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Friday, July 16, 2010

Sisig: Filipino Favorite is S.F.'s Newest Breakout Dish

Posted By on Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 11:26 AM

click to enlarge Hapa SF offers a contemporary take on the traditional Filipino pulutan. - JUN BELEN
  • Jun Belen
  • Hapa SF offers a contemporary take on the traditional Filipino pulutan.
In the city's Summer of the Food Truck, there is one dish emerging as a foodie favorite: Filipino sisig.

Traditional sisig is pig ears, snouts, cheeks and jowls finely chopped, boiled, seasoned with kalamansi, onions, vinegar, chiles, salt and pepper, then grilled, and served sizzling on a hot skillet, sometimes topped with an egg. It is the ultimate pulutan, Filipino small plate enjoyed with friends over ice-cold beer.

click to enlarge Bangus sisig at Tastebuds in San Bruno. - JUN BELEN
  • Jun Belen
  • Bangus sisig at Tastebuds in San Bruno.
The Filipino grill house Tribu in San Bruno makes really tasty authentic pork sisig that has the right balance of salt, fat, sizzle, and crunch. Aside from pig face parts, popular versions of sisig use chicken and fish. Tselogs, a hole in the wall in Daly City known for its "silog" plates ― meat dishes served with übergarlicky fried rice and fried egg ― serves insanely inexpensive but incredibly tasty sizzling chicken sisig.

click to enlarge Chicken sisig at Tselogs in Daly City. - JUN BELEN
  • Jun Belen
  • Chicken sisig at Tselogs in Daly City.
Tastebuds in San Bruno deep-fries whole, boneless bangus (or milkfish), peels off the skin, chops the meat in tiny bits, seasons it with vinegar, onions, and peppers and serves the fish sisig-style on the "de-fleshed" crunchy fried skin.

In San Francisco, the newest Filipino taco truck to hit the street food scene, Señor Sisig, which makes its first appearance at Off the Grid tonight at Fort Mason Center, is getting a lot of buzz for its sisig tacos, burritos, nachos, and rice plates. Señor Sisig joins the ranks of other Filipino street-food purveyors: Adobo Hobo, with its signature sisig tacos and chicken adobos, and Hapa SF, with its refined, contemporary take on sisig and other classic Filipino dishes.

So many choices, so little time. Send us a note and share with us your favorite sisig spots.

Read more from Jun Belen at Jun-Blog. Follow us on Twitter at @sfoodie.

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