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    The Best Tidtad and Tocino del Cielo Recipes at SM-Phil Star Contest

    As the Culinary Capital of the Philippines, cooking in Pampanga is a major task lavishly prepared with natural creativity and talent. It is said that the kitchen is the biggest and most widely used room in the traditional Kapampangan household, where innovative and resourceful cooks have been whipping up gastronomic feasts for generations.

    A culinary capital is made up of great chefs who create culinary masterpieces one after the other – from the earthy exotic to the heartachingly heavenly. And when My City, My SM, My Cuisine recently made a stop at SM City Clark, the culinary roadshow not only gave mallgoers the rare opportunity to get a taste of Pampanga’s rich culinary heritage, but also honored its celebrity chef, Claude Tayag.

    A joint project of SM and the Philippine Star with support from Homeworld, My City, My SM, My Cuisine celebrates the flavors of Philippine regional cuisine through a culinary contest featuring two signature recipes from fourteen cities where SM malls are located.

    Held just in time for the Hot Air Balloon Festival, the event also showcased two of Angeles City’s signature dishes gifts in a cookfest –Tidtad, which is for the Kapampangan version of dinuguan for the entrée and Tocino del Cielo for the dessert.

    Chef Richard Aranas’s delectable Tidtad entrée and Columba Neresa Rebancos’ heavenly Tocino del Cielo dessert were adjudged winners by the distinguished board of judges, which included former Tourism Undersecretary Evelyn Pantig, Kuliat Foundation President Annette Tinio, SM Department Store Assistant Branch Manager Anthony Raymond Ochoa, and Metropolitan Museum Trustee Cora Alvina.

    They each received P5,000 worth of SM Gift Certificates and Sunnex Gift Packs from Homeworld from Angeles City Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigtin and SM Vice President for Marketing Millie Dizon. The rest of the finalists received P1,000 worth of SM Gift Certificates and Gift Packs from Homeworld.

    But the man of the hour was Angeles City’s culinary authority and celebrity chef, Claude Tayag, who put our country’s cuisine in the international map when he hosted Anthony Bourdain for his No Reservations television show.

    Distinguished guests including Angeles City First Lady Mrs. HerminiaPamintuan; Atty. Jun Roma of Nayong Pilipino, and Camalig Restaurant’s Mark Nepomuceno; as well as members of the Tayag family led by Claude’s wife Mary Anne enjoyed the two beautiful showcases that depicted the kitchen and garden of his well-known Bale Dutung Restaurant.

    The showcases not only highlighted Claude as a chef, but also as a renaissance man – an artist, sculptor, and furniture designer – with samples of his artwork and furniture.

    In keeping with the My City, My SM, My Cuisine tradition, a video presentation showcased the heirloom recipes of the Tayag family.  Claude gave mallgoers a sample of his mother’s Patang Mole and Sinigang Kapampangan; while his sisters Carmen McTavish and Uppercrust’s DorenTayag shared their family’s Begucan Babi and Claude’s Dream recipes.

    Guests enjoyed these signature dishes from the Tayag family, as well as Kapampangan recipes from Camalig Restaurant and Philippine Women’sUniversity students. The spread was also highlighted by delicious homegrown cuisine – Cabalen, Congo Grill, Ikabod, and Betty’s.

    My City, My SM, My Cuisine in Clark is the thirteenth stop of this exciting culinary event, which first took place in April in Santa Rosa where participants competed for the best Puchero with Lauya and Puto Maya withKilawing Puso ng Saging.  It then proceeded to Lucena in May, where contestants whipped up the best Hardinera and Bucayo recipes; and then to Cavite in June for the Tamales and Sapin-Sapin cookout.

    Great music and great food highlighted the event at SM City Batangas, where food lovers competed for the best Kaldereta and Coconut Dessert recipes; and in August, My City, My SM, My Cuisine made a stop at SM City Cagayan de Oro for the best Singulaw and Pineapple Dessert recipes. A month later, it made a stop in Naga in time for the Our Lady of Penafrancia celebrations, where contestants competed for the best Laing or Pinangat and Pili Desserts. 

    More recent My City, My SM, My Cuisine stops took place in SM City Marilao, which showcased Bulakeno specialties as well as the best Pancit Marilao and Pastillas Dessert recipes; and in SM City Davao where its rich culinary culture was highlighted along with winning Tuna entrees and Durian desserts. Negrense specialties like Lumpiang Ubod and Piyaya were highlighted when the competition made a stop in SM City Bacolod.  Just in time for Christmas, My City, My SM, My Cuisine made a stop in Pampanga for the best Bringhe and Tibok Tibok recipes.

    This January, this culinary roadshow went South: to Iloilo where foodies competed for the best Pancit Molo and Mango Dessert recipes; and to Cebu for the best Humba entrée and Massareal and Dried Mango desserts. 

    My City, My SM, My Cuisine is a joint project of SM and the Philippine Star with support from SM Homeworld, Nayong Pilipino, Museo Ning Angeles, and Philippine Women’s University.


    My City My SM My Cuisine Cookfest winners  Neresa Rebancos for Tocino del Cielo, and Chef Richard Aranas of Congo Grille for Tidtad with (from Left) SM VP for Marketing Communications Millie Dizon, Internationally known chef Claude Tayag and Angeles City Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting


    Chef Richard Aranas’s winning Tidtad recipe


    Neresa Rebancos’s winning Tocino del Cielo entry


    My City My SM My Cuisine’s  Cookfest  judges (from L-R) Former Undersecretary of Tourism Evelyn Pantig, Food Writer and Metropolitan Museum’s Board of Trustee’s Cora Alvina, and SM City Clark Department Store’s Anthony Raymond Ochoa


    Angeles City’s First Lady,  Mrs Herminia Pamintuan, wife of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan


    Central Luzon Daily EIC Mr. Arthur Cabigting with wife,  Angeles City Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting


    Atty. Jun Anota, Executive Director of Nayong Pilipino Clark with Chef Claude Tayag  and wife.Mary Ann Quioc Tayag


    Owners of Historic  Camalig Restaurant Mr. Marc Nepomuceno with wife Lourdes and son Pio Rafael Nepomuceno


    Local talents April Delos Santos and Jonas David gave a moving performance of The Prayer for the Doxology


    Internationally known Chef Claude Tayag with SM VP for Marketing Communications Group Millie Dizon and event host Cecille Yumul


    SM City Clark’s Assistant Mall Manager Anna Datu


    Chef Claude Tayag with wife Mary Ann and their nieces  Denise, Therese, Rachel, and Kriska beside the panel on The Tayags of Pampanga


    Begukan Babi, an heirloom recipe from the  TayagFamily


    Claude Tayag’s Pata Mole


    Pritong Hito at Burong Kapampangan from Ikabud


    Cabalen’s Sisig Bangus


    Congo Grille’s Kuhol at kangkong sa gata


    Cabalen’s Kare Kare


    Pancit Lomi Guisado from Universal Chef Catering


    Cassava Cake by Betty’s  Native Cakes


    Duman from Betty’s  Native Cakes


    The Nayong Pilipino Clark performers thrilled the crowd by dancing on stilts


    The Nayong Pilipino Clark performers in a dance from Northern Philippines


    A replica of the old Kitchen with pugon of Bale Dutung is showcased during the event

    SM shoppers and Philippine Star readers can submit their recipe of their city’s selected entrée and dessert along with their name, address, and occupation to sm_starculinary@yahoo.com. They can also mail these to the Publicity Department, Building C, SM Corporate Office, JW Diokno Boulevard, Pasay City, or the Lifestyle Section of the Philippine Star at R. Oca Jr. and Railroad Streets, Port Area, Manila.

    Ten finalists will be selected – five for entrees and five for dessert.  Two winners – one for entrée and one for dessert – will be selected from each city during the culinary contest that will be held in time for the city’s festival.  The two winners will each receive P5,000 worth of SM Gift Certificates, while finalists will receive packs from SM Homeworld.