Tag: Kapampangan

Bourdain, Bulanglang and Bale Dutung

Claude Tayag preparing the sisig babi
Claude Tayag preparing the sisig babi

Considering the fact that Anthony Bourdain had to travel thousands of miles to feast at Bale Dutung, Happyfoodies’ return trip to the wooden house in Angeles City was comparatively, a small sacrifice.  Nay, call it miniscule especially considering the gustatory reward which is, following the Kapampangan stereotype, lavish.

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Bale Dutung: Feeding the tummy, filling the mind

Bale Dutung Brulee

When traveling to the north, making a stopover in Pampanga is always a sensible decision.  And why not?  Kapampangans are really known for their rich food tradition.   But eating takes on a deeper, and should I say cultural, meaning when you make a stop at Bale Dutung. Tucked in a residential village, the place looks more like a house than a restaurant which it actually is, being the abode of chef/cook/artist Claude Tayag and his wife, Maryanne.  That said, the treatment we got was more akin to dining in a friend’s house.

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