Crispy Binagoongan is an original Filipino dish. It is also called as Crispy Pork in Shrimp Paste. One of the ingredients called bagoong (a Phillipine condiment made of fish or shrimps and salt) makes it unique. It makes this dish very tasty, distinctive and exquisite.
My neighbor and a good friend used to have a small business here in our small village. She used to have a small Sari-Sari Store (sari-sari means "variety") and sell different kinds of viands. I can say she cooks very well and without too much effort. I was actually one of her customers and her Binagoongan was such a hit! But then one day, I tried to cook my own version and it was really DELICIOUS. So now, let me now share it with you.
By the way, I added fresh tomatoes on top of it. It neutralizes the strong taste of bagoong. It is optional. :)
- 1 Kilo of pork, cubed
- 1 medium head garlic, minced
- 1 big onion, minced
- 1 cup bagoong alamang (shrimp paste) I prefer Barrio Fiesta Bagoong Alamang
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 4 to 5tbsp brown sugar
- 4 green chili
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
- All-in-one seasoning granules, salt and pepper to taste
- Cooking oil
- In a casserole, pour-in water and put-in the pork. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Boil the pork until meat is tender.
- Drain the pork (it is better to drain it very well)
- In a seperate pan, deep fry the pork until brown. Set aside.
- saute garlic, onion and tomato.
- Add the shrimp paste, simmer for 5 minutes.
- Put-in the pork, water, vinegar and sugar. Mix. Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add chili. Simmer for 3 minutes.
- Add seasoning granules, salt and pepper to taste.