How to grill beef intestines, isaw ng baka

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How to grill beef intestines, isaw ng baka
Grilled intestines – is a very popular Filipino street food. Usually, pork and chicken intestines are grilled, but sometimes it is possible to find beef intestines or food pipe as well. It is called “Isaw ng baka” or “Inihaw na isaw ng baka” on local language. This is very nice street food and costs not very expensive. I always buy it for my quick lunch. But today I will show you how to grill beef intestines, or isaw ng baka by yourself. The most difficult part of this recipe – is to find really good butcher, who can sale you some beef intestines or caw food pipe. It is difficult , but possible to find. Also you can order beef intestines over the internet.

This recipe is very similar to original recipe from Cebu/Philippines and if you do it at home – you can feel proper taste of Filipino street food.

step-by-step instructions

  1. As usual, I will start from ingredients. But before you do search all ingredients, check, that you have proper beef (or pork or chicken) intestines, cleaned. Caw food pipe will also be good for this recipe. Actuarially I’m using caw food pipe here.
    • Caw food pipe or meaty intestines.
      Let’s think that it is already cleaned by your butcher, otherwise wash it well, and you also can rub internal side with salt – this will help to clean it even better.
    • For boiling:
      amount for each litre of water
      • Salt – 1/2 tbsp
      • Bay leaves – 5 leaves
      • Black pepper – 1 tbsp
      • Turmeric – 1 tbsp
      • Vinegar – 1 cup
    • For grilling:

  2. First boiling.
    Bring water to boil. Add salt, black pepper, turmeric, vinegar and intestines and boil for about 20 min. After this remove intestines and discard water – this will remove the rest of any bad smell and clean the meat as well.

  3. Second boiling
    All ingredients and way of boiling is the same, but this time simmer intestines for about 2 hours, or until tender. It is possible to check doneness by piercing with wooden toothpick, or bamboo skewer, or even fork. After cooking, remove beef intestines or food-pipe from stock and chill it down.

  4. Chop intestines into 1/2-3/4 – inch pieces. Or, 1,5-2 cm pieces in metric system. Ha, this is not exact conversion, but this is give you an idea of sizes. Actually, all pieces should be with length equal width. After cutting – skewer these pieces. I prefer to use metal skewers.

  5. Prepare sauce for basting. This is really easy. Just mix 1 cup of banana ketchup with 1 tbsp of soy sauce and 1 tbsp of sesame oil.

  6. Preheat grill to medium -hot and grill these skewers with intestines, basting with prepared sauce every so often. Do turn them regularly and remember, that because of the sweetness of this sauce – it will burn very quickly. Cook until it start to burn on the edges.

  7. Serve with sawsawan spicy vinegar.

    After reading this, it is very useful to see our video about this cooking process to understand all details.

    Watch this video and try to do it at home to discover real Filipino street food!!!

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