Tupig from Pangasinan

Tupig is a native delicacy made with glutinous rice and grated coconuts wrapped in wilted banana leaves and cooked over live coals. Tupig-making is an important source of livelihood in Pangasinan.

tupig, a native delicacy made with glutinous rice and grated mature coconuts

We were on the road to Manila from Baguio and, when we reached Pangasinan, tupig hawkers swarmed around the car. We had enjoyed tupig before and my husband asked if we wanted some. We bought from a middle-aged hawker—seven packs for a hundred pesos with each pack containing three pieces of tupig.

A few meters down the road, we stopped to buy fresh ripe mangoes and sibuyas tagalog from a roadside stall. Another tupig hawker, this time a very young boy, stood by the window offering his tupig. Twelve packs for a hundred pesos, he said, and I wanted to faint. I thought the seven packs for a hundred pesos from the middle-aged hawker I bought from just a few minutes earlier was a good deal.

I wasn’t going to buy more as I felt we had more than enough than we could eat. But, my daughter Sam, from the backseat said, “Mommy, buy from him…” referring to the young boy. I told her we had enough. She said, “Mommy, nakakaawa…”

I don’t buy out of pity. But Sam sounded so urgent. I don’t know exactly why but I bought the twelve packs for a hundred pesos. It’s Wednesday and I’m still eating tupig back in Antipolo.

  • sharon — dc area

    hello miss connie! i love tupig…but beware of hawkers in pangasinan too, sometimes they would sell it real cheap and some of it are empty..anywayz, i just have to tell you that they featured tupig on discoverytravel…it’s Bizzarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern … he bought one from a vendor infront of quiapo and he didn’t like the taste…here’s the link of his travel, i hope they show it in the local discovery travel channel there in the philippines too..

    http://travel.discovery.com/tv/bizarre-foods/photos/bizarre-photos.html

    although he liked the one day old chick… =)

  • http://mygoodfinds.org KK

    Ate Connie,

    Pwede bang pa-file transfer ang tupig?  Pahinge naman, naglalaway na ako.  That’s one food I wasn’t able to eat in my list when I went home.  I wanted to get from the market in Pangasinan, kaya lang their market day is Wednesdays only.  I tasted one or two that my Lola bought and it was soooo good.  Pure malagkit and was stuffed.  I really miss the authentic rice delicacies from back home, iba talaga yung amoy at lasa. 

    Di bale nalang yung second batch, at least I’m sure you made Sam happy.

  • Connie

    hi sharon. tubig, bizarre? lol some foreigners are so, so clueless.

    KK, I’ll email it to you.

  • Connie

    hi sharon. tubig, bizarre? lol some foreigners are so, so clueless.

    KK, I’ll email it to you.