Homemade Pork Tocino (Filipino Sweet Cured Pork)- you can now do a homemade version of this popular breakfast dish, no artificial ingredients involved!
There is really something different and special going on in our senses when we think of the Filipino specialty, tocino.
Imagine waking up during a nice, and sunny morning, and you see that reddish meat, oozing with caramelized juices? I bet even just thinking about it would make you miss the distinct taste of that sweet and savory pork meat.
Do not fret, as your cravings can be satiated as you can now prepare it anytime by learning how to make this Homemade Tocino through reading this recipe article! So, let’s get to it.
What is Homemade Pork Tocino?
Pork tocino is a type of a popular Filipino dish which is basically cured meat made of pork, and sometimes beef and chicken. It is usually served as a breakfast meal and you will see it in restaurants categorized in all-day breakfast meals.
With this, the pork tocino is commonly a part of a combo meal which contains the tocino itself, fried rice, and sunny-side up eggs. This is also known as the tocilog, which means tocino, sinangag (fried rice), and itlog (egg).
How to Make Homemade Pork Tocino?
To start with the process of making the homemade pork tocino, there are two major steps that you need to do. This is to make the procedure more streamlined. and it will make it easier for you to visualize once you’re about to prepare it.
So the first step is, you have to mix the ingredients and make it into a marinade, we will soak the pork ham here and we will leave it there overnight. In some cases, you can place it in the refrigerator for longer than 1 day, as it still helps with the flavor.
Second step is, you have to cook the marinated pork. It is a pretty straightforward task of a combination method of boiling and then frying. Once the water from boiling the pork is absorbed and reduced, you can proceed to pouring oil and start frying the tocino until it caramelizes.
Homemade Pork Tocino Tips:
- Choosing the cut of pork for the tocino can affect the flavor of the whole dish, so it’s best to plan this out when you’re out in the supermarket or grocery.
- For this tocino recipe, the best you can use is the pork ham or pork shoulder, this provides the right amount of fat, and still has a lot of meat. Other options like pork belly can be too fatty for the tocino and the pork tenderloin can be too lean.
- If you want the tocino to look all natural, you can skip the food coloring and simply replace it with the good old banana ketchup, or annatto powder.
- It is worth noting that this recipe includes vinegar, which is an acidic ingredient. This means that marinating the pork with the vinegar for too long might break down the pork and will leave an undesirable texture and flavor.
For a quick reference about this recipe, see the recipe table below:
Homemade Pork Tocino Recipe
- Cooking Pan
- 1 kg pork ham, sliced (1/4 inch cuts)
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp vinegar
- ½ cup pineapple juice
- ¼ tsp red food coloring, (optional)
- 1 cup water, or as needed
- 3 tbsp cooking oil
- salt and pepper, to taste
- In a mixing bowl, add in the pork ham, garlic, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, pineapple juice, red food coloring, and season with salt and pepper. Mix until well incorporated.
- Transfer to a ziplock bag or a sealed container. Let it marinate at room temperature overnight. Optionally, you can also let it marinate in the refrigerator for another 1 to 3 days.
- In a cooking pan, pour in water and bring to a boil.
- Add in the pork ham. Simmer until the meat is tender and until the water has evaporated.
- Add in the cooking oil. Cook until the meat is caramelized.
- Transfer to a serving plate or serving tray. Serve and enjoy!
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