Famous Tarlac Delicacies: TUPIG
Tupig is a famous local delicacy of Tarlac
and Pangasinan. It consists of coconut milk, glutinous rice flour, young coconut meat and sweetener (usually sugar or molasses).
What gives tupig its distinct flavor is the banana wrapper and the way in which it’s cooked: grilled over charcoal and best on clay.
This local rice cake is widely available along McArthur Highway in Tarlac City right next to Victor’s Lechon Manok and a few kilometers after Luisita if coming from Manila. Tupig kiosks line up along the southbound side of the highway so it’s hard to miss.
If you just came from a vacation in Pangasinan, you’re in luck as the best tasting tupig in
Tarlac (at least for me and my family) is along Romulo Highway in Camiling: Dina’s Special Tupig. There, they still use
the clay oven or kugon, use multiple layers of banana leaves so the tupig doesn’t burn, and use a generous serving of ingredients.