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I've been promising you this Crispy Pork Binagoongan recipe as early as October and I am sorry I didn't get to post it in time for the holidays. I am currently on vacation in the Philippines and even with a reliable internet access at my mom's house (she had the fastest internet service possible through PLDT installed before I got home!), I am almost never online other than to check Facebook. You know how it is when you're on vacation. People to see places to go. 😉
I was first introduced to this Crispy Pork Binagoongan when I did a promotional campaign for Goldilocks Bakeshop last July. It was one of their menu offerings I got to try for the first time and craved for regularly since. I just had to recreate it at home! With crisp pork tossed in a pungent bagoong sauce and then topped with steamed eggplants, sweet mangoes, juicy tomatoes, and chopped onions, it's an amazing revamp of our classic pork binagoongan.
A few things to note about this crispy pork binagoongan:
- This recipe will be a great use for your leftover lechon kawali!
- A huge part of the flavor profile of this dish is the sweet mangoes. Use ones that are adequately ripe and yellow but still firm.
- For super crunch, allow the pork to completely cool before deep frying.
That's it, folks. I hope you give this recipe a try, I am sure you'll love it as much as I do. Enjoy!
Crispy Pork Binagoongan
For the Binagoongan
- 2 pounds pork belly
- salt to taste
- canola oil
- 1 onion, peeled and chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- ¼ cup shrimp paste
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- ¼ tablespoons vinegar
- ½ cup water
For the Toppings
- 2 eggplants
- 1 large mango, ripe and yellow but firm
- 2 tomatoes, seeded and diced
- 1 small onion, peeled and diced
- 1 tablespoon green onions, chopped
- Season pork belly with salt and pepper. Let stand for 3 to 5 minutes.
- In a wide pan over medium heat, heat about 2-inches deep of oil. Add pork belly in a singe layer and cook until it begins to lightly brown.
- Add about ¼ cup water to help crisp the skin. Continue to cook, turning on sides, until golden, crispy, and cooked through.
- Remove the pork from the pan and drain on a wire rack. Cut into small pieces.
- In another pan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the chopped onions and garlic and cook until softened.
- Add tomatoes and cook, mashing with the back of the spoon, until softened.
- Add shrimp paste and sugar. Cook, stirring regularly, for about 3 to 5 minutes or until color darkens.
- Add vinegar and bring to a boil, uncovered and without stirring, for about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add ½ cup of water or pork broth and bring to a boil. Lower heat and continue to cook for about 3 to 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Season with salt and pepper as needed.
- Add fried pork and stir until just heated through.
- While the binagoongan is cooking, steam eggplants. Discard stems and cut into cubes.
- Arrange pork binagoongan on a serving platter. Top with steamed eggplant, diced mango, diced tomatoes, diced onions, and green onions. Serve immediately.