Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Refreshing Summer Grilled Pork Belly (Inihaw na Liempo)

It really is summer.  Its not because its already April but because its insanely hot.  This kind of weather makes me not want to move at all and just stay in front of the electric fan (even though it seems as if I'm in front of a blower).  A little movement and you get sweats.  More movement and you sweat a lot.

I just want to sink my self in the tub (as if I own one) with ice cold water.  Summer outing?  I don't know but I'm too lazy too travel.  Maybe because I'm too tired during weekdays that I just want to sleep and relax during weekends.

Speaking of summer outings and swimming, this recipe is perfect for this occasion.  Grilled pork, squids and fish (usually tilapia) are staple foods during outings and swimming.  Specially grilled pork or barbecue, they are the best seller among them.

1/2 kilo                                  Sliced Pork Belly (Liempo)

1/4 cup                                  Dark Soy Sauce
3 cloves                                 Garlic, grated
1 Tablespoon                         Oyster Sauce
1 Tablespoon                         Hoisin Sauce
1/2 teaspoon                          Ground Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon                         Red Wine Vinegar
2 Tablespoon                         Calamansi Juice (You may use lemon juice)
                                              Zest of 1 Lemon

1/4 cup                                   Mint Leaves, roughly chopped
1 piece                                    Onion, roughly chopped
3 inches                                   Ginger, grated (I like ginger so adjust according to your taste if your not 
                                               a fan of ginger.)
1 piece                                    Chili, sliced (I used siling panigang)
Juice of 3 Calamansi
Juice of 1 Lemon

Vinegar Dipping
1/4 cup                                    White Vinegar
2 cloves                                   Grated Garlic
1/4 teaspoon                            Dried Chilis
pinch of salt

1.  Thoroughly clean the pork belly and pat dry to remove excess moisture.

2.  Combine marinate and pour over the pork belly.  Marinate for at least one hour.

3.  Grill over live coal.

4.  Chopped into bite sized parts.
5.  Combine the salsa ingredients and toss into the chopped pork belly.
6.  Combine vinegar dipping ingredients in one saucer and serve with the chopped pork belly.

I don't want to boast but its really good.  As the recipe name implies, it's really refreshing.  The tanginess of the lemon and calamansi juice and the gingerly taste counter balance the richness of the pork fats.  The chopped onion imparts sweet spicy  flavor into the chopped pork belly.  The chopped mint leaves add a subtle fresh taste to the dish.  Dip this into the vinegar dipping and the two complements well to increase your appetite, reaching for more rice.


  1. Looks really good and sumptous. I will this for 4th of July.

    1. Hi! Yeah, its really good. you can also pair it with bottle of beers for your friends get together.

  2. For this New Year's Eve, my dad is asking for liempo to be the star of our dinner table. I'm gonna try this recipe and see if he'll love it :)

  3. Hi! I hope your dad will like the recipe. If you may also want to try Roasted Layered Herbed Pork Belly (http://www.kusinaniteds.com/2013/11/roasted-layered-herbed-pork-belly.html) with a really nice pork fat crackling to match the fire crackers' sound this New Year.


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