No matter what the season is, some of us simply cannot resist the call of a good hot and spicy dish, even more so if you have a country club home in Tagaytay. The climate in the city is cool enough to make you have a hankering for something scorching. Of course, not all of the dishes in this list are categorized as spicy, although those that are not can certainly burn their way down your throat.
The name alone is enough to send you melting for sizzling means to burn with a hissing sound. This sound can be heard each time a drop of water hits the hot plate on which this Kapampangan dish is served on. There are numerous varieties, ranging from the sea (fish) to creatures of the air (chicken), but nothing beats the classic pork.
The first recorded mention of the word sisig, meaning “to snack on something sour” in Kapampangan”, can be seen in a Kapampangan dictionary dating back 1732. It wasn’t even a pork dish, but rather a green salad composed of green fruits with a salt, pepper, garlic and vinegar dressing. It evolved into the savory dish we all know and love when the locals bought the discarded pig heads of the US Air Force personnel in Clark Air Base, Angeles City, Pampanga. Said heads were then boiled, chopped and later marinated it in mix of soy sauce and vinegar. Lucia Cunanan popularized the dish in 1974, when she modified the dish with chopped onions, chicken liver, calamansi juice and placed atop hot plates.
If you want your fix of this Filipino favorite, head over to the Golfer’s Lounge where you can enjoy their “Sisig Kapampangan”. Pair it with a beer and you’re good for the cold night.
On a cold, rainy day, there’s nothing better than a good hot bowl of Arroz Caldo. Wherever you go in the Philippines, people from all walks of life will agree to this statement. It’s also a great dish to eat when you’re feeling a little under the weather or simply want to crawl under the sheets for some “me” time. This congee has strong Spanish connections, as one can tell from the name alone as “Arroz Caldo” literally means “Rice Broth”. If you’re craving for some but aren’t in the mood to leave your home, don’t worry because you can order it from the Home Delivery Menu of Tagaytay Highlands.
Seafood Hot and Sour Soup
You have to agree that one of the best ways to warm yourself is by drinking a nice, big bowl of soup. It doesn’t matter what kind of soup it is, as long as it’s steaming hot. Of course, having it spicy is a bit of an added bonus which is why we highly recommend the seafood hot and sour soup from China Palace. The biting and spicy broth combined with the sea’s precious bounties is perfect after a day strolling in the coolness of Tagaytay Highlands.
These delicious dishes from Tagaytay Highlands are some of the best in the country. Take one bite and for sure you’ll want more.