Dinuguan, blood stew @ Mang Inasal
Going home and we try something I have never tried before in my 47 years – Dinuguan, blood stew @ Mang Inasal. Literally the name of the food is a variant for the word blood. The Tagalog word for blood is “dugo” so Dinuguan is meaning stewed with blood. It is also sometimes known as chocolate meat – and you’ll see why from the photograph of the dish. Just think liquid black pudding and you’re nearly there.
We had ours on Boracay, on our last day of a trip recently in 2015. A sad day as we were indeed wolfing some late breakfast down before having to get back to the hotel, Karuna Suites, to depart for the airport. We all fancied BBQ again, and local fare too – so today we stopped for Dinuguan, blood stew @ Mang Inasal. Started by a guy from one location in 2003 in The Philippines, it has now grown to 500+ retail outlets – and I can tell you why; because the food is fast and it is bloody good. It’s like McDonalds on steroids regards to flavour and quality of produce.
The Dinuguan, blood stew @ Mang Inasal is warming. It’s truly comfort food. I could imagine sitting in UK on a cold cold day eating this to warm myself up before venturing outside. A slight spicy overtone here, a little iron taste there from the blood, some tender pork meat pieces, a little nutty flavour and then a whole heap of individual spices.
I believe it has vinegar, green chili, sugar, garlic, and onion along with the pork and blood.
If you could turn off your eyes and thoughts of what this actually is – I am certain you would find this absolutely a belter – I certainly did – well what I was allowed to eat from Mary’s bowl that is. If you happen to be in Philippines, Boracay a must try is Dinuguan, blood stew @ Mang Inasal.
Dinuguan, blood stew @ Mang Inasal – come on you know me. I’ll have a crack at almost any foods. I have learnt not to eat with my eyes, and to dispel preconceived ideas and at least just try. I recommend you do the same with this one. The Semi-Naked Chef says so, go on give it a go. ENJOY!!!