Pork Menudo

Filipino Style Recipe: A Filipino menudo is made of pork, liver, sweet peas, raisins, potatoes and carrots. While it has the same name as the Mexican menudo which is similar to what we called “callos”. This cuisine is a basic dish that we serve in any parties. I’d crave for menudo now and then, and especially when it has raisins that added sweetness.

Estimated time of preparation and cooking: 50 minutes. Good for 4-6 persons.

3/4 kilo pork belly, cut into cubes
1/4 kilo pork liver, cut into cubes
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 potato, cut into cubes
1 carrot, cut into cubes
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 cups tomato sauce
1/2 piece lemon or 4 pieces calamansi
4 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons cooking oil
1/2 cup water
brown sugar, salt and pepper to taste

2 bay leaves(optional)
3 pieces hotdog, sliced(optional)
100 grams raisins(optional)
1/3 cups of sweet peas(optional)
2 tablespoons liver spread(optional)

Part 1
1. In a large bowl, marinate the pork belly in calamansi juice and soy sauce for an hour. Set aside.
Part 2
2. In a large pot, heat cooking oil and fry potatoes and carrots. Drain and set aside.
Part 3
3. In the same pot, saute garlic and onion.
4. Add marinated pork belly and water, simmer for 15 minutes.
5. Add the pork liver and tomato sauce. Let simmer for 10 minutes until pork belly and liver are tender.
6. Add potatoes, carrots, red bell pepper, raisins, hotdog, sweet peas, bay leaves, liver spread and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
7. Season with brown sugar, salt and pepper according to taste.
8. Remove from heat, Serve hot!



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