It’s chicharon time!
Admit it—by simply hearing that phrase, you already have this urge to relish a pack of crunchy and flavorful chicharon!
Among the list of amazing Filipino dishes that we all love to enjoy, it is no secret that chicharon is right up there on the list. Take a bite of SLERS Chicharon and you’ll definitely know what thousands of fellow Pinoys mean when they say it’s their favorite snack. It’s not just crunchy and delicious; it’s one powerful appetizer!
For tourists who aren’t familiar with chicharon, the food is also known as pork crackling or pork rind; it basically consists of fried pork belly or pork skin. This dish, which is extremely popular in the Philippines, is actually a culinary influence from Spain. Spelled as chicharrón, the dish is a famous appetizer in other countries with Spanish influence including Mexico, Panama, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru, and Guatemala.
Here in the Philippines, chicharon is usually eaten as a snack, but it’s more than that—it’s also a popular pasalubong and pulutan! In this article, we want to share with you the top five reasons why chicharon is such a hit in the Philippines. Here they are:
It’s Cheap but Definitely a Satisfying Meal
One of the common reasons why chicharon is well-loved by Filipinos is because it’s affordable and its worth is more than its price. For only 20 to 30 pesos, you can already enjoy eating this crunchy food when hanging out with your friend, enjoying inuman season (it’s actually a well-known pulutan for mahabang-habang usapan). And not just that, you can even enjoy eating it during long and tiring travels; when you are studying for major exams, or when you are just really hungry.
It’s More Than Just a Snack!
It may be a regular pulutan or snack in the Philippines, but it is more than just that. Chicharon can actually be used as an ingredient in several Filipino dishes to add crunchiness and flavor to them. Among the most common dishes added with chicharon are palabok and ginisang monggo.
And not just that, SLERS has also come up with a unique rice meal, which they call Chicharice. As its name implies, this meal is basically a combination of fried rice and SLERS’ famous chicharon. You can try this dish at SLERS Café for only PHP 90.00 including drinks!
It Has Plenty of Variety
Chicharon has plenty of variety that you can choose from. There’s chicharon with laman (pork rind with meat attached to it), chicharon bilog (made from pork belly skin), chicharon bituka (deep-fried large intestines of pork), ground chicharon, chicharon bulaklak (made from intestine railings of pork), and a lot more.
And besides the classic chicharon made from pork, Filipinos have come up with unique varieties including chicha-rabao (crispy chicharon made from carabao skin), bacon chicharon, baked chicharon, buffalo chicken skin chicharon, fish chicharon, squid chicharon, and chicken chicharon. See? Your chicharon choices are unlimited!
It’s Comfort Food!
Chicharon is no doubt comfort food; it makes conversation fun, and turns the mood vibrant. Not just that, for Filipinos who are working abroad, a pack of chicharon is more than enough to alleviate their homesickness.
If you have relatives, friends, or family members working abroad who are coming home, spoil them with the best chicharon in the city, and that’s none other than SLERS’. OFWs are always excited to enjoy Pinoy food, so it’s only sensible that you treat them with chicharon too!
It’s Best When Paired with Sawsawan
A lot of Pinoys love their chicharon with sawsawan. It brings outs the flavor of the chicharon and makes it more fun to eat. To make a classic vinegar sawsawan, mix together 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 1/8 teaspoon table salt, 1/4 teaspoon white sugar, and 1 clove of crushed garlic. If you want to make the sawsawan spicy, add red chili and a pinch of pepper.
What makes SLERS chicharon a great food to enjoy is that you have free rein on how you want to eat it. You want it sour? There’s vinegar sauce you can make as sawsawan. You want it spicy? Make your sawsawan spicy. You can even eat it anytime you want and pair it with almost anything, like your hot bowl of lomi or a cold bottle of beer. Your choice.
Have fun with your pack of chicharon! If you haven’t read it yet, here’s our guide to having a memorable summer vacation. Don’t forget to like SLERS on Facebook & follow us on Instagram for more updates on your newsfeed.