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Dinuguan with puto.jpg
A bowl of dinuguan and a plate of puto.
Alternative names Pork blood stew, blood pudding stew, chocolate meat
Course Main course
Place of origin Philippines
Serving temperature Hot
Main ingredients Pork, pig's blood, vinegar, garlic, siling mahaba
Cookbook: Dinuguan  Media: Dinuguan

Dinuguan (in Visayan, also called dinardaraan in Ilocano, tid-tad in Pampanga, dugo-dugo in Cebuano, sinugaok in Batangas, rugodugo in Waray, and sampayna or champayna in Northern Mindanao) is a Filipino savory stew of meat and/or offal (typically lungs, kidneys, intestines, ears, heart and snout) simmered in a rich, spicy dark gravy of pig blood, garlic, chili (most often siling mahaba), and vinegar.[1]


The most popular term dinuguan and other regional naming variants come from the their respective word for "blood" (e.g. "dugo" in Tagalog means "blood" hence "dinuguan" as "to be stewed with blood"). Possible English translations include pork blood stew or blood pudding stew. It is also sometimes jokingly called chocolate meat.[2]

It is frequently considered an unusual or alarming dish to foreigners though it is rather similar to European-style blood sausage, or British black pudding in a saucy stew form.[3] It is perhaps closer in appearance and preparation to the Polish soup Czernina or an even more ancient Spartan dish known as melas zomos (black soup) whose primary ingredients were pork, vinegar and blood.

Dinuguan can also be served without using any offal, using only choice cuts of pork. In Batangas, this version is known as sinungaok. It can also be made from beef and chicken meat, the latter being known as dinuguang manok ('chicken dinuguan').[3][4] Dinuguan is usually served with white rice or a Philippine rice cake called puto.[3] The Northern Luzon versions of the dish namely the Ilocano dinardaraan and the Ibanag zinagan are often drier with toppings of deep-fried pork intestine cracklings. The Itawes of Cagayan also have a pork-based version that has larger meat chunks and more fat, which they call twik.

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  1. ^ Margarita Marquis (2007). La Cuisine des Philippines (in French). Editions Publibook. ISBN 978-2-7483-3506-4. 
  2. ^ Emily Ignacio (2005). Building diaspora: Filipino community formation on the Internet. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 978-0-8135-3514-2. 
  3. ^ a b c Alan Davidson & Tom Jaine (2006). The Oxford companion to food. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-280681-9. 
  4. ^ "Dinuguan a la Ate Angelina". MarketManila. July 26, 2006.