ningnang (grilled) pork chops

you remember we had a kalan (clay stove) behind the house? we simply threw a grill on top of it, got the charcoal smoldering, tossed a couple kilos of pork chop (with the fat not trimmed) and we were all set. sometimes, we’re joined by friends or other family members and we all pass the time waiting for the pork chops to cook sharing barrio gossip, he he he. the scent of the grilling pork chops was like a beacon to other family members. they almost always invited themselves to lunch or dinner 😉 paired with a sawsawan (dip) of vinegar, crushed garlic, salt and pepper, those charcoal-grilled pork chops — the fat around the edges all nice and slightly crisp — were absolutely delicious.

tried to make pork chops today. unfortunately, i don’t have a charcoal grill, BUT i do have a george foreman personal grill. doesn’t quite give you that great smoky flavor, though. unfortunately, butchers here trim most of the fat that virtually none is left after the grilling. still, with my sawsawan next to a cup of garlic fried rice, i was in pork chop heaven.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Betis Boy says:

    i requested my mom to buy some pork liempo (don't know the english name for ths cut, maybe bacon) for grilling. we also used to have claypots in the dirty kitchen. my lolo (from my dad's side) used to have a woodcrafts business so there was lot of scrap wood available, and i also i think my lola (from my mom's side) preferred to cook that way. i don't know if it's the smoke or what, but food cooked this way just seemed (past tense, i rarely get to find food cooked the old-fashioned way) more delicious. anyway, it's such a bummer because we couldn't start the grill because it was raining non-stop last weekend. so i just fried the pork. they were still good but nothing beats the taste of grilled meat. i guess we can try again this weekend (though there's another storm coming). perfect pulutan for vodka too. ha.ha.


  2. Guagua Girl says:

    i think liempo is pork belly. i could be wrong; gotta ask my mom. you know, i actually learned to cook rice in a banga. don't think i can do that anymore, though 😛


  3. Betis Boy says:

    rice in a banga. cool!


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