My birthday comes right after my hometown's fiesta in August. My dear Mama would reserve food for my party... in fact she would reserve most of the food for my birthday, haha! As a little girl, I have fond memories of inviting the whole class and my teachers to my party. Lechon always topped the list, if I was lucky it was a whole roasted pig. But if not, I was content with the leftover lechon, I remember vividly how my Mama instructs our cook to freeze the rest for "Malou's birthday" to make Lechon Paksiw. This is leftover lechon stewed in a sweet and sour sauce of vinegar and liver sauce to be served on my birthday.
Since at this time I cannot roast a whole pig, I decided to prepare a dish based on Lechon Paksiw. But somehow "paksiw na lechon" may not look appealing, so I took it as a fun challenge. I had much needed help with this challenge. So together with my best friend Teyene, our culinary experiment began. To be quite honest, this has been so far the most challenging, but yet most fun Kulinarya challenge. I got to spend time with my friend, whom I love dearly. And was all smiles even as I splattered oil over the oven top and her fire alarm kept on shrieking due to the smoke created by the splattered oil - much to the chagrin of her husband who was taking a nap at the time. It was good times indeed, good times.
|Deconstruction of Lechon Paksiw, aka Pork Belly, with a tamarind glaze and laced with liver sauce|
I got the inspiration to make this dish from Bouchon, Thomas Keller's French bistro in L.A. My family recently dined there and one of the dishes we ordered was pork belly with cherry marmalade, which quite frankly was comparable to our lechon kawali. So I am adding my flare to the dish, adding a Filipino touch best described as a deconstructed Paksiw na Lechon.