A quarter kilogram of ground meat can feed four people. The secret? Add vegetables and quail eggs. Try this 15-minute ground pork menudo using crumbled longganisa (sausage) and be amazed at the flavor of the dish!
I got the idea for this dish from a popular ulam (main dish) served in Filipino carinderias (eateries). It is basically Filipino menudo except that it is made with ground meat which, in this latest incarnation, was upgraded to crumbled longganisa.
The backstory behind this update. There’s a stall at Suki Market in Dapitan where Speedy buys longganisa regularly. Garlicky, laden with chilies and just bursting with bold flavors usually associated with Vigan longganisa. None of that icky sweet stuff tinted with red food color that often goes by the name longganisa recado or longganisa hamonado.
We love the spicy and garlicky longganisa so much that I asked Speedy to inquire if we could buy the sausage meat without the casing. No harm in asking, right? And from his next trip to Suki Market, Speedy came home with four kilograms of sausage meat. Oh, fiesta! Alex divided the mass into eight portions and stored them in the freezer in reseable bags. We’ve been cooking the sausage meat in so many new and delicious ways. This is one of them.
So, I was saying this dish is carinderia-inspired… In carinderias, the ground pork menudo is usually garnished with hard-boiled chicken eggs which serve as an inexpensive extender. But, you know, the size of the quail eggs seemed to me to be more appropriate for ground meat. A dozen quail eggs for a quarter kilogram of ground meat were just right.
15-minute Ground Pork Menudo with Quail Eggs Rice Bowl
- Heat the cooking oil in a frying pan.
- Spread the sausage meat in the hot oil. Over high heat, leave for a minute for the underside to brown.
- Stir the sausage meat and cook, stirring often, until you see rendered fat in the pan.
- Add the chopped carrot and shallots, and sweet peas. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Continue cooking with occasional stirring for about a minute.
- Stir in the chopped tomatoes and oregano. Lower the heat, cover the pan and cook until the carrots are almost and the tomatoes have softened.
- Stir in the quail eggs. Cover the pan once more and cook for another minute or two to allow the quail eggs to soak up the flavors of the sausage meat.
- Taste your ground pork menudo; add more salt and pepper, if necessary.
- Scoop rice into bowl, top with ground pork menudo, making sure everyone gets enough quail eggs, sprinkle with sliced scallions and serve at once.
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