Bagnet from Ilocos Norte, Philippines
Alternative namesChicharron, Tsitsaron
CourseMain course
Place of originPhilippines
Region or stateIlocos

Bagnet (Northern Ilocano and Tagalog pronunciation: [bɐgˈnɛt], Southern Ilocano pronunciation: [bɐgˈnɯt]), also locally known as "chicharon" or tsitsaron in Ilocano,[1] is a Filipino dish consisting of pork belly (liempo) boiled and deep fried until it is crispy. It is seasoned with garlic, black peppercorns, bay leaves, and salt. First, the meat is boiled, and, then allowed to thoroughly drain excess moisture overnight before frying, to achieve its characteristic chicharon-like texture. Bagnet can be eaten on its own or with white rice. It can also be used as an ingredient or paired with other dishes like pinakbet and dinardaraan.[2][3][4][5][6]

Bagnet is traditionally dipped in vinegar-based sauces (usually sukang iloko), bagoong (fermented fish or shrimp paste), or (more rarely) pig's blood.[7]


Bagnet came from the word "bagnetin", which means to “preserve the pork”. They are preserved by boiling and frying the slabs of pork before refrigerating, and then twice fried when ready to serve.[8]

In popular culture

The popularity of bagnet served as a character plot point in the Filipino film I'm Drunk, I Love You with Carson, played by Maja Salvador, depicted craving for the dish[9][10] to the point of creating an impromptu "bagnet dance" to celebrate it.[11][10]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Did You Know That Bagnet is Called "Chicharon" in Ilocos?". Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Bagnet Recipe". Recipe ni Juan. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Bagnet Recipe". MyFilipinoRecipes. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Bagnet Recipe". Pilipinas Recipes. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Bagnet Recipe". Panlasang Pinoy. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Mouthwatering Bagnet Recipe". Archived from the original on March 25, 2019. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Bagnet (Crispy Pork Belly) with Pork Blood Dip". Panlasang Pinoy Meaty Recipes. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  8. ^ Victa, Mauricio (February 5, 2017). "Narvacan, Ilocos Sur's Bagnet Festival". Business Mirror. Retrieved January 22, 2023.
  9. ^ Albay, Cheekie (February 24, 2017). "An Honest Review Of 'I'm Drunk, I Love You' By Someone Who's Never Been Friend-Zoned". Cosmopolitan.
  10. ^ a b I'm Drunk, I Love You (Feature Film) (in Filipino). TBA Studios. 2017 – via YouTube.
  11. ^ Martelino, Ashley (April 26, 2020). "PSA: You Can Now Watch 'I'm Drunk, I Love You' For Free". Cosmopolitan.