March 15, 2008

Tokwa't Baboy (Fried Tofu And Boiled Pork)

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tokwa't baboy and lugaw
Blogging makes me want to eat Filipino food that I did not eat frequently while living in Manila. The pork, which is usually ears and some meaty parts, in Tokwa't Baboy I probably ate just once. It's weird that when I chewed on the ear I felt like I was chewing my own ears, much like the way I feel when eating ox tongue, as if I'm chewing my own tongue. But I love fried tofu, one of my favorite food ever, specially with vinegar/soy sauce/garlic dipping sauce. I can eat them everyday without getting tired of them, seriously. A week ago I read about the tofu frites over at White on Rice Couple blog and made them yesterday. I convinced myself to buy a few pig's ears, and I also bought 2 thick strips of pork belly (in case I gag while eating the chopped ears), boiled them for almost 2 hours in water, salt, garlic, whole peppercorns, and bay leaves and ate them with lugaw (congee). My meal was just fantastic! I didn't mind the crunchy ears, they are actually very good with the excellent yummy crrrunchy tofu fries.:D

tofu fries with flaked sea salt

the pork does not look appetizing yet delicious

lugaw (congee) topped with fried shallots and calamansi juice

Lugaw (congee)
1 cup rice
6 cups water
1-inch piece fresh ginger, sliced
salt, to taste
topping: slivered ginger, fried shallots, sliced green onions, calamansi juice
  • In a Dutch oven, boil rice, ginger, 1 tablespoon sea salt, and water for 2 - 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Taste and add more salt to taste.
  • Serve with calamansi juice and choice of ginger, fried shallots, or green onions


Anonymous said...

Oh Oggi, we love the combo with the pig ears and pork belly !! Glad you liked the tofu fries, they're always fun to eat. You put herbs on top too, yes!

Oggi said...

worc, thank you for the idea of crispy tofu fries, they are perfect with the boiled ears.:)
I like the chopped flat leaf parsley and salt, really nice.

Sidney said...

I like lugaw but I don't envision eating pig ears.

raissa said...

I love tokwa't baboy. Pig's ears are the best part. My uncle usually already stir fry it with onions and soy sauce.

Anonymous said...

oggi, the pig ears were still crunchy after 2 hours of boiling? and one more silly question, how did it smell after all that boiling?

Oggi said...

Sidney, haha, I didn't think you'll like pig ears.:)

Raissa, sauteed with onions and soy sauce sounds good, I'll do that with the leftovers.

Marvin, the ears are soft but crunchy. It didn't smell of anything, the ears were very clean and I scrubbed it some more before cooking. I cooked a lot of it and will make Thai salad next.

Anonymous said...

Everything here looks delicious to me! I love pork ears!!! My favorite way is the bbq'd ones they sell on the street (on a stick just like regular bbq)...I am super addicted to them :)

Gotta try those tofu fries...

Oggi said...

joey, and I thought I would gross out my readers with the ears but I was wrong...I'll also try the bbq recipe, thanks for the tip. I think they're going to be a favorite of mine too.:)

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