Deutsch: Gegrilltes Schweinefleisch / Español: Cerdo a la parrilla / Português: Porco grelhado / Français: Porc grillé / Italiano: Maiale alla griglia

Inihaw na Baboy in the food context refers to a Filipino dish consisting of grilled pork. The term "inihaw" means grilled in Tagalog, and "baboy" stands for pork, making this dish one of the many beloved grilled specialties in the Philippines. It typically involves marinating pieces of pork in a mixture of soy sauce, vinegar, calamansi juice (a Philippine lime), garlic, and sometimes sugar and pepper for several hours or overnight. The marinated pork is then grilled over charcoal until it achieves a beautiful char and is cooked through, resulting in a tender, flavorful meat with a slightly tangy and smoky taste.

Description

The key to Inihaw na Baboy lies in the marinade, which not only flavors the meat but also helps tenderize it. The use of calamansi juice adds a distinct Filipino touch, but lemon juice can be a substitute outside the Philippines. This dish is often served during special occasions, family gatherings, and commonly found at Filipino barbecue street food stalls. The charred edges and smoky flavor from the charcoal grilling process give the pork an irresistible aroma and taste.

Application Areas

Inihaw na Baboy is popularly enjoyed as:

  • Main Course: Often served with steamed rice and a dipping sauce, such as a mix of soy sauce, vinegar, chopped onions, and chili.
  • Barbecue: A staple at outdoor parties and gatherings, showcasing the Filipino love for grilling.
  • Street Food: Commonly sold by street vendors, where it's skewered and grilled, making it a convenient and delicious snack.

Well-Known Examples

While Inihaw na Baboy itself is a specific dish, various cuts of pork can be used for grilling, including:

  • Pork Belly (Liempo): Favored for its rich flavor and tender texture.
  • Pork Chops: Marinated and grilled, serving as a hearty meal option.
  • Pork Skewers: Bite-sized pieces of pork threaded onto skewers and grilled, perfect for snacking.

Recipes

A basic recipe for Inihaw na Baboy includes:

  1. Ingredients:

    • 2 lbs pork belly or pork chops
    • 1/2 cup soy sauce
    • 1/4 cup vinegar or calamansi juice
    • 6 cloves garlic, minced
    • 3 tablespoons sugar (optional)
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Chili peppers (optional, for added heat)
  2. Preparation:

    • In a bowl, combine soy sauce, vinegar or calamansi juice, garlic, sugar (if using), salt, pepper, and chili peppers (if using) to make the marinade.
    • Add the pork to the marinade, ensuring each piece is well-coated. Marinate for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight, in the refrigerator.
    • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Grill the marinated pork, turning occasionally, until it is cooked through and charred on the outside, about 6-10 minutes per side, depending on the thickness.
    • Serve hot with steamed rice and dipping sauce on the side.

Treatment and Risks

When preparing Inihaw na Baboy, it's important to ensure the pork is fully cooked to avoid any foodborne illnesses. The pork should reach an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) for safe consumption. Also, consider marinating the meat in the refrigerator to prevent bacterial growth.

Similar Terms or Synonyms

  • Filipino Grilled Pork

Summary

Inihaw na Baboy is a classic Filipino dish that celebrates the simple yet delightful flavors of marinated grilled pork. Its smoky aroma, charred texture, and the tangy taste of the marinade make it a favorite among many, perfect for a casual outdoor barbecue or as a flavorful street food snack.

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Inihaw na Baboy refers to a grilled loin (Lomo) of pig cut into bite size pieces before marinating and grilling

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