Cebu is home to a number of delicacies that have tickled the taste buds of Cebuanos for generations. One sinful yet scrumptious delicacy found in the City of Carcar is the chicharon or pork crackling. Yes, other places in the archipelago offer this stroke-inducing snack item, but the chicharon in Carcar is one delicacy no one could ever resist.
The City of Carcar is located in the southern part of the island. It is one of the oldest towns in Cebu and was once called Sialao prior to the coming of the Spaniards. It is considered as a Heritage City due to the numerous structures that were built during the Spanish and American eras. It is around two hours away from Cebu City. If you ride a bus, you would have an idea if the bus is nearing Carcar since the price of the chicharon sold by vendors boarding the bus would gradually go down. The lower the price, the closer you are to Carcar.
Chicharon is made of pork rind that is boiled in water with spices and salt before it is cooked in hot oil. The chicharon-making industry in Carcar supposedly started in the 1900s when a couple started selling the delicacy after they discovered the delectable taste offered by pork rind boiled in oil.
Today, there are many chicharon makers in Carcar, all of whom claim to be the original and the best. But, judging from the taste, all of them can be considered the best when compared to chicharon made in other places. This makes Carcar the center of the chicharon industry in the island of Cebu.
One distinctive feature of the chicharon from Carcar is the meat that comes with each piece. While you can buy chicharon without the meat, the best ones are the ones with meat on them. This variety of chicharon can be eaten either on its own with vinegar or it can be eaten with rice for a regular meal. It can also be used as an ingredient to a dish, like sautéing it with vegetables.
While it is not quite healthy, the chicharon from Carcar does taste absolutely divine. Just make sure you eat it in moderation. So, if you are going on a trip down south, do not forget to make Carcar one of your stopovers and bring this sinfully delightful delicacy with you. The chicharon from Carcar is also available in major supermarkets and groceries as well as pasalubong center in and around Metro Cebu.
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Available in leading supermarkets and pasalubong shops.