24 Nov2008

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With the entire side of a pig belly split into two, I made one half of the boneless belly into a bacon experiment, and the other half was boiled with bayleaves, onions and peppercorns and chilled overnight in the fridge then deep fried to a crisp dish of lechon kawali (photo below before slicing). I have featured lechon kawali before, as well as bagnet, and even did a binagoongang bagnet, not to mention a binagoongang baboy dish before that, but I figured I would make a leftover dish of lechon kawali re-fried with some bagoong… Yowks! I have to admit, that despite how good this was, I only ate 3 pieces to avoid messing with my blood tests the next day…

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To make, simply chop up your lechon kawali if it isn’t already in smaller pieces, then heat up a little bit of vegetable oil in a pan until quite hot, add the lechon kawali pieces and after it crisps up, add several tablespoons of bottled bagoong, in this case, I used the sweetish Alavar’s bagoong, and in a few seconds, this is good to go. Serve with some spicy vinegar and hope your arteries can handle it. Delicious… and seriously non-nutritious. :)

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If you ate a meal that was 30% rice, 50% vegetables and 10% this dish, then you wouldn’t have much to worry about!

 

COMMENTS:

  1. Grayzo says:

    Wow! Pork belly is the best thing ever. I love bacon, bagnet (with pinakbet on the side!), lechon kawali, binagoongan… pig heaven! (My heaven, not the pig’s!)

    Nov 24, 2008 | 10:49 pm

     
  2. peterb says:

    I’m planning to go on a diet just in time so i can eat this in a couple of weeks! Crunchy, salty, sweet…yum!

    Nov 24, 2008 | 10:56 pm

     
  3. Vanessa says:

    I felt some arteries constrict, but I would still totally hit it! :-)

    Nov 24, 2008 | 11:26 pm

     
  4. felma says:

    oh my, my ratio of this dish would be 100% rice,100% of this dish, 0% on veggies. No guilt feelings whatsoever for maria, zero, zilch, nada!!!

    Nov 25, 2008 | 2:32 am

     
  5. maria says:

    oh my, my ratio of this dish would be 100% rice,100% of this dish, 0% on veggies. No guilt feelings whatsoever for maria, zero, zilch, nada!!!

    Nov 25, 2008 | 2:33 am

     
  6. natie says:

    wow! talk about a ‘double whammy’!!

    Nov 25, 2008 | 2:40 am

     
  7. betty q. says:

    Whoa……this falls under the category of DEADLY WEAPON in my book!!!…..why is it that things that aren’t good for you are always the ones that taste soooooooooooo good?!?…I know, I know…moderation is the key like everything else!…OK…apple cider vinegar is said to dissolve or break down the fat in your body (don’t know if it’s true though!)….maybe if I drink three bowls of the sour sinigang broth first, then have this binagoongan would make up for it…hahaha …wishful thinking, eh, Natie?

    Nov 25, 2008 | 2:57 am

     
  8. betty q. says:

    Whoa……this falls under the category of DEADLY WEAPON in my book!!!…..why is it that things that aren’t good for you are always the ones that taste soooooooooooo good?!?…I know, I know…moderation is the key like everything else!…OK…apple cider vinegar is said to dissolve or break down the fat in your body (don’t know if it’s true though!)….maybe if I drink three bowls of the sour sinigang broth first, then have this binagoongan would make up for it…hahaha …wishful thinking, eh, Natie?

    Nov 25, 2008 | 2:57 am

     
  9. estella says:

    i like binagoongan so much and i cook it sometimes. who cares about calories when you’re enjoying your food? bettyq, you’re right when you said that moderation is the key…

    Nov 25, 2008 | 3:26 am

     
  10. Maria Clara says:

    With the waft of bagoong around the house when preparing this dish – is worth every pungent aroma that stays in and clings throughout the house – not only the house it lights up the whole neighborhood like within a mile radius! Yes, that’s how powerful bagoong is! Then follow up with roasting ground coffee or light up 100% bees wax candles and everything is back to mature’s nature scent and no explanation made to inquiry neighbors!

    Nov 25, 2008 | 5:24 am

     
  11. marissewalangkaparis says:

    Ummmmmmm hubby loves binagoongan…I can feel the arteries constrict….yikes ! But so delish……..But bad bad bad for us….Hahaha….Let me cook that….hahahaha…

    Nov 25, 2008 | 5:48 am

     
  12. joan says:

    MM, what torture! by the way bettyq, if you must know, this bagoong from alavar’s is not only deadly, it’s double deadly because it has gata and aligue!!!but that’s what it makes it super duper delicious! marisse try this but not often, maawa ka sa asawa mo, hahaha!

    Nov 25, 2008 | 7:50 am

     
  13. moni says:

    MM, see the power of visuals and text to drive a highly suggestible person to buy Alavar’s bagoong and cook your binagoongan lechon kawali. I’m doing just that — get hold of Alavar’s bagoong at their Examiner St. (QC) grill during the weekend and try your recipe. Joan and Lee, I’m suppposed to meet Millet for coffee and sweet stuff on Saturday but I’m tempted to cook this instead and we can have early dinner. I might bring one queen pineapple as a healthy hedge.

    Nov 25, 2008 | 9:31 am

     
  14. zena says:

    If one ate this only once a month, it wouldn’t be so sinful, eh? Rationalization is everything.

    Nov 25, 2008 | 10:31 am

     
  15. Lee says:

    Binagoongang Lechon Kawali? not interested… I’m such a poor liar.

    Nov 25, 2008 | 10:42 am

     
  16. Bubut says:

    pampabata… ;-)

    Nov 25, 2008 | 11:43 am

     
  17. Jenny says:

    Yum Yum!! How were the blood test results? :)

    Nov 25, 2008 | 12:45 pm

     
  18. Maki says:

    wow… nice to see this… even nice to taste… yum2x

    I haven’t tasted one like this before…

    what will it taste? will it taste salty? much salty, because of the bagoong?

    Nov 25, 2008 | 4:42 pm

     
  19. Maki says:

    wahahha.. pd pa ako ne’to…. heheh.. ganun na ba kayu katanda mga ate at kuya? parang conscious na conscious kayu sa diet ninyo.. LOLZ… heheh

    Nov 25, 2008 | 4:45 pm

     
  20. maryjoan says:

    moni and millet, your first “subo” are on Lee and me, ha! yes, the pineapple will erase a liitle of the “guilt” not the calories! hahaha have fun!

    Nov 25, 2008 | 8:22 pm

     
  21. cumin says:

    Teka teka, I stopped eating meat ten years ago and this blog entry is seriously corrupting me, parang nalalasan ko na talaga. But then my doctor said to eat with joy so maybe a small bite man lang…. Pero will I be content with a morsel? Let me check the next blog entry nga!

    Nov 25, 2008 | 9:25 pm

     
  22. betty q. says:

    Joan….unfortunately, I haven’t had the opportunity to taste this DEADLY concoction of Mr.Alavar’s….is it readily available at any supermarket? I am hoping I can ask my nephew to bring back a few bottles for me…He is sort of “geographically challenged” so even if I say …Examiner St(?) as Moni mentioned above, that wouldn’t mean anything to him!!!

    Nov 26, 2008 | 8:32 am

     
  23. moni says:

    bettyq, mea culpa. Thanks for your comment coz when I checked my PDA, i realized that the address of Alavar’s in Quezon City is: 39 Scout Ybardolaza St. corner Timog Ave. phone: 9265636. Check this link: http://www.manilaguide.com/Restaurant.aspx?Code=926. I must have been thinking of another restaurant on Examiner St.

    Nov 26, 2008 | 1:35 pm

     
  24. betty q. says:

    Thank you Moni…I think he will have no problem finding it. We used to live on Times St. in 19 Kopong kopong. We were the Aquino’s next door neighbour!!! So, Timog Ave. is no strange place for my nephew…Now, he will have no excuse not to bring it for me…

    Nov 26, 2008 | 2:36 pm

     
  25. tracy says:

    Any other location for Alavar’s? Like in Makati? The last time I had their sauce was when I brought some home from a trip to Zamboanga, eons ago! I do also remember Alavar’s in Makati. Loved the sauce on their crabs!

    Nov 26, 2008 | 8:56 pm

     
  26. moni says:

    tracy, i’m not aware of an Alavar’s in Makati. I would have preferred to go there coz it’s where my son resides but it’s not listed. i will go to their QC branch over the weekend.

    Nov 26, 2008 | 9:44 pm

     
  27. moni says:

    bettyq, what else do you want your nephew to bring back to Vancouver besides the Alavar bagoong? Perhaps I can give you the correct addresses this time. What’s on your list? gourmet tuyo, espasol, Century tuna? Millet and I are meeting at Salcedo Market on Saturday a.m. and we can exchange notes and post them here for you.

    Nov 26, 2008 | 9:49 pm

     
  28. betty q. says:

    Espasol!!!!!!!!!!!!! Though I think the best place to get espasol is at Chez Moni! Oh, I read past comments about Century Tuna so to satisfy my curiosity, I bought 1 can of adobo flavoured two days ago at the Filipino store. I paid $1.39 for 1 can. But when I opened it I was abit disappointed for the tuna was only not even half a can.

    You know what I am looking for?…a batirol for my hot chocolate. But I want to get the jug that goes with it. Is it made out of copper? Where is the best place to get those….jug and batirol?

    Nov 28, 2008 | 7:50 am

     
  29. jun says:

    I read in one article that fat from pork is not really the culprit but the process oil that we used nowadays. My lola who died at the age of 90+ who hv no known illness loves her pork fat so much that she eats 1-2x a week. the only difference with her life is that she lives all her life in a farm with no stress. eating only the vegetable,fish,chicken including rice produce from the farm with little or no insecticides at all. even the air and the deep well water she drinks probably contribute to her longlife. if only we can live like that who cares about economic downturn.

    Nov 29, 2008 | 10:37 am

     
  30. moni says:

    bettyq, from what I know, the best place seems to be Cebu coz there’s a demand for batirol and borneo (that’s the wooden paddle for mixing the “sikwate”. Perhaps joan, ging berdon and artisan chocolatier would know better as they are based in Cebu.

    Nov 29, 2008 | 12:30 pm

     
  31. laine says:

    hi mm!
    i have been reading your blog for quite some time, and have become a fan of yours ever since. i can’t believe i missed tony in cebu and pampanga! (i am based in pamp) really regretful.. anyways, i look forward to the episode. more power MM!

    Nov 30, 2008 | 12:24 am

     
  32. sister says:

    Betty Q, If you are looking for a batirol check out spanish stores or websites. They are not hard to find. On the high end Limoges makes a beautiful set with the requisite oversized cups.

    Nov 30, 2008 | 7:28 am

     
  33. betty q. says:

    Thanks, Sister! I just checked E-bay and they do have it!!!

    Nov 30, 2008 | 12:18 pm

     
  34. moni says:

    bettyq, i checked eBay coz you mentioned it and the range of choices are bewildering! Thanks for the tip.

    Dec 1, 2008 | 7:03 am

     
  35. Adrian Cuenca says:

    Try garnishing your binagoongan with some cilantro (wansoy). It adds a slight kick to it.

    Jan 18, 2009 | 12:48 pm

     
 

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