Category Archives: Pork

Kiam Pung: Chinese traditional salted rice with mustard

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If you like to cook paella, you will love Kiam Pung. The Kiam Pung looks interesting to me because of its similarity to Paella which I love to prepare. The green mustard leaves adds color to the otherwise drab brown colors of the adobo-looking mixture. The Japanese rice is much better than the malagkit rice that some recipes call for in paella.

Remember, the quantity of the ingredients should suit your personal preference and taste.

Here are the ingredients:

1 kilo pork liempo cut to cubes
1 kiko chicken cut to cubes
10 shitake mushrooms, dried (wash and soak in water, remove stems and cut into half)

1/4 cup sugar (to caramelize)

2 tablespoons large dried shirmps (hebe) soaked in warm water

1/4 cup or so Shallots (tagalog sibuyas)

Garlic

1/4 cup soy sauce

Japanese rice -soaked at least for 3 hours

Mustard leaves

Chinese sausages

Procedure

1. Heat oil in a pan. Caramelize 1/4 cup sugar. Stir until sugar turns into caramel color and becomes dark and bubbling. Turn heat to low.

2. add garlic, pork liempo, chicken and shitake mushrooms.

3. Pour in soy sauce. Add water until the level is a few inches above the pork and chicken. Cook over high heat till boiling. Cook for about an hour.

4. Remove from pan and remove the pork, chicken and mushrooms in another bowl. Separate sauce.

5. In a big wok, heat 1/2 cup oil. Saute the shallots till golden brown, followed by the hebe.

6. Add the Japanese rice and fry for a while. Pour in the sauce left from Step 4, with a proportion of 1:2 /1 cup of rice to 2 cups of liquid water and caramelized sauce. Mix well. Remove and to let cool.

7. Add in mustard. Cook till the rice is done.

Now that wasn’t hard, right? It also reminds me of adobo rice. The Kiam Pung is really tasty as the rice absorbed the seasonings of the sauce.

Stuffed Rolled Lechon Belly aka Cebu Lechon

To always remember, utilize and propagate native ingredients and to continuously cook Filipino dishes are some of the most important messages of Chef Michael Giovan Sarthou III in his recent demo for The Maya Kitchen Culinary Elite Series. Known as a culinary heritage advocate, Chef Tatung showed his audience how to cook Stuffed Rolled Lechon Belly among many other recipes.

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I am sure you have heard of the famous Cebu Lechon . As a Cebuano, no one makes lechon like we do. No worries, you can cook  rolled pork belly lechon stuffed with the flavors of Cebu. Here is the recipe shared by Chef Tatung:

Serves 12

3 kilos whole pork belly, deboned, preferably a wide slab that can be rolled. annatto oil, for brushing

Marinade:

2 cups pineapple juice

3 tablespoons sea salt

6 cloves garlic, crushed

Stuffing:

salt and pepper, to taste

2 cloves garlic, sliced

2 cups onion leeks, white and green parts, sliced

1. Marinate pork belly in pineapple, salt and garlic for at least 3 hours or overnight. You may want to poke holes in the inside of the pork belly to allow marinade to seep into the meat.

2. To roll pork belly, first discard marinating liquid. Lay the pork on a board, skin-side down. Rub with salt and pepper. Then arrange garlic and leeks on top of the pork. Neatly roll the meat along the grain of the pork until the ends meet. Tie the joint tightly with butcher’s string at regular intervals to hold the roll together.

3. Preheat the oven to 250°C/475°F, or as high as it will go.

4. Place rolled belly on an oiled roasting tray. Roast for 30 minutes to brown and crisp the skin. Then bring down oven temperature to 177°C/350°F and roast for another 2 hours. Brush with annatto oil every now and then.

5. When pork is cooked, carve into slices. Serve with vinegar on the side.

Tortang Talong (Stuffed Grilled Eggplant Omelet)

I tried out this simple eggplant omelet recipe from Kristine Keefer, public relations coordinator for the French Laundry in Yountville, California.

Kristine Keefer, public relations coordinator for the French Laundry in Yountville, left her native Philippines after college to attend the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. This omelet can be enjoyed with the accompanying recipes for mango salad and garlic fried rice for a complete meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I am pretty sure overseas Filipinos will love these recipes.

Ingredients
2 Japanese eggplant (the narrower the better, as they will cook faster)
Vegetable oil or extra virgin olive oil, as needed
1 medium onion, cut in small dice
10 ounces ground pork
1 large plum tomato, cut in small dice
1 tablespoon fish sauce (Keefer prefers the Thai brand Tiparos)
4 medium eggs
Salt and pepper, to taste

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Capampangan Adobo or Adobo del Diablo

Chef Gene Gonzalez prepared Adobo del Diablo (Capampangan Adobo) at The Maya Kitchen Culinary Elite Series .

Adobo del Diablo or capampangan adobo

The Capampangan Adobo is produced by constant simmering and deglazing of the pan with stock when a crust is formed. This tasty caramelized stock is brought back to the meats to give the deep reddish brown hue.

Other areas would simply darken their adobo with soy sauce which is a crime in the Capampangan household. Uh-oh, this is what I often do. This tip from Chef Gonzales is such a revelation that I will soon shift to using caramelized stock. Imagine if I lived in Pampanga. In fact, the Sulipan barrio will talk and gossip about the bad homemaker that puts soy sauce in her adobo and pity the hardworking provider of the house.

Here is the recipe

~ 1 ½ cups pork, cut into 1” cubes
~ 1 ½ cups chicken, cut in 3” pieces
~ ½ cup chicken heart
~ ½ cup beef liver, cut into ¼” cubes
~ ½ cup pork kidney, cut into 1” cubes
~ ½ chicken giblets, cleaned
~ ¼ cup chicken blood, cut into 1” cubes
~ ½ cup vinegar
~ 2 tablespoons corn oil
~ 1/2 tablespoon cracked pepper
~ 2 tablespoons garlic
~ ¾ tablespoons salt
~ 6 tablespoons fish sauce
~ 3 tablespoons pork lard
~ 2 cups chicken stock

1) Sauté garlic in corn oil until slightly brown. Add pork cubes, chicken, chicken heart, beef liver, pork kidney, beef liver, chicken giblets and chicken blood.

2) Add vinegar, pepper then fish sauce.

3) Take-out chicken giblets and heart, beef liver and chicken blood. Continue braising. When brown crust forms and meat turn brown douse with a little stock and deglaze. Return brown colored liquid to the meat and continue until crust forms again. Repeat deglazing with stock about 3 our times.

4) Add all variety meats when chicken and pork are tender and sauce turns brown. When stock is added.

5) Simmer for 15 minutes or until dry then separate meats.

6) Deglaze pan with stock. Serve the sauce on the side and meats separately.