If Pampanga is still too far of a drive for you and your food cravings, no worries – local online shop Ready Set Eat is committed to delivering only the freshest and most authentic Kapampangan goodies to Metro Manila customers.
Ready Set Eat sells different kinds of authentic Kapampangan suman and tamales, freshly-made on the day of delivery.
The Suman Bulagta, a variant of Suman sa Lihiya, comes in two pieces at P40 an order, and is hefty, chewy, and slightly nutty, served with addictive, sweet latik (coconut curd) on the side. The light-green, mildly-flavored kakanin is made from glutinous rice and water, and then boiled in banana leaves until soft and sticky.
A personal favorite is the thinner, steamed sticky lacatan rice treat called Suman Tili, which costs P18 per piece. It’s perfectly chewy, a tad sticky, soft, and just the right amount of sweet that it doesn’t even need any latik, sugar, or coconut sauce as a topping. It’s also wrapped in banana leaves.
Ready Set Eat also has Suman Banos at P40 for five pieces.
If you’ve never tried Pampanga’s tamales delicacy before, you must – it’s a savory play on a rice cake that’s packed with meat, sauce, and lots of flavors. Ready Set Eat’s Regular Tamales (P75) is substantial and thick in size, made with ground sticky rice, coconut milk, annato sauce, peanuts, chicken, egg, and ham.
It’s a creamy rice cake that’s soft and almost gelatin-like, but flavored like a hearty chicken tomato stew and served with different toppings like chicken flakes, nuts, and egg bits for different textures. It’s also super filling!
Ready Set Eat also has Special Tamales (P85), made with additional crabstick.
The Kapampangan tamale, which is usually served in the town of Bacolor, was inspired by the Mexican cuisine staple of the same name. The Mexican dish is also made with a rice flour base, and is typically topped with various meats like chorizo, chicken, or pork and then steamed in a corn or banana leaf. It’s a Mexican household staple that can be enjoyed any time of day.
Cute bayong bundles are also available for the holidays – you can get a customized assortment of Ready Set Eat’s Kapampangan treats in handwoven bags at P200, P300, and P450, depending on the size.
Ready Set Eat’s delivery hub is based in Parañaque. Orders are pooled during the week, with pre-orders allowed until Wednesday. Deliveries to Metro Manila customers are every Friday.
A food truck from Pampanga delivers the freshly-made goodies to Ready Set Eat before Friday noon. Customers can place their orders via Ready Set Eat’s Instagram. – Rappler.com