READ: There's a raging debate about Sisig with egg and mayo

Sherry Tadeja
PUBLISHED June 6, 2018 03:21 pm | UPDATED June 6, 2018 03:41 pm
Photo from Ida Damo/Choose Philippines' Website

(Inside Manila) Sisig is one of the many local dishes that is ultimately Filipino, so beloved by the locals that even the American newspaper The New York Times gives it a thumbs up. However, there's a silent but raging debate about the dish—apparently, Kapampangans are not happy with its popular duo egg and mayonnaise.

According to the report by GMA News Online, Angeles City already claimed Sisig as their "Intangible Cultural Heritage" by the Sangguniang Panglungsod through Ordinance No. 405, Series of 2017 of Angeles City. The move was made to prevent the dish to further "cultural appropriation".

One of the highlighted parts in the report is the disagreement of most Kapampangans in the egg and mayonnaise in the classic dish. Angeles Tourism officer Joy Cruz even called "disrespectful".

A Facebook post even went viral after the report to inform Filipinos that the classic dish is not paired with egg or with mayo.

However, Chef Jam Melchor, President of the Philippine Culinary Heritage Movement, has something to say to this debatable topic.

In a Facebook post, he tells that taste varies and is subjective.

"Taste is subjective. Maaring ang masarap sayo ay hindi masarap para sa akin at maaring ang masarap naman para sa akin ay hindi masarap para sa iyo,"

He also defended Kapampangans outright rejection of the "sisig with egg and mayo" combination.

"You have to understand why the Kapampangans are passionate in terms of their food and in most things that they do. For them, its not about pantawid gutom anymore. Its their identity. Pag pinagusapan ang tradisyon, kasama na dito ang food culture which is an intangible heritage so hindi na mawawala yun sa puso at isip nila,"

However, he believes that Filipinos must be "open-minded" to such innovations.

"But we have to remember, for a cuisine to flourish we must allow innovations. Acceptable innovations. Kailangan maging open-minded tayo,"

"Yes, I don’t like sisig with mayo or egg on top of it. But I don’t mind eating it. I don’t mind seeing sisig served as a burrito in a food truck in San Francisco. Actually, it makes me more proud as a Filipino, seeing sisig standing side by side with other cuisines. Although, I know my heart truly belongs to the sisig served beside the riles," he added.



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