Vigan Bagnet Recipe

Vigan Bagnet is the Ilocano version of lechon kawali. Large chunks of pork leimpo, belly or pork sides, deep fried for at least two times until crispy. It is serve with tamatis and lasuna with bagoong nga munamon. Just the thought of it makes every genuine Ilocano drool. Just be careful when cooking or deep frying this dish, expect a lot of hot oil splashing.

Vigan Bagnet Ingredients:
2 kilo pork liempo (pork belly), whole cut
1/2 head garlic
1 tsp. peppercorns
2 tbsp salt
1 bay leaves
cooking oil for frying

Vigan Bagnet Cooking Instructions:
Wash pork belly and place in a pot. Add enough water to cover the pork belly. Add in salt, peppercorns, garlic, bay leaves. Cover and bring to a boil, simmer for 30-45 minutes or until tender. Remove all scum that rises. Remove from the pot and place in a colander and let sit for a while so the liquid will drain. Dry with paper towels if necessary. Keep refrigerated for several hours. In a large kawali heat enough cooking oil and deep fry pork belly at low heat for 30-45 minutes. Remove pork belly from the kawali and drain oil in a colander or paper towels, allow to cool completely. Reheat the same oil over moderate heat deep fry the pork belly once more for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown, crisp and blisters appear on the skin. Drain on paper towels. Chop bagnet to serving pieces and serve immediately with a selection of sukang Iloko or tomatoes and onions with bagoong isda dip.

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  1. kuan says:

    Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe I'm going to try this for pulutan this week end.

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