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WALKMAN (Barbequed Pork Ears)

WALKMAN (Barbequed Pork Ears)

Walkman is a colloquial term of Pork Ear Barbeque. A famous Filipino streetfood barbeque that is sold on streets for a very affordable price. It was named Walkman back in the 80’s and 90’s when Sony Walkman became famous. Filipinos would rather call it walkman as a shortcut to the long name “inihaw na tenga ng baboy” or “pork ear barbeque”. Among other famous streetfood barbeques are Betamax, Isaw, Adidas. What’s your favorite Pinoy streetfood barbeque? 

WALKMAN (Barbequed Pork Ears)


2 pairs pork ears
2 tablespoons chopped onions
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
2 tablespoons oil
1 bay leaf
1 cup water
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons vinegar
1/2 tablespoon whole peppercorns

Barbeque Sauce:
½ cup of tomato ketchup or (I use UFC banana)
⅓ cup of brown sugar
1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar (I use Braggs)
2 tsp of soy sauce
2 tsp of Worcestershire sauce


1. In a large pot, boil the ears in water then scrape off until clean and rinse well.
Chop into 2-inch squares. Set aside.
2. Heat oil in a pan, sauté garlic and onions.
3. Add chopped ears and bay leaf.
4. Pour in water, soy sauce, vinegar, and peppercorns. Simmer until pork is completely tender. Drain and cool.
5. Skewer the pork ears in barbecue sticks and start grilling over low heat charcoal. Keep on turning so it doesn’t burn.

For Barbeque Sauce:
1. In a bowl, mix and stir all of the above ingredients until well incorporated.
2. Some of the sauce can be added to the pork ears as basting and the remainder can be used as a dipping sauce and just cook it quickly in a small pot over low heat.
3. Keep on basting and grill until done.
4. Serve with dipping sauce. Enjoy!


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