Diet be damned! At least for this one unctuous meal made up of three different versions of Zubuchon sisig pao a la Marketman. Outrageously good. Lip-smacking, finger-licking, died and gone to fat heaven material. I have been meaning to replicate David Chang’s Roast Pork Buns from his Momofuku chain of restaurants, and I was THRILLED to find the relatively pain-in-the-rear to make white soft buns for sale at a store, so i bought some 3 dozen, came home, and started to tinker…
The first version was pan-fried lechon sisig with chopped shiitake mushrooms to lighten the filling and make it less heart attack stuff. I also mixed in onions, garlic, some hoisin sauce and sauteed until done. Next I slathered the bun with hoisin on one side, chili sauce on the other, added three slices of cucumber and the sisig and could barely contain myself while snapping a few photos before inhaling the sandwich. YUM in a seriously big way. Cucumbers were slippery and not really needed. The meat was moist, flavorful, delicious. The steamed bread was the perfect foil for the sisig. I am biased, of course, but this was a winner.
For a second sandwich, I removed the cucumber, added chopped green chilies in vinegar and some red cabbage pickles I had in the fridge and while this looked good, it was a bit distracting to have the added textures and flavor points from the pickles. It still tasted good, it just wasn’t as pure a sisig hit as one might like.
It was, actually, getting a bit over the top. Sometimes you have to stop before it gets ridiculous.
Finally, I cooked up another batch of sisig with ginger, onions, garlic, shiitake mushrooms, sisig, mang tomas sarsa, hoisin and siling labuyo and seasoned this with ground pepper and a touch more salt. This was put into the steamed buns and it was just as good as the first one above. It possessed a flavor spectrum more familiar to pinoys and wasn’t as messy. Slam dunk good. Maybe it’s just because I have been on a diet, but I would bet the vast majority of meat lovers out there would agree with me on this one. :)