Kulinarya Club’s August and September challenge coincides with the celebration of two national holidays that is patriotic in nature. And since the theme was inspired by these events, it calls for the use of four colors of the Philippine national flag. From plate to garnish, colors red, white, blue, and yellow have to be used but without the use of artificial food coloring. In most Filipino dining tables, Ensaladang Mangga AKA Mango Salad is used as condiments for main dishes like grilled pork or crispy fried fish. Traditionally, mango and its components are chopped coarsely about 1/2 inch cubes. But today, we are going to make it as a true salad, so I am chopping them as such — bigger pieces.
Well, aside from this delicious mango salad, we are going to grill some marinated pork belly to go with the salad and to make it a complete Filipino meal. Let’s cook!
- 2 lbs Pork Belly - sliced about 1/2 inches
- 1/3 cup Palm Vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
- 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 2 Tablespoon finely minced Garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon Oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground Pepper Flakes (optional)
- 1 green mango - peeled and slice thinly
- 1 medium tomato - sliced
- 1 small onion - sliced thinly
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced red Radish
- 2 teaspoon fish sauce
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Drizzle of Sambal Oelek or a few drops of Sriracha (optional)
- Combine all the ingredients in a big bowl.
- Add sliced pork bellies.
- Mix until all slices of meat is fully coated.
- Transfer in a large Ziploc bag including the marinade.
- Set aside in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours (longer is better).
- Turn marinade bag every hour.
- Heat the barbeque grill to about 400 degrees
- Place sliced pork bellies on the grill and barbecue until each sides are medium brown.
- Combine the fish sauce dressing in a small bowl.
- mix until fully combined then set aside.
- In a bowl, toss sliced mango, tomatoes, onions, radish, and cilantro.
- Add fish sauce dressing to taste.
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