Dinakdakan Recipe

Dinakdakan Recipe

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Dinakdakan is originally from the Ilocos Region. It is an appetizer dish that makes use of boiled and grilled pig parts (ears, liver, and face) called Mascara.


  • 1/2 kilo pig ears, snout, or skin (variety of meats)
  • 1/2 kilo pork
  • 1 thumb size ginger, chopped finely
  • 4 medium size onion, chopped finely
  • 34 pcs. siling labuyo or siling haba, chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup calamansi juice/vinegar
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise / Pig Brain (Utak), boiled and mashed
  • 1 tbsp. peppercorn
  • 3 pcs. bay leaf
  • ground pepper


  1. Boil the pork cubes in water with salt until tender.
  2. Remove from water when cooked; set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, grill the variety meats until tender but not crispy.
  4. Slice the variety meats into wide size or long size (bite size)
  5. In a bowl, mix the Pork Cubes and the variety of meats.
  6. Add the garlic, minced onion, calamansi or lemon juice and mayonnaise (or mashed brain, if you have the dish to be traditional).
  7. To add spiciness on your Dinakdakan, add more chopped chilis.
  8. Adjust the ingredients according to taste.
  9. Mix well.
  10. Serve.


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