Monday, August 30, 2010

Filipino Food - Deep Fried Intestines

Mark Lim - It's that awkward transition from sharp crunchy bits into soft oily chewy mush that makes it so special. Deep fried intestines anyone?

Filipinos call this gout inducing dish chicharon bituka and I always have a craving for it whenever I go to a Turo-Turo style restaurant.

Turo-Turo literally means "point-point" and is similar to the ordering style of a Panda Express or the pre-cooked dinner section at your local supermarket which I used to refer to as the "Lonely Single Man's Restaurant."

Deep Fried Intestines of Random Animal

Mmm... Gout Inducing...

For my second pick I always order the longaniza which is cured sausage wrapped in MORE intestines. It's bright red and has a sweet flavor which I think compliments organ meats and intestines.

I don't know if it's typical for someone to order like this since I think Filipinos consider the deep fried intestines and the longaniza both side dishes. I think it'd be like me ordering a bowl of rice served with french fries and mashed potatoes. Hmm... actually that sounds kind of good.

Up close and personal with what once carried bile.

It's not for everyone. It's a greasy chewy crunchy delight that once housed the processed food of the animal it was stripped from but I love it. Go try some :)

Be Fat! Be Happy!

1 comment:

Stewart said...

I think chicharon bituka is best served together with alcohol :)

as for the longganisa, it usually comes with fried rice (sinangag) and fried egg (itlog in filipino) and called LongSiLog for short :)

happy eating! :)