Just when I thought this week couldn’t seem longer, my car broke down on me. Stuck at the market with bags of groceries in the trunk and about to go to work, I cursed the day. The silver lining? Waiting at home for my car to be fixed meant a free day to do absolutely nothing. Lounging around watching a marathon of Gilmore Girls on Netflix and munching on wheat thins didn’t seem so bad after all. In an effort to be somewhat productive, I did cook a little something special for lunch. Curious to try the famous Filipino fusion White Rabbit food truck but not wanting to travel to Las Vegas, I decided to create one of their menu items. This food truck has received rave reviews from day one, putting together classic Filipino dishes and wrapping them in a burrito, taco or as nachos. It only made sense to try to create one of their popular items, the pork sisig burrito. I’m sure the White Rabbit has their own special twist to their recipe but here is my recreation!
- 400g pork belly
- 1/2 cup coconut vinegar (or white distilled vinegar)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 1/2 tbsp coconut vinegar (or white distilled vinegar)
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1/2 small red onion, chopped
- 1 inch ginger, peeled and minced
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 4 birds eye chilies, sliced
- 1-2 calamansi (or lemon)
- 1 tbsp oil
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups cooked rice
- 4 large flour tortillas
- 4 medium fried eggs
- 1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
- Place pork belly in a small pot with 1/2 cup vinegar, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Fill with just enough water to cover the pork. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Uncover and continue to cook for 20 minutes. Drain, discarding the bay leaves. Let pork cool.
- Preheat broiler to high. Broil the pork belly until crispy and charred, turning to crisp all sides, about 20 minutes.
- Remove pork from broiler and dice finely. Season the pork with soy sauce, 1 1/2 tbsp vinegar, and butter.
- Heat oil in a medium saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the red onion, ginger, garlic and red chilies, cook for 1 minute. Add the pork and cook until caramelized, about 4-5 minutes. Squeeze the calamansi and remove from pan. Keep warm and set aside.
- In the same pan, heat 1 tbsp oil. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, letting the garlic release its aromatics. Be careful not to let it burn. Add the rice and cook until the oil has well coated the rice and the rice is hot. Remove from heat and keep warm.
- Assemble the burritos. Heat the tortillas in the microwave or stove top. Spoon the rice in the bottom 2/3 of the tortilla, followed by the sisig, fried egg and cheese. Wrap and repeat with the remaining ingredients. Serve hot.
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
Literally translated, sisig means “to snack on something sour.” Although fish and meat can be used when preparing sisig, pork is the more common choice, or more specifically, pig’s head and liver. I updated the traditional method by using pork belly instead.
Since I never prepared or let alone tasted sisig before, I had to refer to Google on how to prepare this dish. The one common factor between all the recipes is that the pork is prepared by using more than one cooking technique. It is marinated, braised and finished in the saute pan or boiled, broiled and finished in the saute pan; either way, it takes multiple steps to break down the pig.
I went with the recipe found on the hungryexcator and decided to boil, broil (instead of grill) and finish on the stove top.
Boiling the pork removes all impurities and is the first step in helping making the pork tender.
If you have a grill, by all means use it to get the char on the pork. If not, you can do what I did and use the broiler instead. Remember to flip the pork while cooking to get a lovely crust on all sides.
Chop the pork and finish caramelizing in the saute pan.
Since the meat is going in a burrito, I decided to saute the pork belly with the chilies and aromatics and seasoning it with the calamansi (or lemon) directly in the pan.
Although the sisig is the key component of the burrito, the garlic rice does play its part. If you love garlic, you’ll love this garlic fried rice. The garlic is first sauteed in the oil, releasing its flavor into the oil, which will than be used to coat the rice. Can you taste the garlic yet?
Now comes the fun part: trying to fit all this goodness into one burrito! I do love a runny egg but for the burrito, a medium fried egg seemed more appropriate. The White Rabbit serves their burrito with a well-done fried egg, but I need a little runny yolk in my life.
This pork sisig burrito is fantastic on its own, but a little tomatillo salsa on the side doesn’t hurt. The sisig is tart and spicy, the garlic rice incredibly aromatic, the fried egg perfection, and cheese oh so gooey. The burrito was exactly what I had wanted: comfort Filipino food!
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