Sinigang na Bagnet

Filipino Style Recipe: Sinigang na Bagnet is another variety of Filipino tamarind soup using bagnet as main ingredient. Bagnet is a popular delicacy in Ilocos made from pork belly deep fried until crispy and blister on skin. This dish has a sour taste best to serve during rainy and cold season.

Estimated time of preparation: 15 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 120 minutes
Good for 4-6 persons

1 kilo bagnet, cut into serving pieces
12 tamarind(sampalok) or 2 packs sampaloc mix
1 big-sized onion, chopped
5 medium-sized tomatoes, quartered
3 medium-sized taro(gabi), peeled and cut into cubes
1 bundle of string beans(sitaw), cut into 2 inches long
1 bundle of river spinach(kangkong leaves)
3 pieces green pepper(siling haba)
salt and fish Sauce(patis)
1 1/2 liters pork broth
6 pieces okra, trimmed(optional)
1 radish, sliced(optional)

Part 1
1.Boil tamarind, pound and strain the juice. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a casserole, pour pork broth, onion, tomatoes then bring to boil.
2. Add tamarind juice then bring to boil. Add gabi then simmer until tender.
3. Add radish, okra, green pepper, and string beans then simmer for another 5 minutes.
4. Adjust seasoning with fish sauce then add bagnet and kangkong.
5. Turn off the heat then let it sit for 1-2 minutes or until kangkong is cooked.
6. Transfer to serving bowl then serve hot with steamed rice.

1. How to cook bagnet, please refer to this link: Bagnet


Filipino Style Recipe: Bagnet is the Ilocano version of lechon kawali. This dish is the delicacy in Ilocos region. Normally the pork belly boiled and deep fried until crispy and blister on skin then serve with vinegar.

1 kilo pork belly(liempo), slice into 2 inch thick
5 gloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon peppercorns
2 tablespoon salt
1 bay leaves
1/2 liter water
cooking oil for frying
2 tablespoon flour(optional)

Part 1
1. In a pot, arrange pork belly and pour water, garlic, peppercorns, bay leaves and salt.
2. Bring to boil for 45-60 minutes or until tender. (Cook in pressure cooker takes 25 minutes).
3. Drain on paper towel and let it cool. Refrigerate over night.

Part 2
1. Sprinkle the pork belly with a small amount of flour to prevent it from drying.
2. In a frying pan, heat enough oil and deep fry pork belly in low heat for 30 minutes or until brown.
3. Drain on paper towel and let it cool.
4. Reheat the same oil and deep fry the pork belly once more for 10 minutes.
5. Sprinkle with cold water, this will help blister the pork skin.
6. Repeat the procedure until crisp and blisters on the skin.
7. Drain on paper towels and slice to serving pieces.
8. Serve with spicy vinegar.