What Is Pork Loin In Tagalog And Recipes To Try

This pork cut is perfect for Noche Buena and other handaans!

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There is confusion about the pork tenderloin and the pork loin, but if you see the cuts, you'll notice how easy it is to tell the difference between the two cuts. You just have to remember that the pork loin is the same pork cut where you get the pork chop from! 

Also known as the pork cutlet when sliced into boneless chops, the pork center loin is surprisingly just as common a pork cut as the pork kasim and the pork pigue. When you order the pork loin, you'll commonly get a boneless cut of meat kept whole for roasting or sliced into loin chops. The pork loin is a wider and flatter meat cut than the tenderloin which is a narrow and tapered cut. It is found on the back of the animal near the tenderloin but is much larger. 

This is the same cut that you will see butterflied when sliced into thick chops. Those who like roasting will love this cut as it's a very meaty and tender cut. 

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What is the pork loin called in Tagalog? 

Since the pork cut is found on the back of the pig and runs along the sides of the spine, it's also known as the "tagiliran". 

Now that you know what to ask for from your meat shop butcher whether you're in the supermarket or the palengke, here are stunning pork loin recipes you should make to impress family and any guests you may have this Noche Buena: 

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1 Roast Pork Loin Recipe 

Keep the prep simple yet flavorful with this easy pork loin recipe that's roasted in the oven. Choice herbs give this pork an aromatic and delicious flavor without complicating its taste too much. The secret to this tender recipe is the brining period. You'll need an overnight soak in the brine at least to ensure this moist and tender pork cut stays that way as it roasts in the oven but your patience is rewarded when you check out the meat.

Plus, a little extra attention to the pork skin during the last few minutes of roasting makes it crisp enough to validate a little fight over who gets the last piece.  

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2 Herb-crusted Pork Loin Recipe with Tomato Sauce

Herbs such as rosemary, thyme, sage, oregano, and even basil can turn a pork dish into a stunningly tasty dish. The key to that is to remember to allow the herbs to infuse the pork. This is normally done with time but if you are short on time, you can speed up the process by infusing the oil that gets rubbed on the pork. The herb oil is then heated and this extracts the flavors from the greens to the oil and the heated oil transfers it to the pork as it roasts. The result? An aromatic pork dish you will smell roasting in the oven before it even hits the table. A creamy tomato sauce completes the dish. 

You can even do this same technique with big game fish like tuna and blue marlin and even beef! 

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3 Pork Loin Recipe with Papaya Cilantro Salsa

Sometimes a pork loin dish can stand on its own without any side dish. Some pork dishes are made to be partners to a side dish. For this pork dish, the pork is flavorful but it gets a boost in flavor with the colorful salsa served with it. The salsa is a bright topping that makes this pork dish a dish fit for a date! 

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4 Pan-Roasted Pork Loin Recipe 

Did you know that you do not have to cook the pork loin in the oven? You can cook it right on the stove! In fact, cut off a nice thick slice from the pork loin to make a pork steak and then treat it like a steak! This is seasoned and then seared in a pan for just a few minutes. The drippings in the pan are used to create a vinegar-based sauce that's drizzled on the seared onions and peppers. To complete the meal, serve it with a simple garlic oil-tossed spaghetti. 

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