Longganisa Patties. Photo: Asia Times

Longganisa is a type of sausage that is available throughout the Philippines and is usually bought frozen from the supermarket. This recipe is a healthier alternative as it is free from preservatives.

250g minced lean pork
2 cloves minced garlic
1tbsp cornstarch
3tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp rice vinegar (or any vinegar you prefer)
1/2 tbsp canola oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp paprika

Mix garlic, cornstarch, brown sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, canola oil, salt, pepper and paprika with the pork.

Mix well and store in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or overnight.

Use a cookie cutter and take one spoonful of meat and shape the patties on wax paper.

250g of pork can make up to eight patties. You can store them in the freezer for up to one month.
Put oil in the pan and set to medium heat.

Place patties in pan and fry them until cooked.

Guest chef: Maria Belen Royol
Belen is an author and mother of two and has lived in Hong Kong since 1986. Her passion for cooking and baking stems from watching her father and grandmother cook numerous Filipino dishes during her childhood. She currently works for a food company that provides gluten-free products.

Contact us at kitchen@asiatimes.com

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