Everlasting of Marikina is similar to Hardinera of Quezon.
Story has it that this menudo variant had become so ubiquitous in Marikina roadside stalls that when offered to diners, they balked. A similar story says the name came from Chinese merchants.
And like everlasting, it is also always on the table of almost every family gathering. The Chinese settlers in Marikina during that time would always complain and say, “Ito na naman? Wak na ‘toy!” (This dish again? No, not this dish again!).
Surely, anything eaten too often can be boring. But waknatoy is a very tasty dish and I don’t mind eating it often — just not too often and certainly not everyday.
- 2 tbsps. butter (or substitute)
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 250 gms. of minced pork
- 200 gms. of sausage meat
- 1 cooked chorizo sausage, chopped
- 1 tbsp. tomato paste
- 1 tbsp. chopped red pepper
- 2 tbsps. sultanas or raisins
- 2 tbsps. light soy sauce
- 3 tbsps. of redcurrant jelly or 2 tbsps. sweet pickle relish
- 3 slices of processed cheese or 1/3 c. grated processed cheese
- 4 medium eggs
- Olives, red peppers, carrots, boiled eggs for decoration
- Preheat the oven to 350° F/180° C. Saute the garlic in 2 tbsps. of butter for 2 minutes.
- Add the onions and saute until soft and translucent. Add the minced pork, sausagemeat and chopped chorizo.
- Saute until they are all blended and begins to change color. Add the chopped red pepper, tomato paste, soy sauce, and redcurrant jelly and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add the sultanas and cheese and stir until the cheese is melted. Processed cheese is used because fresh cheese will turn gummy when cooked.
- Set the mixture aside while you prepare the pan. Line the bottom of the mould with non-stick baking paper and grease both bottom and sides liberally with butter.
- Arrange your choice of decoration at the bottom of the mold, making sure that they are flat so the juices of the mixture wouldn’t seep underneath them and spoil your design.
- Olives, roasted red peppers, carrot shapes and sliced boiled egg are all suitable. The nice face of the decorations should face the bottom of the mould because that would then be the top when you invert the meatloaf. Add the 4 eggs to the meat mixture and mix very well.
- Pour slowly into the decorated mould, taking care not to disturb the decorations. Bake for 40-50 minutes, au baine marie, until the top is puffed and golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean
- Run a sharp knife around the mould and invert into a serving dish.
credits to: adorasbox.com/2010/12/everlasting-marikina-style-meatloaf.html?m=1