Giniling, like many other Filipino dishes, is not the prettiest in presentation. If done correctly, however, it has the perfect salty and slightly sweet flavor. Giniling is one of the first dishes I ever learned how to cook. My kuya (eldest brother) learned the recipe from our mom, and he passed it down to me. At one point, it was my favorite dish to prepare for dinner. It only takes about 30-40 minutes to make, and all it really is is chopping, incorporating, and stirring. I even used to pretend I was hosting an episode of 30-Minute Meals whenever I’d make it. My boyfriend was feeling sick last week, so I packed up some warm giniling, and it ended up being the perfect picnic meal pick-me-up.
I would say one of the most important ingredients in giniling is the chorizo. You can find chorizo de bilbao at any Asian grocery. It’s usually sold in packs of two. Only one link is needed for this recipe, so if you don’t find use for the chorizo right away (though it’s not hard to find good recipes that use chorizo), store and freeze the other link.
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
3 red potatoes, peeled and diced
1 medium onion
3 lbs. meatloaf mix
salt and pepper, to taste
1 chorizo de bilbao, small diced
1 tbsp. chicken bullion
1 red pepper, medium diced
1 cup frozen peas and carrots
patis (fish sauce), to taste
In a wok or deep frying pan, fry potatoes until golden. With an oil skimmer, remove cooked potatoes and set aside.
In a shallow pot, heat some oil over a medium-high heat and saute onion for 1-2 minutes. Before onions change color, add meatloaf mix. Season with salt and pepper. Stir occasionally until meat is a dull brown color. Add diced chorizo.
When fats from chorizo come out, mix in chicken bullion, red pepper, peas, and carrots. When the veggies are soft, add the fried potatoes. Stir and season with patis (about 2 tsp. or to taste) and more salt and pepper, if desired.
As far as its presentation goes, I’m not going to try to make the dish look fancy because it’s not. The title picture above shows the best way to eat giniling: over or mixed with rice. Always underestimate the amount of rice you will need because you’re going to want more giniling flavor than rice. Some pinoys enjoy giniling with a little ketchup or even sliced bananas, but I’m a simple girl, and my favorite way to eat it is with plain white rice.