How to make DINAKDAKAN


How to make DINAKDAKAN

Dinakdakan is a popular Ilokano dish and this recipe is made of pork jowls, ears and liver simmered with spices then chopped and grilled until they are crispy in texture and smoky in flavor. It traditionally served with pig brain turned into a pate but this version uses mixed in mayo-vinegar sauce.


500g pork cheeks/jowls
500g pork ears
250g pork liver
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon peppercorn
3 pcs bay leaf
5 cloves garlic
1 thumb-sized ginger
2 large red onions
1 stalk green onions
2-3 Thai chillies
1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 cup mayonnaise


  1. In a pot add pork, garlic, freshly ground black pepper, bay leaf and salt. Pour water enough for boiling the meat. Cover the pot then bring to a boil, simmer for 45 minutes or until meat is really tender
  2. Remove from pot then drain pork pieces.
  3. Place meat into a grilling pan then grill until charred and partly crispy.
  4. Cut pork pieces into small pieces then place on a mixing bowl. Toss in ginger, chillies, onions, freshly ground black pepper, mayonnaise, vinegar and salt.
  5. Place in a large platter then serve.

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