One of the tastiest Filipino dishes that I have tried is pork binagoongan. It is a type of pork stew wherein pork slices (usually the belly part), are sautéed in onion, garlic, and tomato, and then cooked with shrimp paste.
Shrimp paste or bagoong are fermented krill, which are small crustaceans that resembles a shrimp. This is an important ingredient in Filipino cuisine. It has been a part of many popular Filipino dishes such as kare-kare and even batchoy.
Binagoongan is usually eaten for lunch along with rice. This can also be consumed for dinner if you prefer to have something heavy. Aside from pork, chicken and beef can also be used as alternative ingredients.
Eggplant is a good addition to the dish because it balances the flavor. Bagoong can be too salty depending on the variety. Adding a piece of eggplant is always a good idea. It can also help reduce your rice intake because it makes the dish less salty, which can mean lesser rice during consumption.
Try this Pork Binagoongan Recipe. Enjoy it with warm white rice. Happy cooking!
- 1 1/2 cup pork belly
- 2 pieces tomato cubed
- 1 piece eggplant sliced
- 2 piece long green pepper. sliced.
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 3 tablespoons white vinegar
- 4 tablespoons bagoong alamang
- 1 piece onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons cooking oil
- Heat oil in a pan. Saute onion, garlic, and tomato.
- Once onion and tomato softens, add pork. Saute until pork turns light brown.
- Add bagoong alamang (shrimp paste). Cook for 1 minute.
- Pour vinegar. Stir. Add water. Let boil. Cover the pan and cook in low heat for 45 minutes or until pork tenderizes.
- Add eggplant. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
- Put long green pepper and season with ground black pepper.
- Transfer to a serving plate. Serve with warm white rice.