Dinuguan Recipe: How to Cook Dinuguan (Pork Blood Stew)

Dinuguan Recipe - Pork Blood Stew

And such stunning colors, such intensely vivid colors. Such rich and exquisite minglings and fusings of rainbows and lightnings! And harmonious. All in perfect taste.
Mark Twain


My husband actually prepared this Filipino dish two months ago, but I did not post it until now because what can be spookier than eating something bloody this Halloween.

Dinuguan Recipe (Chocolate Meat)

This Filipino dish is named differently depending on which Philippine Island you are in. It is called dinuguan in Visayas, dugo-dugo in Cebu, tid tad in Pampanga ( my husband’s province), sampayna in Mindanao. Here in the USA, Filipinos call this meal pork blood stew, blood pudding or chocolate meat.

 

How to Make Dinuguan

This meal was always a fixture in my childhood. My uncle cooked it very perfectly and it was always served during fiesta. It was served as well during recess in the small eateries close to my school, so I have been eating dinuguan since I was in third grade. I remember eating this during recess with puto ( Filipino rice cake). As you can see, this food is considered normal part in Filipino cuisine; imagine my surprise when some American friends were astonished about me eating it. Ah, the cultural difference.
When I visited my husband’s hometown for the first time, his family ordered crickets and frogs. I thought they were aliens. My eyes were as big as my head. I remembered being so grossed out and I was so disgusted. So I know and I can understand if you feel the same with this meal. I can understand also if you will not even attempt making this. So you can just talk about it and you can make this as a conversation starter to spook the guest you hate so much. You can say like this,” There is this Filipino girl who eats food with blood and a husband who eats frog and cricket” – that is fine with me and I will not mind :).

When we prepare this at home, we do not usually go all out. Ideally, you prepare this dish with offal ( lungs, kidneys, intestines, snout, heart and ears). But in our household, we just use pork belly meat and intestines, plus the blood, of course.You can also forego the intestine and just use the choiced belly meat. But never, ever skip on the Anaheim pepper because this takes away the unfavorable smell and taste of the blood. Again, do not skip on the Anaheim pepper and do not slice them. You do not want a spicy blood stew.

Chocolate Meat (Dinuguan Recipe)

How to Cook Dinuguan

Dinuguan Recipe Ingredients

1/2 lb pork intestine
1 1/2 lb pork belly
4 containers (15 oz) pork blood
1/2 ” ginger root
2 large Anaheim pepper ( a must)
1/4 cup ginger
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
5 cloves garlic
1 medium size onion
2 tablespoon Fish sauce Rufina or Teparos to marinate the pork belly
vinegar ( to taste)
3 tbsp cooking oil

How to Cook Dinuguan

  • Boil intestine with 11/2 ” root of ginger for 45 minute or until soft . Let it cool and slice into small pieces
  • Slice pork belly into 1″ cube sizes and marinate in the fish sauce for an hour
  • Saute’ garlic, onion, Anaheim pepper. Add in the pork belly and intestine. Let the pork belly brown and let it release its oil.When the belly is browned and cook through, add in the 4 container of pork blood.
  • Cook mixture for 45 more minutes. Add in vinegar, fish sauce or salt based on how you want the the blood stew to taste.
  • Serve and Enjoy. Do not be freaked out :)

Dinguan Recipe Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts Serving Size 63 g Amount Per Serving Calories 303Calories from Fat 185 % Daily Value* Total Fat 20.5g32% Saturated Fat 6.2g31% Cholesterol 57mg19% Sodium 1021mg43% Total Carbohydrates 1.7g1% Protein 26.7g Vitamin A 0% • Vitamin C 31% Calcium 0% • Iron 1% Nutrition Grade F * Based on a 2000 calorie diet Nutritional Analysis Good points Very low in sugar High in vitamin C Bad points High in sodium

Low Calorie Brownies

Low Calorie Chocolate Chip Brownie

Low calorie chocolate brownie with zucchini

But until you are broken, you don’t know what you are made of

I have a good and bad relationship with Lego. I always buy it because my son loves them. I also believe that Lego make the kids creative and smart; but at the same time , I abhor them because often than not, some small Lego pieces are just left lying in the living room.

Low calorie chocolate brownie with zucchini

Low calorie chocolate brownie with zucchini

Today is one of those days when I have to pick some Lego pieces on the carpet. As I was picking them up, it dawned on me, “HEY! LIFE IS LIKE LEGOS!”

Yup! Life is like Lego indeed. Life and Lego are consist of many different parts. Each part denotes a unique role to play. There is no need to categorize somebody as echelon in the society. There is no longer lesser role nor bigger role because each one contributes in creating a masterpiece. An executive cannot function well if there is no plumber who will fix his bathroom or a businessman will not earn a profit if the consumers do not buy his product, right?

Low calorie chocolate brownie with zucchini. Only 83 calories/serving

Low calorie chocolate brownie with zucchini. Only 83 calories/serving

With Lego, we have to follow the manual so that we will not end up with jumbled creation. Life is the same. We can use those who succeeded before us as mentors or we can learn from the mistakes of others as our guide to make better choices. We can read books like the Bible or any biography books as guide too.

Chocolate and Zucchini Brownie

Chocolate and Zucchini Brownie

Today, I am going to share to you the recipe of this healthy and low calorie brownie. This is a vegan type of brownie. Did I mentioned it is only 83 calories? It also has zucchini in it and my favorite Chia Seeds. It is very moist and not too sweet. Please try it and let me know. Please pin also the pictures that you like. BTW I entered this recipe in Healthy Vegan Friday # 67 and I will let you know on Monday how it went.

Healthy Snack Idea – Low Calorie Chocolate Chip Brownie Recipe

Ingredients

1/4 cup unsweetened Hersheys Cocoa
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup soy milk (Silk Soymilk Vanilla Flavor)
1 zucchini ( shredded)
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoon Chia Seeds
1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Grease the 7 x 7 baking pan with oil and line it with parchment paper.
  • Pre heat oven at 350 F
  • Place flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, Chia Seeds in a medium size bowl. Mix completely using a whisk or spoon
  • In another bowl mix soy milk, and brown sugar until sugar is dissolve.
  • Add into the flour mixture and mix again. Add in salt and add in zucchini, chocolate chips and mix completely
  • Pour into prepared 7X7 baking pan,
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Notes

Nutrition Facts Serving Size 1 Serving Per Serving % Daily Value* Calories 83 Calories from Fat 13 Total Fat 1.4g 2% Saturated Fat 0.8g 4% Cholesterol 1mg 0% Sodium 165mg 7% Carbohydrates 15.4g 5% Dietary Fiber 0.7g 3% Sugars 5.8g Protein 2.2g Vitamin A 1% · Vitamin C 5% Calcium 3% · Iron 4%

Baked Rosemary French Fries with Garlic and Olive Oil

How about delving into this quick dinner idea or should I say snack idea? I considered this quick and easy french fries as healthy because it is baked and it is drench with olive oil, garlic and just a little bit of salt. I also have some left over rosemary from the Healthy Drinks – Flavored Water that I do not want to get wasted, so I tossed it in there too; which equates a very tasty and healthy fries. Pretty much my kids have been eating french fries for lunch and dinner. Does that make me a bad mother?

Before I will move on to the recipe, I will share with you about the outcome of my thorough emotional evaluation(please click for the whole story Healthy Breakfast- Raspberry ). So I went to the licensed psychologist, and I was evaluated properly. He said that I am not clinically depressed but rather I am in low grade depression. He scheduled me for 5 more visits to learn how to cope with hard circumstances. When he said he will not be able to see me next week because he will be away for a vacation, that is when I know that my case is not that serious. But there is one thing that bothered me in that visit. When the lady was giving all those paperwork to fill out, there was one paper that say, ” IF YOUR INSURANCE WILL NOT PAY FOR THIS VISIT, IT IS MY RESPONSIBILITY TO DO SO.” Although I am pretty sure my visits will be covered, I asked how much is the cost per visit was. It was a whopping $ 200.00/ hour for the first session and then $ 160.00/ hour for the next. I was shocked! That is very expensive. All the doctor did on that session was asked me questions! How about those people who are struggling emotionally and have no means of insurance? What is gonna happen to them? I think that fee is ridiculous. That fee alone can lead me to utter emotional turmoil.

I do not know, but for you who may be suffering emotionally from depression and have no means of paying this ridiculous fee, talking to a pastor or a friend can really help. I believe that you can also talk to your school counselor. Whatever way you can to make you feel better, do that. There are also free depression hotline that you can call on. Here is the link Depression Hotline.

 

Baked French Fries with Rosemary and Olive Oil

Ingredients

3 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
handful of rosemary
5 cloves garlic ( finely minced)
4-5 rosette potatoes

Notes

Recipe was adapted from Where Woman Cook Website.

Velveeta Recipe -Spaghetti Dinner Recipe- Ground Turkey Pasta Sauce

Family: like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one.

Spaghetti Dinner Recipe- Ground Turkey Pasta Sauce

How about opening doors every weekend as a new job? It looks like I just got promoted from a housewife to a door woman on these days. Since weekend is the time when my son is available to play, our doorbell doesn’t stop ringing. We even joked that he should sell tickets for his time. These kids are so cute. They are loud and funny, yet they are also well behaved. Their voices are deep and they talk in languages that only the group will understand. It is like they are eating their words. They are in the fine line between being a teenager and a little boy. I can see them growing up to be a very fine young men. It just gives me so much joy to see these little boys lounging comfortably in the living room, playing Legos, video games and then they go out and run around the neighborhood. When they come back, the house reeks with sweat smell. I am not complaining. I just make sure that the scented candle is available within reach when these kids are around to keep me breathing well. I also make sure that foods are available to grab when these kids get hungry.

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You see, I never had this kind of childhood. My mom was a little strict about my friends so our house was not a hang out place at all. Before I got married, I have this idea of making my future home a place where my children’s friends can hang out. And that dream came true.

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Since I am talking about dreams coming true, I am going to share to you one of my experience when I was little. I was still in PI ( Philippines ) then. I received this youth magazine from the US. This magazine consisted of so many beautiful pictures about America. Browsing in that magazine, I saw my first snow. That is when I started dreaming about living here in the US just to experience wearing those thick jackets, scarves and to feel the coolness of the white and cottony snow. What I did then was, I cut those pictures and pasted them on the wall near my bed. I saw it everyday. I dreamt it everyday too. When I went to college, I made sure that I will go to medical school because it was the only ticket for me to work and come here. Now here I am raising my kids and experiencing snow each winter. Every winter is just another reminder that dreams do come true. That is why I believe in visioning. Currently, I do not dream about snow nor winter to arrive.In fact, I wish there is no winter. I also have different set of dreams now. As a mother, I have dreams for my children and I also have a dreams for myself. Here is my vision board.
That girl on the left side Katie Quinn Davies, I want to be like her.She is a famous Australian photographer. It would be nice to be taken under her wing and learn from her. As you can see, my pictures are still novice. Specially that picture of my vision board, it is blurry. An indication that I still have a very long way to go.I am trying to learn some of her photography style. But they are just difficult.Maybe in time, I will get it.

The guy in the right is Tim of Lottie and + Doof Blog. I love the way he writes. When I read his posts, I laugh my heart out. He is that funny. He weaves his words so well. As you know, English is my second language, so I still have to read millions of books or read thousands of other blogger’s entry before I can be at his league. Still, I dream about writing like him.

Of course, Oprah is there. That small orange color below. Too bad, it is not that clear. But it does not mean she bears a small part in my dream. I like her wit, intelligence and character. I love her inner strength too. After all the abuses and struggles she had been through, she came out as a winner. So I want to embody her character.

The rest of the writings are just some of the things that I want to become. Although I am not sure how these dreams can happen, because as you can see, they are so lofty. Specially the Katie Davies one, but hey, maybe it might come true, right? So how about you make your own vision board too. Dreams are free. Might as well use it.

Anyway, last Friday night, I prepared this easy spaghetti dinner because my daughter’s friends came over to watch Dr. Who marathon in Netlfix. I made the spaghetti sauce with ground turkey to make it healthier and Velveeta cheese to make it creamier. I also I added brown sugar to make the pasta sauce sweeter. We Filipinos like our pasta sauce sweet. We want our pasta sauce to be somehow similar to Jollibee ( famous food chain in the Philippines), which is really sweet. We make our pizza sauce sweet also. If ever you go in PI, you will be surprised how sweet our pizza and how sweet spaghetti sauces are. While preparing this dish, I was kind of apprehensive if my daughter’s friends will like the sweet type spaghetti dinner. Evidently, the kids liked it because they were eating it until 9 PM that night. I am sharing the recipe with you today. I hope you will like it too.

Spaghetti Dinner Recipe- Ground Turkey Pasta Sauce

Ingredients

1 box (12 oz ) whole grain spaghetti
1 can ( 24 oz) Garlic and Herb pasta sauce ( any flavor will do)
1 lb ground turkey breast
2 cups mushroom ( cut into small slices)
5 cloves garlic ( ground)
1 medium size onion ( chopped)
3 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
8 oz Velveeta Cheese ( Velveeta usually goes with 16 oz, so just cut it to half)
3 tbsp cooking oil

Instructions

  • Cook the spaghetti per box’s instruction. Set Aside.
  • Meanwhile heat oil in a large sauce pan then and in garlic and onion. Saute’ for around 2 minutes.
  • Add in ground turkey and let it cook through.You can tell that it is cooked when it is not pink in color.
  • Add in mushroom. Let the mixture simmer until the mushroom turn dark brown in color or become soft.
  • Add in tomato sauce, Velveeta, sugar and salt.
  • Let the Velveeta cheese melt and mix the sauce until the cheese is completely incorporated.
  • Let it simmer for around 15 to 20 minutes. Serve on top of the pasta.
  • Serve and Enjoy.

 

Healthy Raspberry Muffins

Whole Wheat Raspberry Muffins

Healthy Breakfast Idea – Whole Wheat Raspberry Muffin

I am going to share to you this healthy breakfast muffin. It contains the beautifully red colored raspberries which we know contains antioxidant vitamins like vitamin A and Vitamin E. Raspberry is also a good source of potassium which helps control heart rate plus so many minerals in it. The whole wheat just gave this healthy breakfast extra boost.
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Healthy Breakfast Idea – Whole Wheat Raspberry Muffin

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Healthy Breakfast Idea – Whole Wheat Raspberry Muffin

This is not too sweet. Since I did not crush the raspberry when I folded them in the batter, there is a little sour taste in the bread. I love it like this. You can puree your raspberry if you want. It is your choice.And have you noticed there is no oil nor butter in the ingredients? Yup your eyes did not fool you. There is no oil nor butter here. Just enough reason to give this a try. You can freeze this too and just thaw it in the counter whenever you are ready to eat them.
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Healthy Breakfast Idea – Whole Wheat Raspberry Muffin

Healthy Breakfast Idea – Whole Wheat Raspberry Muffin

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Whole Wheat Muffins

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Healthy Breakfast Idea – Whole Wheat Raspberry Muffin

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Healthy Breakfast Idea – Whole Wheat Raspberry Muffin

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Healthy Breakfast – Whole Wheat Raspberry Muffins

Ingredients

1 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 ( 4 oz ) applesauce ( this usually go on one whole pack)
1 (4 oz) Greek Plain Yogurt ( just use the applesauce cup to measure)
1 large egg
1 cup raspberry

Instructions

  • Pre heat oven at 450 F
  • Mix ingredients 1 to 5 in a large bowl. Use a wire whisk or a spoon to thoroughly mix the ingredients.
  • In another small bowl, mix together ingredients 6 to 9 until sugar is dissolve. Pour mixture into the flour mixture and mix thoroughly using a spatula or spoon.
  • Fold in the raspberry gently so as not to crush the raspberry completely.
  • Spoon batter into a lined muffin pan and bake for 10 minutes or until the muffin sounds hollow when tap. Or the toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the oven.
  • Leave in the muffin pan for another 10 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy.

Healthy Drinks – Flavored Water

If love was water, I’d give you the whole sea
I am trying to stay hydrated all the time and I had fallen into drinking soda lately because in spite of my defiance, my husband has been sneaking soda inside the house. So to make him convert into the healthier way of hydrating, I was able to make these various flavored drinks which were inspired from Yummy Life.

These watered flavors looks so lovely and will make you drink more water even though you are not thirsty. I usually drink mine with a straw. I bought a whole set of pint and half jars plus the plastic leads. It cost me around $ 13.00 for the whole thing. I think it is a good investment though because how much do we usually spend with sodas? As of this writing, I just stuck in flavored cucumber with sage herb and cucumber with mint in the fridge for tomorrow’s consumption. I do not add sugar in my flavored water but if you are just starting to wean from sweet drinks, you can add a little bit of sugar until you are ready to let go of sweet drinks.

Below are the various mixtures I came up with. You can create your own. My favorite among these are the strawberry with basil, cucumber with basil, raspberry-peach with mint. I like all of them though..

These flavored water are also very easy to make. You do not have to prepare all the flavors as I did. I just prepared a bunch of them , since I made several flavors for this blog. And since I cannot drink all of them, I froze the flavored water in the freezer and I just take them out and put it in the fridge the night before to thaw.

Healthy Drinks – Flavored Water

Ingredients

1 tsp of Lime juice/ 3 slices of Cucumber
3 leaves Basil/ 1/4 cup sliced Strawberry
5 pcs mint leaves/ 1/4 cup Raspberry/ 3 slice of Peach
5 slices of Cucumber/ 3 leaves of Basil
1/4 cup Blueberry/ 3 leaves of Mint / 1 slice Orange

Instructions

  • FLAVORED WATER RECIPES
  • Lime and Cucumber Flavored Water
  • Prepare a pint and half bottle jar. Add in 3 slices of cucumber and add in 1 tsp juice of lime.Add in ice and water to fill the jar. Refrigerate and enjoy it with straw.
  • Basil and Strawberry Flavored Water
  • Prepare a pint and half bottle jar. Put into the jar 3 leaves of basil, and 1/4 cup sliced strawberry. Add in ice and water to fill the jar. Refrigerate and enjoy it with straw.
  • Mint/ Raspberry and Peach
  • Prepare a pint and half bottle jar. Put into the jar 3 slices of peach, 1/4 cup raspberry and 5 pcs of mint leaves. Add in ice and water to fill the jar. Refrigerate and enjoy it with straw.
  • Cucumber and Basil
  • Prepare a pint and half bottle jar. Put into the jar 3 leaves of basil, and 5 slice of cucumber.Add in ice and water to fill the jar. Refrigerate and enjoy it with straw.
  • Blueberry and Mint with Orange
  • Prepare a pint and half bottle jars.Place 3 leaves of mint, and 1/4 cup blueberry. Ad 1 slice of orange. Add in ice and water to fill the jar. Refrigerate and enjoy it with straw.

Lechon Kawali Recipe and Tien Sauce

If you want to fly, give up everything that weighs you down.

Lechon Kawali Recipe and Tien Sauce

Brace yourself. This will be a long post since I am going to take you to a memory lane where names and memories from the past are reminisced and shared.

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When I was in college, which was a very loooooooong time ago, there was no ATM nor bank to bank deposit yet. So, my mom sent my monthly sustenance/allowance by boat.( I can just imagine you calculating how this long time ago means.) My mom sent my allowance through Toto. Now, it is official, the long time ago means during the inception of Dorothy from Wizard of OZ – that was during 16-00 —–when Dorothy’s dog, Toto existed. No, this is not Toto the dog but Toto the name of the man who is the bearer of my treasure. Each month, by instinct, I go to Pier 3 (where the boat dock), and here I am accepting the treasure that was handed to me. I was instantly rich! Oh my, as I was writing this line, I am kind of embarrassed on how ancient that time was.

Now, what should I do with all the money? I go to a restaurant named Broadway This restaurant had tons of Filipino foods lined up in it counter: lechon, (whole roasted pig), pancit ( noodles), adobo, sweet and sour dinuguan ( blood stew?) and all types of different foods. Last but not the least, lechon kawali. Their lechon kawali was so crispy and delicious that I frivolously spent my whole month’s allowance in that place. Pretty much, I had nothing left in that allowance when I got out from that restaurant. It was that good,that I am willing to get hungry throughout the month.

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I did not really get to learn to cook lechon kawali when I was in the Philippines. I just learned it when I moved here in the US. Before, I cooked the meat by deep frying and it was an agony to do this. Hot oil splattered everywhere and my arms, neck and face never came out not burned; so I refrain from cooking it until Amy, my good friend, told me to bake and broil it. I am going to share to you how to do just that.

Fish Sauce

On another note, Tien is not actually a fish sauce brand but a human who happens to work with my husband. He is an young engineer. He was born in Vietnam and moved here in the US when he was 12 years old. He interned in Bombardier (my husband’s workplace) and he got hired after graduating. That is an amazing feat for a young kiddo like him. Currently, Tien had just clenched the “nook of fame in my house.” This means he is ever present in every lecture I give to my children. Aside from my husband, he is the other guy who I want my children to emulate. Being an engineer, I thought he is smart too. Honestly, I think engineers are smarter than the rest of us. Imagine making a living by solving problems, analyzing and doing those through numbers, and doing these everyday, that is something else.

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One day, Tien gave my husband a white squash ( upo in Filipino) which he got from his parents garden .It was as tall as I am, that I do not know what else to do with it. He is generous guy. He also gave my husband this fish sauce recipe which I appropriately called Tien’s sauce in his honor…

When my husband came home from work one day, he cannot stop raving a certain sauce that Tien brought to work. I was surprised that somebody will bring a fish sauce at work. In the cafeteria. Should I say, how brave is that? With this, I pretty much conclude that Tien is a courageous guy who doesn’t mind what people think of him. If you have smelled fish sauce aroma, you will understand why I said this.

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Lechon Kawali Recipe and Tien Sauce

Ingredients

2 lbs pork belly slice in a long 1″ strips. (have the butcher do it for you or you can do it yourself) It should be bacon size length but 1 1/2 ” to 2 ” thick.
2 tbsp salt
Tien Sauce
1 lemon
5 cloves garlic
1/4 water
3 tbsp sugar
Bit of chili pepper ( depending on how spicy you want it)
2 cups Fish Sauce ( Make sure that the sauce is the one pictured above. It is available in Asian store. It has different tastes from Rufina and Teparos brand)

Instructions

  • Lechon Kawali
  • Put water, salt and meat in the pan and bring to a boil and cook until soft. When done, let it cool and place in a zip loc. Refrigerate until you are ready to cook it.
  • Preheat oven at 350 F
  • Place pork belly in a baking pan line with the oil drain and bake for 1 hour to remove the excess oil of the meat.
  • Change oven setting to 405 F
  • Continue baking the meat until belly looks like there are “bubbles” in the pork skin. This usually take around 1 hour. ( I prefer to do this process longer because I want a crispy Lechon Kawali)
  • Then change setting to low broil and broil the meat for 15 minutes
  • NOTE: When you change the setting to broil, make sure that you will not burn the meat because this can easily happen. So watch it. This will make add crunch to the meat. If the meat is getting burn, just stop the broiling and you can start slicing the meat and start serving it.
  • Tien Sauce:
  • Crush the garlic and mix in the rest of the ingredients. Place into a bottle or a container. Refrigerate.

Notes

If you prefer to just try the sauce first, make a smaller batch and just tweak the ingredients depending on how you want the sauce to taste.

Tien’s sauce is perfect for any dish like fried fish, grilled fish grilled chicken but the sauce fits like a glove when paired with lechon kawali. It is like pea in a pod comb