The Filipino cuisine is very rich in exotic foods. Filipinos love to eat dishes that are unlikely to be cooked on a regular basis. Papaitan or Bitter Goat Stew is just one of the well-known dishes that has captivated the hearts of many exotic food lovers.
Although this dish is mainly a stew of goat innards (internal organs), some people find it really delicious. Given that goats eat grass and/or organic vegetables, eating its internal parts is considered safe.
The dish is composed of goat’s tripe, lungs, intestines, kidneys, and bile. The bile is the ingredient responsible for making the stew bitter. However, Ilocanos use the green enzymes from the small intestines of the goat. There is another way of making the stew bitter if you don’t like to use the bile or the green enzymes. Boil some bitter melon leaves which also taste like the intestines’ green enzymes.
Papaitan is said to originate in the Ilocos region and some historical accounts claim that this was already a thing even before the Spaniards came to conquer the Philippines.
Other ingredients of this delicious yet very exotic dish are:
- Spring Onions
- Tamarind/Tamarind Broth
- Green Finger Chili
- Fish Sauce (for added taste)
- Seasoning of your choice
One more thing that is very exciting about this dish is the ease of preparing it. It doesn’t really take a while to prepare the whole dish but just make sure that the innards you will use are thoroughly washed before cooking.
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