Admit it, one of our favorite comfort foods is pizza. Imagine the warm base filled with well-loved toppings like cheese, meat and mushroom over the deliciously sweet and spicy tomato sauce. Isn’t that something to look forward to after a tiring day at work?
In Nueva Ecija, there is a pizza known as the Pastillas Pizza that challenges the convention of having tomato sauce on top of the pizza dough. Instead, kesong puti and pastillas are used to make the pizza delightfully different without compromising the comforting appeal of this popular snack.
Kesong Puti, or literally white cheese, made of unskimmed carabao’s milk, is a bit salty. However, it is greatly complemented by the pastillas that is so sweet you are going to ask for more. The pizza, of course, is best eaten when fresh from the oven because of the satisfying feel of the melting cheese and pastillas. However, it should be noted that this is a different hybrid of pizza so it might not readily sit well with the desires of your taste buds. Though different, you will still get the feel of the pizza you love because of the presence of pineapple, bacon, bell pepper and mushroom.
Localization, or the manner of adopting foreign concepts to suit local standards, is present all throughout the socio-cultural dimension of the Philippines. In food, it is also prevalent. Like in the case of the Pastillas Pizza, the western pizza that dominates our palates is reinvented to make use of regional ingredients such as the kesong puti and the local sweet pastillas.
It may not be your typical pizza, but it will certainly grow on you. It’s different, but it’s delicious so you must give it a try. Best news? It’s relatively affordable. The 12-inch pizza only costs 350 pesos.
Now craving for Pastillas Pizza? It’s available at Aying’s Pastillas in San Fernando Sur, Cabiao, Nueva Ecija. You may contact them at 0915.872.1175 or 0922.496.1158.
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