Salpicao: The 20 Minute Meal

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Salpicao is a tricky dish. There are tons and tons of recipes on the internet all pertaining to the Pinoy version of Tenderloin tips in soy based sauce with tons of garlic but in no way resembles the Salpicao of the Portuguese.

The salpicão is a traditional Portuguese sausage. It is smoked, light brown in color, cylindrical in shape, about 15 cm (6 in.) in length. It is made ​​with beef and loin of pork, flavored with salt, white or red wine, garlic, and sweet or spicy paprika. The casing is a thick intestine of a pig, shaped in a straight form. After being hung within the casing, the meat is aged for 8 days, to improve the taste.

http://sausage.wikia.com

There is also a brazilian Salpicao which basically is a salad containing beef, chicken, or turkey and a variety of vegetables. (And yes, a sausage wikipedia exists)

I’ve been trying to cook this dish for the longest time and I have a few favorites starting with Fez’s Tenderloin bits to Barcino’s take on Salpicao. But no one has quite got it right the way I like it.

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Livestock @ Quezon City

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There’s always something about coming that brings with it both excitement and anxiety. Am I still good enough? Do I still know what I’m talking about? Are my readers still there? Am I still relevant? All valid questions swimming in one’s head as you start banging away on your keyboard hoping for some words to drop in and come together in a cohesive manner. But then the excitement of actually creating something again. Writing something that means something to someone helping them decide where to to eat or what dish to try out overpowers and you bang out another set of sentences strung together to become paragraphs and paragraphs into a blog post.

I decided for this “comeback” performance, to stick to something familiar. The friendly. The unapologetic. The one-can-do-no-wrong’s.

So what a fitting way to come back into blogging by setting out to try what SPOT dubbed as the best Crispy Pata in town. (http://www.spot.ph/eatdrink/57124/top-10-crispy-pata-in-manila/2)

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