Anthony Bourdain, intrepid explorer of cuisines and lands both unknown and overlooked, pinpoints sisig as the dish likely to win Americans over to Filipino cuisine, according to CNN Philippines.
“Bourdain praised the sizzling, crispy pork dish, usually made from parts of pig head and liver. “I think it’s the most likely to convince people abroad who have had no exposure to Filipino food to maybe look further and investigate further beyond sisig. I think that’s the one that’s gonna hook them,” said Bourdain. He attributes American’s readiness to years of being exposed to international foods that share affinities to Filipino food.
“A lot of traditional Filipino food has sour and bitter notes, which are very unfamiliar to American palates of a few years ago. American palates have changed drastically,” he added. “I think there’s a really bright future.”
And according to U.K.’s The Independent, the popularity of sisig and other Filipino dishes in the United States is capturing the curiosity and palates of Brits:
“While there are only a handful of Filipino restaurants in London at the moment – including the incredibly popular Romulo in Kensington – where America goes, the UK often follows (with food anyway).”
For more predictions of the next hot Filipino dishes from Anthony Bourdain as well as his own efforts to promote it in the U.S., check out the CNN piece here: Anthony Bourdain: Sisig will ‘win the hearts and minds of the world’
Pictured: Sizzling pork sisig topped with an egg.