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How to Cook Pig's Mask Pulutan: A Filipino-Inspired Dish

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how to cook pig's mask pulutan

how to cook pig's mask pulutan

Pulutan is a Filipino term used to refer small amount of food while drinking alcoholic beverages like wine or beer. Most Filipino love regular hangouts with family and friends that's why pulutan is commonly served during celebrations or gatherings. Pulutan is served in different forms such as boiled meats, raw fishes or seafood, fried foods, or saucy dishes. Here's my simple recipe of pig's mask pulutan. Pig's mask , also known as maskara in the Philippines, consists of cheeks, ears, eyes, and snout of a pig.


  • 250 grams pig's mask, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 1/2 inch ginger, minced
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • water, as needed
pig's mask recipe

pig's mask recipe


For Preparation:

  • 2 medium bowls
  • 2 small bowls
  • 1 small plate
  • chopping board
  • knife
  • measuring spoons

For Cooking:

  • pot
  • tongs

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

40 min

55 min

2 servings

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  1. Pour water in a pot. Cook pig's mask until tender.
  2. Drain water. Allow pig's mask to cool down.
  3. Once cooled down, slice each piece. Set aside.
  4. Prepare other ingredients. Set aside.
  5. In a bowl, add all the ingredients.
  6. Mix until all the ingredients are well incorporated.
  7. Adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  8. Serve with rice or as it is.

Pig's Mask Pulutan Step-by-Step Procedure

Tips and Techniques

  1. Use blue torch to remove the remaining pig's hair.
  2. Adjust water until the meat becomes tender.
  3. Serve the food with your favorite alcoholic drink.
  4. Add other seasonings available.

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Travel Chef (author) from Manila on August 02, 2019:

Hi Liz,

You are correct! Pulutan is quite similar to Spanish tapas. Philippines was colonized by the Spaniards, as a result some of the Filipino dishes were influenced by Spanish cuisine

Liz Westwood from UK on August 01, 2019:

This looks like an interesting dish. Would you sat that pulutan is similar to Spanish tapas?

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