Caliente, Ilocano Cow or Carabao Skin Salad

Caliente, Ilocano Cow or Carabao Skin Salad
Caliente, Ilocano Cow or Carabao Skin Salad. I would like to share another Ilocano exotic food, the Caliente. Caliente is made up of cow or carabao skin boiled for several hours till tender and chewable. The boiled skins are then cut into slices then tossed with vinegar, chopped ginger, chopped onions some hot chilies and seasoned with salt and pepper to taste, similar to the usual Ilocano kilawin or kinilaw.


Caliente is usually made as pulutan but of course the Ilocanos can eat the dish with rice. Caliente may not be for everyone but for those who have tried it or know the dish and have been searching on how to make it.
Beef Caliente

Here is the recipe of Caliente, Ilocano Cow or Carabao Skin Salad, bring out the beer!


1/2 kilo cow skin
1/3 to 1/2 cup vinegar
2-3 medium size onion, peeled, chopped finely
2-3 thumb size ginger, peeled, chopped finely
1 thumb size ginger crushed
2-3 red hot chili, chopped
salt and pepper


Cut the cow skin into manageable pieces. Place in a medium size sauce pan, pour in water to cover the cow skins, bring to a boil and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the stove and discard the first boiling water. Rinse the cow skin cool water to rid of the scum and return to the sauce pan. Add in fresh water up to about 2” over the cow skins. Add in the crushed ginger, bring to a boil and simmer for 2 to 3 hours or until the cow skins are tender and chewable but not overly soft, add more water as necessary. Now drain the boiling liquid and let the cooked cow skin to cool down. Cut the cooked cow skins into slices them place in a large bowl with lid. Add in the vinegar then toss in the finely chopped ginger, onion and chilies. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Replace the bowl lid and place in a refrigerator to chill before serving. Alternately serve warm.

See other relevant Ilocano dish:

Kinilaw na Kambing
Kinilaw na Liblibro (Oxtripe Salad)
Kinilaw na Baboy at Labanos
Jumping Salad, Fresh Water Shrimp Salad
Kinilaw na Blue Marlin with Green Tomatoes
Kinilaw na Pusit
Kinilaw na Malasugi
Kinilaw na Talaba
Kinilaw na Dilis
Kinilaw na Tanguige
Kinilaw na Tanguige na may Kamatis
Kinilaw na Lato
Kinilaw na Pusit (Cuttlefish)


Unknown said...

where can i buy cow skin? in chicago?


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