DINAKDAKAN, (Ilocano Dish) is a favorite lutong bahay of Ilocanos. Its like Sisig too. You gotta try it..its simple and very delicious! You can add more chilis to make it even spicy. One of the best dish of Ilocanos ever! For party recipe, double the ingredients listed to make a larger batch for special occasions.
Dinakdakan (Ilocano Recipe)
1 kg. pork belly (traditionally, Ilocanos use pig’s mask, nape, liver and intestines for this recipe. You may also use lean parts of pork)
water, for boiling
1 head garlic, crushed
black peppercorns, crushed
2 tbsp fish sauce
2-3 onions, chopped
1 (2-inch) pc. ginger, chopped
2-3 tbsp Knorr Liquid Seaosning
mayonnaise, as needed (pork’s brain is traditionally used to mix with the meat)
2 Red chillies, chopped (garnish)
3 siling haba, chopped
1. In a pan, mix pork belly, garlic, and black peppercorns. Pour enough water to cover the pork. Let it boil and adjust heat to low and simmer until pork is tender. Drain pork broth after.
2. Transfer into a bowl, add patis (fish sauce) to pork. Combine well. You can fry pork (or bake or grill) until crisp then cut it into 1 or 2 inch strips.
3. In another pan, heat an oil and saute onion, garlic and ginger. Add pork strips, and chilies, and season with Knorr Liquid Seasoning. Turn off heat and transfer into a serving dish.
4. Toss in mayonnaise to combine well. Serve and enjoy with red chili pepper and calamansi slices on the side!