Ingredients

  • Yields 10 sticks
  • 450 g Chicken Intestines (Isaw)

    500 ml water

    3 g annatto powder (achuete powder)

    5 to 6 cloves garlic, crushed

    2 bay leaves

    8 to 10 peppercorns

    30 ml soy sauce

    60 ml vinegar

    60 g brown sugar

    30 g ketchup

    75ml olive oil for basting

Isaw (Filipino Grilled Chicken Intestine)
Recipe Courtesy of
Asian Food Network

Isaw (Filipino Grilled Chicken Intestine)

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When it comes to Filipino street food, Isaw - or grilled chicken intestine - is known to be among the famous ones you can get partly due to how cheap it is. The intestine is washed thoroughly before it is boiled in a vinegary-spicy mixture and skewered on bamboo sticks. It is then grilled on live coals until ready. Out on the streets, the Isaw is normally grilled right in front of the customer. Served with a spiced vinegar dip, Isaw is perfect for students on budgets or for those who are always on the go.
  • Medium
  • 15 min
  • 20 min
  • 15 min
  • 2 steps
  • 11 Ingredients
  • Medium
  • 2 steps
  • 11 Ingredients
  • 15 min
  • 20 min
  • 15 min

Instructions

  1. Boil the intestines

    • In a medium-sized pot, add chicken intestines in 500 ml water, 3g annatto powder, crushed garlic, 2pcs bay leaves, 8 to 10 peppercorns, 30 ml soy sauce, 60 ml vinegar, 60 g brown sugar and 30 g ketchup. Cover the pot and allow it to simmer for 10 to 12 minutes over medium high heat. 
    • Remove intestines from the pot, set it aside and allow it cool on a plate for 30 minutes.
    Boil the intestines


  2. Skewer and grill the intestines

    • Skewer the chicken intestines on bamboo sticks - forming a zig-zag pattern.
    • Grill on a live charcoal grill, or a grilling pan, at 3 to 5 minutes per side and baste it with oil occasionally.
    Skewer and grill the intestines


Plate and Serve!

Place your skewered Isaw on a serving plate and pair it with spiced vinegar as a dipping sauce! 

 

| Chef's Tips: To make the spiced vinegar dipping sauce, combine vinegar, chopped red chilies, fish sauce and some minced garlic!

Plate and Serve!
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    • Yields 10 sticks
    • 450 g Chicken Intestines (Isaw)

      500 ml water

      3 g annatto powder (achuete powder)

      5 to 6 cloves garlic, crushed

      2 bay leaves

      8 to 10 peppercorns

      30 ml soy sauce

      60 ml vinegar

      60 g brown sugar

      30 g ketchup

      75ml olive oil for basting

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