How to Make Kilawin na Pugita: A Filipino-Inspired Appetizer

Updated on February 10, 2019
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How to make kilawin na pugita
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Kilawin is the term for a raw seafood dish in the Philippines. You could say it is like a Filipino version of the famous ceviche of South America. However, kilawin doesn't always refer to seafood that's completely raw. In the northern part of the Philippines, for example, the term commonly refers to lightly blanched or grilled meat.

Pugita is the Tagalog word for octopus. Kilawin na pugita, therefore, is lightly blanched (or grilled) octopus.

I would like to share my simple recipe for how to make this dish. It is commonly served as an appetizer, but it can also be part of the main meal.

Ingredients
Ingredients | Source

Ingredients

  • 1/2 kilogram pugita (octopus), thinly sliced
  • 1 inch ginger, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 small tomatoes, sliced
  • Water, as needed
  • Pinch of salt
  • Dash of vinegar
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste

Utensils

For Preparing:

  • 1 medium bowl
  • 1 large plate
  • chopping board
  • knife

For Cooking:

  • pot
  • tongs

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 8 min
Ready in: 18 min
Yields: 3 servings

Instructions

  1. Boil water in a pot.
  2. Add octopus, vinegar, and salt. Cook for at least 10 minutes, or until octopus is slightly tender.
  3. Remove octopus from the boiling water immediately. Set aside to let it cool.
  4. Prepare the ginger, onions, and tomatoes. Set aside.
  5. Slice the octopus into small pieces. Place it in a bowl.
  6. To the bowl with the octopus, add the ginger, onions, and tomatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Thoroughly mix all the ingredients.

Step-by-Step Procedure

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Tips and Techniques

  • Serve this dish as an appetizer or as a part of the main meal.
  • Drizzle a spicy vinegar to spice up the flavor.
  • Adjust the amount of the vegetables if desired.
  • Cooking time may vary depending on the size of the octopus. The smaller the octopus, the shorter the cooking time.
  • In a larger octopus, the tenderness of the various parts (e.g., tentacles vs. body) may vary.

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      • Miebakagh57 profile image

        Miebakagh Fiberesima 

        2 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

        Hey, Dred cuam, you are welcomed. Some persons get horrifed when they heard that from me. But I am glad you have great knowledge and insight into what you are doing. Ah ah ah! eh, eh, eh! Have a nice time.

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        2 months ago from California

        Hi Miebakagh,

        Yeah, it is! hahaha

      • Miebakagh57 profile image

        Miebakagh Fiberesima 

        2 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

        Hey, Dred cuam, you got it. But does not it actually look like a worm in a description? Thanks, and good day.

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        2 months ago from California

        Hello Miebakagh,

        Oh, you mean the vein/intestine? Yeah I know that, it's usually taken off for peeled shrimp. Anyway, I thought you are referring to an actual worm.

      • Miebakagh57 profile image

        Miebakagh Fiberesima 

        2 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

        Hello, Dred cuam, if you dissect a fresh giant shrimp length-wise, you'llsee the form. Thanks.

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        2 months ago from California

        HI Miebakagh,

        Seriously with the worms? So far, I haven't seen anything like that.

      • Miebakagh57 profile image

        Miebakagh Fiberesima 

        2 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

        Hello, Dred cuan, I agreed with you. Not every person can eat all plates of seafood like the Octopus. Some even dread a big shrimp, because of the big worms in them. Good day.

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        2 months ago from California

        Hello Eric,

        In our place, not everyone eats octopus because of its toughness. So they're not able to sell this all the time. But I myself, I love eating both! Especially when battered with some cold drinks. lol

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        2 months ago from California

        Hello Mary,

        Yes, size may affect the octopus. The video above shows smaller octopus so the cooking time is lesser than the typical 30 to 45 minutes. Last new year, we had a 9 kilos octopus far bigger than the one in the video. So the tenderness of each part of an octopus may vary for the bigger one. Tentacles call for a longer time, while the other parts require different cooking time. I also think the age of the octopus will affect their softness too. Therefore, baby octopus requires lesser time to cook. I hope I was able to answer the question. Thank you!

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        Eric Dierker 

        2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Very cool. I just assumed everyone ate Calamari and Octopus. Such delightful foods. I will use this to vary my uses.

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        Mary Norton 

        2 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        I have cooked octopus twice and I thought it has to be cooked longer. I want to try the 10 minutes. Do you think it is based on size? One youtube video said to cook it for 45 minutes. I am not really sure. Ihave not yet tried 10 minutes so I will try it. Love the spices you used.

      • Miebakagh57 profile image

        Miebakagh Fiberesima 

        2 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

        Hello, Dred cuan, I was offline due to a family commitment. Burials, weddings, meeting with fellow pension colleagues, and so on. But from now, I will be twice a week online. Thanks for weighing in, and have a nice day.

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        2 months ago from California

        Hello Miebakagh,

        Where have you been my friend? It's been a while huh!

        That's new information to me, thank you for sharing. So Pugita, Ome, and Octopus are all the same. Have a wonderful day!

      • Miebakagh57 profile image

        Miebakagh Fiberesima 

        2 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

        Hello, Dred cuan, the Octopus is called "Ome" in my Ijay language. Your recipe can serve as a balanced meal for weight watchers,as it includes natural vegetable ingredients like onions, presh tomatoes, and fresh peppers, and ginger. Thanks for sharing, and good day.

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        2 months ago from California

        Hi Liz,

        Not everybody is aware that octopus can be eaten because of its intimidating look. But yeah, it is possible. I hope you can try in the future.

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 months ago from UK

        I would not know where to start cooking octopus. This is a good idea.

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