Pork Sisig

Pork Sisig

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Sisig translates to “snack on something sour” in Kapampangan. The dish originates from locals who bought pig heads from agents of the Clark Air Base. Pig heads weren’t used to prepare food for the Air Force personnel stationed there. The late Lucinda Cunanan is famously referred to as Aling Lucing-the Sisig Queen for pioneering the dish. Today, Pampanga is championed as being the culinary capital of the Philippines.
Pork Sisig is now a renowned dish served all over the world. Hundreds of variations have turned the dish into a household favorite. Pork sisig was usually served as an appetizer or a snack before meals. A few more ingredients and you have a full course meal. Add a tortilla or a crunchy shell and you have sisig tacos.

The process of cooking and preparing sisig takes some time. Furthermore, the history behind sisig and what represents it to Filipino culture is beautifully symbolized on the plate. The time is worth it! A healthier rendition is seafood oriented. Instead of the pork head, a medley of mussels, tuna, milkfish and squid with mayonnaise can be served. Oxbrains, chicken, and tofu are frequently used too. Tofu is an excellent substitute for a vegetarian adaption.

Pork sisig is popular in bars and restaurants across the Philippines. Many claim that it tastes excellent with a cold beer. Another companion of the savory dish is steamed white rice. Apparently, this not only brightens up the dish, but the flavors are concentrated. The crispy pork skin sizzling with the tender marinated, meat gives off a tangy taste and vivid aroma.

Pork Sisig
Serves 4
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  1. 1 1/2 lbs pig ears
  2. 2 lbs pork belly
  3. 1 medium onion, minced
  4. 4 tbsp soy sauce
  5. ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  6. 1 small ginger, minced
  7. 2 small green chilis, chopped
  8. ½ tsp garlic powder
  9. 1 lime
  10. 6 tbsp butter
  11. 1/2 lbs chicken liver
  12. 8 cups water
  13. 5 tbsp mayonnaise
  14. 1 1/2 tsp salt

  1. Add water into a cooking pot, add salt and pepper, and bring to a boil
  2. Add pig ears and pork belly and simmer for 1 hour

  3. Remove pig ears and pork belly and dry with a paper towel
  4. Grill both sides of pig ears and pork belly until brown

  5. Chop into small pieces

  6. In a separate pan, melt butter, add onions and cook until soft
  7. Add ginger and cook for 3 minutes

  8. Add chicken liver and crush while cooking
  9. Add chopped pig ears and pork belly and cook for 15 minutes

  10. Add soy sauce, chilis, and garlic powder and mix

  11. Add more salt and pepper to taste
  12. Add mayonnaise and mix well
  13. Move to plate and serve

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