Dinakdakan

Hi there everyone! Today we’ll be making a special Ilokano dish. This one is my wife’s favorite, it is very similar to Sisig but the Ilokanos call it Dinakdakan. Big thanks to my collegue, Mr. Michael Zomil for sharing this recipe.

This Ilokano delicacy uses one of the best part of a pig, the pig head! Yeah, the crunchy pork ears, the chewy pork chick and snout, and of course the best part of it is the pork brain that make the Dinakdakan so delicious and irresistable.

Dinakdakan
Dinakdakan
Photo by Nino Almendra

Now on with the cooking…

Dinakdakan

Prep. time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 90 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Makes 1 medium gratin dish

Good for 12 crew as a warm starter

You will need;

1/2 pc. of pig head bone-in, about 1.8-kg.(boiled, grilled, let it cool and then finely chopped){after cooking, about 1 kg. of boneless cooked and finely chopped pork head remains. Discard the pork skull/bones.}

100 grms. pork brain, boiled and mashed

1 Tbsp. cooking oil

1 Tbsp. unsalted butter

2 red hot chilli peppers, deseeded and sliced thinly

200 grms. red onions, finely chopped

4 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 Tbsp. maggi savor

pinch of chilli powder, *optional

150 grms. mayonaise

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Garnish with 2 whole red hot chilli peppers and some lemons slices

Direction;

Step 1: Prepare the pork head.

Make sure the pork head is clean, use a sharp knife or a razor to shave off any skin-hair.

Using a large cleaver, chop the pork head into half.

Scoop out the pork brain out of the skull, keep aside inside the fridge.

On a large soup pot, boil enough water and add the pork head.

Bring it back to a boil, lower heat and simmer for an hour or until tender.

Transfer cooked pork head in a colander, let it cool down.

Separate the pork head meat from its bone. Discard the pork bones.

Heat a large frying pan with a small amount of cooking oil. (Charcoal grilled is the best way to this, if possible!)

Pan-fried the pork head meat until nicely browned and crispy. Chop into small dice. Set aside in a mixing bowl.

Step 2: Prepare the pork brain.

Place the pork brain in a small frying pan. Add enough water, bring to a boil and cooked for 3-5 minutes.

Transfer into a side plate to cool down. Finely chop the cooked pork brain until it becomes a thick paste.

Step 3: Pan fried the chopped pork head.

On a large frying pan, heat the cooking oil and melt the butter.

Add the chopped pork head and stir for a couple of minutes.

Add the mashed pork brain and stir for another minute.

Transfer into a large mixing bowl.

Step 4: Mix all the ingredients.

Add the sliced red hot chilli pepper and finely chopped red onions.

Squeeze 1/2 lemon, pour in the maggi savor. Add some chilli powder for a more spicy taste.

Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Add the mayonaise. Mix until well blended.

Transfer on a serving dish and garnish with 2 whole red hot chilli peppers and some lemons slices.

Enjoy your meal !!! 😉

Here’s how I do it;

Step 1: Prepare the pork head.

Dinakdakan
Make sure the pork head is clean, use a sharp knife or a razor to shave off any skin-hair.
Dinakdakan
Using a large cleaver, chop the pork head into half.
Dinakdakan
Scoop out the pork brain out of the skull, keep aside inside the fridge.
Dinakdakan
On a large soup pot, boil enough water and add the pork head.
Dinakdakan
Bring it back to a boil, lower heat and simmer for an hour or until tender.
Dinakdakan
Transfer cooked pork head in a colander, let it cool down.
Dinakdakan
Separate the pork head meat from its bone.
Dinakdakan
Discard the pork bones.
Dinakdakan
Heat a large frying pan with a small amount of cooking oil. (Charcoal grilled is the best way to this, if possible!)
Dinakdakan
Pan-fried the pork head meat until nicely browned and crispy.
Dinakdakan
Chop into small dice. Set aside in a mixing bowl.

Step 2: Prepare the pork brain.

Dinakdakan
Place the pork brain in a small frying pan.
Dinakdakan
Add enough water, bring to a boil and cooked for 3-5 minutes.
Dinakdakan
Transfer into a side plate to cool down. Finely chop the cooked pork brain until it becomes a thick paste.

Step 3: Pan fried the chopped pork head.

Dinakdakan
On a large frying pan, heat the cooking oil and melt the butter.
Dinakdakan
Add the chopped pork head.
Dinakdakan
… and stir for a couple of minutes.
Dinakdakan
Add the mashed pork brain
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… and stir for another minute.
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Transfer into a large mixing bowl.

Step 4: Mix all the ingredients.

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Add the sliced red hot chilli pepper and finely chopped red onions.
Dinakdakan
Squeeze 1/2 lemon,
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… pour in the maggi savor.
Dinakdakan
Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
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Add the mayonaise.
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Mix until well blended.
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Transfer on a serving dish.
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Garnish with 2 whole red hot chilli peppers and some lemons slices.

Enjoy your meal !!! 😉

Thanks alot for spending your precious time on my blog and hope this recipe encourage you to treat your crew with some Dinakdakan.


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