Tocino is a sweetened cured, fried meat. It is commonly served at breakfast in the Philippines along with fried rice and eggs. The authentic tocino can be found in the province of Pampanga. It is commonly made using pork, chicken or beef. The process is similar to tapa. The ingredients are different, however. Tapa is often salty, whereas tocino is sweet. Traditionally, tocino is be reddish in color with a hardy, thick body. If this were not the case, it would simply look like an ordinary pork barbecue or fried pork. Annatto powder or red beat powder can be used to achieve the redness. In this recipe, however, we ue food coloring. It is safe and contains no msg.
Another variation is using pineapple juice instead of soda. Personally, we prefer to use soda as it makes the meat tender. At the same time, it sweetens it. Remember this is homemade. You can adjust the ingredients any way you want. But we guarantee you, this recipe is tested, and it is delicious. On a personal note, this was our breakfast this morning and it was delicious. So, give it a try.
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- 1 kg pork shoulder thinly sliced
- 6 oz light brown sugar
- red food coloring
- 1/2 cup soda (sprite or 7 up)
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
- cooking oil for cooking
- 2 cups water for cooking
- Servings: 5
- Time: Overnight
- Level: Easy
- Cuisine: Filipino
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- Combine sprite, soy sauce, sugar, garlic powder, red food coloring in a seal-able container.
- Add the pork and mix until fully coated with the mixture.
- Cover and let marinate in fridge for 1-2 days.
- To cook this. Add water to a pan. Place in tocino and simmer until water dries up. (Freeze the remaining tocino and remove it when ready to use).
- When the liquid is dry, add cooking oil and continue to fry until brown or desired donness.
- Serve and enjoy!