Kilawin or kinilaw for some, Ilocanos would call it dinakdakan sans the animal's brain. My husband calls it Kilawin so that's how we are calling this dish.
For some people, kilawin or kinilaw would refer to any dish that uses uncooked or raw fish, any seafoods, pork, beef, or other meat that is mixed with an acidic solution composing of vinegar, lime, calamansi, or lemon or combinations of any of these. This acidic solution is said to "cook" the fish or meat. Kinilaw is often seasoned with ginger, garlic, onions, salt, and blackpepper. The use of raw meat for kinilaw, however, is only advisable if you use the part of the animal that is freshly butchered. On the safer side, my husband and I opted to cook the meat for our kinilaw. For fish kinilaw, we usually have them raw. For squids and other seafoods, unless they are still alive, we usually blanch them before having them seasoned, to remove harmful bacteria.
One reason why we usually cook the meat for our kinilaw is that, most of the time, my husband prefers the face and skin of the four legged mammal for his kinilaw, so they are needed to be cooked to tenderized them.
We don't want to call it dinakdakan, though, for some ilocanos, the dish would be called as it is because the meat were cooked. One reason is that we use vinegar as seasoning where as,in dinakdakan a minimal amount of sour solution is added, some would even leave it.
Whatever you want to call this dish, there's one thing we can assure you, it is delicious as an appetizer, or as a viand that melds well with plateful(s) of rice, or as a pulutan or beer/alcoholic drink companion.
KINILAW : OX FACE & TONGUE
Maskara ng Ox (Ox face)
Dila ng Ox (Ox Tongue)
Green chilies, chopped
Black Pepper Powder
Low Sodium Salt to taste
Apple Cider Vinegar
Chili flakes - as desired
1. Wash the ox face and remove any hairs visible. Wash the ox tongue.
2. Place in a pressure cooker, add water enough to fully submerge the meat, and a tablespoon of salt and coarsely ground black peppercorn. Bring to a boil. Continue cooking under pressure for at least 20 minutes from the moment the pressure cooker starts to whistle
3. Remove meat and cool them down. Turn on your burner and pass the ox face on the open fire, do not grill. This method was used to ensure that there are no hair left on the meat and to give the meat an extra charred taste. Slice and dice it to bits after
4. For the ox tongue, remove the outer skin of the tongue. Slice and dice it to bits after
5. Mix the onions, ginger, black pepper powder, chilies, salt, and vinegar together and pour on the diced meat.
6. Refrigerate to chill for about an hour before serving (if desired) or serve immediately :-)
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