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How to Cook Dinakdakan

Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 8 mins
Course: Pork Recipe
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Manny


  • 1 kilo pork mask with ears wash and remove hairs
  • 1/4 kilo pork brain
  • 1 white onion sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. ginger minced
  • 3 pcs bird's eye chili peppers chopped
  • 1 pc green pepper siling haba, sliced diagonally
  • 1/4 cup cane vinegar preferably sukang Iloko
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 pcs calamansi extract the juice
  • 1 tsp. sugar


How to cook Dinakdakan:

  • In a pot, put the face mask and ear and pour water just enough to cover the pork, more or less 7 cups. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Simmer until fork tender, about 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Slice the pork mask and ears and grill it in a stove top grill or a non-stick pan until the fat is rendered and becomes brown crispy. Slice into strips and put into a bowl. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the onion, bird's eye chili peppers, green pepper, onion, ginger, mayonnaise, calamansi juice, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly and set aside.
  • Heat and empty non-stick pan and saute the pork brain. Season with salt and pepper and stir until cooked and becomes a paste like consistency. Remove from the pan and put it on the bowl on top of the sliced pork mask.
  • Pour the mixture of vinegar and spices on the sliced pork mask and toss until the mixture is evenly distributed with the pork.
  • Season again with salt and pepper to adjust the taste. Garnish with spring onions.