Dinakdakan – Ilocano dish made of grilled and boiled pork

Dinakdakan is an Ilocano dish that is made of grilled and boiled pig parts-it works as a delicious and tasty appetizer, too! The pig’s head, ears, and brains are some of the ingredients incorporated so as not to waste any part of the animal. Cooking methods such as grilling and boiling are used in making this dish because it makes the preparation of the dish much simpler. Adding chili also gives it a bit of a bite, making it the perfect pork dish to eat with loads of rice. The authentic dinakdakan recipe makes use of pig’s brain. This ingredient helps give the dish a thick and sticky texture.


We won’t be daring in this recipe feature because I had a hard time sourcing for pig brain here in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago, so we’ll use an alternative ingredient which is mayonnaise. This dinakdakan recipe tastes great. It is important to make sure that each ingredient comes out tender after boiling. You do not want your dish to be tough and hard to chew. Grilling the meat is important. Your dish will have a better texture. This will make it more enjoyable to eat. Here are Dinakdakan Ingredients? 1 lb. pig ears.1 lb. pig face maskara. 6 ounces pig liver. 1 teaspoon ginger powder. 1 medium red onion sliced. 6 green and red chili chopped. 4 tablespoons white or cane vinegar. 1 teaspoon garlic powder optional. 1 tablespoon minced ginger. 3 pieces bay leaves optional. 1 tablespoon whole peppercorn optional. 3/4 cup mayonnaise. Salt and pepper to taste. Other ingredients for this dinakdakan recipe can simply be added and mixed. This means to literally add into the bowl and toss untill well blended. Add more chili to make your dish spicy. Note that I had garlic powder as an optional ingredient. I think that adding garlic powder makes dinakdakan more flavorful. Here are the instructions on how to cook Dinakdakan? 1st Step. Pour 6 to 8 cups water in a cooking pot. Let boil. 2nd Step. Once the water starts to boil, you have the option to add dried bay leaves and whole peppercorn.

Add-in the pig ears and face. Set the heat to low and continue to boil for 50 to 60 minutes. 3rd Step. Discard the water and let the excess water drip. Rub a little bit of salt all over the boiled ears and face. Rub the ginger powder on the liver. 4th Step. Heat-up the grill. Grill the ears and face for 4 to 6 minutes per side or until it turns a bit crisp, but not burnt. Grill the liver for 5 to 8 minutes depending on the thickness. 6th Step. Remove the grilled pig parts from the grill. Let it cool down and start chopping into bite-size pieces. 7th Step. Meanwhile, combine mayonnaise and vinegar in mixing bowl. Stir. 8th Step. Add some ground black pepper. Continue to stir until the ingredients are well blended. 9th Step. Add the ginger, chili, onion, and garlic powder (optional). Toss. 10th Step. Add more salt if needed. 11th and last Step. Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve. Share and enjoy!

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