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Pork Higado

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To many like me, a modern version of Pork Higado is a tangy meat dish cooked with onions, chicken livers in a sauce of vinegar, a few drops of soy sauce and plenty of garlic. Sometimes pronounced Igado, it is easier to cook than it looks. The generous amount of sauce, tender pork strips make the tart-tasting higado ideal to pair with a bowl of steamed white rice. Higado is Spanish for liver. My version has pork tenderloin slices, pan seared with chicken liver. In my childhood in Tarlac, my mother  cooked this often, and the sharp aromas of garlic come back to me when I think of those times.

In commemoration of the late Philippine President Elpidio Quirino’s death anniversary last week, I rekindled my knowledge of Ilocano food and the many favorite dishes of the Quirino brothers: Ernesto, Elpidio, Eliseo, Antonio and Rosa, their sister. At a family reunion a while back, I was given a good explanation of Vigan specialties by our aunt Attorney Aleli Guzman Quirino or Tita Lila as we fondly call her.

One of these well-loved family dishes was Higado, which I tried cooking here in my American kitchen. Our aunt  described higado best and called it by its original Ilocano name: Dinaldalem is higado to non-ilokanos. In Ilocos, different parts of the pig – pork loin, pork lung, pork heart, pork tampalin, pork liver and lampay (innards) – are used.

The authentic Filipino food recipes handed down from our grandparents and generations before them, are mostly the most basic and simple, but the memories of their savory flavors linger long. Naimas!

Pork Higado

The classic Filipino Pork Higado is popular in the Ilocos provinces. Higado is Spanish for liver. My version of this dish has pork tenderloin pan seared with chicken liver and sauteed in garlic, onions, soy sauce and vinegar. This is an Asian in America recipe by Elizabeth Ann Quirino. Serves 4.
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Filipino
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 76kcal
Author: Asian in America - Elizabeth Ann Quirino

Equipment

  • Large saucepan

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled, minced
  • 1 whole large onionm, chopped
  • 2 pounds pork shoulder or tenderloin, cut in 2-inch length pieces
  • 4 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 cup broth (chicken or pork)
  • ½ pound chicken liver, sliced
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 2 pieces bay leaves
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper powder

For serving

  • steamed rice

Instructions

  • In a large saucepan, over medium-high heat, add the oil. When oil is hot enough, saute the garlic and onions.
  • Add the pork slices to the saucepan.
    Pour the soy sauce all over the meat. Braise the pork for about 3 to 5 minutes till it turns brown.
  • Pour the broth over the tenderloin. Cover and simmer over medium heat for 12 minutes till pork is tender.
  • Add the chicken livers. and bay leaves.
    Pour the vinegar over the mixture. Cover and continue cooking for 10 minutes more on medium heat.
  • Season with salt and black pepper.
    Remove cover. Let the liquid reduce during this process till the sauce turns to a thick gravy and is nearly absorbed by the pork.
    Serve warm with rice.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 1016mg | Potassium: 41mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 31IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

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Notes on Nutrition: The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.

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