Alternative namesHigado
Coursemain course, side dish
Place of originPhilippines
Region or stateIlocos Region
Serving temperatureWarm
Main ingredientspork liver, potatoes, carrots, bell pepper, green peas
Similar dishesMenudo (stew)

Igado,[1] sometimes also spelled higado,[2] is a Filipino spiced pork liver dish originating from the Ilocos Region of Northern Luzon in the Philippines. Other parts of the pig, including innards and tenderloin, are usually also included,[3] although the liver is considered the defining ingredient of the dish.[4] The pork liver are sliced into tiny pieces and are then usually simmered with potatoes, carrots, bell pepper, green peas, producing a dish often likened to the Tagalog Menudo.[2] The dish is known to have been a particular favorite of Elpidio Quirino, the Ilocano second president of the Third Philippine Republic.[5]


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  3. ^ "Filipino fare that sound spooky but very comforting to enjoy". The Manila Times. October 31, 2019. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  4. ^ Shaynne, Jhoana (November 13, 2019). "Igado: The Other Sought After Filipino Dish". Wonder Pinays. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  5. ^ Quirino, Elizabeth Ann; Quirino, Constante G. (2015). Statesman And Survivor: Elpidio Quirino 6th President of the Philippines.