One Friday evening my friends and I decided to have dinner at Jologs at the Lucky Plaza. I find it to be a clean, cozy restaurant that serves food for value. I’ve tried their -silogs and I always recommend it to my Filipino friends who are looking for Filipino foods. That evening though, I was in the mood to try something other than silog on their menu. And since I was not keen on eating rice either, I settled on puto and dinuguan. I was not the least disappointed. )
Dinuguan is traditionally made up of pork intestines cooked with pig blood (yah, to other cultures this sounds a bit ewwyy). As long as the cook knows how to clean the intestines, and the secret to remove the odor, dinuguan can be a truly delicious experience. The dinuguan I had at Jologs was not made up of intestines though, I think the meat came from the ear or face portion of the pork since it was a bit crunchy.
Puto is steamed rice cake and has a spongy and lightly fluffy texture. Some recipes put cheese on top, which is equally delicious as the plain version. For puto paired with dinuguan, I like it plain and not so sticky. This was just what I had that night.
1/2 kilo pork (diced)
1/8 kilo pork liver (diced)
1 small head of garlic (minced)
1 small onion (minced)
2 pieces laurel leaves
3 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup vinegar
3 tablespoons patis (fish sauce)
1-cup pig blood (frozen)
4 long green peppers
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1. In a pot, simmer pork for 30 minutes and remove scum
that rises to the surface. Keep stock.
2. In a casserole, heat oil and saute garlic and onion
for a minute.
3. Add in pork, pork liver, laurel leaves, patis, salt
& pepper and saute for another 5 minutes.
4. Add in vinegar and bring up to a boil without
5. Lower heat and allow simmering uncovered until most of
the liquid has evaporated.
6. Add in stock and allow simmering for 5 minutes.
7. Add in blood, sugar and long green peppers.
8. Cook for 10 minutes more or until consistency
thickens, stirring occasionally to avoid
9. Serve hot with puto.
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