More Ulam Recipes Using Pork Giniling

Tired of your usual giniling na baboy recipes?

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Giniling na baboy is the most common ground meat you will find from your local butcher. This mix is notorious for being fatty but that's not always a bad thing. Fat ensures that the resulting dish you make with this giniling mix is tender, tasty, and best of all, flavorful. That's because fat is flavor.  

You probably already know how to cook ground pork but did you know that there is a shortcut to cooking flavorful ground pork without having to cook all the meat? Chris Morocco in the Bon Appetit Test Kitchen used this shortcut method when he cooked a spicy pork dish on the episode "Chris Makes Spicy-Sweet Sambal Pork Noodles".

Here's what he did and why: 

  1. 1 When ready to cook the ground pork, he first heated oil in a medium pot. (He used olive oil since that was his preference. You can, too, or you can take his recommendation and us canola or any vegetable oil.) 
  2. 2 Once hot, he adds only half the ground meat mixture in small portions to not crowd the pan. 
  3. 3 Then he leaves the meat alone until the meat is browned and seared on one side before turning the browned meat in the pot over.
  4. 4 He leaves it alone for several more minutes to sear and brown again until the ground meat is more cooked through. 
  5. 5 He also lets the pork cook until the juices are reduced and eventually cooked through. 
  6. 6 He then adds the aromatics (ginger, garlic, etc) to the browned meat, gives it a stir for a few seconds, then adds the rest of the raw ground meat in just to cook.  
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This seemingly last-minute addition of the remaining ground meat is what's unique about this technique. You do not have to spend time browning all the meat if you can brown half the meat well since that part has the flavor you want. 

Morocco says that's why the initial sear when the ground pork first browns in the hot oil "is so critical" since that's when you develop the flavor. After that, you have the base of your dish that will have a delicious meaty flavor. 

Tired of your usual giniling na baboy recipe? Try this technique with these leveled-up ulam ideas for your next meal. 

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