Saturday, September 1, 2012

Out of Focus | Inihaw na Liempo (Grilled Pork Belly)

"Oh no, we can't show this!"

My husband and I chorused upon seeing the video that we just shot. "But maybe I could work on it" I said, trying to convince my husband and for not making him feel bad about his camera work.

"No, you can't show it, it's out of focus - the camera was on the wrong setting.", he said firmly.

As much as I want to share a video blog today, I am unable to. Apparently, the pocket camera's setting was set to outdoor, the whole video was hazy, which he didn't notice because of the small screen. "No worries" was my reply as I reviewed the whole segment. I saw that I wasn't fully prepared. My lines looked too rehearsed, I talked like a robot... I realized I was the one who was not focused.

So here my friends is the dish that was supposed to be on video. Even though the video was out of focus, I'm quite pleased that it came out nicely in my photos. 

Inihaw na Baboy (Grilled Pork Belly)
6 pcs. pork belly slices (around 1/2 inch thick)
3/4 cup vinegar
1/2 cup cooking oil
1 tbsp minced thyme
3 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste

Whisk together the vinegar, cooking oil, thyme and garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste.  Soak the pork slices in the mixture.  Marinate the pork for 30 minutes.  

Heat a charcoal grill.  Grill the pork slices for 10 to 12 minutes.  Let it cool.  Slice into strips. Best served with a side of mango ensalada.

Mango Ensalada
1 green mango, cubed
1 medium tomato cubed
1 small onion, chopped

1 tbsp shrimp paste (bagoong alamang) or fish sauce if shrimp paste is unavailable
1 freshly squeezed lime
1 tsp sugar
hot sauce (according to taste)

Mix all the ingredients together.  Pour the dip onto the salad and mix well.  Best served chilled.


  1. Next time for sure, you'll get it right. This look sooo yum perfect for a rainy day! I miss pork :-(

    1. thanks for the cheer Vel. I hope the rain stops soon though so we could have a legit BBQ party!

  2. I wish we were neighbors. I could shoot the video for you. We can't wait for the next video Malou. Keep them coming!

    1. Aww that's so sweet of you. Thank you. No worries will work on my next video.stay tuned :)

  3. Hi Malou, it's nice to see you got your pork inihaw on a banana leaf! Hope it didn't cost you a fortune? So,banana leaves are a scarce commodity in your part of the globe (as I thought) afterall? :)

    1. Hi Eve
      I love using banana leaves for cooking and for lining plates so I always have a pack in the freezer. It doesn't cost a lot though. A big pack cost $1.99 at the Asian Store. I buy it frozen though hence the dark shade of color. Tthanks for being here.

  4. I've never grilled pork belly - sounds wonderful. Sorry about the video - sometimes cameras aren't our friends, are they? Something can always go wrong. Anyway, very nice recipe - thank you.

    1. It's pretty good and we love our pork belly haha. Re: Camera, maybe I should take some coaching from you. You take good pictures.
      Happy Long Weekend.


  5. The pork belly looks absolutely love and perfectly delish. But the mango salad is a revelation (to me at least). Why haven't I ever had that before??? Next time I pick up some green mango I'm making it.

  6. I love your inihaw na liempo & mango salsa, video or not, it is so amazing! Your photos are gorgeous and make the whole dish hard to resist! Thanks for reminding me I should make this before the cold days set in here and I can still use the outdoor grill. As for the mango salsa....wish I could have that right now!!!!

  7. We barely make the traditional one here because charcoal is more expensive than the meat, So we end up always using the gas grill.

  8. another simple yet very delicious recipe, thanks ate malou

  9. Inihaw na Baboy with Mango Ensalada!
    Perfect combination, i like it...

  10. My mouth waters just by looking at this... I can almost smell and taste it!


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