Sisig, according to Kapampangan history, refers to a salad of green papaya or guava with salt, pepper, garlic and vinegar as dressing. Unlike the sisig we know today, sisig was like a vegetarian salad probably eaten as a side dish.
Sisig has evolved over the years when Kapampangan started putting meat in it. Based on history, local residents bought unused pig heads from the commissaries of Clark Air Base in Angeles City, Pampanga for cheap price. Pig heads were not used in preparing meals for the U.S. Air Force personnel.
It’s around 1970’s that Lucia Cunanan aka Aling Lucing came to the scene and reinvented sisig. It was her who introduced the use of sizzling plate in serving the dish. Though the ingredients are basically the same with the traditional recipe, she changed the preparation of sisig. Pig parts (ears and cheeks) are first boiled, grilled, and chopped. It is seasoned with vinegar, calamansi juice, chopped onions and chicken liver and served in hot plates.
Aling Lucing’s humble eatery is located where the railroad once was, in one of the notorious place in the city. The place is not air-conditioned and it looks like a typical carinderia. But outside of its establishment are gorgeous cars and vehicles; and the customers come from all over walks of life — from regular denizens to actors and actresses and politicians. The place doesn’t matter really as long as they still serve the perfect sisig that we are all familiar with.
And despite of the many style and versions of the sisig being offered by restaurants, many people are still looking for that distinct taste.
Personally, what I love about Aling Lucing sisig is the creamy texture and the flavor of chicken liver. Some restos would add mayo to achieve that creaminess. Although, other versions are delicious as well but the nothing beats the original, I guess.
The perfect side dish to the sisig is buro (fermented rice) with mustasa (mustard greens), okra, and eggplant
Aling Lucing Sisig
Valdez St Agapito Del Rosario Angeles City,Pampanga
For reservations call (045)8882317 or 09182126461