Going on a Pampanga food trip? Try these potato dishes

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.

US Potato buro with Denlim's prok cracklings
US Potato Seafood Cup

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

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Potatoes USA is America’s potato marketing and research organization. Based in Denver, Colorado, Potatoes USA represents more than 2,500 potato growers and handlers across the country. Today, as the largest vegetable commodity board, Potatoes USA is proud to be recognized as an innovator in the produce industry.

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