Chicharrón from the Philippines
It’s a universal snack food that drives some people crazy with crunchy addiction. It will probably be outlawed in some country soon for being too tempting and unhealthy. But then some of the best foods are just that.
What is Chicharrón?
Chicharrón is deep-fried pig skin with some spices added. There’s very little else involved here. It comes in various forms but the most common comes in small bags found in nearly every store lightly flavored with salt and garlic.
Many locals dip the small pieces into a little dish of vinegar and chili. Not my favorite as it takes away the crunch. It’s often used as an accompaniment to beer or at fiestas.
Where can you find Chicharrón in The Philippines
There are numerous makers of Chicharrón in The Philippines. Many local stalls make their own, though these are losing out to the big manufacturers. Malls have countless stalls set up selling branded packets. You can’t miss the stalls as each one is draped in bag after bag of crunchy Chicharrón.
The best Chicharrón in The Philippines is …
The best Chicharrón I’ve tasted is the one flavored with chili, it adds a nice kick. I found this one in Davao, though it’s available nationwide.
But be warned it’s heavy on the calories, and I haven’t come across a medical person who doesn’t cringe at the thought of what it’s doing to your arteries. That said, Chicharrón is super cheap, tasty and a great gift to bring along to a party!
This is an additional post and one of a series highlighting Great Filipino food