March 14, 2019
A lot of recipes can be made from pork, but to make sure they taste as good as they look, it is important to choose the right cut to use for every dish.
With the help of Robina Farms Premium Fresh Meat The Manila Times Flavors suggests creative ways of cooking a variety of pork specialties with the perfect cuts of pork for the whole family to enjoy.
One of the most common and versatile cuts of pork, kasim has layers of fat and litid, making it ideal for slow cooking and suited for most pork dishes like adobo, menudo, and sinigang.
Suggestion: Get creative with pork shoulder by roasting it whole on low heat for an extended period of time. With layers of fat keeping it moist, cooking it low and slow allows the flavors to seep in, resulting in the perfect roast for pulled pork.
From the same area as the pork loin, the tenderloin is the most tender of all cuts of pork meat. It also has the mildest flavor because of how lean it is, and benefits from lots of seasoning. It’s best cooked and treated like steak — grilled or pan-fried.
Suggestion: Make an alternative to chicken fingers by breading and frying tenderloin strips and pairing it with honey mustard dip, or use it as a substitute for beef in a garlicy salpicao.
The row of bones surrounding the loin, the ribs are located closer to the belly while those closer to the backbone are the more tender baby back ribs. Ribs are very flavorful on their own, and are best enhanced by charred flavors when they are barbecued.
Suggestion: Put a unique spin on barbecued ribs by adding coffee grounds into the dry rub.
A definite crowd-pleaser, the liempo or pork belly is the fattiest and most flavorful cut with alternating layers of meat and fat. It can be used interchangeably with kasim for a more flavorful and fatty pork dish.
Suggestion: Level up the classic liempo by rolling a whole pork belly into a log and filling with aromatics to make the Italian roast pork dish porchetta. This distributes the flavors more evenly throughout the meat, and creates a juicy roast with uniform layers of fat and a crispy skin.
The pigue is the second most versatile pork cut. It can be used in any of the same dishes as kasim, and is also best for slow cooking. The pigue is where we get the ham.
Suggestion: Put a spin on basic adobo by adding gata (coconut milk) and allowing it to cook down to a thick sauce.
The underrated pata can be used for a wide variety of dishes that otherwise require general purpose cuts. While it is not fatty, it gets tons of flavor from the layers of skin and litid surrounding it. It is commonly used for crispy pata, and the braised pata tim.
Suggestion: Pata slices can easily substitute cubed meat in pork nilaga or sinigang. When it is deboned and chopped, it can also replace the hard-to-find maskara for sisig.
Knowing the right cuts to use for all-time-favorite pork dishes and how to creatively cook them add zing and flavor to any recipe, with the highest quality meat available in the market.
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