EF Family Cookbook: Traditional Ilocano Pinapaitan
For this month’s treasured family recipe for our Everlasting Footprint Family Cookbook, Lindy Lou-Gonzalez shares her traditional Filipino dish: Pinapaitan. Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month at your home with this easy, delicious soup recipe.
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Pinapaitan: My Ilocano Family Legacy
Pinapaitan, an exotic food that has a distinct and bitter taste, has been a part of my family’s cuisine since my childhood. I’ve always believed that in order to truly call yourself an Ilocano (the Philippines’ third largest ethnolinguistic group), you must know how to cook and eat the soup known as Pinapaitan.
My father makes the best version of this Filipino dish. He does everything from butchering the goat to serving us this delicious homemade soup. To continue this soup as a legacy recipe in my family, my brother taught me how to cook Pinapaitan just like our father did. Although my personal recipe for this Filipino dish is simple, I am able to replicate the exact taste of our family recipe.
Traditionally, the Pinapaitan recipe calls for goat organs, such as the kidneys, tripe, liver, pancreas, and heart. Since most Filipinos now live in the city, goats are less popular and we use beef organs in the recipe. For the distinct bitter taste of this exotic food, the bile of the goat or beef is also used.
The salty, sour, and bitter flavors of the Filipino soup must fight in your mouth; that is what makes it unique. The taste is difficult to describe. It’s up to you to discover. If you’ve never tried the delicious homemade soup called Pinapaitan, let your taste buds be adventurous.
Lou Family Pinapaitan Recipe
Pinapaitan Recipe Ingredients:
Beef or goat organs, including kidneys, tripe, liver, intestines, pancreas, and heart. Make sure they are fresh and cleaned very well or this Filipino soup will have a pungent smell.
Beef or goat bile
Pinapaitan Recipe Directions:
Because the Filipino soup’s exotic, bitter taste complements the taste of beer, many Ilocano Filipinos enjoy Pinapaitan while drinking with friends. But for me, this soup has become my comfort food. It is the Filipino dish I make when I miss my family. Sometimes, if I am not in the mood to eat anything, I go back to this homemade soup and my appetite reappears.
Now, I am teaching my daughter to cook this traditional, family Pinapaitan recipe, so she can continue our family legacy.
Recipe and Photo Credit: Lindy Lou-Gonzalez, Content Moderator
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