Just minutes before reaching the turn-off for the Maya-Maya Beach Club on the road from Nasugbu towards Balaytigue, Batangas, there is a small stand that sells unusual meats on the weekends. The couple that resides behind the property raise native pigs, domesticated boar (baboy ramo) and also native chickens, ostriches(?!) and other types of meat. We have inquired about native pigs before but they seemed exorbitantly priced at the time and we left it at that. But on a recent weekend, I spied some freshly butchered “native pork” hanging on hooks under the little thatched roof, and we stopped to inquire… Do NOT click on the jump to read the rest of this post if you are squeamish about seeing freshly butchered livestock.
I grilled them a bit on what they meant by native pigs and baboy ramo, and they claimed they had cross-bred wild boar with native pigs, hence the darker more muscular meat, and that distinct baboy ramo flavor when the pork was cooked. The native pork longganisa sounded intriguing so we decided to buy a kilo of that. It was pretty good, and resulted in seriously wicked longganisa burps for anyone who consumed it!
The two heads of slaughtered “native” pigs looked a bit different from the ones we have in Cebu; I think this was partially a result of the more local or should I say somewhat primitive set up, and the pigs had had their hair removed with a flame or over flames instead of the treatment in hot water that I am more used to seeing. As a result, the meat was less than pristinely clean looking, and had lots of stubble. But it did seem fresh, the blood an indication it was just an hour or two since slaughter, at most.
I bought about a kilo and half worth of meat, with bones, which I intended to use in an experimental tocino made with baboy ramo or wild boar (in this case, domesticated pig-boar). AT some PHP200-220 a kilo (I can’t recall exact price), this was pricey, but for a total price of PHP300, probably well worth the results of my experiments, if they turned out okay… Tocinong Baboy Ramo a la Marketman, up next! :)