The Philippines have a rich history of cuisines, and the 'Sizzling Sisig' from Washington, DC, restaurant Purple Patch is just one of the many traditional dishes that originated in the country. Though Filipino cuisine doesn't have the clout that other Asian cuisines enjoy in North America, Purple Patch's Sizzling Sisig is tasty enough to start the culinary spread.
According to the head chef at Purple Patch, sisig as a dish dates back as far as the 18th century, but the modern incarnation of the dish was invented during WWII. The GIs in the Pacific would eat everything on the pig except the head, and so the Filipinos selling food to the soldiers would use the head meat for their own dishes. Purple Patch's sisig, however, is made from the more familiar belly and shoulder cuts.
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