Bopis. Bopis is a spicy Filipino dish made out of pork lungs and heart sautéed in tomatoes, chilies and onions. Bopis is a popular turo-turo dish and its exotic taste is surely one dish to crave for!
Bopis is a uniquely Filipino dish traditionally prepared from assorted pig parts. These assorted parts are usually the heart, kidneys, lungs, and intestines. The liver and brain, along with the ears and the face is reserved for use in cooking sisig. This dish can be served as an appetizer for beer and alcoholic beverages. It is also considered as a main dish and is best served with steamed white rice.
Like most traditional recipes, there is no definite recipe for Bopis. But there are certain ingredients that is basic, namely garlic, onions, soy sauce and sugar. For some reason, a lot of Filipino dishes have sugar in them. A green chili pepper is also commonly used as garnish. The recipe of bopis has continually evolved throughout the years. There are recipes with a little bit of sauce in it, while there are others that require to let all the liquid evaporate.
1 1/2 lbs pig’s lungs, boiled in lemon grass and pandan leaves until tender and minced
1 lb pig’s heart, boiled in lemon grass and pandan leaves until tender and minced
1/2 cup annatto seeds diluted in 1 cup of water
1 small carrot, minced (optional)
4 to 6 tablespoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons bird’s eye chili, minced
2 tablespoons ginger, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 to 4 pieces dried bay leaves
1 cup water
3 tablespoons cooking oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Heat a frying pan or wok and pour-in cooking oil.
2. Sauté ginger, garlic, and onion.
3. Add the bird’s eye chili and cook for 30 seconds.
4. Put-in the minced pig’s lungs and heart then cook for 3 to 5 minutes while stirring once in a while.
5. Pour in annatto water (water from the diluted annatto seeds) and stir.
6. Add the dried bay leaves and pour-in 1 cup of water. Simmer for 30 to 35 minutes or until almost all the liquid evaporates.
7. Put-in the minced carrots and stir. Simmer for 3 minutes.
8. Season with salt, and ground black pepper then stir.
9. Pour-in the vinegar and cook for 8 to 10 minutes more under medium heat.
10. Turn-off heat and transfer to a serving plate.
11. Serve. Share and enjoy!
Note: If you want your bopis to taste meatier, try adding 1 beef or pork cube in step 5.