Tokwa at Baboy is a traditional appetizer in most Filipino restaurants and most especially in places offering beer. It is usually made with pork ears, chewy tofu, soy sauce, pork broth, vinegar and other spices. This used to be a favorite dish of my husband but unfortunately, my husband suffers from gouty arthritis and anything high in protein will cause him to suffer stiffness in the joints the following day. Tokwa’t baboy is a favorite of my daughters which she often pairs off with Arroz caldo. I don’t use pig ears for this recipe to make it Tokwa’t Baboy simple to prepare.
1/2 kilo pork (cut into chunk cubes)
6 pieces tokwa or beancurd
2 heads garlic , minced
1/4 teaspoon salt (for pork)
1 cup cane vinegar
1 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon salt (for sauce)
1 teaspoon brown sugar
3 small onions , diced
2 small pieces chili pepper
Sliced onion rings from 1 onion
1. Fry the beancurd or tokwa until golden brown and crisp. Remove from pan and pat dry off on a kitchen towel. Cut the fried tokwa into 1/2 inch cubes. Set aside.
2. Boil pork in water with 1/2 tsp salt until tender. Cut the cooked pork into 1/2-inch cubes. Set aside.
3. Mix vinegar, soy sauce, 1 tsp salt, sugar, chili pepper (red sili), black pepper, diced onions and garlic in a bowl.
4. Combine fried tokwa and pork pieces together in a shallow bowl. Pour sauce made in step 3 onto the bowl. Garnish with fresh onion rings.