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Dinakdakan in a cast iron skillet with a bowl of steamed rice on the side and a glass of beer
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4.67 from 6 votes


Give your tastebuds a culinary adventure! Dinakdakan is an acquired taste, but you won't be able to get enough once you try it. It's creamy, flavorful, and delicious as an appetizer or main dish!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 828kcal


  • 2 pounds pork face snout, ears
  • water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper corns
  • 1/2 pound pork liver
  • 8 ounces pig brain
  • 1/4 cup cup calamansi juice
  • 1 red onion peeled and sliced thinly
  • 1 thumb-size ginger peeled and minced
  • 3 Thai chili peppers stemmed and minced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a pot over medium heat, combine pork face, salt, peppercorns, bay leaves, and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, skimming scum that accumulates on top.
  • Lower heat, cover, and simmer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour or until meat is tender but not falling apart. With a slotted spoon, remove meat and drain well.
  • Add liver to the pot and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes or until half-done. Remove from pan and drain well.
  • Add pig brain to pot and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove brain and transfer into a bowl. With a fork, mash until smooth. Set aside.
  • Over hot coals, grill pork for about 4 to 6 minutes on each side or until crisp and slightly charred. Allow to cool to touch and slice thinly
  • Grill liver for about 3 to 5 minutes until nicely charred and fully cooked.
  • In a large bowl, combine pork meat, onions, ginger, and chili peppers.
  • Add calamansi juice and toss to combine.
  • Add mashed pig brain and stir until well-distributed. Season with salt and pepper to taste.



If pig brain is unavailable or to make the dish more "kid-friendly", swap the mashed brain with mayonnaise to add the characteristic creaminess.


Calories: 828kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 82g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 19g | Monounsaturated Fat: 33g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 179mg | Sodium: 1986mg | Potassium: 336mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 6186IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 7mg