Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Chicken and Pork Binagoongan


Binagoongan means cooking something with bagoong. Bagoong is a condiment from the Philippines made of fermented fish or krill.



I used the Kamayan Ginasang (Sauteed) Bagoong in regular for this recipe. This bagoong is already sweet so adding sugar is no longer needed.




Chicken and Pork Binagoongan with Eggplant
(without Gata or Coconut Milk)

Ingredients

For the following ingredients, use your judgment. 
The more spices you use, the more flavor you will have.

Chicken and Pork
Tomato
Garlic
Yellow Onion
Ginger

Coconut Oil
1 tbsp Vinegar
1 tbsp Sauteed Shrimp Paste (Bagoong)
Chicken Broth (optional), you can use water
Eggplant (sliced in cubes)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Cayenne Pepper (optional)


Steps
Heat your pan and a good amount of coconut oil when ready.
Saute the tomato, garlic, yellow onion and ginger.
Once the onion is already caramelized, add the chicken and pork.

Simmer for 5 minutes.
Add the Shrimp Paste. Cover and Simmer for another 5 minutes.
Add water or the chicken broth, and the vinegar. Simmer until the meat is cooked.

Add salt and pepper, start in small amounts.
Add the cayenne pepper if you want it to be spicy.

Add the eggplant, simmer until it's soft and brown.

Serve.



Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Homemade Cured Chicken (Chicken Tocino)

Since Ritchie wants rice and a meat for his breakfast, I figured that a cured chicken is a must have in our refrigerator.

The marinated chicken or tocino can be stored in a closed container in the refrigerator for one month. I've mentioned in my Thai Basil Chicken post that we bought these cheap pack of chicken from costco...so this is how I used some of the chicken.

Chicken tocino for breakfast is very common in the Philippines. It's usually served with Fried Rice (Sinangag) and Egg (Itlog). If you happen to visit, you will definitely see ToSiLog which stands for Tocino, Sinangag, Itlog in the menu.

Tocino

The mixture of the sauce won't really matter to how much chicken/pork you will add on it. 
Just make sure that your meat is soaked in the sauce.

1 cup Lemon-Lime Sprite (plain sprite is okay)
1 cup Pineapple Juice
1/4 cup Soy Sauce 
1/2 Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Ketchup
Salt, Pepper to taste

Combine everything on a mixing bowl and store overnight. 
You don't have to freeze it, curing is a way of preserving meat.

How to cook:
Boil a good amount of water that would slightly soak your meat in a regular pan. 
Once boiling, arrange the meat. Lower the flame especially when all the water has evaporated.
Watch your meat, this will burn easily because of the sugar.
Once it turns brown, you can add oil or skip this process. Your chicken is already cooked.

Recently I discovered a different way of cooking tocino, this is another method that you can follow:

Line your deep baking pan with aluminum foil. 
Arrange the meat inside and cover the baking pan with aluminum foil, 
by covering it you are making sure that the heat will not escape from the pan.

Bake in a 375 deg F oven for 20 mins. Then remove the cover and bake for another 5-10 mins.
Serve.

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