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Unusual Pairings: Pititian With Papaya Atsara

By sanju on 3 May, 2012

Growing up, my mom introduced my to having Chicharon with papaya atsara (pickled raw papaya) instead of the usual vinegar dip.  All this time, I thought that this pairing was unique to our family.  Little did I know that this is actually how it’s done in some restaurants and homes in the Pampanga area.

I recently visited Binulo Restaurant in the Clark area to sample their version of Pititian (P195).  A platter of fresh fried pork chicharon (pork rind), with laman of course, served with a side of papaya atsara made in-house. For this dish to work, Aside from having a well-made chicharon, I think the secret lies in the type of papaya atsara one would use.  The atsara has to have a good tart to sweet ratio.  One must not overpower each other.  The Binulo papaya atsara has this down pat. Grated carrot strips and raisins enhance the textural dimensions. Heap some atsara on the chicharon, take a bite and marvel at the explosion of flavors; perfect foils indeed.

Obviously, one does not have to travel all the way to Pampanga to enjoy this. It can easily be enjoyed at home with your favorite chicharon from your usual suki or purveyor and papaya atsara.  Wash this down with an ice-cold bottle of beer and revel.

Binulo Restaurant is also worth visiting for their other Campangpangan dishes.  Try their Kare-Kare, Horno, Fried Hito with Buro and Kuhol sa Gata.  Next time you happen to be in the Clark Area or are driving northward, Binulo is worth the stop.




Binulo Restaurant
Bldg N6410 MA Roxas Highway
Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines
Tel +6345 4992238


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  • MAY 3, 2012 11:19 AM

    kitchyart said...

    This looks really good. In my lola's house, we crush chicharon bulaklak on top of soupy rice (usually nilaga). It's double deadly but it's one of those meals that remind me of her.

  • MAY 3, 2012 11:40 AM

    Anonymous Paul said...

    My folks used to put UFC banana ketchup on chicharon. Then eat it with rice.

  • MAY 3, 2012 6:55 PM

    rosedmd said...

    THat's The BEST!!! I love chicharon dipped in vinegar and eaten with atchara. and hot steamed rice!!! YUMMY

  • MAY 3, 2012 7:10 PM

    bobby said...

    you should try chicharon with a mixture of bagoon alamang and spicy vinegar. heaven

  • MAY 3, 2012 11:45 PM

    Hazel said...

    i tried pairing chicharon with atsara as well.. i liked it! :D

  • MAY 7, 2012 3:19 PM

    sanju said...

    Paul and Kitchyart, It makes you realize the number of variations/combinations can be mind boggling. I guess its trial and error combined with personal taste.

  • MAY 7, 2012 3:24 PM

    sanju said...

    Hazel and Rosemd, I am glad you guys liked it!

  • MAY 7, 2012 3:25 PM

    sanju said...

    Bobby, Will try that next time.

  • MAY 9, 2012 10:49 AM

    Wyatt said...

    This is the usual pairing in Pampanga. Where there is chicharon, there's atsara.

  • MAY 10, 2012 10:21 AM

    sanju said...

    Hi Wyatt, Yes, you are right. It is common practice in Pampanga most especially in homes.

  • OCTOBER 20, 2012 7:19 PM

    Kim said...

    I thought i was weird for pairing chicharon and atsara! Yummy treat!! Having that as dinner while browsing your blog

  • OCTOBER 22, 2012 11:47 AM

    sanju said...

    Hi Kim, Glad you enjoyed. Please continue to stop by!