Isaw is a well-known street food in the Philippines made from pork and chicken intestines that was grilled to perfection. Filipinos love isaw and it can be found in almost everywhere because if the vendors don’t have stalls, they are being sold in moving stalls and the vendors can transfer from one place to another most commonly in front of a business establishment, schools and churches every afternoon up to night. Vendors make sure that the isaw is clean so they turn the intestines inside out and then clean the inner portion again and repeat the process several times (because you know, you wouldn’t want to taste something bitter and regret it for the rest of your life). Isaw is usually eaten after being dipped either in vinegar with onions, vinegar with onions and chili, sweet sauce or spicy sauce or you can just mix whatever you want and it will taste good as you experiment.
The most popular isaw here in the Philippines can be found in the University of the Philippines, The UP Isawan wherein they sell a very tasty and clean isaw.
Isaw is probably the cheapest finger food you can eat while drinking alcoholic beverages.
Let’s start cooking intestines!!! This is so exciting!
1 lb chicken or pig’s large intestine (well cleaned)
1/2 cup vinegar
2 tablespoon whole peppercorn
2 tablespoon Salt
4 to 6 pieces Dried Bay leaves
4 cups Water
1/2 cup Ketchup
2 tablespoon Soy sauce
2 tablespoon Cooking oil
- Boil water in a cooking pot and put the salt, whole pepper corn, and dried bay leaves
- While boiling, make the mixture you need for grilling, cooking oil, soy sauce and ketchup.
- Add the intestines then simmer for a few minutes.
- Add vinegar then simmer up to 30 minutes or until the intestines are tender. Set aside until the temperature goes down.
- Cut the pork intestines crosswise about 1 inch in length and about 6 inch in length for the chicken intestines.
- Skewer the intestine (about 3 to 4 pieces per skewer)
- Grill the intestine while basting with the mixture of cooking oil, ketchup, and soy sauce.
- Serve the Isaw with your sweet sauce or vinegar dipping.
Try this popular bizarre food from the Philippines and tell us what you think about it.