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Blood and Guts

Laman loob or offal dishes are well-received in our country, often served at side-street barbeques. Offal or innards come from the term “off and fall,” signifying discards or waste. During the Spanish occupation, Filipinos were considered second-rate citizens, so the best parts of meat would go to our colonizers, and we were given the scraps like pig intestines, cow lungs, and chicken livercuts they thought unsuitable for consumption. (They thought wrong!) This is how we learned to innovate and love offal.

Dinuguan
Savory blood pudding stew

Composed of meat and offal simmered in blood. It is also referred to as “chocolate meat” and is usually paired with puto.

Betamax
Grilled congealed pork or chicken blood

Its name and rectangular shape is inspired by the Betamax tape.

Isaw
Pork or chicken intestines

These are cleaned, boiled, then cooked. When grilled, it’s dipped in spiced vinegar or sukang pinakurat.

Bato
Chicken kidneys

Though high in cholesterol, this has significant amounts of vitamin A, iron, and B vitamins.

Atay
Chicken Liver

Liver is high in folate, which is important for fertility and prevention of certain birth defects. However, pregnant women are advised not to eat liver because too much vitamin A can be harmful to babies.

Puso
Chicken heart

Rich in protein, essential amino acids, iron, and B vitamins.

Balunbalunan
Gizzard

Also known as gastric mill, this is a unique pouch organ found in the digestive tract of certain animals like arthropods, fishes, and birds. In the Philippines, chicken gizzard is commonly served adobado or grilled.

Adidas
Chicken feet

Gets its name from the Filipino’s association of the foot’s three “toes” to the striped logo of the apparel brand.

Helmets
Chicken head

Contains an abundance of fat deposits under the skin. The brain and other insides are all eaten.

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