Pinapaitan ~ Lasang Pinoy!

Posted by JMom | Thursday, August 18, 2005 | , , , | 20 comments »

Pinapaitan The first Lasang Pinoy event is here, and it is to commemorate Ninoy Aquino Day. I am ignorant to political details so I wouldn't be able to tell you much about the background of Philippine politics that catapulted Benigno Aquino Jr. to legendary status.

This dish is an acquired taste and some would say it leaves a bitter taste in your mouth. Read more about why I chose Pinapaitan for this first round of Lasang Pinoy.


  1. Karen // 8/18/2005 2:51 AM  

    JMom, wow! Your interpretation for pinapaitan is so apt! This is indeed a good dish to exemplify the Filipino condition at that time, and even the present.

    I love pinapaitan! The first time I tasted a very authentic and memorable version was in Batanes and I will always want it thick and very bitter.

    Do they sell bile there or did you have to order it in advance?

    Thanks for participating!

  2. schatzli // 8/18/2005 6:19 AM  

    you will never believe this... I had my first pinapaitan in Greece, majority of the Filipinos there are of from the Ilocano region... kung di naabot ng Greece di ko rin malaman ang Ilocano culture!

    Good post JMom pinapaitan nga ang life noon!!!

  3. joey // 8/18/2005 7:11 AM  

    Hi JMom! I like the way you compared life during that time to your pinapaitan...masterful metaphor! It was definitely an "acquired taste" for me. I went from disliking it to liking really grows on you in exactly the way you described :-)

  4. dexiejane // 8/18/2005 8:11 AM  


    Papa would be so surprised to learn I NOW know how to make this. thanks JMOM :)

  5. celia kusinera // 8/18/2005 10:22 AM  

    This is one of my husband's favourite. I hope I can make it but don't know where to get beef bile around here. :(
    Thanks for sharing the recipe, Jmom.

  6. drstel // 8/18/2005 10:58 AM  

    JMom, now i know why the beef bile disappears as soon as it is delivered, there must be a bunch of pinapaitan aficionados around here.
    thank you, i'll give it a try. i also have to ask ma if this was one of her secret stash recipes. she never offered it to us eh!

  7. Sassy Lawyer // 8/19/2005 8:22 AM  

    Naku, matagal ko na gusto gumawa nito. But I worry too much about adding the wrong amount of bile (the idea used to repulse me until I tried a friend's version of the dish). So, ganun pala... half a teaspoon muna. Unti-unti dagdag... Thanks for the tip.

  8. jeyc14 // 8/19/2005 9:49 AM  


  9. JMom // 8/19/2005 12:08 PM  

    Hi Karen! Thanks :-) This idea came to me while in CA as it was one of my requests for my dad to cook for me. I meant to photograph the process, but you know how it is, I got busy chitchating, and forgot all about it. So, I had to recreate the recipe when I got home.

    They actually sell bile at the filipino store, frozen. But, I didn't get there on time the store had closed when I went the other night. So...I went to a Mexican meat market (carniceria), and found it there. I also learned a new word, in Spanish, bile is calles "bilis". Galing, no?

  10. JMom // 8/19/2005 12:10 PM  

    Hi Sha! I should have known, being the honorary Ilokana that you are, that you've already had this dish :-D

    Hi Joey, thanks! It does grow on you, doesn't it? I still can't get my hubby and kids to eat it though, so the rest of the pot is in the freezer. My emergency stash :-)

  11. JMom // 8/19/2005 12:14 PM  

    Dexie! I was surprised too, how easy it is to make. I always depended on my Papa to make it too. Now I can make it like I like it :-)

    Hi Celia! I think you should be able to find bile in London. My uncles there always cook this at parties. Kung gusto mo I'll ask them where they get it.

    Stel! Really, laging ubos ang bile diyan? Baka maraming ilokanos diyan sa inyo, huh? Is your ma ilokano too? Or just papaitan lover? :-)

  12. JMom // 8/19/2005 12:17 PM  

    Hi Sassy! Yes, I learned this the hard way. The first time I tried cooking it, I poured it from the container instead of spooning it in. Was that bitter!!! You can put as much or as little as you want with a spoon. My dad always likes his super bitter, so I end up adding more vinegar and hot sauce to counter it.

    Hi Jeyc! here's a napkin, wipe your lips. hehe!! :-D

  13. Omom // 8/19/2005 2:40 PM  

    Would you believe Mother just brought over a container of pinapaitan...guess it's left-over from the batch you and pop made and she froze it. Glad to have it today since I have a cold and am in need of comfort food.

  14. Marketmanila // 8/19/2005 5:34 PM  

    What a nice way to make bitter better! I can't say I am a big fan of bile but this may just do it for me. If I can get into ampalaya...perhaps pinapaitan too?! Thanks.

  15. ting-aling // 8/19/2005 10:04 PM  

    Just wondering, does hubby want this?

    I think my father uses something else to make it bitter but I'm not going to put others off..hahaha. I use that too..especially with "kambing"

  16. stef // 8/20/2005 3:22 PM  

    hi jmom, sorry, ngayon lang naka-comment. i LOVE your post, i've had pinapaitan LONG ago but i don't even remember what it tastes like anymore. can't wait to try your recipe!

  17. JMom // 8/22/2005 10:21 AM  

    Hi Sis! Yeah, she told me too :-( Oh well, it was a good exercise for me to cook this. My version is ok, but for some reason pop's just tastes so much better :-)

    Hi Marketman! Yes, it is really a learned taste. But like my lola always says, a little bitterness makes everything else in life a little sweeter.

  18. JMom // 8/22/2005 10:25 AM  

    Hi Ting! Yes, hubby has tried this, but he's not a big fan, although he has developed a taste for ampalaya. He says he prefers the dinuguan to this.
    :lol: I think I have heard of your father's version! I have uncles who have been known to use the same method, especially after a few bottles of ginebra ;-)

    Hi Stef! Thank you :-D I hope you do try it. Just be conservative with the bile at first.

  19. schatzli // 8/22/2005 1:38 PM  

    PS I was talking to this Ilokano guy here at the port and we discussed after the crusing season we will meet up and party, I told him to find a way we can have this dish! aba nag taka pa sa request ko si manong hahhaa

  20. Anonymous // 5/04/2007 12:28 PM  

    I first saw beef bile for sale in Seattle Wa. at Uwajimaya a very large asian market. This had to be over 8 yrs ago. Ever since I had been searching and wondering what in the world would someone do with beef bile. The other day I came across your site and there it was Lasang Pinoy! Finally at last I had my answer. Thank you! Your recipes are great. To learn and experience another cultures food helps make the world a bit smaller and bring us all closer together.
    Great Job.