Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Hamon Experiment

My mother in law gave us 2 large hams for the holidays not so long ago.  As a result, my husband and son were all ham'd out.  Don't get me wrong, we love ham but my hubby could only take so much.  I made ham and eggs for breakfast, ham omelette on the weekends, ham sandwich for lunch, ham steak for dinner.  But alas a week later I still had a big slab of HAM, "Son-of-a-HAM" I shouted out of frustration.  I thought that if I would serve another ham left-over dish, my husband and son might not want to sit down and have a meal with me ever again... hahaha.
But I didn't want to put my ham to waste so I thought of masking it and making my Hamon experiment. What better way to hide the look and taste by adding a strong ingredient, bagoong (salted shrimp), thus a new dish was born:  Binagoongan Hamon (Ham with Shrimp Paste) . I posted a picture of it on Twitter and I was surprised by the tweet backs that I got.

The verdict?  My hubs and son were unsuspecting that I used ham.  The pineapple glaze blended so well with the saltiness of the shrimp paste. The dish was so good it licks the plate before you do haha! Oh well I'm glad I put my ham to good use... until  the next ham comes along... haha!

Binagoong Hamon and Rice

Left-over ham (cubed)
2-3 tbsp shrimp paste (bagoong, I used Kamayan brand)
2 tbsp cooking oil 
1 medium size onion ( chopped)
1 medium size tomato
3 cloves garlic
bay leaves
3 tbsp pineapple glaze left over
3 tbsp vinegar
2 tbsp ketchup
2 tbsp sugar

Saute onion, garlic and tomatoes. Add the ham, give it a quick stir.  Mix the pineapple glaze, vinegar, ketchup and sugar in a bowl, pour it over the ham.  Let it simmer until the sauce is reduced.

For the rice, use the same pan and mix the rice thoroughly with the left over sauce on the pan.  Add toasted garlic.  Mix well.  Voila, you are ready to dig in and... ENJOY!


  1. "son of a ham" that made me laugh! But this is a dish to reckon with. Good job Malou!

  2. That is a whole lotta ham. I wouldn't know what to do with it all. My mum also makes two hams for Christmas for only my brother and I- crazy. We keep telling her every year NOT to make 2 hams to no avail. :)

    I end up taking all the ham to the xmas celebration with friends. I guess it saves me from making anything LOL Bless our mums.

  3. LOL. I just pictured you screaming 'Son of a ham'.

    Anything with a taste of shrimp gets a thumbs up! Glad your experiment worked.

  4. Lol. Just pictured you screaming 'Son of a ham'.

    Anything that tastes like shrimp is a winner. Glad your experiment worked out.

  5. A successful experiment, Malou! I am savoring this dish vicariously, as any attempt to cook with bagoong in my house sends hubby and kids running! Looks really delicious.

  6. Next time you don't want to put ham to waste send it my way. Love that sweet hammy bagoong. Malou, you're gonna make this stuck in my head again.

  7. That is a great idea on recycling ham. Thanks for sharing, Malou.

  8. Haha you made me smile with "Son of a ham". This looks great and it's nice when experiment results in successful dish. Is that handmade bowl? Looks so colorful (inside and outside diff color) and cute!

  9. What a beautiful dish in a beautiful bowl! I will lick the bowl clean, too :D I hardly eat ham..wonder why. I think it's because no one served me...haha. I should have invited myself to your place to help you eat all those ham :P I need to try one of these days. Hope you have a great day.

  10. Great idea for hiding the ham flavor, and looks so delicious!

  11. I still laugh about "son of a ham" I can picture you saying that, too! :)
    Loved this from Twitter and finally have time to comment (thank goodness kids' school is done for now).
    Now I'm wishing a get a big chunk of ham so I can make this.


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