summer,” said Reji Retugal-Onal, country representative of Potatoes USA.
Taking things a notch higher than the ubiquitous French fries, the unassuming vegetable was used to create more innovative recipes. Four chefs from Pampanga cooked up delicious and imaginative meals, taking advantage of the versatility of US potatoes.
On your next trip to Pampanga, consult the list below to find out what new, quirky dishes you can try and where. Check them out soon – they’re available for a limited time only!
[Note: Guests should call and make reservations first if they want to try the potato dishes in the following restaurants.]
25 Seeds by Chef Sau del Rosario
Address: 2/F Dycaico Ancestral House, Barangay Sto. Rosario, Angeles City
Number: (0905) 257-7149
25 Seeds uses farm-sourced plants for their intercontinental dishes, in this case incorporating US potatoes into beloved Filipino classics. For these meals, acclaimed chef and restaurateur Chef Sau del Rosario, who was trained in French cuisines with stints in top restaurants and hotels in Paris and Singapore, goes back to his roots – while adding a twist.
Amare by Chef Chris Locher
Address: Royce Hotel, M.A. Roxas Highway corner Ninoy Aquino Avenue, Clark Freeport
Number: (0905) 444-9167
Amare, which specializes in classic and contemporary Italian cuisine, made US potatoes just the thing for fine dining by combining steak and potato pancakes. The gourmet meal is nothing less than what you’d expect from its creator, Chef Chris Locher, who worked as head chef in Malacañang and in hotels and restaurants across Europe.
Banh Mi by Chef Rex Soriano
Address: 1-1 Pacimar Estate Jesus St., Pulunbulu, Angeles City
Number: (0999) 817-7896
Hole-in- the-wall eatery Banh Mi turned US potatoes into a sweet treat with a touch of Vietnamese flavor. Chef Rex Soriano, the one we have to thank for this snack, has worked for the top chefs in the US, including Nobu Matsuhisa in New York, Wolfgang Puck in Los Angeles, and Bobby Flay in Las Vegas.
Denlim's Kitchen by Chef Dennis Lim
Address: Maharlika Street, Sindalan, San Fernando City
Number: (045) 435-0067
Denlim’s Kitchen is a restaurant perfect for intimate family gatherings. These US potato-based comfort dishes, perfect for sharing, add to the cozy ambiance. Chef Dennis Lim’s culinary talent comes not from formal training, but from passion and years of experience – just like the vibe we get from family home-cooked meals.
Have you tried any of the dishes above? What do you think of the potato-laden spin they put on the original recipes? – Rappler.com
The Potato Safari is an annual campaign of Potatoes USA Philippines which challenges local restaurants to create innovative recipes using US potatoes. These dishes will then be offered to the public for a limited time.