Tuesday, August 4

Recipe of the Day

Awhile back we touched on what exactly is Filipino food. Ask any Filipino to name a favorite dish and without reservation many will mention Sisig. With its origins at the Aling Lucing restaurant in Angeles City, Pampanga, this dish has come to symbolize the ingenuity present in many Filipino dishes. Most who have had the pleasure of consuming this dish can attest to its varied flavors and textures, all combined into a wonderful menage of perfectly prepared pig parts. Its for this reason we bring you a sisig recipe courtesy Pinoy-recipes.net.

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* 1-1/2 lbs pork cheeks (or 2 lbs deboned pork hocks)
* 1/2 lb pork tongue
* 1/2 lb pork ear
* 1/2 lb liver (pork, beef or chicken)
* 2 cups water (for boiling)
* 1 cup pineapple juice (for boiling)
* 1 tsp whole black peppers (for boiling)

Marinade seasonings:

* 1 cup chopped onions
* 3-4 finger hot peppers (siling labuyo) (seeded and chopped)
* 1/4 cup vinegar
* 1/4 cup calamansi juice (lemon juice)
* 1/4 cup pineapple juice
* 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
* 1 clove garlic, minced
* 1 tsp whole black pepper (crushed)
* 1 pc bay leaf (crushed)
* Salt to taste

Sisig Cooking Instructions:

1. Combine pork cheeks (or deboned pork hocks), ears, and tongue in pineapple juice, salt, water and crushed whole black pepper and bring to a boil; simmer for about 1 hour or until tender.

2. Drain and cool to room temperature.

3. Slice pork cheeks/hocks, liver, ears and tongue, into 2″X3″ X 1/4″ thick pieces.

4. Place in bamboo skewers and grill over charcoal briquettes until pork rind is crisp and browned.

5. Chop the grilled pork cheeks/hocks, liver, ears, and tongue into 1/4 inch sized cubes;

6. Mix the chopped meat with the marinade seasoning mix of garlic, ginger, onions, vinegar, calamansi juice, hot peppers (siling labuyo), bay leaf, salt and pepper;

7. Keep the marinated mixture in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours before serving.

8. Serve on sizzling plate. (like fajitas)

The meat can be substituted with almost any cut from any animal, but its hard to argue with the original. We like to throw in some bacon and it works well. Sisig is also complemented by a good beer such as San Miguel.

We hope you take the chance to try this recipe and get a taste of truly good Filipino food.

Photo courtesy: ~MVI~

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