Just when I thought this week couldn't seem any longer, my car broke down on me. The silver lining? Having a free day! Lounging around watching a marathon of Gilmore Girls didn't seem so bad after all. In an effort to be somewhat productive, I did cook a little something special for lunch. Curious to try the famous Filipino fusion White Rabbit food truck but not wanting to travel to Las Vegas, I decided to create one of their menu items. This food truck has received rave reviews from day one, putting together classic Filipino dishes and wrapping them in a burrito, taco, or as nachos. It only made sense to try to create one of their most popular items, the pork sisig burrito. I'm sure the White Rabbit has its own special twist to their recipe but here is my recreation!
Pork Sisig Burrito
- 2 lb pork belly
- ½ cup coconut vinegar
- ½ cup water
- 2 bay leaves
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp butter
- ½ small red onion chopped
- 1 inch ginger peeled and minced
- 3 cloves of garlic minced
- 4 birds eye chilies sliced
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 ½ tbsp coconut vinegar
- juice of ½ lemon
Garlic fried rice
- 1 tbsp oil
- 6 cloves garlic minced
- 2 cups cooked rice
- 4 large flour tortillas
- 4 medium fried eggs
- 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
- pico de gallo optional
- tomatillo salsa optional
- Place pork belly in a small pot with ½ cup vinegar, ½ cup water, bay leaves, salt, and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Uncover and continue to cook for 20 minutes. Drain, discarding the bay leaves. Let the pork cool.
- Preheat broiler to high. Broil the pork belly until crispy and charred, turning to crisp all sides, about 20 minutes. Remove pork from broiler and dice finely.
- Melt butter in a medium saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the red onion, ginger, garlic, and red chilies, and cook for 1 minute. Add the pork, soy sauce and vinegar and cook until caramelized, about 4-5 minutes. Add the lemon juice and remove from pan. Keep warm and set aside.
- In the same pan, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, letting the garlic release its aromatics. Be careful not to let it burn. Add the rice and cook until the oil has well coated the rice and the rice is hot. Remove from heat and keep warm.
- Assemble the burritos. Spoon the rice in the bottom ⅔ of the tortilla, followed by the sisig, fried egg, and cheese. Wrap and repeat with the remaining ingredients. Serve immediately with pico de gallo and salsa.
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
Literally translated, sisig means "to snack on something sour." You can make sisig with fish or beef but pork is the typical choice, or more specifically, pig's head and liver. I updated the traditional method by using pork belly instead.
Since I never prepared or let alone tasted sisig before, I had to refer to Google on how to prepare this dish. The one common factor between all the recipes is that the pork is prepared by using more than one cooking technique. It is marinated, braised, and finished in the saute pan or boiled, broiled, and finished in the saute pan; either way, it takes multiple steps to break down the pig. I decided to boil, broil, and finish on the stovetop.
First, boil the pork belly with equal parts vinegar and water, a couple of bay leaves, salt, and pepper. Boiling the pork removes all impurities and is the first step in helping to make the pork tender. Remove the pork from the liquid and let it cool. You can also complete this step the night before.
Once the pork is ready for the second step, preheat the broiler. Cook the pork belly on all sides to get a lovely crust. Alternatively, you can also sear the pork on the stovetop over high heat to achieve the same crust. Chop the pork and finish caramelizing in the saute pan with the aromatics and seasonings.
Since the meat is going in a burrito, I decided to saute the pork belly with the chilies and aromatics, seasoning it with the lemon directly in the pan. If you want the pork less spicy, use fewer chilies.
Although the sisig is the key component of the burrito, the garlic rice does play its part. If you love garlic, you'll love this garlic fried rice. Saute the garlic and use the garlic-infused oil to coat the rice. Can you taste the garlic yet?
Now comes the fun part: trying to fit all this goodness into one burrito! I do love a runny egg, but for the burrito, a medium-fried egg seemed more appropriate. The White Rabbit serves their burrito with a well-done fried egg, but I need a little runny yolk in my life.
This pork sisig burrito is fantastic on its own, but a little tomatillo salsa and pico de gallo on the side doesn't hurt. The sisig is tart and spicy, the garlic rice incredibly aromatic, the fried egg perfection, and cheese oh so gooey. The burrito was exactly what I had wanted: comfort Filipino food!
For more pork inspiration check out this twice cooked black pepper pork belly!