Shrimp paste or bagoong alamang as we call it in the Philippines is a very popular ingredient used in South East Asia. In the Philippines, shrimp paste is used as a condiment for the popular Kare Kare (ox tail peanut stew) or used as a topping to counter the sour flavor of Philippine green mangoes.
Earlier last month, I posted Lechon Kawali (Deep Fried Pork Belly). Lechon Kawali is the crispy skin and succulent pork belly. Now, we will use it and turn it into “Binagoongan.” Binagoongan is pork stewed in shrimp paste. Whenever we have this dish (not very often), we eat it with lots of rice and sometimes with vinegar concoctions on the side.
Now, there are many dishes that you shouldn’t be eating often and this delicious dish is one of them. Fat and salt contents are the obvious reasons.