A Simple Tokwa't Baboy

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Among the many Filipino dishes that are commonly known, Tokwa't Baboy (Tofu & Pork) seems to be in the shadows.  But how many remember this delicious sweet and vinegary goodness of Tokwa't Baboy.  That firm tofu that is fried to golden brown sliced up perfectly to match the pieces of grilled pork belly garnished with scallion and onions and flavored with a special irresistable vinegar mixture poured right on top just enough to make this dish so mouthwatering.

This is definitely a unique Filipino dish that is served as an appetizer.  But many have considered this to be a main dish that is eaten with rice.  The simplicity of this dish makes Tokwa't Baboy as one of the easiest Filipino dish to prepare.  Below is a recipe we would like to share with you.

Ingredients:
-  2 lbs. grilled pork belly (chopped to pieces)
-  1.5 lbs. extra firm tofu (make sure to pat tofu dry ahead of time)
-  5 tablespoons soy sauce (add more according to your taste)
-  2 cup cane vinegar
-  1.5 cups scallions (chopped)
-  1 large red onion (thin long slices)
-  1/2 teaspoon salt
-  1 tablespoon brown sugar
-  1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
-  ½ cup cooking oil (make sure it covers the whole pan surface)



Instructions:

1.  Heat cooking oil in a frying pan and fry tofu on both sides until the color turns golden brown.  Let tofu cool down and slice each piece into smaller cubes. Set aside.
2.  Mix vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, salt, and ground black pepper well in a bowl and microwave on high for 20 seconds.  This is your vinegar mixture.  Set aside.
3.  Put pork belly, tofu, onions and scallions in a large bowl and toss well.  Then pour the vinegar mixture in and toss one more time.
4.  Serve and enjoy!

Note:  Besides grilling the pork you can deep fry the pork pieces which adds a good crunch to this dish.  You can also add sliced well-cooked pig ears.  This dish can be served spicy as well by adding chili peppers/powder to the vinegar mixture before microwaving it.

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