Sunday, December 30, 2007

Here's to Ears


Boiled pigs' ears tossed with olive oil, lemon, cilantro, and salt. Enjoyed at O' Santos, Taipa Village, Macau.
Original post (11/25/07):

I don't remember exactly when I fell in love with with the cartilage crunch of pigs' ears. What I do remember is where I had my first taste of what is now one of my favorite parts of the piggy. It was at an isawan somewhere in the kilikili of Makati. Barbecued, the ears were good - sticky and crunchy at the same time. If I were to have barbecued tenga now, I would probably head over to Countryside along Katipunan Avenue.

I also enjoy pigs' ears deep fried - aka crispy tenga. I think pretty much any of the ubiquitous grills will be able to prepare this dish competently. But I never thought I would enjoy pigs ears that weren't either fried of flamed. The pictured dish, which we tried in a small dumpling restaurant in Hongkong, contains slivers of steamed/boiled(?) pigs' ears, garlic, cucumber, and oil. Served cold, it was very simple and very good.

Let us know where you enjoy your tenga.

6 comments:

wysgal said...

At first I thought the green veggies were amapalaya bits ... which would have made an interesting pairing with the cartilegey pig's ears.

Jaja said...

We usually have our grilled pig's ears fix at Kusinerong Pinoy in Makati, near Sacred Heart Parish. I just don't know if it's still open 'coz it's been a long time since we last went there...

kaladkarin said...

Ooh, Kusinerong Pinoy! Yes, it's still open. Must drop by one of these days. Ang aga lang kase nilang magsara e.

docchef said...

love pig ears.. in ust u can get a stick for 6 pesos.. then i like it grilled tutong:)

Dhanggit said...

i wasnt really a fan of "pig's ear" but one time I visited a friend in Manila her mom made me some of her best recipe with pig's ear mixed with some onions, peppers and spices in a sizzling plate...taste was really great!! she converted me!!

chockwit said...

I've always loved sisig, although it's not strictly all ears. But the first way you presented it was pretty interesting... must try it sometime. :)