Chicharrón con Huevo

Chicharrón con Huevo

David Loftus

Confit Pork & Fried Egg. A streetfood favourite, this is the dish that no Andina breakfast is complete without. Just south of the city of Cusco is the town of Saylla. There, you can find the best chicharrón in the Andes, but we think our version is even better. Usually, the sweet potato is deep fried, but for this recipe we have turned it into a smooth ketchup, making it creamy and less oily.


Quantity Ingredient
600g pork belly, skin on, bone removed
salt, for curing
2 dried bay leaves
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 sweet potato
vegetable oil, for deep frying
4 brioche buns or crusty rolls, to serve
4 fried eggs, to serve
1 quantity Loche con Chancaca, salsa criolla, to serve
freshly ground black pepper

For the amarillo chilli mayonnaise

Quantity Ingredient
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Picante de Huevos, amarillo chilli paste
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
or 1/4 mashed garlic clove
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin


  1. Cover the pork belly with salt on all sides, pressing in the salt as much as possible. Put the meat on a plate, cover it with a piece of kitchen paper and allow to cure in the fridge overnight.
  2. When you are ready to cook, preheat the oven to 200°C. Remove the pork from the fridge and rinse it thoroughly under running water to get rid of any excess salt. Put the meat in a roasting tin with the bay leaves and peppercorns. Cover with water, making sure the pork is completely submerged, including the skin. Cover the whole tin with foil and put it in the oven. Cook the meat for 1 1/2–2 hours until tender. Prick the sweet potato all over and put it in a separate roasting tin and, about 1 hour into the pork’s cooking time, place it in the oven on a different shelf and bake until the potato has softened (about 45 minutes).
  3. Meanwhile, make the amarillo chilli mayonnaise. Mix together all the ingredients, then season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  4. When ready, remove the sweet potato from the oven. As soon as it is cool enough to handle, peel away the skin and put the flesh in a food processor or blender. Purée with a little salt to taste, then allow to cool to room temperature, but do not chill.
  5. When the pork is ready, remove it from the oven and allow to cool completely, then cut it into 3cm strips. Half-fill a large saucepan with vegetable oil, or use a deep-fat fryer, and heat until the oil until about 180°C. Add the chunks of pork to the oil and deep fry for 4–5 minutes until the skin is well browned and crisp. Remove the strips from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside to drain on kitchen paper. Season with salt.
  6. To serve, warm the buns or rolls, then cut in half. Spread a layer of sweet potato purée on one cut side of each of the buns or rolls, then spread the mayonnaise on the other cut side. Divide the pork equally between the bases, top each with a fried egg and some salsa criolla, season with salt to taste, then top with the bun lids.
Martin Morales
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