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My version of this classic Filipino appetizer Sinuglaw, is an all-pork dish. The pork belly is marinated in patis (fish sauce), garlic, and calamansi. After grilling the pork pieces, pour the vinaigrette, consisting of ginger, red onions, and vinegar, then add the chilies. Serve as an appetizer. This Asian in America recipe blog post by Elizabeth Ann Quirino was inspired by Chef Mike T. Sarthou.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Asian, Filipino
Keyword: Sinuglaw
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 4kcal
Author: Asian in America - Elizabeth Ann Quirino


  • Grill - outdoor or indoor


For pork marinade:

  • 2 pounds pork belly; keep piece whole for grilling;
  • 2 Tablespoons patis (fish sauce)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 Tablespoons calamansi juice
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

For vinaigrette:

  • 1 whole red onion, chopped
  • 1 knob (1-inch piece) fresh ginger, peeled, sliced thin
  • 1 cup coconut vinegar;; or use white
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon calamansi juice
  • 1 to 2 pieces siling labuyo (bird's eye chilies), sliced
  • 1 whole small red bell pepper, sliced; for garnish
  • 1 stalk scallions, sliced; for garnish


To marinate the pork:

  • In a bowl, marinate the pork belly with the patis, garlic, calamansi juice and black pepper. Massage the pork with your hands to incorporate the flavors.
    Keep covered in the refrigerator and marinate for at least 1 hour.

To grill pork:

  • Preheat the outdoor grill to a medium high.
    Grease the grates with grilling spray.
    Place the slabs of pork over the grill. Grill for about 15 minutes till pork is completely done.
    Turn pork pieces over for even grilling.
    When pork is cooked, remove from grill and place on a chopping board.
    Slice pork into 3/4-inch thin pieces. Place pork in a serving bowl.

To assemble the Sinuglaw:

  • Prepare the vinaigrette. In a bowl, combine the red onion, ginger, vinegar, sugar and calamansi juice. Add the chilies. Stir and mix.
    Pour the vinaigrette over the pork pieces in the bowl.
    Garnish with red pepper slices and scallions,, and additional chilies if desired. Serve warm as an appetizer.

Cook's comments:

  • The classic Filipino Sinuglaw recipe usually consists of grilled pork belly and sashimi-grade tuna, cut into small cubes. My version here is the all-pork appetizer.
    If calamansi juice is not available, use lemon.
    Adjust the level of spice according to your personal preference. You can omit the bird's eye chilies if you like.
    You can also grill the pork in an indoor grill, and the results are just as superb.

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Serving: 128g | Calories: 4kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 3mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg