Pork sisig is a yummy Filipino dish….(now stay with me here after reading this next line)….that is traditionally made with pig face.
Yes. Pig face. And it’s delicious and flavorful I don’t care if you cringed or cried after reading that…but I do care if you are reaching towards the “x” of your internet browser so JUST WAIT–
Don’t fret! The version I am sharing with you is made with a very familiar minced (ground) pork.
Scoop a hearty spoonful on top of some homemade tortillas with salsa and cheese and these sisig tacos are sure to please even the less adventurous eaters in your life.
Now I certainly like to think I’m a fairly open-minded foodie and of course living in Asia has made me even more so. But despite this, I thought of substituting pig face with minced pork after realizing a few things:
1. I have absolutely no idea where to buy pig face (maybe from that man who nearly whacked me with an entire pig he had over his shoulder in the market last fall?)
2. Were I to purchase pig face, I really do not think I could cook it myself
Eat it once it’s all cooked and minced? Yes. Have it looking back at me as it roasts? Nope.
3. The usual pig face substitute of pork belly can be a bit pricey. And I try to be a budget conscious cook after all!
4. I love tacos. How can I best make anything I eat into a taco?
And thus minced pork sisig style tacos were born.
Like the traditional sisig, the pork in our sisig tacos is oh so succulent and a little bit spicy, and a little bit sour. The Filipino flavors blend perfectly with your favorite Mexican style salsa (I cheated and used a delicious jarred salsa that I brought back from Texas).
So don’t be scared! Try out this Filipino – Mexican fusion for your next taco craving.
- 1 lb ground pork
- 2 tbs vinegar
- 3 tbs soy sauce
- large pinch of salt
- 2 tsp cooking oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 small, spicy red chili (such as Bird's eye chili), minced
- 1 medium sized onion, minced
- 1 tbs minced ginger
- 1 large lime
- large pinch of pepper
- 6 small tortillas
- tomato salsa (optional)
- shredded cheese (optional)
- shredded lettuce (optional)
- In a large mixing bowl, mix ground pork, vinegar, soy sauce and salt
- Marinade pork for 15-20 minutes
- In a large pan, heat oil over medium heat
- Toss in garlic and stir, cooking until lightly golden
- Mix in chili, onion and ginger, continuing to stir to ensure garlic does not burn
- Add pork and marinade and cook through
- Squeeze lime juice over dish and sprinkle pepper to taste
- Ensure ingredients are well combined before serving on top of tortillas
- Add any additional toppings (salsa, cheese, lettuce) that you'd like