Fri Sep 26, 2008
It's a sad time of year, the Meatwave is winding down, with only one left of the season now. To make the most of the time we have left together, I made sure that Penultimeat was a huge porky feast. No one does pork like the Filipinos, so I went to the store, bought a 9lb pork shoulder and divided up into 3 different Filipino treats.
First to come off the butt was 1/4" slices to make tocino. This is a fatty, sticky sweet breakfast meat that I can't leave the Fil-Am Mart without purchasing. I started "curing" this meat in a salt and sugar combo 4 days before the Meatwave, and when grilled, it caramelized into the sweetness that I love.
Next up was a batch of longanisa, another Filipino breakfast item. A little over a year ago, Marvin over at Burnt Lumpia sent me his attempt at longanisa my way, and it looked so good that I stuck with his recipe with just a couple modifications. Although the longanisa I'm used to is a littler sweeter, this grilled up to be a delicious sausage; the heavy garlic and vinegar flavor made it uniquely Filipino.
I really only had tocino and loganisa on my menu, but I was still left with about 2 beautiful pounds of pork when those were done. So I took another crack at Filipino barbecue, whipping up the marinade and throwing in the leftover pork chunks. This time I subbed out the Sprite for Coke, as a one commenter suggested, and I think it produced a more authentic pork skewer.
I made the popular mango sorbet to go with all these meats. I know some people are still waiting for Filipino cheese ice cream, but something about mango sounded more appetizing, and less heart stopping, than cheese ice cream for this weekend.
With all these meats ready to go, I was prepared for an all out feast. The only problem was it was a bit of no-show Meatwave. Lindsay popped over early before she went to close out the downtown Strand. She seemed to take pleasure in all the meat, but maybe not as much as seeing her long lost loves, Kate and Bianca.
After Lindsay took off, we waited around for the impending crowds, but they never came. I steadily ate off one piece of meat after another, taking in an unhealthy stream of pork throughout the day. Luckily that took care of most of the barbecue skewers, then the tocino and longanisa went into the freezer to be enjoyed for many future breakfasts as well as the next, and final, Meatwave of the season, Yes Meat Can.