Dinuguan

Dinuguan

Growing up, Filipino kids know this dish as "chocolate meat," made lovingly by lola (grandmother) and euphemized carefully by nanay (mom) or tatay (father). Ravenously, children scooped heaps of this rich, irony, slightly sour pork dish onto warm steamed white rice fresh from the rice cooker. Ritually they did this with lola's dinuguan, until they come to know--and come of age--what their beloved stew really is: pork meat and peppers stewed in pork blood.

It remains loved, through adolescence and adulthood. The nickname "chocolate meat" is passed down from generation to generation, both for humour and as an homage to Filipino home cooking.

In Scarborough, restaurants serve dinuguan a-plenty, especially in counter-service turo-turo eateries, served with white rice and a generous helping of peppers. The wisdom of Filipino children is also the suggested way to eat dinuguan: when the bowl is "empty," mix some white rice into the leftover sauce and dine through a delicious sequel.

Dinuguan

There are a great many ways to make this dish; the video above is simply one version. If you search YouTube, you may find several from which to choose.

Restaurants with dinuguan

Bella's Lechon
place 1139 Morningside Avenue, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.282.3288
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 09:30:00 to 20:30:00
star_rate Rating: 3.60
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Bistro Manila
place 4455 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.609.9880
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 17:00:00 to Wednesday 00:00:00
star_rate Rating: 3.80
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Happy Tummy Filipino Cuisine
place 2950 Birchmount Rd, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 647.347.8838
star_rate Rating: 3.50
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Jace Pinoy 2
place 4430 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.293.3351
star_rate Rating: 4.10
Jesse Jr. Restaurant
place 1060 Kennedy Rd #2, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.701.9353
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 08:00:00 to 20:00:00
star_rate Rating: 3.90
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Jesse Jr. Restaurant
place 4415 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 647.430.8149
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 08:00:00 to 20:00:00
star_rate Rating: 3.90
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Kapit Bahay
place 4218 Lawrence Ave E #8, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.283.4404
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 10:00:00 to 21:00:00
star_rate Rating: 4.10
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Lola Sally's Authentic Filipino
place 4403 Kingston Rd #102, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 647.479.5855
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 10:00:00 to 19:30:00
star_rate Rating: 4.50
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Mami's Philippine Cuisine
place 4438 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.754.3700
star_rate Rating: 4.80
Max's Restaurant
place 707 Markham Rd, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.431.4960
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:00:00 to 21:00:00
star_rate Rating: 3.80
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