Chocolate Meat

Don't think that Filipinos are the only ones who have a dish cooked with blood because we're not. Blood cooked food is more popular then you may think. The Chinese, Koreans, Laotians, Thais, and Vietnamese have soups or porridges cooked with blood. The Portuguese have a blood pork stew that I believe may be close to the Philippines Dinuguan. Spain and Britain have dishes called black pudding made with blood and other ingredients, and check this out, Finland has a blood pancake and Italy has a dessert pudding made with pig blood, chocolate, sugar, pine nuts, raisins and milk. Man, that sounds delish to me, I'd eat it.

My parents tricked me into eating dinuguan by calling it chocolate meat. It took some time to get used to it and even more time to find out what it was really made of. By that then I was already hooked on it and didn't care that it was cooked with pig's blood.

The Tagalogs called it Dinuguan and the Ilocanos called it Dinar da'aran. Now we Filipinos know that its pork cooked in its own blood. I thought it was interesting when I found a packet of Dinar da'aran mix at the local Filipino market. I could only imagine it was freeze-dried blood powder were you just add water. Sorry I like my chocolate meat with fresh blood only not this freeze-dried mix.

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Chocolate Meat Recipe


10 - ounces pig's blood
1 - cup vinegar
1 - tablespoon oil
1 - onion
4 - garlic cloves
1 - small knob of ginger
2 - pounds pork belly
1 - tablespoon fish sauce
1 - cup water
1 - tablespoon brown sugar
2 - finger length chili peppers
- salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Preparation:

- Cut pork belly into ½-inch strips
- Peel and chop onions.
- Peel and mince garlic and ginger.
- In a bowl, combine pig's blood and 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Mix well.

Cooking Instructions:

The best way to eat dinuguan or dinar da'aran is over white Calrose rice.