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Pork Menudo

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: pork menudo
Author: Pam from PinoyBites

Ingredients

  • 3 - 3 ½ lbs pork shoulder cut into small cubes ( lean and fatty parts separated)
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic minced
  • 3-4 pcs dried bay leaves
  • 2 plum tomatoes finely chopped
  • cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 2-3 Yukon Gold potatoes cut into small cubes
  • 1-2 carrots cut into small cubes
  • ½ cup seedless raisins
  • 1 large bell pepper seeded and cut into small cubes
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoons patis fish sauce I use Three Crabs brand
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Here's How:

  • Add the soy sauce to the cubed lean parts of the pork and set aside.
  • In a large pan (I used a wok), place the fatty parts of the meat (cubed) and add 2 Tablespoons of water. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook on medium-high heat until liquid has evaporated and fat is starting to render.
  • Add the chopped onion followed by the garlic. Saute until garlic is lightly browned. Add in the lean meat and bay leaves. Cook on medium-high while stirring until the pork juices have evaporated and you see the oil starting to come out. Add chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 tablespoon fish sauce, ground black pepper (to taste) and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil then lower the heat. Simmer until meat is tender, about 30-40 minutes.
  • Put the cubed potatoes and carrots and cover . Cook until the potatoes are tender. Add the raisins and bell peppers and cook for 2 more minutes. Adjust seasoning.
  • Serve with steamed rice or some like it with Pandesal

Notes

*Use the smaller amount of vegetables indicated if you prefer.
**Transfer leftover tomato paste to a lidded freezer-safe container and place in the freezer for later use.
***Add more water if you want more sauce. Just make sure you adjust the seasoning as well
****We don’t use pork liver in our Menudo. If you want to, put it just before adding the tomatoes. Saute for 2 minutes first then add the tomatoes.